It’s holiday season—and that means that Möet & Chandon, the official Champagne provider of the Golden Globes, has been busy. The Champagne house is celebrating a 25-year partnership with the famous award ceremony, crowning young model-actress Corinne Foxx as this year’s Miss Golden Globe. Hollywood glitterati like Vanessa Hudgens, Sarah Silverman and Foxx’s father, Jamie Foxx, posed in gold-themed photo booths with the Champagne house's signature Swarovski crystal-studded bottles.
For the 73rd Annual Golden Globes, coming Jan. 10, Möet & Chandon will be offering a range of Champagnes for each stage of the award ceremony, serving 1,500 Moët Impérial minis on the red carpet, 125 cases of Moët & Chandon 2004 Grand Vintage Brut and Moët Impérial Rosé Magnums on the tables during the ceremony, and 500 Moët cocktails at the bars. “Moët Impérial is a perennial favorite,” Möet & Chandon head of communications Paige Pedersen told Unfiltered.
Möet’s charity initiative, Toast for a Cause, will return to the Globes as in previous years, and nominees can toast their Impérial minis in support of their favorite charities on the red carpet. For each toast raised, Moët & Chandon promises $1,000 to the chosen charity in the nominees’ names.
Not only has the food-truck trend pulled up in France, it seems the French have made it their own: St.-Émilion’s vintners have tricked out a bright red Citroën HY van, vintage 1976, for a retro road trip through France. “We saw the success of food trucks—there are even food trucks at the châteaus during the en primeur tastings. We decided it was the moment to do a wine truck,” Emilie Renard, spokesperson for the Conseil des Vins de St.-Émilion, told Unfiltered. “We do a lot of events abroad, but not that many in France.”
Rather than create their own new events, the vintners saw an opportunity: Take the wine to popular events like jazz festivals, antique markets, and fairs. Some 20 stops are planned for 2016, but don’t look for the red truck in Paris—it will stick to the roads of the southwest, Brittany, North Pas de Calais and Alsace. At the wheel within each region will be an expert sommelier: “We have three finalists,” said Renard. The chosen sommelier-driver will serve a rotating selection of 16 wines from four St.-Émilion appellations, coordinating with local wine shops, and offering tasting classes and seating at four portable tables. Winemakers will join the wine truck at each stop.
Florida's Treasure Coast lived up to its name this past week, at least if bagged wine, coffee and chicken-flavor ramen noodles as far as the eye can see fit your definition of "treasure." Residents of Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties found hundreds of mysterious packages of grocery items, including laundry detergent pods, dog food, cooking oil and more, washed ashore on the local beaches. We'd like to think the free groceries were an early Christmas gift from Poseidon, but the U.S. Coast Guard had a slightly more plausible explanation. In a statement, they said that the items came from a nearby barge that lost up to 25 shipping containers during a period of bad weather.
Café Bustelo coffee, packed in eye-catching bright yellow cans and vacuum-packed bricks, comprised the majority of the waterlogged loot. Beachgoers scavenged for the canisters, many of which remained sealed and presumably viable. Photographs taken by the foragers also show bags of red wine intermingling with the surf and seaweed, but no branding or other identifying features were visible. Knowing what Master Sommelier Larry Stone told us about the last time he encountered a wine that had spent time alone at sea, we'll pass on the Treasure Coast Baggy Reserve.
A judge has handed down a ruling in favor of the one winery who did not accept the one-year probation offered by the California ABC for alleged "tied-house" law violations on social media by wineries participating in the 2014 Save Mart Grape Escape.
In the aftermath of the 2014 charges, the 2015 Grape Escape was canceled when only four wineries agreed to participate, down from more than 60, and the California State Assembly kind of sort of passed a bill to clear all this up, except it didn't.
Of the wineries and suppliers hit by the ABC for posting their attendance in the 2014 Save Mart Grape Escape, only Renwood rejected the probation terms and chose to fight the allegations. In findings released by the ABC on Nov. 30, ABC Administrative Law Judge Nicholas Loehr ruled in an ABC appeals hearing that Renwood's social media posts about participating in the festival had no corrupting effect. In response the ruling, the ABC dismissed the case against Renwood, but also issued an order to reject Judge Loehr's decision—which turned out to be a win-lose for Rebecca Stamey-White of San Francisco–based law firm Hinman & Carmichael, representing Renwood. Another group of wineries that participated at the 2014 BottleRock festival are currently appealing similar charges. "We’ve got the BottleRock cases going to the appeals board in January," Stamey-White told Unfiltered. "The dismissal in the Renwood case is unfortunate [for them], because it allows the ABC to not have to deal with it, and to not have a precedent in the case that will change how they interpret these laws."