As the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Sussex decamp from wedding to honeymoon, our Royals-crazed realm remains thirsty for royal wedding (and honeymoon) wine gossip. We’ve got you covered: A guest who attended Meghan and Harry’s wild nighttime reception apparently revealed wine details from the evening to U.K. tabloid the Daily Express. Naturally, we grabbed our deerstalker cap and magnifying glass to sleuth out the regal revelry rumors of an Old World white, Olivier Leflaive’s Bourgogne Blanc Les SĂ©tilles 2016, and a New World red, Mount Eden Vineyards’ Domaine Eden Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains. And though Kensington Palace has yet to confirm these vinous reports, both producers seem confident in the leaked details; each took to their respective social media accounts to declare the glad tidings.
For Mount Eden, it adds up. “An online customer placed a surprisingly large order of Domaine Eden Pinot Noir  with us earlier in the year,” Peter Gordon-Smith, operations manager for Mount Eden’s U.K. distributor, Roberson Wine, said via email that the winery passed to Unfiltered. “Apparently, the customer did say it was for a wedding, but didnâ€™t specify which one.”
“Having our Domaine Eden Pinot Noir chosen as one of the wines for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding came as a complete surprise,” Ellie Patterson, co-owner of Mount Eden Vineyards, told us.
Across the pond, Olivier Leflaive president Jean Soubeyrand also weighed in: “Unfortunately, I canâ€™t confirm the information,” he told Unfiltered, explaining that Les SĂ©tilles is sold in the U.K. at such a high volume that even if a large quantity of it was ordered, it wouldn’t show up as significant in shipping records. But, he added, “if newspapers are talking about, I canâ€™t imagine thatâ€™s fake news â€¦ Anyway, if Les SĂ©tilles was poured at such an event, I can only say we are very proud of that and honored. You know, my personal feeling, the most important is not to be under the spotlights, but to know we did a good job. Last point, I would say, the royal family has really great taste.”
Indeed: Harry and Meghan are rumored to be honeymooning at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, whose dining room holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list. While a rep from the castle kept mum, the castle sent out a cheeky tweet this morn to tout a cottage on the premises that “sits discreetly on the shores of Lough Corrib and is surrounded by ancient woodlandâ€”perfect for guests seeking a secluded romantic break.”
For a new Champagne-pairing project, Krug cast around for some seafood starpower, and chefs Dominique Crenn and Michael Cimarusti took the bait. With Krug x Fish, the Champagne house made voyages to Mallorca and California, then took to the sea with top chefs. After a day out on the boat, the chefs prepped their catches, paired Champagnes and feasted. “What better way to explore the fish,” mused Olivier Krug, director of the house, to Unfiltered, “than to walk in the boots of a fisherman?”
Cimarusti, who holds court in the kitchen of L.A. Best of Award of Excellence winner Providence, set sail on an afternoon late last month to see what the sea could provide for pairing Krug Grand CuvĂ©e and Krug RosĂ©. The toque cooked up uni served with double-shucked English peas in a broth made of pea shells, dashi and white soy; grilled spot prawns sprinkled with sea salt; seared black cod served with giant clam and Japanese turnips in a clam broth; and finally, grilled rockfish. â€śThe rockfish was served with the rosĂ©, which complemented the flavors of the fish and the broth perfectly,â€ť noted Cimarusti. On her trip off the coast of San Francisco, Crenn, of Atelier Crenn, caught halibut and plated it with spring veggies and caviar.
From the Krug x Fish haul comes Tails of the Sea, a coffee table/cookbook that fans of chefs and Champagne can also peruse online.
Last year, Sir Elton John got together with glassware giant Riedel to create a line of supersized Technicolor decanters to raise money for his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which supports prevention, care and support services for people living with HIV. This year, they’re still standing â€¦ and feeling the love for their newly released project, the limited-edition Riedel Ayam Rainbow Decanter.
Launched at the beginning of June, the colorful Ayam is not only tied to celebrations of Pride Month, but also to the 25th anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. â€śSince the number 25 is associated with silver jubilees, we wanted to pay tribute to this by adding the color silver to this strictly limited series of decanters,â€ť Riedel president Maximilian Riedel said in a statement.
For this collaboration, Riedel has pledged to donate â‚¬25,000 (about $29,000) to the foundation. Of the 75 decantersâ€”all of which are hand-signed by Sir Elton himselfâ€”five will be donated to charity auctions around the world. The remaining 70 will be sold at select retailers or by special inquiry via Riedel’s website for $2,250 each.
New Yorkâ€“based OlĂ© Imports sells its Liquid Geography rosĂ© of old-vine Bierzo MencĂa in 24 states, which means a lot of pink generating a lot of greenâ€”all of which goes toward charitable causes, for a total of $148,352 since 2013. The company has announced that its partners this year will be cancer foundation T.J. Martell, the South Bronx Educational Foundation, and now Wheeling Forward, the organization to support the disabled run by New York sommelier Yannick Benjamin, whose annual Wine on Wheels is always a top charity ticket in town.
â€śIt is important for us as a company to do our part to make the world a better place and support important causes unrelated to our business. This is part of our ethos as a company,” OlĂ© spokesperson Lauren Ray told Unfiltered, explaining that each of the charities has a personal connection to OlĂ© employees. “By 2023 (the 10th anniversary of Liquid Geography) our goal is to reach $1 million dollars in total donations.”
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