A good drenching, broken glass, the tale of Ulysses and the spirit of the future make James Suckling’s monthly news round-up
Drought-stricken Californian winemakers are seeing a glimpse of hope after a fair amount of rain fell on the US West Coast recently. The rain is desperately needed after three years of drought, especially in the hardest hit areas of the San Joaquin Valley, which produces most of the US’S cheap wine. A strong El Niño this year is expected to see heavy falls continue into March. January has already been one of the wettest months in years. Hopefully the rain will refill the reservoirs in wine growing regions. California’s 2015 crop was smaller than in recent years due to the drought, according to press reports.
Cognac house Rémy Martin has produced a film that will spend a century locked in a vault before its premiere in 2115. Directed by filmmaker and musician Robert Rodriguez and starring John Malkovich, 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See was conceived to highlight the century of craftsmanship that goes into creating the brand’s top cognac, Louis XIII de Rémy Martin. The film presents a vision of life 100 years from now. An exclusive preview cocktail party attended by celebrities and the brand’s top executives was held at the Apex in Central Plaza, Hong Kong, in December.