Most people like Italian wine. And despite being 100% Italian, it’s never been my favorite though I can find a few I like if I have to. Not one of those come from Puglia, where Justin and Jessica Biel got married last weekend.
Puglia, the boot of Italy, has basically been known to make some of the worst wine in Italy. It used to make mostly bulk, cheap crap for blending or making vermouth, though it’s gotten a little better in the past 15 years or so. The most prevalent grape is the red Negroamaro which is bold and dark.
So since Italy is “a special location for the couple partly because of their love for its food and wine” (I learned this in the People story), they probably shipped in some good grapes as part of their $6.5 million wedding budget (ridiculous), right? Wrong. As People also tells me:
On Thursday, the bride and groom hosted a party for guests who hung out around open fires and dined on fresh-made cheese, local olives and wine.
Now, I kind of think it’s cool that they didn’t get all douchebag about it and fly in other wine, even from another region. They kicked it local, which is pretty cool. But Mr. & Mrs. Timberlake, you are not grapefriends.