Karl Lagerfeld’s Signature Bottle of Red

And another designer partners with a wine brand! Keep ‘em comin!  WWD reported that Karl Lagerfeld partnered with Château Rauzan-Ségla for the vineyard’s 350th year anniversary.  Take a look at the tastefully done, signature Karl sketch on the bottle… Love….

"A Lagerfeld-designed Château Rauzan-Ségla label" - WWD

This is a nice addition to go with his wine glasses that should be coming out soon!  Hmm.. coincidence?

Take a look at WWD’s report and news here :  Karl Lagerfeld’s Bottle of Red 

For more info on Karl Lagerfeld’s stemware – http://winepugnyc.com/2011/06/17/karl-lagerfeld-designs-glassware/

California Wine With A Sprinkle of Soulful Music Makes…

“The Dreaming Tree!” 

Looks like “The Dreaming Tree” has arisen from the dead!

Another awesome celebrity partnership – Dave Matthews has teamed up with Constellation wines to introduce the “Dreaming Tree” brand of wines which I am sure will be filled with ripe dark fruits and lots of  SOUL with strong finishes!!  

  

**Photos from www.dreamingtreewine.com

A great quote from the wine maker that gives you an idea of the thought behind the creation – “A lot of imagination goes into both creation of music and the creation of wine” – Steve Reeder.  

Take an inside look http://www.dreamingtreewines.com and let your dreams pour out!

To read more click the link below!

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dave-matthews-and-constellation-wines-introduce-the-dreaming-tree-2011-10-12

AC/DC and WINE!

And another bites the dust…. From yesterday’s NY Post, AC/DC will be joining a few other 80′s rockers to launch a wine collection in partnership with New South Wales, Australia based- winery Warburn Estate.  Enjoy!

“For Those About to Quaff… AC/DC Wine is Due Soon!”

Hard-living rockers might not automatically make consumers think of fine wine, but “For Those About to Rock” legends AC/DC are lending their name to a new line.

The Australian band has entered into a partnership with New South Wales, Australia-based winery Warburn Estate to produce four bottled varieties, named after some of their hits — AC/DC “Back in Black” Shiraz, AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” Moscato, AC/DC “Highway to Hell” Cabernet Sauvignon and AC/DC “Hells Bells” Sauvignon Blanc.

According to a fan website they are not the first rock band to launch a wine collection, with past trailblazers reportedly including KISS, Motorhead, Whitesnake and Warrant.

AC/DC is lending its name to wines.

AP
AC/DC is lending its name to wines.

Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group which will sell the line, told Australian Associated Press that it was a “no-brainer” to sell the wine nationally.

“This is a world-wide phenomenon and a first in the marketplace,” he said.

One of the highest grossing bands of all time, AC/DC survived the death of original singer, Bon Scott — who died in London in February 1980 after a night of heavy drinking — to rack up more hits with his replacement Brian Johnson

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/for_those_about_soon_quaff_ac_dc_vdtQSL7oOGG9g9et91P2yO#ixzz1V7Iow6m1

A Champagne Bottle Ready for Cannes!

What an amazing kick-off to the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival this morning.  I was pleasantly surprised flipping through my daily WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) read to find a brilliantly dressed bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.  Leave it to Jean Paul Gaultier to dress bubbly in haute couture..

From WWD; Photo by Courtesy Photo

From WWD:  ”Importing his signature dose of ooh-la-la to the festival, meanwhile, Jean Paul Gaultier, with Piper-Heidsieck, on May 13 will host a banquet in the city’s traditional outdoor Forville Market to fete the launch of a new limited edition cancan-inspired Champagne bottle designed by Gaultier (think a black latex dress, red eye mask and fishnet sheath).

“Ramona’ed” Wine Drama!

I stumbled upon this entertaining article on Perezhilton.com today regarding the NY Housewives wine/beverage ventures and how, of course stirring up some drama as per usual, Ramona Singer has her own speculations on Bethenny’s said earnings with Skinny Girl Margaritas.  Who know’s what’s true but we do know that Romona loves her Pinot and that it seems to be doing well.  If you are a NY Housewives fan then you will most certainly know that “Ramona Pinot Grigio” comes from the Veneto region of Italy as about 5 minutes of last weeks episode was spent with Ramona butchering the pronunciation of  ”Veneto” while The Countess politely corrects her… Was this because she had too much “Ramona” wine?  Regardless, next time you watch try to count on 2 hands how many full glasses of wine Ramona is drinking, how many times she refills without finishing, and how many times she mentions the grape Pinot Grigio.  It actually could serve as a nice wine drinking game, if you dare!

Also, if you are interested in meeting Ramona and trying out her Pinot, she will be in NYC on May 19th at Columbus Wine and Spirits, 730 Columbus Ave, NY, NY  from 6 PM to 8 PM…  Cheers!

From PerezHilton.com…

RHONY‘s Ramona Singer Says Bethenny Exaggerated Making $120 Million


ramona-thinks-bethenny-exaggerated.jpg

Meow!

Real Housewives of New York‘s Ramona Singer is bitching about rumors that her former castmate Bethenny Frankel made $120 million to sell her Skinnygirl Margarita company.

Ramona says:

“Oh no, she likes to exaggerate. It’s rumored, remember? It didn’t say fact. Rumored.

I was thinking before that figure came out she got about $30 million total. And divided that between her and her partners David, and usually they do a pay out, they don’t give you the money up front, they pay you out over time.”

So catty!

Sounds like Ramona is just a taaaaad jealous of Bethenny’s success. Don’t get so Ramotional, Ms. Singer – Ramona’s Pinot Grigio is sure to rake in some dough too. Probably not Skinnygirl dough, but still, we wouldn’t worry if we were you, honey.

GIVE, RECEIVE, AND THINK BIG WITH A WINE GLASS IN YOUR HAND!

From New York Magazine’s ‘The Cut’, they pick out a blurb from Fergie’s cover story in Glamour Magazine that makes me wish and dream that I could do this….Very generous Fergie… I wonder what wine she usually serves for these ‘events’…

GIVE, RECEIVE, AND THINK BIG WITH A WINE GLASS IN YOUR HAND!


If You Didn’t Love Fergie, You Do Now

That’s Louis Vuitton she’s wearing.

She tells Lucky, “One of my bedrooms is filled with clothes, and when people come over, I give them a trash bag and a glass of wine, then say, ‘Go!’” AH! And it’s probably all the great stuff people sent over that she didn’t wear when she was too busy with stuff like this. [Lucky]

The Food Network – entwine…

I”m starting to see a pattern and trend in the wine business where more and more indivuduals/brands are leveraging their name/popularity to create their own wine brand/lines, i.e. Trump, Romona, Drew Bledsoe, Top Chef, and now.. introducing The Food Network’s entwine made in California… Read a full review/article from Eater NY below!

Who’s in the Wine Business Now? The Food Network!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, by Eater Staff

Ever dreamed of getting drunk with a Food Network star? Now you can! Well, kind of… Yesterday, the Food Network hosted a preview sampling of their new wine collection called entwine. A partnership with the California winery Wente Vineyards, it’s a venture 18 months in the making; it’s scheduled to hit the shelves in August. This comes hot on the heels of news that Donald Trump is getting in on the wine business.

At the event, The Food Network’s own Anne Burrell emphasized the value of learning more about wine, saying, “The only way you will learn is to try. Drinking is research! So get out there and drink more.” Priced at $12.99 a bottle, entwine is designed to facilitate that “education” everyday.

The collection’s four wines — pinot grigio, merlot, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon — represent the network’s attempt to make food and wine pairings less intimidating to consumers. According to a representative, the wines have been selected to “taste great on their own and compliment everything from simple potato chips to more elaborate, composed dishes.”

Entwine is the product of a partnership with California’s Wente Vineyards, the oldest continuously operated family-owned winery in the country. Karl Wente, a fifth-generation winemaker, currently grows 32 cultivars of grape, providing a “spice rack” of grapes for depth and variety. The network cultivated some flowery prose to describe the results, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon that recalls “eating raspberry jam off a sprig of thyme” and the Chardonnay reminiscent of “toast spread with homemade apple butter.”

Back in 2009 a bunch of media organizations including Food & Wine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesUSA Today, and Zagat launched their own wine clubs. But wine clubs are old and busted. The new hotness: Network-branded wine. Up next: Anthony Bourdain’s rosé in a jug? Sandra Lee’s white zinfandel?

Food Network and Wente Vineyards Introduce entwine, A California Wine PortfolioInspired by their shared passion for wine and food, Food Network partnered with world-class, family owned California winery Wente Vineyards to develop entwine, a wine portfolio that marries easily and beautifully with food. Pioneers in their respective industries, the partners aspire to expand the reach and approachability of wine and demonstrate that it can easily complement and enhance food. The initial line of entwine wines will debut with the 2009 vintage of four varietals, including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, in August for $12.99 each.

To transform this new portfolio from vision to reality, Wente Vineyards, led by Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente, welcomed Food Network to California where they immersed themselves in the winemaking process touring the 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards, sampling wines from barrels and holding several blending sessions. Food Network’s team harnessed their expert knowledge of flavors, spices and aromas, while Wente Vineyards tapped into their varietal “spice rack” to blend the wines. The outcome of this dynamic collaboration is a line that allows food lovers to explore wine with confidence.

“We want food and wine lovers to enjoy the natural relationship between wine and food, so we created entwine. The name represents the easy way family, friends and of course the flavors of food and wine all come together to make any meal a more delicious experience,” said Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager of New Enterprises, Food Network.

Food Network and Wente Vineyards will inspire food lovers to embrace the world of wine by using the universal language of food to describe wine flavors. entwine’s crisp Pinot Grigio is likened to biting into a green apple drizzled with lime juice and honey, while the elegant Merlot evokes flavors of mid-summer plums and cherries with a hint of black tea. The Chardonnay is reminiscent of a slice of toast spread with homemade apple butter, and the Cabernet Sauvignon is akin to eating raspberry jam from a sprig of thyme. The blended varietals of entwine are as diverse as the fare with which they can be paired – from simple bites like potato chips and guacamole, to meals like mac and cheese, and more composed dishes like grilled shrimp with feta and watercress.

“Working together with Wente Vineyards, Food Network is thrilled to add more excitement to meals through wine pairings with entwine,” said Susan Stockton, Senior Vice President, Culinary Production, Food Network. “Our kitchens also hand-selected varietal wine pairings for our Food Network recipes online to enhance overall dining and entertaining experiences for food and cooking enthusiasts.”

“At Wente Vineyards, we are inspired by how different varietals bring out the flavors of a range of cuisines. Partnering with Food Network for entwine was a natural step that we hope will encourage Food Network viewers, as well as anyone who is wine-curious, to become as passionate about wine as they are about food,” said Karl Wente, Wente Vineyards.

—Hilary Tuttle

29 Cosmetics – Wine Does Your Skin Good!

29 Cosmetics - Napa Valley

Beauty products and wine… what more could a women want!?  Grapes prove to have a multipurpose and beneficial effect demonstrated in the sucess of 29 Cosmetics.  By using the benefits of the grape seeds, 29 offers a line of Age Protecting skin care and color cosmetics.  Lydia Mondavi of Mondavi wine, has sprinkled her Napa Valley heritage into the line to make it the first of it’s kind and every women’s dream come true – Youthful skin utilizing the grape that delivers great wine!  Check them out!

About the Collection:

29 Cosmetics

“The 29 Cosmetic Collection includes: foundations, pressed powders, bronzers, blushes, eye shadows, eye liners, mascaras, lip liners, lipsticks, lip glosses and lip therapies, a remarkable protecting atomizer, plus an organic, pure and paraben free skin care collection. 

Names for each of the product colors and palettes are related to the world of wine as well as the areas in and around the Napa Valley. All 29 Cosmetics are enriched with anti-oxidant grape seed extract.

Colors are packaged in complementary palettes for optimum customized blending and shading per a woman’s personal preferences. 29 Preserves Skin Care bottles are packaged in an eco-friendly, re-usable bag. 29′s packaging palette of glossy, patent-finished winter white with silver and aubergine-brown accents sets the tone for this luxury line. The stylish compacts and cases are embossed with the 29 logo.

29 is available at Neiman Marcus and online at www.29cosmetics.com.”

“TRUMP” Wine – Add Another Cred to His List….

Another cred to his list… Trump buys a winery @ a steal.. he bought Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard located in Virginia for $6.2 million at a foreclosure auction.  I’m sure it will be labeled “TRUMP” because that is what he does best…

However, I’m glad to see that he is still utilizing the owners who are the experts on the wine and wine making… Not sure how “Trump” wine made by him would taste.. But who knows, everything he touches turns to gold so I guess I would expect nothing less.. See below to read more!

http://www.smh.com.au/world/trump-buys-winery-at-price-to-drink-to-20110408-1d7r2.html

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