Wine was making all sorts of news spanning from pop culture to politics this week. Gamers learn that they can now sip Assassin’s Creed wine, a D.C. wine bar lost their lawsuit against President Trump, and wine.com pulled in some serious investment cash.
Assassin’s Creed Wine
Pioneering video game Assassin’s Creed knows how to franchise. Boasting almost a dozen spinoffs & sequel games, comic books, films, novels, and a Netflix series, the 2003 action-adventure game is basically an empire at this point. But, wait, there’s more. Meet the new Assassin’s Creed wines!
The juice is produced by Lot18, a company specializing in these type of pop culture tie-ins. Lot18 is basically a digital wineseller (and IRL importer) that sources wines globally and then rebrands the bottles. Much of their business involves creating boutique novelty brands like their Walking Dead Wine Collection or their collaboration with country music star Craig Morgan. The other portion of their business is Tasting Room, a popular wine club.
The Assassin’s Creed range consist of six cuvées, each name referencing the game’s storyline. If you’re looking for a white, options are the 2017 Aveline de Grandpré (Côtes du Rhône) and the 2017 Arno Dorian (Qualitätswein Niederösterreich Zweigelt.) The red expressions are 2017 Altaïr Ibn-La’ahad (Loire Valley Cabernet Franc), 2015 Bayek of Siwa (a Spanish Tempranillo), 2016 Connor (Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon), and 2015 Ezio Auditore wine (a Super Tuscan blend.)
If you want to take a leap of faith and give them a taste, you’ll have to drop 20 bucks a bottle (half case & case discounts available) at Lot18’s retail site, Tasting Room, That is unless one of your ancestors drank them, then you can just experience the taste in an ANIMUS machine.
Wine Bar’s Lawsuit Against Trump Dismissed
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump from Washington D.C.’s Cork Wine Bar and Market. The complaint alleged that Trump’s position as POTUS provided the competing bar at his Trump International Hotel with an unfair competitive advantage,
District Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that, husband and wife Cork owners, Khalid Pitts and Diane Gross were correct in their assertion that Trump’s public post did provide an “unseemly” advantage. However, the judge stated that no laws were breached.
Responding on Twitter, Pitts promised to appeal. “Judge Leon’s decision was that ‘Unfair Competition’ is not the proper vehicle to address Trump’s abusive of power, and we respectfully disagree and will be making our arguments through the appellate process,” he wrote.
In a 2014 op-ed in The Hill, the couple explained their reasons for filing the suit. They argued that the D.C. hospitality biz is dependent on luring lobbyists, officials, and other dignitaries and a politician’s involvement unfairly tilts the playing field.
In addition to their respected post in the hospitality industry, Piits and Gross are proud members of the left activists community. Pitt ran as an independent for DC City Council in 2014 and has been active in both in the Sierra Club and SEIU.
Goldman Invests $32.5 Million In Wine.com
Online retail-wine powerhouse wine.com secured some $32.5 million in debt and equity financing from funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Private Credit Group (“GSAM PCG”).
“We are proud to partner with a highly experienced management team that has built a best-in-class ecommerce platform serving an attractive demographic,” said Matt Singer of GSAM PCG in a release. “Wine.com’s track record of growth and national scale creates a compelling platform and we are excited to help accelerate the company’s expansion. Our investment is consistent with our strategy to partner with and provide long-term, flexible capital solutions to high growth companies that demonstrate unique and defensible business models.”
A release stated that the funds will be used to develop infrastructure, build brand awareness & attract new customers, and increase product innovation including better mobile access.