SIPPED: American wine in the UK!
America California overtakes France to move into second place in the UK wine market, thanks to high volume supermarket brands, particularly rosé (aka white zin?). British observer Malcolm Gluck doesn’t think much of the low-end American wines and has this to say: “If you are looking for wine under £5, France knocks America into a cocked hat.” [Telegraph]
Australia is known for its brawny shiraz. Now an Australian doctor has made a new amped up wine though not with tannins, rather, with the possibly life-extending and sloth-inducing resveratrol. Will he prescribe to take two (glasses) and ask you to call him in the morning? [news.com.au]
Crushpad, a custom wine maker San Francisco, has released the pricing on a 2007 Napa Cab. Pre-buy the wine now for $39 a bottle. Every 100 points the Dow falls between the day you pre-buy and when you take delivery in August 2009, they lop $2 a bottle off the price and will cut you back an “economic stimulus” check with the difference. If, by some miracle, the Dow is higher, you pay no more. [Bailout wine]
SIPPED: Claudia Schiffer’s anatomy!
German designer Karl Lagerfeld has designed an uber-kitshy Champagne glass (or is it a bowl?) for Moet & Chandon inspired by a part of supermodel Claudia Schiffer: her bosom. According to Decanter, the glass sits atop three “diminutive” Dom Perignon replicas. The only way to get the glass is with the 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque (find this wine) for $3,150, or $2,750 more than the bottle itself. That’s a lot of lift!