Reviewing Celebrity Wine
Wine crafted by celebrities is a rampant trend. It’s in liquor cabinets across America. It’s showboating at your local wine shop. The celebrity wine industry is approximately worth$50 million in the US alone, with over several hundred celebrities “making” wine. While their involvement spans from a direct hand in the process to straight up eponymous endorsements, everyone from Antonio Banderas to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Emilio Estevez, Francis Ford Coppola, to Fergie, are cashing in on the wine scene. 
We wanted to fall off the wagon with some of these celebrities, so we organized a proper wine tasting. Rather than getting lost in the sauce—with eight bottles of celebrity wines—we called in some help from rapper Sadat X and his producer, Will Tell, known for their shared passion of wine drinking that’s best displayed in their YouTube show, True Wine Connoisseurs. Each episode begins with Sadat X drinking the “brown water” (a.k.a. Hennessey), moving onto drinking and reviewing a wine hand picked by Will Tell. By the end of the show, there’s a rap summation of Sadat’s thoughts on the bottle of choice, paired with any off-the-cuff idea that’s trickling through his mind while the camera’s running. Beyond Will Tell’s hand as musical producer and sommelier for Sadat’s wine-y episodes, he recently produced the True Wine Connoisseurs’ Planet of the Grapes, the first hip-hop wine album in history. The True Wine Connoisseurs crew is even hitchhiking on the celebrity wine bus. Paired up with Club W and Winebow, the connoisseurs have created their True Wine Connoisseur red wine, a Syrah-based California red that will be released on December 1. 
Without further ado, here’s your Botox-free True Wine Connoisseurs bible on celebrity wine drinking that includes the presence of musicians Rick Ross, Dave Matthews, Train, actor Drew Barrymore, sportscaster Jim Nantz, and tattoo artist/husband of actor Lake Bell, Scott Campbell.

Rick Ross presents Luc Belaire, Provence, FR, Sparkling Rosé, ($33)
Tasting NotesWill Tell: I would actually drink this. Rosé season is over, but I would chill with this on a hot summer day. I’m getting cherry and a lot of flavors. It’s a little dry—it’s a brut. 
Where You Should Drink ThisSadat X: This is something I would drink with my lady somewhere. It’s got that type of feeling, ‘cause it’s only gonna take about one and a half of these, and whatever happens, happens. 
Fucked-up FactorWill: I give it a smooth six.
Drew Barrymore, Barrymore Wines, Triveneto, Italy, 2011 Pinot Grigio, $17.
Tasting NotesWill: There’s not much of a nose on this. I get a little bit of grassy flavors, and the color is even a little bit green.Sadat: This is feeling like a PTA meeting to me. This is like when the moms get together in the afternoon when the kids are at school. You drink it between 11 AM and 3 PM before the school bus comes home with the kids. You might want to drink this with an ice cube. I wouldn’t bring this into the studio, but if there was a blizzard outside and we had already finished drinking something else and this was lying around, we’d probably drink it. It’s that “this is all I got left,” type of situation, but I still love Drew Barrymore’s other work. Fucked-up Factor Sadat: If someone who is drinking this went really overboard with it, they’d probably wake up with a mind-splitting headache. I would give this about a strong five or a six. 
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Reviewing Celebrity Wine

Wine crafted by celebrities is a rampant trend. It’s in liquor cabinets across America. It’s showboating at your local wine shop. The celebrity wine industry is approximately worth$50 million in the US alone, with over several hundred celebrities “making” wine. While their involvement spans from a direct hand in the process to straight up eponymous endorsements, everyone from Antonio Banderas to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Emilio Estevez, Francis Ford Coppola, to Fergie, are cashing in on the wine scene. 

We wanted to fall off the wagon with some of these celebrities, so we organized a proper wine tasting. Rather than getting lost in the sauce—with eight bottles of celebrity wines—we called in some help from rapper Sadat X and his producer, Will Tell, known for their shared passion of wine drinking that’s best displayed in their YouTube show, True Wine Connoisseurs. Each episode begins with Sadat X drinking the “brown water” (a.k.a. Hennessey), moving onto drinking and reviewing a wine hand picked by Will Tell. By the end of the show, there’s a rap summation of Sadat’s thoughts on the bottle of choice, paired with any off-the-cuff idea that’s trickling through his mind while the camera’s running. Beyond Will Tell’s hand as musical producer and sommelier for Sadat’s wine-y episodes, he recently produced the True Wine Connoisseurs’ Planet of the Grapes, the first hip-hop wine album in history. The True Wine Connoisseurs crew is even hitchhiking on the celebrity wine bus. Paired up with Club W and Winebow, the connoisseurs have created their True Wine Connoisseur red wine, a Syrah-based California red that will be released on December 1. 

Without further ado, here’s your Botox-free True Wine Connoisseurs bible on celebrity wine drinking that includes the presence of musicians Rick Ross, Dave Matthews, Train, actor Drew Barrymore, sportscaster Jim Nantz, and tattoo artist/husband of actor Lake Bell, Scott Campbell.

Rick Ross presents Luc Belaire, Provence, FR, Sparkling Rosé, ($33)

Tasting Notes
Will Tell: I would actually drink this. Rosé season is over, but I would chill with this on a hot summer day. I’m getting cherry and a lot of flavors. It’s a little dry—it’s a brut. 

Where You Should Drink This
Sadat X: This is something I would drink with my lady somewhere. It’s got that type of feeling, ‘cause it’s only gonna take about one and a half of these, and whatever happens, happens. 

Fucked-up Factor
Will: I give it a smooth six.

Drew Barrymore, Barrymore Wines, Triveneto, Italy, 2011 Pinot Grigio, $17.

Tasting Notes
Will: There’s not much of a nose on this. I get a little bit of grassy flavors, and the color is even a little bit green.
Sadat: This is feeling like a PTA meeting to me. This is like when the moms get together in the afternoon when the kids are at school. You drink it between 11 AM and 3 PM before the school bus comes home with the kids. You might want to drink this with an ice cube. I wouldn’t bring this into the studio, but if there was a blizzard outside and we had already finished drinking something else and this was lying around, we’d probably drink it. It’s that “this is all I got left,” type of situation, but I still love Drew Barrymore’s other work. Fucked-up Factor 
Sadat: If someone who is drinking this went really overboard with it, they’d probably wake up with a mind-splitting headache. I would give this about a strong five or a six. 

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Originally, Deer Tick’s John McCauley and I had planned for this interview to take place in the form of a drinking game, but after we shotgunned our first beers we both threw up.

Originally, Deer Tick’s John McCauley and I had planned for this interview to take place in the form of a drinking game, but after we shotgunned our first beers we both threw up.


Rye, a restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn sits on a hidden block tucked between a shitty bar and an old beauty salon. The restaurant’s decor could be described as “prohibition chic” with cocktails to match, and food that one could call “fucking amazing.” All of this is the product of Cal Elliot, Rye’s chef/owner. Cal’s persona is Peter Pan meets Rip Torn, with a penchant for the Mother Sauces. When not getting drunk at his own restaurant after the night’s service, Cal likes to head to neighboring restaurant Samurai Mama for Udon noodles and Jameson shots. In this episode of Munchies, Cal attempts to make braised short rib grilled cheeses with Taleggio and frisee after having the equivalent of 10 shots of whiskey. Enjoy.
Watch: Munchies - Cal Elliot

Rye, a restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn sits on a hidden block tucked between a shitty bar and an old beauty salon. The restaurant’s decor could be described as “prohibition chic” with cocktails to match, and food that one could call “fucking amazing.” All of this is the product of Cal Elliot, Rye’s chef/owner. Cal’s persona is Peter Pan meets Rip Torn, with a penchant for the Mother Sauces. When not getting drunk at his own restaurant after the night’s service, Cal likes to head to neighboring restaurant Samurai Mama for Udon noodles and Jameson shots. In this episode of Munchies, Cal attempts to make braised short rib grilled cheeses with Taleggio and frisee after having the equivalent of 10 shots of whiskey. Enjoy.

Watch: Munchies - Cal Elliot

Getting Drunk with Dale Talde

Chef Dale Talde is the “dope fat kid” behind the Brooklyn restaurant Talde. We hung out with the formerTop Chef contestant, and visited his favorite Itallian restaurant in Flatbush, Brookyn during our latest episode of Munchies. After the shoot, we asked Dale which chefs he’d like to get wasted with the most. This is what he had to say:
• Brian Ray, Buddakan – I worked with Brian at Buddakan. We’re such good friends. The dude can really drink. When we’re boozing, we come up with so many ideas of what to put on my menu.
• David Koon and Jamison Blankenship, Chuko – We came up together as sous chefs at Morimoto. We’re just great old friends and always have fun together.
• Carrie Nahabedian, Naha – I’m from Chicago, and Carrie and her cousin, Michael, are two of the best people in the hospitality business. She’s been an absolute mentor to me as well. Plus, she makes her vodka lemonades with Meyer lemons!
• Marco Pierre White – I want old school Marco Pierre White. I want to drink with the dude that was making Gordon Ramsay beat people up he didn’t like. Also, the food he was doing back in the day really set the standard and laid the foundation for what so many people are doing now.
• Chris Rendell, Whitehall – After a bottle of vodka, he’s got some sweet dance moves. I’m talking about Kevin Bacon Footloose, sliding across the floor on your knees, dance moves. No fucking joke.
Watch Dale’s Munchies episode.
Stay tuned for more fun tidbits from the chefs from the new season of Munchies chefs.

Getting Drunk with Dale Talde

Chef Dale Talde is the “dope fat kid” behind the Brooklyn restaurant Talde. We hung out with the formerTop Chef contestant, and visited his favorite Itallian restaurant in Flatbush, Brookyn during our latest episode of Munchies. After the shoot, we asked Dale which chefs he’d like to get wasted with the most. This is what he had to say:

• Brian Ray, Buddakan – I worked with Brian at Buddakan. We’re such good friends. The dude can really drink. When we’re boozing, we come up with so many ideas of what to put on my menu.

• David Koon and Jamison Blankenship, Chuko – We came up together as sous chefs at Morimoto. We’re just great old friends and always have fun together.

• Carrie Nahabedian, Naha – I’m from Chicago, and Carrie and her cousin, Michael, are two of the best people in the hospitality business. She’s been an absolute mentor to me as well. Plus, she makes her vodka lemonades with Meyer lemons!

• Marco Pierre White – I want old school Marco Pierre White. I want to drink with the dude that was making Gordon Ramsay beat people up he didn’t like. Also, the food he was doing back in the day really set the standard and laid the foundation for what so many people are doing now.

• Chris Rendell, Whitehall – After a bottle of vodka, he’s got some sweet dance moves. I’m talking about Kevin Bacon Footloose, sliding across the floor on your knees, dance moves. No fucking joke.

Watch Dale’s Munchies episode.

Stay tuned for more fun tidbits from the chefs from the new season of Munchies chefs.