It's been a big month for Bill Harlan's Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley. First, the Restaurant at Meadowood earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award for its wine program, and this past weekend it reportedly hosted one of the most-anticipated celebrity weddings of the year. According to Page Six, Former Yankee Derek Jeter, 42, married Hannah Davis, the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model, at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort on Saturday in front of fewer than 100 guests. Unfiltered readers will remember that Jeter and Davis took home a personalized bottle of Torii Mor Oregon Pinot Noir after Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium in 2014, and his farewell tour netted a handful of other nice bottles as well.
E! Online reports that Davis, 26, wore custom Vera Wang, and that guests included some other former Yankees favorites and All-Stars, including Jorge Posada, Andruw Jones and Tino Martinez. “I’m chill," Davis told Health magazine earlier this year in regard to her wedding plans. "I just want it to be a fun day, not all the fuss. I don’t want to go overboard—it’s not about the place settings.” Meadowood keeps a very strict confidentiality policy when it comes to its guests, and would neither confirm nor deny the Jeter-Davis nuptials, but we talked to them earlier this year about planning a wine-country wedding, and we checked back in this week to find out which wines have been most popular at this season's weddings there. If you want to get hitched like the stars, you'll want to start with bubblies like Schramsberg J. Schram, Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Rosé or Krug Grand Cuvée; for the reception, Meadowood's top sellers this year have been Bure Family Sauvignon Blanc, Château Boswell Chardonnay, Hirsch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Melka Napa Cabernet. Sounds like a homerun to us!
If you're anything like Unfiltered, you have been hearing a lot about this new Pokémon Go app, and also asking yourself, "Should I know what this is? Where is everyone Pokémon Go-ing?" The answer to those questions are 1) If you're under 40, yes, and 2) Everywhere, apparently, including lots of popular restaurants and wineries. A quick primer for the uninitiated: Pokémon is a bug-collecting inspired video game and cartoon that many children of the 1990s were obsessed with; the new app is a bit of Millennial nostalgia that has, in less than two weeks, become the most popular mobile gaming app ever, with a to-date peak of 21 million daily active users.
The name of the game is to "catch" as many Pokémon, or "pocket monsters," as possible by capturing them at various real-world landmarks. Players can also battle each other for control of these landmarks, or PokéStops, which include restaurants like Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Maialino. A manager at a Queens, N.Y., restaurant told the New York Post this week that business improved by 75 percent thanks to the virtual presence of a dozen Pokémon characters in his pizzeria. Unfiltered is receiving reports of monsters all over Napa as well. Publicist Andy Demsky shared a screengrab of a Squirtle (kind of like a blue turtle with a curly tail) hanging out on the deck at Shafer Vineyards, and ran into more than 200 Pokémon Go players in downtown Napa last night, where Veterans Memorial Park has become a total monster mecca. Meanwhile, actress Dena Blizzard created a satirical spoof video for "Chardonnay Go," a mobile app to help moms find glasses of wine. Have you caught any Pokémons while enjoying a nice wine-and-food pairing? Tell us where!
LPGA legend, charity wine owner and aspiring sommelier Cristie Kerr has created a new wine brand, and this time she's got another ringer of a partner: The new Kerr Cellars is a collaboration with Napa wine maven Helen Keplinger.
In 2007, Kerr partnered with Pride Mountain winemaker Suzanne Pride to create Curvature wines, a label she still produces and whose profits benefit breast-cancer research. Now Kerr is expanding her wine offerings with a small-production line of Kerr Cellars Napa Valley Reserve Red, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, all from the 2013 vintage and made by Keplinger. "Much like golf, it takes a lot of time and patience to be in the wine business, and I have enjoyed crafting these wines with my friend Helen," Kerr said in a statement. "She is an incredible talent."
"I love working with Cristie on this project," Keplinger stated. "She has incredible drive and a terrific palate," she said, "We have a shared philosophy that wines should have their own unique identity, which these stunning wines certainly do." The Kerr Cellars wines are priced from $35 to $150. Kerr, forever the competitive athlete, told Unfiltered, "We have already had them taken in at fine establishments like Bouchon and the French Laundry, which is a terrific honor." Yet another victory for the former three-time Women's World Golf Rankings No. 1 player.
Unfiltered wholeheartedly supports creative new ways of incorporating wine into our lives. This year alone we’ve seen wine bottles replace dumbbells and vinotherapy shampoo. And now we have rosé gummy bears, but before you get too excited, the waitlist is currently more than 12,000 names long. When the luxury candy company Sugarfina released them June 28, the number of online orders reportedly crashed the website and the company's entire stock sold out within two hours. (One of our colleagues in California managed to snag some at the shop down the street from Wine Spectator's Napa office, but she's not sharing.)
The 3.5-ounce boxes of rosé gummies sell for $8.50, and the candies come in two different shapes: Rosé All Day Bears for the children at heart, and Yes Way Rosé rosettes for those wanting to pretend this is a sophisticated snack. And yes, these gummies are safe for kids: They’re made with Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel rosé, but the alcohol content is lost in the gummification process. According to Sugarfina reps, the next batch of rosé gummies is expected later this month. If you can't wait that long, Sugarfina infused gummy bears with Dom Pérignon Champagne in brut and rosé flavors this past December, and plenty of them are available through the brand's website and at retailers like Nordstrom; apparently when it comes to pink-gummy-bear mania, Champagne is so last year.