Uncorkings: Roger Federer Is Named Moët & Chandon's First Global Brand Ambassador

Plus other news and notes from the world of wine.


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Champagne house Moët & Chandon announced that Roger Federer, the 17-time grand slam winner, will become the company’s first-ever global brand ambassador. According to a statement from Stéphane Baschiera, president and CEO and Moët & Chandon, the tennis champion “…personifies the glamour of achievement, great generosity and tremendous style values,” which he said have been integral principles to the house throughout its history.

Bill Foley, founder of Foley Family Wines, told Wine Enthusiast in an exclusive interview that he closed the deal to acquire a 67% controlling interest in Lake County, California’s Langtry Estate & Vineyards, plus its less expensive sister brand, Guenoc Wines. Read the full story.

The eight-time Grammy-award-winning singer Fergie and her father, Pat Ferguson, have launched Ferguson Crest, a line of wines produced at the family’s six-acre Santa Ynez Valley vineyard. The brand will feature two Viogniers, a Syrah, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend named Fergalicious. The estate is located in Santa Barbara County, and the wines are crafted by winemaker Joey Tensley.

In collaboration with Australia’s Yellow Tail and California’s Joseph Carr, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits will donate $60,000 to the American Red Cross to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

On April 3, 2013, in Hong Kong and on April 26, 2013, in New York City, Sotheby’s will auction 8,807 bottles from the cellar of ElBulli. Closed since July 2011, the former three-Michelin-starred restaurant was renowned for chef Ferran Adrià’s molecular cuisine, which drew worldwide attention to Spain as a culinary destination. Sales are expected to total between $1.1 million–$1.6 million. A lot containing three bottles of Domaine de la Romanée Conti’s 1990 Romanée Conti is projected to gross between $32,500–$47,500.

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