• If it's not Cristal, Victoria and David Beckham (aka Posh and Becks) don't want it. During a recent stay at London's five-star Hempel Hotel, Britain's golden couple--he's a midfielder for soccer team Real Madrid and she's a former member of the teenybopper band Spice Girls--turned up their noses at the Dom Ruinart chilling on ice in their room and demanded Cristal instead. Of course the hotel complied. After all, management spent nearly $38,000 on fresh flowers, plush Italian linens, scented bath oils and beefed-up security for the couple, a hotel rep confirmed. The Beckhams' rep, Simon Oliveira, had no comment on the incident. As a side note, though, Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy are aggressively trying to lure Beckham away from Real Madrid and put his soccer talents on display in the United States. So note to Galaxy management: When Beckham comes to town to talk, make sure you have Cristal on ice if you want to seal the deal. Oh, just indulge him completely--call it "football."
• We reported last week that James Bond's Champagne of choice is Bollinger in the upcoming Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Now it seems there's an additional scene in the new film in which Bond and Vesper Lynd (played by Eva Green), are dining on a train, sharing a bottle of Château Angélus. (We heard it's a 1982, though Sony VP of publicity Steve Elzer, an avid wine collector himself, wasn't able to confirm as of press time what vintage of Angélus is used in the film.) Bond's our hero since he drinks early and often, and still manages to squeeze in all that saving-the-world stuff. The only fault we can find is that, like his countrymen, he really seems to stick with older wines no matter what. First Bond preferred the '53 Dom Pérignon to Dr. No's offer of a glass of '55. And we have to admit, we prefer the 2000 Angélus to the '82. He may have the license to kill, but we know that older isn't always better.
|What's pretending to be '82 Pétrus?|
• Unfiltered was excited to see the results of the latest study on the effects of the red-wine compound resveratrol receive international media attention. The study showed that resveratrol increased the lifespan of obese mice by more than 30 percent. However, for an average-size human to consume the quantities of resveratrol administered to the mice, they would have to drink more than 100 glasses of wine each day. Undeterred, consumers have been flocking to vitamin stores around the country, seeking resveratrol-containing supplements. A quick and extremely unscientific poll of New York-area Vitamin Shoppes informed Unfiltered that there isn't a bottle left on the shelves. According to Vitamin Shoppe category manager for vitamins and supplements Rob Maru, the franchise has experienced a "very significant bump in sales [of resveratrol] since the release of the study, [which caused] a lot of consumer excitement and opened up a lot of educational opportunities for us and our customers." That's all well and good, but Unfiltered still prefers to take our daily dose of resveratrol the old-fashioned way. We "taste" it.
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