Each week our ‘Friday Top Five’ segment, we feature five things we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week we are showcasing stories on Pop Arts, Wine, Book Building, and Negronis!
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Story-1:: FNNCH Goes Cooking
Overview: Williams Sonoma drops a new honey bear tableware by San Francisco artist Fnnch. The new Honey bear tableware designs are a contemporary pop artist who transforms objects from everyday life into art. Inspired by his belief that “Art is for everyone” the WS teamed up to take art of the museum and into every day life. So, led with this story because, the artist is and his art are just great. Trying to explain to my kid what pop art is, well that won’t happen. But giving her a spatula with a Honey Bear is not only makes her smile, it makes me pumped that I have show her art in a contemporary manner.
Story-2:: Sommelier Tries 16 Celebrity Wines | Bon Appétit
Overview: Sommelier André Mack aka the Black Sheep (@andrehmack) returns to sample 16 wines made by celebrities, giving his expert opinion on their quality, taste, and value. From rosé wines by Post Malone, Snoop Dogg, and Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie through Jay-Z’s Brut champagne and a Chenin blanc from Dwyane Wade, André will determine once and for all whether fame translates into winemaking skill.
See which wines win the top spots on Mack’s list, here:
- 0:00 Introduction
- 0:35 Jay-Z: Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades
- 1:49 Post Malone: Maison No. 9
- 3:29 John Legend: LVE Brut Blanc de Blancs
- 4:25 Nicki Minaj: MYX Fusions Peach Moscato
- 5:21 Madonna: Ciccone Chardonnay
- 6:11 Raekwon The Chef: Licataa Lambrusco
- 7:29 Dave Matthews: The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon
- 8:29 Snoop Dogg: 19 Crimes Cali Rosé
- 9:40 Fergie: Ferguson Crest Fergalicious Red Blend
- 11:09 Boyz II Men: Harmony Bordeaux Red
- 12:15 Mary J. Blige: Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Ramato
- 13:33 Sarah Jessica Parker: Invivo X Sauvignon Blanc
- 14:38 Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
- 15:36 Dwyane Wade: Three by Wade Chenin Blanc
- 16:56 Francis Ford Coppola: Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Claret
- 18:13 Nina Dobrev & Julianne Hough: Fresh Vine Pinot Noir
Story-3:: 99 Bottles: A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines
Overview: André Mack, one of the US’s top sommeliers, worked at both The French Laundry and Per Se. He is the founder of the Mouton Noir wine, annually producing 13 varietals in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and he is also a graphic designer and visual artist. His first wine bar is slated to open in early 2019. Mack lives in Brooklyn, New York.
In this entertaining, informative, and thoroughly unconventional wine guide, award-winning sommelier, winemaker, and wine educator André Mack presents readers with the 99 bottles that have most impacted his life. Instead of just pairing wines with foods, Mack pairs practical information with personal stories, offering up recommendations alongside reflections on being one of the only African-Americans to ever work at the top level of the American wine industry. The 99 bottles range from highly accessible commercial wines to the most rarefied Bordeaux on the wine list at The French Laundry, and each bottle offers readers something to learn about wine. This window into Mack’s life combines a maverick’s perspective on the wine industry with an insider’s advice on navigating wine lists, purchasing wine, and drinking more diverse and interesting selections at home. 99 Bottles is a one-of-a-kind exploration of wine culture today from a true trailblazer.
Story-4:: Create, Print, and Sell Professional-Quality Photo Books
Overview: Coming to the end of the Summer, I always start to look at pictures and things that I have captured over the summer and was trying to pull together some sort of album. Then started to go on the web to find a quality printer that was better than the stuff my mom always makes for special occasions. Mom, if you are reading/listening to this, sorry. I love those books. Either way, the quality looks strong, and the fact that if you wanted to, you could print your own book. While I am not 100% sure how book commissions work, one would assume, self-publishing can offer some advantages to going with a big publisher if you have your own social outlets, etc to fly the flag.
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Story-5:: The Art of the Negroni – A Drink with James Episode 196
Overview: This week’s episode of #ADrinkWithJames kicks off with one of James’ favorite topics (the art of a true Negroni), recaps on the PPP loan program through the recent government stimulus, and dives into a few of your questions. How should you be following up on invoices during COVID-19? What is the future of luxury travel and the travel industry as a whole going to look like after this pandemic? Should influencers be signing contracts right now? If so, what terms should be included? Tune in to the full episode to hear James break down the answers to these questions, which touch on some of the industry’s pressing issues during COVID-19. As always, make sure to send us questions for next week’s episode!
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