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Blushing Actor-Vintner Kyle MacLachlan

Plus, The Who's Roger Daltrey pops his own Champagne, and 2.5 acres of Cabernet vines stolen in Bordeaux
Photo by: Andréa Johnson
Kyle MacLachlan is turning a few of his prized Washington red grapes into a new rosé.

Posted: May 5, 2016

It's starting to look like Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's Miraval rosé was ahead of the curve: Celebrity rosés are leading the way as the trend to watch in 2016, at least here on the pop culture–obsessed pages of Unfiltered. Last week we broke the news that Drew Barrymore was going pink, and now we can confirm that Pursued by Bear's Kyle MacLachlan will be blushing this spring.

But don't let the "celebrity rosé" tag fool you: The Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet star has plenty of wine cred. He's been collaborating on Pursued by Bear with Walla Walla Valley's Dunham Cellars for the past 10 years. The project (which takes its cheeky name from a stage direction, "Exit, pursued by bear," in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale) grew out of a friendship with the late Eric Dunham, who MacLachlan told Unfiltered was "a supernice guy and someone I felt I could work with, and he felt the same way." Now MacLachlan is adding Blushing Bear rosé to his lineup, a Cinsault and Grenache blend of Washington grapes.

As to why he wanted to add a rosé to his label, MacLachlan said, "I enjoy drinking it. It comes down to that. There's a certain style that I like, on the drier side, really light, with good minerality, and I wanted to see if we could capture some of that." Blushing Bear and its adorable new critter label, priced at $28, goes on sale this week.


The Who's Roger Daltrey Pops His Own Champagne

Courtesy of Eminent Life
Will The Who's Champagne be as timeless as the band?

If you're as distressed as Unfiltered was to realize that The Who has been touring for 50 years, you probably could use a glass of Champagne. Specifically, a glass of The Who frontman Roger Daltrey's new Champagne, made in collaboration with Charles Orban in celebration of "The Who Hits 50!" tour. "I wanted to do something a bit special for our fans, and what better way to celebrate than a Champagne?" Daltrey said in a statement. "I took my inspiration for the bottle from the Tommy album cover which is a favorite of mine … the album that cemented our legacy. I can’t wait for everyone to try it."

Proceeds from sales of Champagne Cuvée Roger Daltrey ($138 a bottle, available for pre-order at Eminent-Life.com are earmarked for Teen Cancer America, cofounded by Daltrey and bandmate Pete Townshend. The bottles feature The Who's trademark bull's-eye logo along with artist Mike McInnerny's artwork from the Tommy cover, and a limited-edition Who-themed ice bucket is also available, made by pewtersmith L'Orfèvrerie d'Anjou ($940), also benefiting Teen Cancer America. Unfortunately, few of us will be around to find out if Daltrey's Champagne ages as well as The Who.


Vine Thieves Nab 2.5 Acres of Bordeaux Cabernet

Thieves have struck again in Bordeaux. In April, Philippe Chacun, owner of the 99-acre Cru Bourgeois Château Mazails, planted some new Cabernet vines in the Médoc. Last week, in the dead of night, criminals crept into his vineyard, stealthily working their way through a 2.5-acre plot. They detached the young vines from their supportive stakes, lifting them from the soil, then disappeared into the night with 400 vines valued at about $2,300. Worse yet, it’s too late to replant this year.

Chacun told Unfiltered that he's convinced the heist was “surely an order from another estate.” He explained that estates like his, with far-flung plots, are impossible to survey at all times and provide easy targets for petty theft. And this is not the first time he's been targeted: Ten years ago, he sufferered an even larger vine heist; in 2014, he was robbed of fuel; and last year, batteries were lifted from his tractors.

David Gerhart
Santa Rosa, CA —  May 6, 2016 10:48pm ET
Something special for the fans? How many fans can afford $138 a bottle Champagne? Many Who fans are on fixed incomes...

I think we have been fooled again!

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