Nostalgia/Australia fans were right stoked to see the trailer for Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home, starring Danny McBride and virtually every Australian actor cavorting through the whole outback of Australian stereotypes (kangaroos, big knives, rowdy Sheilas) in search of the legendary Mick "Crocodile" Dundee. If you watched the Super Bowl, you saw how it ended: “Wait, hold up, this isn’t a movie," says McBride's character. "It’s a tourism ad for Australia.” And with that, McBride's guide (played by Chris Hemsworth) leads him to a vineyard and white-tablecloth restaurant to show that Australia offers much more than Foster's and cricket. But which venues played the backdrop for chic Australia?
We recognized one spot: None other than Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Quay, overlooking the Sydney Opera House. “For Quay to be the feature restaurant in [Tourism Australia's] biggest campaign in the U.S. to date is a huge honor," restaurant group creative director John Fink told Unfiltered via email. "Once we heard the concept, it was a no-brainer." For the "top-secret" two-day shoot, the restaurant began setting up at 3:30 in the morning with as few staff as possible, to prevent any leaks. "It was well worth the effort," said Fink. "Chris, Danny and the whole team including Tourism Australia were an absolute pleasure to work with."
As for the vineyard scene, after the spot aired, Mornington Peninsula's Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove posted on its Facebook page, "We are so excited! We can finally reveal that Montalto is the winery chosen to feature in the brilliant new Tourism Australia ad that just aired in the U.S. Super Bowl."
The commercial represents the debut of a $36 million marketing campaign that partners Wine Australia and Tourism Australia, and part of a broader $50 million investment by the Australian government to increase wine marketing eight-fold in the U.S. and China, according to a press release. As Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia, put it: "Australia’s wine and food offering has truly evolved since Crocodile Dundee was released over 30 years ago"—as any visitor to the d'Arenberg Cube can certainly attest.
Last month, the Cleveland Cavaliers' star enophile—er, basketball player—LeBron James hit a new milestone by scoring his 30,000th career point. Though it seems King James is always ballin' out both on and off the court, this one is a pretty big deal: He's the youngest of only seven players to join the NBA's 30,000-point club.
LeBron celebrated in true Caberniers fashion. "I'm looking forward to the moment when I can be done with the game and I can sit back with my family and my friends, and we can drink some wine and talk about all the accomplishments that I had and feats I was able to accomplish," he said in a postgame video posted on Cavs.com.
Canadian hip-hop superstar and fellow adult-beverage enthusiast Drake took to Twitter to toast his pal with his finest cellar selection. "Because you're at 30,000 tonight, we gotta do something really special," Drake says in a video, reaching off-camera for a bottle of 1961 Pétrus (current auction price: $12,762). "This is the most expensive bottle I could find … I don't even know if we should drink this, but 30,000, it's only right that—" And with that, Drake proceeds to pour the Pomerol in the most Drake way possible.
But concerned enophiles should note the video-editing trickery; you don't see Drake actually drop the Pétrus, meaning no Pétrus was harmed in the making of this prank.
Gregarious Momofuku baron David Chang has a leading man mien, but he hasn't taken a starring role since season one of Mind of a Chef six years ago, though eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted him in various cameos (Showtime's Billions last year being most recent). This month, though, everything you stream is turning up Chang.
First up, Chang is in PyeongChang as an NBC Olympics special correspondent covering food, culture and, we don't know, maybe filling in if the biathlon guy gets a cold? To kick off his broadcasts, NBC released a video of Chang going cross-country eating in South Korea, from street market to truck stop to Buddhist monastery to Michelin three-star restaurant Gaon. As he says, "Korean food is really an amalgamation of food from all over the world! You have Chinese sausages, you have Japanese dumplings, you have American roast lobster with cheese. It doesn't get more multicultural than this."
Chang's next project is eight-episode documentary Ugly Delicious, debuting on Netflix Feb. 23. In the trailer for this one, artfully plated delicate bites are nowhere to be seen, as Chang romps through increasingly alarming "comfort foods": Cajun crawfish and braised tofu quickly escalate to "tendons from a deer's feet," donkey meat and even a dish that may or may not combine all those ingredients in one wrap (he goes to Taco Bell). No word yet on where comfort wine comes in, but Chang, three of whose Momofuku outposts hold Restaurant Awards for the strength of their cellars, is seen clinking glasses and hanging out with comedian-vintner Eric Wareheim.
There are a lot of crazy habits folks have claimed to be the key to a long life—from staying single to doing exactly seven pushups every day—but here's one Unfiltered can actually endorse: that of Francisco Núñez Olivera, who died last week at the venerable age of 113 after a half-year reign as world's oldest living man. His secret? A diet of homegrown vegetables, lean proteins, probiotic-packed yogurt … and a glass of red wine each day, per the Spanish edition of the Local.
Obviously, that last part sounds especially appealing, and Unfiltered thinks Olivera may have been on to something: We know that red wine is full of antioxidants, and numerous studies have shown that red-wine compounds such as resveratrol are beneficial in the aging process. Sure, good nutrition, good genes and really good luck help, but Unfiltered raises a glass of tinto fino to the record-setting enophile.
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