There's a new NBA star joining the team of basketball vintners: Eight-time All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers has signed on as the newest celebrity to create a Signature Series label with OneHope Wine. Paul joins NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, future NFL Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, 12-time MLB All-Star Mike Piazza, 3-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker as the newest OneHope celebrity vintner.
Paul's OneHope Pinot Noir Napa Valley Signature Series Reserve 2011 was made in collaboration with consulting winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr. and is available for $60 a bottle. Fifty percent of the profits from each bottle will go to the Chris Paul Family Foundation, which promotes education, health, sports and social responsibility.
While the English were busy politely golf-clapping at last week’s British Open, the U.S. hosted a concurrent golf tournament, the slightly less reverent and decidedly more all-American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. More than 30 professional athletes, entertainers and television personalities descended upon Lake Tahoe to participate in the 26th-annual charity event. Former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder triumphantly represented the baseball contingent, which also included Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux, by winning the overall championship.
Not wanting the celebrities to have their feelings hurt, Korbel, a returning tournament sponsor, offered the other participants a chance for glory with a hole-in-one competition and a celebrity spray-off. Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, who heads his family’s line of Duck Commander Wines, beat out Golf Channel host Lisa Cornwell to become the hole-in-one champion by driving his ball within 12 feet and 1 inch from the target. For his efforts, the Korbel Toast Life Foundation donated $5,000 to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, a non-profit that rehabilitates local wildlife, in his honor.
In the spray-off, the stars showcased their best sparkling wine celebration skills as they popped the corks on bottles of Korbel. Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, one of many football stars including John Elway, Aaron Rodgers and Emmitt Smith, launched his cork the furthest, a whopping 87 feet, also winning $5,000 for the charity of his choice. And although athletes won the majority of the three events, the participating entertainers made sure to leave their mark on the crowd by doing what they do best. During the light-hearted challenges, comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Rob Riggle cracked jokes and former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro treated fans to his trademark dance move, “The Carlton.” Justin Timberlake joined the dance party, busting out his own charming moves and giving spectators a good-natured sparkling wine shower after launching his cork.
Last week, the Yealands Wine Group initiated a recall of New Zealand stock of two of their labels, 3 Stones and Clearwater Cove, due to a packaging default that may cause shards of glass to become displaced upon opening. This is the second wine recall Unfiltered has reported on in recent months. Last month, South African producer Distell recalled batches of wine from British and Irish supermarkets, also because of the potential for glass particles in the wine.
Three wines were involved in this past week’s recall: 2014 3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Pinot Gris, and 2015 Clearwater Cove Pinot Gris. All 3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris with the batch code of L5148, and Clearwater Cove Pinot Gris with the batch code L5147 and L5148 should not be opened or consumed. Customers can find batch codes on the back label near the barcode.
This is a setback for Yealands, one of New Zealand's largest wine producers, who recently brought on an investor to help with expansion. While there have been no reports of injury or illness, a spokesperson for 3 Stones and Clearwater Cove said, “The recall is a precautionary measure and to eliminate the potential risk of public harm.”
It comes as no surprise to Unfiltered that the notorious penal colony Australia houses wine criminals, and three of them struck last week in Clare (of the Clare Valley region in South Australia known for Riesling and Shiraz). The plonkers made off with some 160 cases after breaking into a shed. According to police, most of that comprises 15 vintages’ worth of Cardinham Estate. The getaway vehicle is thought to be a Ford Fairlane hauling a trailer, and the thieves were caught on closed-circuit television, making this a less sophisticated job than Bordeaux's recently apprehended expansive crime ring.