• Unfiltered Quiz: Which of these things is not like the others? Salvador Dalí, Jean Miró, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Andy Warhol and His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales. Trick question. Actually, they all have something in common--they've all had artwork adorning bottles of Château Mouton-Rothschild. The first-growth is famous for its labels, designed by a different artist every year since 1945. The 2004 vintage, just bottled and about to be trotted out, features a painting by Prince Charles. Watercolor painting has been one of the heir to the British throne's hobbies for years, and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild chose a painting of pine trees on the Côte d'Azur for the label. Underneath appears a note: "To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, Charles 2004." The Entente is a landmark 1904 treaty between the United Kingdom and France. After centuries of wars dating back to, well, William the Conqueror, the nations have been strong allies since. Unfiltered's a fan of Anglo-Franco peace, and is also proud of Charles for getting a day job in the wine biz. Better yet, by tradition, Mouton-Rothschild always pays the artist in wine, not cash.
• Back in the summer, Unfiltered let you know that a pair of Hollywood producers snapped up the rights to make a film version of Judgment of Paris, the book by George Taber about the 1976 Paris Tasting. At the time, Taber said there was nothing to get excited about, since it just signaled the possibility that a movie might be made. But now things are starting to take shape, with screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen--owner of Kamen Estate in Sonoma--signing on to write the script. "I'm very happy because it means they're putting real money on the table to get a screenwriter, especially to get this one," said Taber. "He's got an incredible background." A background that includes mostly action films, it turns out, such as the Karate Kid movies, the Lethal Weapon movies and The Fifth Element. So we're looking forward to the part of the wine movie when Steven Spurrier, organizer of the tasting, takes a kick to the jaw from French taster Odette Kahn, right before Bruce Willis swoops in and blows the whole tasting to smithereens.
|I'm da boss, I'm da boss, I'm da boss ... and nobody tells me I can't serve foie gras!|
• One Gulfport, Miss., casino is hoping some culinary star power will lure visitors to the Gulf Coast as the region rebuilds from Hurricane Katrina. Emeril Lagasse announced last week that he'll open his 10th restaurant--Emeril's New Orleans Fish House on the Gulf Coast--in the Island View Casino Resort next summer. "I receive offers everyday to build new restaurants," Lagasse told reporters at a press conference announcing the new venue. "But I chose to open a restaurant on the Gulf Coast because it means a lot to me to be a part of the rebuilding of this community. My family and I have very close ties here--my wife, Alden, grew up in Gulfport." The Coast used to be Lagasse's place to get out of the kitchen. He built a vacation home in nearby Pass Christian, finishing it a month before Katrina roared ashore, leveling the house and much of the city. His new restaurant, a sister to Emeril's New Orleans Fish House in Las Vegas, will seat 200 people and give jobs to at least 80 Gulfport residents. The menu will highlight the area's prized seafood.
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|Wine in pouches from a country with lots of kangaroos ... go figure.|