Blind tasting is all well and good, but come harvesttime, the women of Austrian wine make sure their work gets seen. This week marked the release of the annual Jungwinzerinnen Kalender—the "Young Female Winemakers Calendar"—in which 12 winemakers, family and friends from all around Österreich gamely pose in their vineyards and cellars in the service of greater exposure for Austrian wine. The Kalendar, creation of Ellen Ledermüller-Reiner, is now in its 15th vintage, and a new generation of Austrian wine talent gets its close-up in the 2018 edition. Frau Januar, for example, is Sandra Wötzl, who also holds the crown of Veltlinerlandweinkönigin or, in a language that doesn't turn paragraphs into single words, "Wine Queen of Grüner Veltliner Land." (Veltlinerland is more officially known as the Weinviertel appellation in the northwest of the country, and it does indeed grow almost half of all Grüner planted in the world.) From a longtime winemaking family, Wötzl recently received a degree in wine management and completed an internship at a winery (in Sweden) (none of this is made up). Ledermüller-Reiner also mentioned Nicole Loimer of Weingut Franz Loimer to Unfiltered as a cellar up-and-comer to watch.
As has become Kalendartradition, Ledermüller-Reiner threw a gala for the models and fellow Grüner Veltlovers earlier this week to celebrate publication. "Fantastic wines and real good Heurigen [Austrian wine pub] food," she reported. The calendars are 28 euros at Ledermüller-Reiner's Kreativ Consulting website.
“The happiest place on earth” is about to get a little happier. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is debuting wine slushies at Amorette’s Patisserie, a respite for adults in Disney Springs, bringing the spirit of frosé to the small world, after all. Mickey now serves red and white wine slushies: a Strawberry Shiraz that mixes Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz with strawberry purée and Mango Moscato, a blend of Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti and mango purée. Price of entry is $8 a pour, and, recognizing that frosé season no longer ends with Labor Day, the Mouse has no plans to take these off the menu. And for parents really feeling Tomorrowland can't come soon enough, there's also a frozen wine cocktail of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and organic citrus mix being served at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which runs until Nov. 13.
Who doesn’t love a good heist? Well, the owner of 300 bottles of wine stolen from a private cellar in Paris last week would be the most recent example. According to the Guardian, the thieves braved the macabre to break into the cellar: Police believe the burglars descended into the city's vast 18th-century catacombs—then presumably heard a growl, and slipped on a pile of skulls, and dropped their flashlights, and Pierre thought maybe they should turn back, guys—and drilled their way through the limestone walls to nab an estimated $300,000 worth of wine before escaping back into the pitch-black tunnels, while six stories above, the chic streets of the 6th Arrondissement snoozed on unawares. Those who prowl the tunnels of skeletons call themselves "cataphiles," and accessing off-limits areas is a crime. But this is the first case of cata-klepto-enophilia Unfiltered has yet encountered.
This week, Unfiltered got a sneak peek at the new movie American Assassin, an action-thriller starring Michael Keaton, Teen Wolf teen idol Dylan O'Brien and … well, not a whole lot of wine stuff. Still, pours were flowing at a pre-screening of the film (which debuts elsewhere Sept. 15), thanks to Saved Wines, a California company founded by Brooklyn tattoo artist to the stars Scott Campbell, who has inked the likes of Courtney Love, Orlando Bloom, Marc Jacobs and fellow artist-turned-vintner Sting.
After the movie, O'Brien, costar Taylor Kitsch and director Michael Cuesta hung out in the Tuck Room at New York City's iPic movie theater, where guests toasted to the film with more Saved. Unfiltered tried to put together the clues to the wine and film connection, and a Saved spokesperson explained. “We’re thrilled to pour our bold California wines for a classic American action film that shares our commitment to passionate pursuit, whether it’s the passion with which Saved Wines founder and famed tattoo artist Campbell pursues his art, or the passion of the film’s CIA operatives pursuing truth and justice." So … case closed.
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