• Remember how in high school the only reason anyone smoked cigarettes--or just stuck one behind an ear--was to look cool? It turns out that supermodel-turned-talk-show-host Tyra Banks, 33, feels the same way about wine. "I'll only take two sips, but I'll keep holding the glass 'cause it makes me feel sexy," she explained on her website. Banks' sipping strategy isn't about counting calories or following Pink's diet plan. Rather, the Top Model host says she thinks wine "tastes kind of nasty," and that she's "not really an 'alcohol girl.'" But despite her aversion to the grape, Banks recently traveled to Napa, according to her website post. "I learned how to pair wines with certain tastes, how red wine tastes good with salt and bitter things like lemon." Sounds like somebody wasn't paying attention in class.
• If you're a big soft-drink, fast-food or auto company, you'll pay big bucks to get your product featured prominently in popular films and TV shows. If you're a small-scale California winemaker, however, it's all about serendipity. Kimberly Jackson of Jax Vineyards (formerly known as Jackson Ridge) told Unfiltered how she got her wines "placed" on an episode of HBO's hit show Entourage just by making a routine sales call to the Dakota restaurant in Los Angeles. "When I got there, the whole restaurant was gated off … after waiting about 45 minutes, they let me in. I walked up the stairs and into the entire cast and crew of Entourage, including about 400 extras. They were filming a dining scene. I set my wines up at the bar and waited to be seen, and after about 10 minutes the director said to me, 'Hey, I love your wines! Can we put them in this scene?'" He even gave Jackson a walk-on role in the episode. But the showbiz novice explained, "I thought I was supposed to talk, but you're actually supposed to stay quiet and act like you're talking. They ended up cutting that scene." Here's a piece of advice, Kimberly: Always let the wines do the talking.
|Tastier, but probably less nutritious, than eating the actual magazine.|
• Single wine lover ISO others who recycle? French singles may be able to find both romance and a tasty quaff thanks to a Bordeaux wine merchant OMNIVINS, which recently launched a new wine brand and online dating service called Soif de Coeur. The name literally translates to "thirsty hearts," as the service aims to serve those parched for both love and wine. Those in need can purchase one of 350,000 bottles of Soif de Coeur, which sells for a little over $4 in French supermarkets. The varieties available are a Sauvignon-Sémillon white, a rosé of Merlot and Cabernet and a Merlot-Cabernet blend. If you're a girl, grab a bottle with a pink label (blue for boys), and the empty bottle will reveal a secret code on the back label, which you then plug into the Soif de Coeur website. Voila! You're instantly part of a wine dating community in which you will be linked up for a chance encounter with another person who shares your language, background and love of cheap wine. For those outside of France hoping for their own chance to drink in the love, Soif de Coeur marketing manager Pauline Lacombe said the company is looking to expand the concept to the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Russia.
|Dogs on wine labels look just as nice as the real thing, only they don't eat your shoes.|