The week in pictures

Brewer Guinness has teamed up with former American football quarterback for this year’s Super Bowl ad. It features Montana discussing what it means for anyone to be great – and how it’s less about the numbers and the individual success, and more about how you come back from adversity and make those around you better.

Aussie distillery Four Pillars, which is based in the Yarra Valley, has broken ground on a new AU$6 million, 12-month redevelopment. The new building, adjacent to its current site, will incorporate new hospitality, production, bottling and events space facilities. The distiller is hoping the redevelopment will increase its visitor capacity to over 200,000 visitors a year.

There’s been a bit of rare good news in the restaurant industry this week. Ian Campbell and Will Palmer, who run Covent Garden seafood restaurant Parsons, The 10 Cases bistro & wine bar and The Drop Wine Bar on Drury Lane, have hit their crowdfunding target for their wine delivery app Drop.

Launched in 2016, the app has seen sales rapidly increase over last 12 months since with 300% year-on-year growth in January 2021. Campbell and Palmer hit their £300,000 target and have announced plans to overfund to £500,000. The plan is to roll the app out to other locations around the UK, including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff.

Saturday Kitchen double act Matt Tebbutt and Olly Smith are teaming up to host a one-off live show on Valentine’s Day. Kicking off at 7pm, Tebbutt will prepare dinner while Smith deals with the wine pairing. Among the wines on pour will be Paul Mas’ Jardin de Roses Rosé, which will be introduced by estate owner Jean-Claude Mas.

Tickets are available here.

Emmy award-winning actor and Sopranos star Drea de Matteo and longtime friend Chris Kushner have collaborated with Nocking Point Wines to launch a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley which commemorates the end of the podcast series they both host called Gangster Goddess Broad-cast.

The wine is priced at US$56 for two bottles and has been made by winemaker Sean Boyd.

DAOU Family Estates has hired four new members to head up its Patrimony Estate. Billed as a California “first-growth” Cabernet Sauvignon, Patrimony is based in the Adelaida District AVA of Paso Robles. Among the new appointments is Chris Avery (pictured) who has taken on the role of senior vice president of sales and marketing. He joins Patrimony from Demeine Estates and previously spent four years as vice president of sales and marketing at Opus One.

For lucky residents of Jumby Bay, a resort on the Caribbean island of Antigua, Casamigos Tequila has established a Margarita hotline. The mobile bar will mix up fresh Margaritas, spiked ice pops and shots of Tequila, which will be delivered to suites, villas and private residences on the complex. The Tequila label has also set up its Margarita Beach Shack, which will be serving up sips such as the Spicy Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita, the Casa Ginger Mint Paloma and the Casa Repo Rocks.

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