Gaga May Play House in Wine Country; A New Wine From a Deadliest Catch Star

“Is the position of Sir Gaga taken?” Photo: iStockphoto

• In honor of leap day last night, Frog’s Leap Winery — in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa — had their quadrennial party with a “few hundred of [their] closest friends.” [WP]

• Russell Newberry, one of the star fishermen of the reality show Deadliest Catch, is helping to launch a wine label called Dangerous Wines in Pennsylvania. [Wines and Vines]

• Northern California’s wine country is abuzz that Lady Gaga spent last weekend roaming around Sonoma County, dining out, and allegedly, maybe, house hunting. [Grub Street, Press-Democrat]

• There’s a growing schism within the natural-wine movement about how aggressively pure and free of all additives a wine must be in order to be considered “natural.” [Decanter]

• The sommelier at Spago in Beverly Hills is beefing up the wine cellar at Wolfgang Puck’s 30-year-old flagship. In particular, he’s adding more Austrian wines to represent Puck’s homeland. [Wine Spectator]

• Eric Asimov and co. at the Times take a tasting tour of Mount Etna in Italy. The panel finds the volcanic wines are characterized by a “combination of energy and the lightness and elegance of the nerello mascalese grape.” [NYT]

• A French court has just ruled that producers will be required to pay membership fees in order to belong to their particular appellations, like Bordeaux. [Decanter]

Gaga May Play House in Wine Country; A New Wine From a Deadliest Catch