• Unfiltered was happy to hear that one of Google's founders—it isn't yet known which one—has found a way to pursue world conquest without antagonizing antitrust authorities. Apparently, either Sergey Brin or Larry Page, who started their company while students at Stanford University, is now looking toward the southern hemisphere to invest in New Zealand winery Mebus Estate. The 113-acre property, which is located in Wairarapa on the southern tip of the North Island, produces a Merlot blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. News of the prospective deal was reported early this week in Wellington newspaper the Dominion Post, but estate owner Michael Mebus would not identify which of the Internet behemoths was eyeing his vineyard. Frankly, we are a little surprised by the relatively modest scope of the investment. Considering that both guys have an estimated net worth topping $18 billion, either Brin or Page could buy any winery in New Zealand with their pocket change. Then again, they could also just buy the entire North Island.
• Unfiltered probably wouldn't be let into the Sundance Film Festival if we were accompanied by Robert Redford himself, but we have to admit, we were curious to hear about the recent premiere there of the film Bottle Shock. This is the first of two highly anticipated films about the famous 1976 Paris Tasting in which California Cabernets and Chardonnays beat out French wines in a blind tasting. This film covers wine merchant Steven Spurrier's search through California for a Chardonnay that could compete in the tasting (the script for the second film, based on George Taber's book, Judgment of Paris, is still being written). So far, the reviews have been mixed, and from the trailer on YouTube.com, it looks like a movie that's as much about '70s teenagers learning the birds and the bees as it is about wine. Then again, a bottle of wine helped Unfiltered learn about the birds and the bees, so we're willing to give the movie a chance. Especially if Chateau Montelena wines are served during all showings in theaters ... the Chardonnay would probably go great with the buttery popcorn.
|Now that he's won, Curlin will be sprinting to Disneyland.|
|Bob has a somewhat wet and cold nose, with hints of bone, kibble and rubber chew-toy.|
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