• Unfiltered loves wine, and Unfiltered loves soccer, and sometimes the two make an excellent pairing—see Brian Mcbride and the U.S. National team and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber. And sometimes the pairings leave something to be desired—see Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's acting job in the new commercial for Concha y Toro's Casillero del Diablo brand. Casillero del Diablo is the official wine of Manchester United, nicknamed the Red Devils. Joining Rooney in the ad are star teammates Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs. In the new advertisement, the three are hanging out in an executive suite at Old Trafford as a fireball descends on the stadium. "Guys, we have a problem," says Rooney. "The boss said that a new devil is arriving." Rooney profoundly stares into the distance as the fireball crashes onto the pitch below him in a feat of overacting described by entertainment editor for London's The Sun, Gordon Smart, as "so wooden the producers of [British soap opera] Hollyoaks will be on the phone desperately offering him a part." Unfiltered can't see renowned wine connoisseur and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson settling for the $12 Chilean red when his tastes run more toward the three- and four-digit price ranges of Bordeaux. The lackluster thespians came across as ironic to Unfiltered, considering we've seen enough acting jobs on the soccer pitch to give us the impression that every footballer has earned an Oscar.
The Bordeaux Grands Crus Runners made an impressive effort—and charity donation—at the 2011 New York Marathon.
• We told you last month that the Bordelais were coming to New York to run the New York Marathon. It turns out that plenty of Americans from the wine and food industry ran as well. Sotheby's CEO Jamie Ritchie ran, raising money for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program and Elizabeth Finn Care. The aforementioned Bordeaux Grands Crus Runners raised more than $20,000 for the Lysistrata charity, a women's rights group. Yannick Evenou of Château La Dominique, Erwan le Brozec of Château d'Armailhac, Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy of Château Clerc-Milon, Cécile Daquin of Château Pape-Clément, Gilles Rambaud of Château La Gaffelière, Marie-Louise Schÿler of Pichon-Longueville-Baron, David Launay of Château Gruaud-Larose, Ronan Laborde of Château Clinet, Lucas Leclercq of Château Lafon-Rochet and Kees Van Leeuwen of Cheval-Blanc each completed the race. Local chefs got in on the action as well, with Chipotle's Nate Appleman, Babbo's Joe Bastianich, Dell'Anima's Joe Campanale, Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm and Dos Caminos' Ivy Stark all running. The 31-year-old Laborde finished first among them with the astounding time of 2 hours and 36 minutes, good enough to finish in the top 150 of the 45,000-plus field. Cheers to all.
• There's more to Napa than just grapes: The Napa Valley Film Festival kicks off this weekend with a full slate of activities, including an opening gala at Robert Mondavi Winery. Over the course of the weekend, more than 100 films will be screened, including sneak previews for the upcoming George Clooney drama The Descendants and Jennifer Garner's comedy Butter. But there are some wine-related flicks too, such as the Keanu Reeves period-piece A Walk in the Clouds, semi-fictional sommelier drama The Ways of Wine and No Wine Left Behind, a new documentary that follows Iraq war veterans starting a new life as winemakers in California.
• Bad news out of Rioja this week: A fire ravaged Bodegas Señorio de Villarrica on Sunday morning, destroying the winery facility and much of its 400,000-liter inventory. It is believed that the fire started in the winery's kitchen and spread rapidly from there; the flames reached such a level of intensity that the roof of the cellar collapsed, wrecking most of the 1,500 barrels held there. The winery is owned and operated by the Fernández family, who will be able to continue making wine at another winery they own in the region. Villarrica has vineyards around the communes of Hervias and San Ascensio, and it has made a name with a range of Tempranillo bottlings from everyday price points all the way up to an exclusive $3,000 label.