Compiled by JANET K. KEELER and CHRIS SHERMAN
What's up in the wine world
NEW WINE IN TOWN
To widen its appeal, Chateau St. Jean Winery announced the creation of a new tier of California appellation wines to be released to the U.S. marketplace this month. The Sonoma Valley winery has crafted a California merlot and cabernet sauvignon, each priced at $14.99.HELLO, MY WINE IS . . .
Don't care what your server's hometown is? Now in a hospitality breakthrough, name tags worn by servers at Pelagia restaurant at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, give their name and favorite wine, from Barolo to Beringer white zinfandel. Manager Stewart "Chateau Margaux" Smith says it was the restaurant team's idea.
Elsewhere in the hotel, name tags indicate favorite love stories. We prefer white zin.BRAND-NEW BAG
A new wine tote bag (good for gifts for wine fanciers) is called Corkage Caddy, and it costs about $9.95.
The difference between this and other wine bags is that when not in use, it folds into a small, round, purselike arrangement that can be carried in a pocket or handbag.
Not yet in retail stores, Corkage Caddy may currently be purchased via the Internet at www.corkagecaddy.comDO YOU KNOW JACK?
If your name is Jack, Jasper or John and you were born in 1904 or earlier, Jack Daniel's wants to hear from you. If you fit the bill, the distillery will send you a replica of the "World's Best Whiskey" gold medal it won at the 1904 World's Fair. Send proof of age, name, photo (optional) and your address to: Calling All Jacks, 209 Seventh Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37219.BUBBLY TOAST TO PUCCI
Veuve Cliquot's La Grande Dame 1996 will be released this fall in style, packaged in a box and label designed by House of Italian designer Emilio Pucci.
Pucci's bold print was inspired by the curvaceous bottle and the celebratory yellow that identifies the House of Veuve Cliquot.
The limited-edition champagne will be available in fine wine shops nationwide for a suggested retail price of $200.
- Compiled by JANET K. KEELER and CHRIS SHERMAN from staff and wire reports