A former world No. 1 golfer who makes wine and a reigning Masters champion who loves to drink it hoisted glasses rather than trophies to raise money for the Chicago-area chapter of the First Tee kids' charity. Luke Donald, whose Luke Donald Collection line of California Chardonnay, red blends and Viognier places him squarely in the storied lineage of winemaking putters, hosted his annual Taste of the First Tee at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. on Tuesday night. Donald brought along a green jacket–clad Sergio García—last seen in this space guzzling championship Champagne with chef José Andrés—and 300 other friends to support the charity, which teaches kids the sport and values of golf (sportsmanship, courtesy, judgment, restrained clapping, etc.).
Terlato Wine Group poured more than 50 wines from its portfolio (including Donald's), which was evidently plenty to put attendees in a giving mood: At the end of the night, the haul from the tasting and a live auction had passed $350,000, with Terlato donating all proceeds from its pours.
“I am very proud of this event, as we have raised nearly $3 million over the last nine years and have helped the First Tee of Greater Chicago grow from a small program reaching a few hundred junior golfers to now reaching over 50,000 young people through programs in schools, parks and golf courses," Donald told Unfiltered via email. "It’s fun to share my passion for wine while supporting a great cause."
If it seems as though it was just last season Bordeaux's Château Palmer hosted a photo exhibition of forbidding wilderness vistas, well that was Sebastião Selgado's "Natural Gardens." Last week, Palmer kicked off its latest walk on the wild side, but in this installment, the artist took inspiration from the savagely beautiful terrain of … Bordeaux itself. The 24 pieces on display by French photographer Maitetxu Etcheverria comprise a collection she calls Voyages Insulaires—"From Island to Island,” is how she translates it—inspired by the 2014 disappearance of the island of Trompeloup in the Gironde estuary off the coast of Pauillac.
Captions taken from Voyages Insulaires
The islands of the Gironde, whose land in the 19th century was developed into vineyards and cattle-grazing areas, are largely abandoned today. Frequent flooding submerges them, and with the formation of new sandbanks, they may reemerge in different shapes—or not at all.
Etcheverria sent Unfiltered the text she wrote to accompany the exhibition. “It proposes a visual dialogue between these constantly shifting and evolving islands and the young farm workers who occupy them …. This series of images of the estuary islands—land that is constantly restructured, forsaken, and then reoccupied—questions, in a wider sense, our relationship to the earth and time." Visitors to Palmer can check out the photos until Dec. 20.
No sport is more popular in wine country than soccer. It's surer than a Lionel Messi free kick: If your country is good at wine, it's good at soccer. (Sorry, Canada. You're the exception that proves the rule.) The U.S. Men's National Team loves wine. European soccer stars Andréa Pirlo and Andrés Iniesta make their own, while Wayne Rooney pitches it for Concha y Toro. And MLS Commissioner Don Garber and legendary former Manchester United skipper Sir Alex Ferguson are big-time collectors.
This week, Major League Soccer itself (that's the U.S. one) stepped up to the cellar, announcing a three-year partnership with Trivento, a brand of Argentine wines, to serve as the Official Wine of Major League Soccer. “Partnership with Major League Soccer is a natural for Trivento, with Argentina home to some of the world’s greatest champions on the soccer field and in world-class Malbec," said Marc Goodrich, president of Excelsior Wines, Trivento's parent company, in a statement. Thus continues Major League Soccer's proud tradition of putting the stars of Europe and South America to work on American soil.
Attention Unfiltered readers: You will no longer have to spike your Shake Shack shake yourself. Danny Meyer's globe-dominating burger chain will soon offer a limited-edition booze-infused milkshake celebrating Will and Grace’s return to NBC this fall. The “Jack & Karen” (named for the primary non-Will/Grace character duo on the show) is made with strawberry frozen custard blended with Mionetto Il Prosecco and topped with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and raspberry dust (it's enough Prosecco that this shake is strictly for Mom & Dad).
“The shake is, of course, inspired by Jack’s over-the-top personality and Karen’s boozy tendencies,” Adam Shapiro, a marketing and communications manager for Shake Shack, told Unfiltered via email. “It’s also Shake Shack’s first-ever Prosecco-infused shake, which we’re super pumped about!”
Boring ol' Will and Grace will also get a shake, but it's non-alc: cinnamon-marshmallow frozen custard blended with fudge. Both shakes are $6 and available from Sept. 18 through Oct. 1 in four locations in New York City and Los Angeles. Plus, it's for a cause: $2 from each shake sold will go to GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization.
While there are no solid plans for future alcoholic treats at Shake Shack, Shapiro wouldn't rule it out. "Never say never!”
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