David and Victoria Beckham, the British multi-multihyphenate mogul-socialite-actor-philanthropist-tastemaker couple, are as likely to be spotted in a vineyard as on a soccer pitch or stage these days, and this week saw them at one of Italy's finest. Becks posted to Instagram from Castello della Sala, the Antinori Umbrian estate home to one of Italy's most storied white wines, Cervaro della Sala. "Great few hours with Renzo and friends," enthused the former Manchester United midfielder.
That would be Italian hall-of-fame enologist Renzo Cotarella, veteran captain of Piero Antinori's global cellars, who created Cervaro, a Chardonnay-Grechetto blend, more than three decades ago. The Beckhams, who once preferred Blue Nun and bubbles before becoming Napa vineyard owners, are known Antinori fans, but this tasting was particularly special: four vintages of Cervaro back to 1999, one for each of their kids' birth years. "They had the chance to taste some library vintages of Cervaro della Sala and experience the breathtaking views," Cotarella told Unfiltered via email of the visit. "The Beckhams are true enophiles who understand and appreciate the skill that goes into producing fine Italian wines.”
In other news of Great '90s Daves, Foo Fighters frontman and onetime Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl was wining in Europe this week as well, but his tastes skewed decidedly more punk than posh. After a gig at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park, he toasted the locals with a bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine, the fortified, caffeinated “Wreck-the-Hoose-Juice” that has long been the antisocial lubricant of choice for Glasgow's most discerning disorderlies. “I wasn’t going to say anything, but I wasn’t going to leave the city without at least one bottle of this. It’s my favorite drink,” the rocker said, pretending to swig from a bottle in a short clip posted after the show.
“We were delighted to hear that Dave was a fan of our brand,” Buckfast sales manager Stewart Wilson told Unfiltered via email, “Buckfast is very popular among musicians.” The “Commotion Lotion” clocks in at 15 percent ABV, has more caffeine than Red Bull—and has been made by Benedictine monks since the 1880s at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England. They seem to be at peace with their dubious vinous reputation. “We have enjoyed sales growth in what is a very challenging economic environment,” noted Wilson. And some bonus Buckfast news this week: “We have just entered into the food sector for the first time with the launch of our Buckfast BBQ sauce.” It has already almost sold out; Unfiltered maintains that Dave Grohl, however, would never.
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