Emmy Wines Behind the Scenes: Stars Dish on Awards Drinks

We got the scoop on the pours and snacks that sated A-listers at last night's Emmys, including something called "favacado" toast and a wine surprise for Henry Winkler
Emmy Wines Behind the Scenes: Stars Dish on Awards Drinks
Rachel Brosnahan drinks in a victory Cabernet to match her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (and her dress). (Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Sep 18, 2018

Last night's Primetime Emmy Awards featured some familiar honorees—Game of Thrones, 96-year-old national treasure Betty White, and Napa's Sterling Vineyards and Italy's Ferrari Trento costarring as the official still and sparkling wines of the Emmy Awards Season.

But the night wasn't without primetime-style twists, and the best of them were accompanied by a glass of wine in hand. Here's the scoop on what (wines) went down at the 70th Emmy Awards.

Sterling Vineyards images from Vince Bucci/Invision/AP; Ferrari Trento images courtesy of Ferrari Trento

Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Courtesy of Ferrari Trento Courtesy of Ferrari Trento

The cast and crew of newcomer The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had a lot to celebrate, taking home the big Outstanding Comedy Series win. One immediate perk: Mrs. Maisel herself, Rachel Brosnahan, was one of the first people to get a taste of the yet-to-be-released Sterling Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 after receiving her own statuette for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, a Sterling rep informed us.

Awardees George R. R. Martin, Bill Hader and Henry Winkler were also given their own customized bottles of Iridium. “I love Sterling—this is a great wine," first-time winner and longtime nominee Winkler was overheard saying. "But I’ve never had a bottle with my name on it!”

Director and producer Glenn Weiss certainly earned his personalized bottle, and plenty of occasion for popping it: Upon taking the stage to accept his Emmy for directing … the Oscars (meta), Weiss proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. Unfiltered does wonder what would've happened if he hadn’t won or she hadn't said yes, but thankfully for everyone, he did and so did she, and the showbiz mogul toasted both his exciting milestones later on with his own bottle of 2015 Iridium.

In celebration of the awards show's platinum anniversary, the Governor's Ball after-party—typically a formal sit-down dinner in a ballroom—transformed into an outdoor rooftop bash, complete with more than 35 different plates from Patina Catering, directed by chef Joachim Splichal of Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Patina restaurant in Los Angeles. The 4,000 attendees noshed on dishes such as bamboo-spiked prime short rib, "favacado" toast, and their own creations from a DIY baked-potato bar.

As for the party's booze, Ketel One vodka guest-starred with three Emmys-themed cocktails: "Radiance," "Enlightenment" and "Restoration," which required some 6,000 pounds of ice, 75 pounds of strawberries and 2,400 edible flowers throughout the night, among other garnishes. In addition to Iridium, Sterling also poured its 2015 Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay and 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. On the bubbly side, Ferrari greeted Gov's Ball guests upon arrival with glasses of its Brut Trentodoc, and posted up at its own "Ferrari Bar" to pour its full lineup, including the Brut, Brut Rosé, Perlé 2012 and Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2005.

"We are honored to have been chosen once again as the toast of excellence in television entertainment," Ferrari president and CEO Matteo Lunelli said in a statement provided to Unfiltered. "We are also delighted to bring a touch of Italian lifestyle to this glamorous season of celebration." Cin cin to all who put on the night's memorable performances, both on the stage and behind the bar.


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