• With all the controversy surrounding soon-to-be-former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who is expected to appear in federal court next week to plead guilty to charges of running an interstate dog-fighting ring, one question has yet to be addressed: What will happen to his wine bar? Yes, it turns out that Vick is a minority partner in a suburban Atlanta wine bar and restaurant, and apparently it's in trouble, too. Unfiltered tracked down a person previously involved with the establishment, who said: "Compared to the other owners, he was a saint." The source claimed that the owners were several thousand dollars behind on rent, and added that the other owners used Vick for good publicity to open the restaurant, despite the fact that the food tasted like it was "from a nursing home. They hired an executive chef without tasting his food. Have you ever heard of that?" The source went on to say that Vick's initial investment was small and that he will not be paying in more. Sorry Michael, guess you can't expect to receive a file hidden in a bottle of Pétrus.
• They say wherever you go in Italy, up to 30 separate police organizations could be keeping their eyes on you. These include divisions of the state police, regional police, municipal police, highway patrols, park rangers and fiscal police. But recently, the antifraud squad of the military police (the Carabinieri) added another branch to the all-encompassing tree by sending 25 of its members to a sommelier school in Rome in an effort to strengthen the force's response to fraud in the wine industry. They'll have plenty of work to do: According to the Italian Sommelier Association, recent cases include the discovery of nearly 2.5 million liters of ordinary, anonymous table wine on the market, labeled as Pinot Grigio, Prosecco and Pinot Nero. And according to local TV reports, the antifraud squad recently announced that it had unearthed a 25,000-liter scam involving bottles of fake Barolo 1997 Riserva, perfectly labeled and corked, floating around the German and Scandinavian markets for around $110 a bottle. Roberto Voerzio, one of Barolo's top producers, is happy that the police are homing in on such fraudulent dealings. "Good for them!" he said. "This sort of thing has been going on for years. Consumers who understand a bit about wine will probably not be taken in by these sort of bottlings," he added, "but those who aren't, will. So it's a good thing that the police who are on the case know what they are dealing with." Unfiltered wonders if something similar would work in the U.S., but trading doughnuts for Dolcetto might be asking too much.
|Ferguson (left) wouldn't share the wine since Eriksson wouldn't share the players.|
• Glad, the company that makes all sorts of handy plastic items for kitchen use, has sponsored a kind of beauty pageant to elect America's Steamiest Chef. Represented by white-chef-coat-wearing, bobble-headed versions of themselves on the contest Web site, chefs Govind Armstrong of Table 8 in Miami and Los Angeles, cookbook author and television personality Dave Lieberman, G. Garvin of G. Garvin restaurant in LA, Aarón Sánchez of Centrico and Paladar restaurants in New York, and former Top Chef contestant and would-be New York restaurateur Sam Talbot each make the case for why he's "the steamiest." Sanchez waxes poetic about himself ("I am a sensualist and interpret the world through my senses, and I think my cooking is an extension of my soul and creative being") while Armstrong slings some steaming mud ("Those other steamy chefs-they're BAKED, BOILED, DEEP FRIED and RE-FRIED!"). The silliness of it all is justified by the fact that Glad will donate at least $5,000 to each of five charities chosen by the chefs, with another $25,000 going to charity represented by the chef voted "the steamiest." Unfiltered would like to suggest a follow-up "Greasiest Chef" contest, sponsored by a cooking-oil company.
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