Jennifer Lawrence is looking for a costar in her upcoming wine-country vacation. As part of a charity fund-raising campaign, the Hollywood leading lady—of Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle fame—is offering fans a chance to join her on a trip to California vineland for a day of picnic lunching, lawn games among the vines and lots—and lots—of wine. "It'll be great," Lawrence says of the boozy bonanza in a promo video. "We'll hang out, we'll drink some wine, talk politics, drink wine, maybe we'll call your ex, maybe we'll call my ex. Who knows?"
To prove her chops as a knowledgeable wine-tasting companion, the Oscar winner plays a game of "Wine Review or Movie Review." Can J-Law guess whether "full-bodied, strongly grounded, simply sensational" refers to a fine vintage of Domaine Leroy—or is it a cringe-worthy comment on her, uh, talents?
Lawrence's charity of choice is Represent.Us, an anti-political corruption organization that's close to her heart, right up there with a good Cabernet (though which winery's Cabernet she'll be tasting is still under wraps). The competition is hosted by the fund-raising site Omaze, and every $10 donated buys 100 entries in the J-Lawttery. May the odds be ever in your favor.
The bottling process may not be the most glamorous part of winemaking, but at Jordan winery in Sonoma, winemakers and other employees made it a little more spicy with a parody music video of the song of the summer, "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The spoof, "Despacito Embotellado" (or, en ingles, "Slowly Bottling"), features Jordan staff strutting their moves along the bottling line, "strumming" a magnum bottle and making it rain with Cabernet labels. This is just the latest hit in the winery's musical oeuvre: According to Lisa Mattson, Jordan's marketing director-slash-VJ, music video parodies have become sort of a yearly tradition at Jordan, starting in 2012 when the Jordan team covered "Gangnam Style," one of the most viral videos of all time. (Mattson has an eye for these trends: The real "Despacito" broke records as the most-streamed video ever on the same day Jordan finished bottling their 2015 Cab.) Unfiltered readers will also recall the winery's foray into movie farce in 2015's "Cab Wars: The Force of Harvest Awakens."
"We always have it in the back of our minds, what's going to be our music video of the year," Mattson told Unfiltered. "The majority of the videos we do are to show the behind-the-scenes of what it's like here—wine education, hospitality, cooking demos. These videos show that, yes, we might be serious about winemaking and hospitality, but we also like to have fun."
This week in spatula news: Williams-Sonoma has released a batch of spatulas for its annual Tools for Change charity initiative. These are no plain vanilla spatulas, though: Each sports a design from one of a motley mix of celebrities like Faith Hill, Bobby Flay, Neil Patrick Harris, Questlove and Kristen Bell. The beneficiary is No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization to fight childhood hunger (that has recently appeared in this space with other culinary luminaries like chefs Chris Cosentino and Charlie Palmer).
The spatulas are available from Williams-Sonoma for $13. Thirty percent of the retail price goes to the non-profit, plus an additional $5,000 to be donated on behalf of the celebrity whose spatula sells out first. Favorites are sure to include designs from Jeff Bridges, with its cartoon rendition of The Dude in The Big Lebowski and Giada De Laurentiis, who sets cartoon pasta against the colors of the Italian flag.
From his days dressing up The Prisoner Zin blend bottle in a Goya etching, through stylizing the Orin Swift Machete blend—No. 6 wine of 2016—in a series of racy retro polaroids, winemaker Dave Phinney has always trained an artist's eye on wine.
A few weeks ago, Phinney, who made waves by selling Orin Swift to Gallo last year, began teasing a new project through a new medium: film. The first cryptic video sets the scene: A woman driving through a desert in a vintage ride toward the sunset, past dead scrub and abandoned cars. Was this going to be Phinney’s version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, with a hint of Mad Max?
Not quite: With the Aug. 8 conclusion of the series, the winemaker unveiled 8 Years in the Desert, a new Zinfandel-based blend from Orin Swift—the first Zin in eight years from a guy who made his name on the grape. And of course, with the new wine, eight new noirish art labels from Phinney.
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