Design, film and booze lovers, rejoice: Filmmaker Wes Anderson—and de facto head of the Land of Twee—unveiled his cinematically styled café in Milan’s Prada Cultural Center. Echoing the aesthetics of his films The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson’s Bar Luce features 1950s design elements, including patterned wallpaper, antique pinball machines, a jukebox and bright, clean-lined furniture. In an interview with Grub Street, Anderson said, “I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.”
In its continuing expansion of the “Starbucks Evenings” program, Starbucks Corporations has applied to California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to serve beer and wine at 15 Bay Area locations. Part of the coffee giant’s plans to incorporate Evenings in a quarter of its domestic locations over five years, Starbucks has already launched the program in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon and Orlando. Stores boasting the menu will serve wine, beer and tapas-style plates from 4 pm until closing time.
In the Trade
On May 14, Coravin, the increasingly popular wine-preservation device, announced its partnership with Landry’s Inc., parent company of Morton’s The Steakhouse and The Oceanaire Seafood Room. All 64 domestic locations of Morton’s and 13 Oceanaire restaurants are now outfitted with a Coravin device, making the restaurant group the largest to launch a super premium by-the-glass program in the U.S. For now, Morton’s diners can order five Coravin wines by-the-glass, including Justin’s 2012 Isosceles Red Blend, Whitehall Lane’s 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Gaja’s 2012 Sito Moresco Langhe, Marchesi Antinori’s 2011 Tignanello and Cakebread’s 2014 Chardonnay. Diners at The Oceanaire can order Goldeneye’s 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Chateau Montelena’s 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the same vintages of Cakebread and Marchesi Antinori.
Duckhorn Vineyards announced its acquisition of the vineyard last week. Duckhorn has been purchasing all of the 83-acre property’s fruit since 2011, and purchased Three Palms from Sloan and John Upton for an undisclosed price, bringing Duckhorn Wine Company’s Napa holdings to seven vineyards, totaling 223 planted acres.
Shareholders of Puligny Montrachet’s Domaine Leflaive appointed Brice de La Morandiere, nephew of Anne-Claude Leflaive, as the new managing director of Domaine Leflaive and its affiliated companies. De La Mornadiere will be the fourth generation to lead the family estate, with 27 years of managing multinational companies under his belt.
Silver Oak announced its acquisition of Missouri-based A&K Cooperage, becoming the first North American winery to own and operate an American oak cooperage. Silver Oak first purchased a 50-percent interest in the cooperage in 2000, and under full ownership, changed its name to The Oak Cooperage. In a statement, Silver Oak President and CEO David Duncan said, “having control over our oak barrel needs and production makes complete sense from both an excellence and cost control standpoint.”
On the Scene
Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa attended the inaugural Harlem EatUp! festival, schmoozing with the likes of celebrity chef and co-founder Marcus Samuelsson while sipping Bordeaux wines with star sommelier Patrick Cappiello.
Contributing editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen were the envy of the Wine Enthusiast office as they tasted their way through flight after flight of Rioja wines.