Saturday, February 25, 2006

Wine and Porn

Ah, wine and porn... So the two finally found a way to have, umm, an intercourse, so to speak.

Natalie Oliveros, the Vivid porn star known as Savanna Samson (“The New Devil in Miss Jones”), has just launched her new wine venture with a wine she calls Sogno Uno (Italian for “Dream One”). The Tuscan red wine was crafted for her by noted winemaker, Roberto Cipresso. Cipresso is based in Montalcino and produces Brunello from his family’s La Fiorita estate, but is perhaps more well known these days for his winery venture in Argentina, Achaval-Ferrer (check our wine listing).

Oliveros and Cipresso developed the wine together and the final blend for the 2001 release is 70% Cesanese, 20% Sangiovese, and 10% Montepulciano. Just 409 cases were ordered by Oliveros and it’s expected to retail for $38 a bottle.

Endowed with her show business experience, Oliveros has wasted no time in promoting her wine in the right circles. It’s reported that she has already gotten powerful wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., to taste her wares. Apparently, Parker enjoyed the experience, as he found it “opulent and luscious”, and gave it an outstanding rating of 90-91 points. However, it was not reported how many seconds it took to finish.

With all the advanced accolades her new wine is getting, it appears that Oliveros is on her way to a highly successful second career, an opportunity much desired by porn stars. As the slogan goes in her hit film, “I Love This Business”: “A hard job is good to find”.

Monday, February 6, 2006

Pinot Paradise Tasting Event

Pinot Noir tasting event presented by the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association on March 25 & 26, 2006. Check it out here.

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Silver Oak Fire Doesn’t Daunt Release Party

An early morning fire today at Silver Oak’s winery in Oakville, CA reportedly destroyed about 20 barrels of 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Notwithstanding the fire, the release party for the winery’s flagship 2001 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon will still go on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Farewell to Denis Mortet

Vigneron Denis Mortet of Gevrey-Chambertin decided to end his life last Monday morning by shooting himself with a rifle. He was only 51. Very sad, as well as shocking and puzzling considering that he had reached such a high level of success in recent years. His rich, powerful red Burgundies, the darling of many wine critics, command high prices and are some of the most sought-after, especially in the U.S.