• Forget the winery. All you really need to make Zinfandel is the Today Show plaza in New York City's Rockefeller Center--and Meredith Vieira. On Oct. 5, local restaurateur Joe Bastianich, a partner with Mario Batali in several restaurants, including Del Posto and Babbo, led a segment on the red winemaking process--and it was the new girl who got to hike up her skirt and have all the fun. With Matt Lauer and Bastianich looking on, Vieira stumbled around in a tub of grapes, exclaiming, "Mama likes ... It feels really good, very sensual." She abandoned the slush to help Lauer grill Bastianich about destemming and torquing, but it was her grape-skin-covered feet that stole the spotlight. ("Toe jam," quipped Al Roker.) Her footwork even earned Vieira the right to try out the bottling machine and swig 30 Rock Zin--with its own special Today Show label--straight from the bottle. Despite pretending that she was going to spit the wine out, the new queen of morning TV gave it a positive review: "It's actually good!" Bet you're sorry you left now, huh Katie?
|We hear it's a bit fruitier than Klingon blood wine.|
|So now that Hubert Keller's DJing, does this mean Oakenfold and Digweed will start cooking?|
• Unfiltered doesn't exactly have an army of "spies" on the street, like some celebrity gossip outlets, so since we don't have the time to stake out someone's home and sort through the trash for empties, we have to take celebrities' word for it when they tell us about their wine consumption habits. Our faith is a bit stronger now. Last Friday night, Unfiltered happened to be sitting at the back corner of the bar at Olive's in the W Hotel Union Square, when up to the bar sauntered none other than fashion icon Betsey Johnson. No case of mistaken identity here--she's pretty hard to miss. Anyway, if you recall, she proclaimed to Unfiltered, "I'm a Champagne girl," as she sipped Moët White Star in the Moët Be Fabulous Lounge at New York Fashion Week. But we were a bit doubtful after she compared the beverage to drinking Alka Seltzer. Well, at Olive's, she got herself a nice, tall glass of bubbly from the bar, and promptly disappeared back into the restaurant. Cheers, Betsey, for being honest about being a Champagne girl. Our trust in celebrity fashion icons has reached new heights.
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