Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Life's a holiday

It's the time of year that all and sundry leave their regular bases and hit the road to sunnier climes. If you are not one of the thousands heading to the Galway Races this week then you may find the social scene in Dublin, and around the country, a bit on the quiet side.

Among those westward bound to the Ballybrit racecourse are Geraldine Mahony, Judith Giltinane, Paul Collins, Grainne Seoige, Albert Reynolds, Quentin Fottrell and Hilary Cahill.

Others who will be racing in Galway this week include An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, various Government Ministers and ploiticos, who will be entertaining the masses in the legendary Fianna Fail tent. Paying for the privilage to press the flesh. Personally, I don't get it.

And what about the rest? Well, rest is indeed what people have been getting lots of lately as the summer holiday season is in full swing. Just back from European vacations are TV presenter Caroline Morahan, who was in Pollo, Italy, and her stunning colleague Pamela Flood, who was in Sitges. Gavin Lambe - Murphy lived it up in Capri with friends.

DJ Hugh Scully got some R'nR in Croatia. Vivienne Connolly and Mark Dunne were in Palma and socialite Norman Smurfit hosted her annual charity gala in nearby Marbella last weekend. Sinead Ryan and Malachy Geelan also enjoyed Spain, as did RTE newscaster Aengus MacGrianna, while ex rugby captain Niall Woods had a ball in France.

Further afield were Kerri Galligan, who has just returned from Figi and L.A., Glenda Gilson, who has been to New Zealand and Ronan and Yvonne Keating who were in Faro. Jetting off soon will be Bono and his family to their South of France villa; Louis Walsh to his place in South Beach, Miami and John Healy of The Four Seasons is off to Spain.

I need a holiday myself, so am off to France for a week, followed by another week in Spain, where I'm sure to bump into many familiar faces, judging by it's popularity.

Hasta La Vista darlings - I'll be back (on the 10th of August).


Music is the answer

There really are a pleathora of great music events coming up in the near future around Ireland. I spoke about them on air recently and promised I'd mention a few of my faves here, so my picks are......

First up is Global Gathering, which takes place in Milstreet, Cork, this Sunday, 31st July. A magnificent line up including international names such as the legend Carl Cox, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold (wonder if he'll play the Big Brother theme tune?), David Morales and Tim Deluxe. Home grown talent from Robbie Butler, Jay O'Callaghan, Ronan O and Al Gibbs, among others. The BPMs will be soaring faster than the summer heat this weekend!

Check out for more info.

The BudRising gigs roll back into town in August, when Basement Jaxx and Underworld play Marley Park on the 20th of August. The Pixies and The Kings of Leon play in Lansdowne Road on the 23rd, and Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5 and Scissor Sisters play the same venue the following night. A fantastic line-up, I think you'll agree, with a ticket for all 3 gigs only €150 (incl. the dreaded booking fee). Worth a punt.

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My final pick of the summer gigs is the excellent Electric Picnic event at Stradbally Estate in Co. Laois. This festival is in it's second year, and if the first one was anything to go by then we're in for a treat. It's billed as 'a boutique music festival', which to me means 'comfort'. And it's the last big gig of the season, with this year's event being a 2-dayer with camping for all you campers. Among those on the bill are Fat Boy Slim, Royksopp, Goldfrapp, Stereo MC's, Lemon Jelly, 2 Many DJs, Damian Dempsey, James Blunt and Mercury Rev. AND they'll have the fabulous Bacardi B-Bar!

Don't miss it and check out

Monday, July 25, 2005

Fashions on the Turf winner Judith Devine (left) with Miss Ireland Aoife Cogan, who was one of this year's judges.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Now listen here: Fergal Breen and Micheal Burke deep in conversation at the XBox 360 event in the Morrison Hotel yesterday.

Next generation

I got a sneak preview yesterday of the new XBox 360 from Microsoft, at a special event in the Morrison Hotel. I must admit that I'm not a big gaming afficionado, but what I saw did impress me. And I'm difficult to impress.

Hosted in the gorgeous new Printworks Gallery at the Morrison (the first event to be held there I believe), it attracted key figures from the gaming, online and technology sector who were eager to find out more about the new piece of kit. Among them were Fergal Breen from Irish Dev, Nicola Watkins, Micheál Burke of BT Ireland and Sarah Devitt.

No details were discussed of pricing or a release date but I can reveal that the new XBox 360 will be capable of doing a whole lot more than it's predecessor. Actually that's all I can 'reveal' as I don't think Microsoft wish to unload all their secret bells and whistles just yet, but if you are interested than read all about it here. Security at the event was tighter than Joan Rivers' face.

Best Irish Film - evah!

Jameson recently announced the results of their exhaustive Best Irish Film poll, which was conducted in association with The Dubliner magazine. The winner was The Commitments, as voted by the public. Jameson hosted a special screening of the popular movie on Wednesday night, al fresco at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. Big Brother's Ray Shah, Niall McCrudden, Olivia Morahan and Trevor White were among the brightly lit faces in the audience.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Love It

Last nights parties were perfectly planned as they were hosted in the same building. No time wasted in flitting from place to place. First port of call was The Porterhouse Central, which was formally Judge Roy Bean's on Nassau Street. Owner Oliver Hughes is storming ahead with his plan for world domination with his delicious beers. Down with chemicals and nasty additives I say.

The Porterhouse were celebrating the launch of their latest drinking initiative with a promotion called The Summer of Love. Throughout July and August they will be celebrating various national days, such as Italy Day, Singapore Day and Slovenia Day, among others. And to add to the spirit of it all they have brewed a special beer - Hemp Beer. It really will be the Summer of Love as this brew tastes delicious. It's a natural high.

Grooving to the music were food critic Tom Doorley, Romy Carroll, Dave Morrissey of Lillies, Fergal Breen of Edelman, some of whom made the short journey upstairs to the next party.

O2, Ireland's leading mobilr operator, were announcing details of the forthcoming O2 In The Park summer concert. Lillies Bordello was packed with music lovers who were eager to hear who is to be included in this year's line-up. The big name was Lemar, who has just completed a tour with Destiny's Child. He joins already confirmed acts such as G4, Tyler James and The Saw Doctors.

This year's event will be hosted by TV celebrities Brian Dowling, Caroline Morahan and Fran Cosgrave, who will be roving backstage to interview all the acts and be front of house to keep the masses entertained. Caroline was at last night's launch looking sexy in red, and very much looking forward to the gig, which takes place on Saturday 27th August in Pheonix Park.

Also in attendance were Ryan Tubridy, who enthralled me with his story of meeting Bill Clinton recently, Eric Richards, who came runner-up in the recent TV show Chance to Dance, singer Hazel Kaneswaren, Triona McCarthy, Tabby Callaghan, who will also be performing at this year's gig and Gerry McQuaid of O2.

Should be a Summer of Love at O2 In The Park.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Racing ahead

Girls, you can put the hats and feathers away - the last event of the Fashions on the Turf season took place at the Darley Oaks race day in the Curragh on Sunday. I attended as a guest of Thalgo, the marine beauty experts, who hosted a lunch in the St. Leger Suite, and if the style there was anything to go by then the judges had a tough decision.

The Grand Finale of the last Fashions on the Turf selection at the Darley Irish Oaks Dubai themed day offered the most amazing prize pool yet - a 5 star holiday to Dubai courtesy of Dubai Duty Free, Emirate Airlines, Jumeirah International, and Dubai Golf Club.

Winners and runners up from the 3 Fashions on the Turf faced the judges one last time, and finally Judith Devine from Newry was named the overall 2005 Fashion on the Turf Winner. Runner up was Noreen Savage, from Newry, who was presented with a weekend at the Thalgo Spa at the Hilton Mount Wolseley.

Enjoying a days racing and the hospitality of Thalgo were TV producer Debbie O'Donnell, who's Gina shoes were the envy of all the girls; Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes; Mary Fitzgerald, looking fab in black and white; RTE presenter Derek Mooney and Suzanne O'Connell of Channel 4's The Salon, who was accompanied by her mother Margaret and sister Ella. Style mavan Celia Holman - Lee stole the show in an amazing jacket and skirt combination topped off with a Philip Treacy.

Question of the day: Which well-known tipster had not a single winner on the day? Better off keeping your money in your pocket!

Never Novelli?

Last night was to be the official opening of Novelli at La Stampa, Dublin's most prestigious new restaurant. A co-venture between La Stampa's Louis Murray and top chef Jean Christophe Novelli, it promises to be a place of excellence and has the city's gastro group abuzz with excitement. This will be Novelli's first restaurant outside of the UK.

The first launch night was postoned due to the London bombing atrosity and last night the event was postponed yet again, circumstances unknown. Maybe Chef Novelli is as difficult as some say? Watch out Naomi!

However, the restaurant has so far gained a huge amount of publicity, even before it's grand opening, so whether this much talked about event takes place is anyone's guess. Not that anyone really minds - it's the fact that Novelli is in Dublin that really matters.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Candy for lunch

Well, the ladies who lunch were out in full force, Louis Vuitton a-flying, on Friday afternoon last for the 10th annual charity lunch hosted by the ever glamourous Miss Candy. Blonde bombshell Miss Candy has been on the go for 10 years? So it seems my dears, so it seems. Alas, she is looking as good as ever. E-mail if you would like to find out her beauty secrets. But I digress.

As always, the lunch was in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and this year was supported by those generous folks at Fones Direct, who themselves were celebrating their 10th anniversary. Double reason to party in the swish surrounds of Browne's Brasserie.

At the pre-lunch champagne reception I spotted Niall McCrudden, snooker player Ken Doherty, Christina Byrne of BT Ireland, Tara O'Connor and TV presenter Liz Bonin, who flew in to act as MC for the event.

Among the auction items on offer were paintings by Guggi, Carmel Mooney and Darryn Lee. Darryn's piece featured retailer Maria Fusco and model Alistair Davies, both of whom were also in attendance, as were Ian Botham and his wife Kathy, Robbie Fox of Renards and couture designer Peter O'Brien.

Guests were treated to a preview of dsesigner Robert Jacob's Fall / Winter 05 collection, which were elegant and trés chic, as always. Entertainment was provided by the legendary Rebecca Storm, who was accompanied by Alan Smale of the RTE Synphoney Orchestra and Paul Harrington.

Models pack a punch

Also over the weekend I attended a summer party, hosted by model agency boss John Compton at his beautiful Castleknock home. Enjoying the evening sunshine, and rather potent punch, were TV and radio personality Emma Browne, fashion designer Paraic Sweeney and model Jenny Langan.

Actually, there were many models there, as I'm sure you can imagine. One that caught my attention though was the fabulous Glenda Gilson. Looking tanned and relaxed, she regaled me with tales of her recent trip to New Zealand, where she visited to be with rugby star boyfriend Brian O'Driscoll.

The party continued on into the early morning, but not for me. John's punch saw to that!

Friday, July 15, 2005

The beautiful people: Man-about-town Andrew Rudd with TV presenter Kathryn Thomas, pictured at the Haagen Dazs summer party.

The sound of summer

Haagan Dazs ice cream, champagne and vodka all mixed together - yum! That was the signature cocktail at the Haagan Dazs summer party to celebrate The Dubliner magazine's Best Of edition. Hosted in the new luxury Baggot Street venue owned by George Sabongi, which incorporates Cristal club and George's Bar and Restaurant, it was a who's who event.

The party was abuzz with compliments for George's new place, which does not actually open to the public until mid-September. Lapping up the evening sun, most of the guests congregated in the two level patio area - a wonderful feature for smokers who must suffer the smoking ban here in Ireland.

There were also plenty of delicious Kinnie cocktails, and cooling down on them were Senator Mary O'Rourke, who looked resplendent in pale yellow, Cindy Cafolla, Brendan O'Connor, stylist Roxanne Parker, TV presenter Kathryn Thomas and film director and writer Gerry Stembridge, who is just about to publish his latest book, 'According to Luke'.

I also spotted Bea Kelliher of The Dublin Fringe Festival, Sarah Jane English, Daniel Ryan of The Thrills, Gavin Lambe - Murphy (just back from Italy) and Niall Woods (just back from France) - all loving the mini Haagen Dazs ice creams, no doubt.

The Sabongi family then extended an invitation to guests to continue the party in Romanza, their Leeson Street restaurant, where I believe it continued on into the night. I stayed only a few minutes as I had to head across town to The George, where Donna and Joe McCaul were making a personal appearance. This was the first time I'd seen them sing live since the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.

Indeed the occasion doubled as a Eurovision reunion as I met up with Ann and Keith O'Reilly, Karl Broderick, Alan Hughes and Robert Martin - all of whom I was in Kiev with. Donna and Joe performed to rapturous applause, singing all 5 songs live, including their hit single, Love?, which is in it's 11th week in the Irish singles chart.

Among the other guests on the night were TV stars Amanda Brunker, Anna Nolan and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, producer Traolach Ni Buchalla, fashion editor Bairbre Power and restaurant critic Ross Golden - Bannon, who was also just back from Italy (but was not with Gavin Lambe - Murphy!).

Question of the week: Which celebrity has just had a boob job? And she isn't shy about telling people!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Make mine a double

One of the world's best burbons has arrived in Ireland and was launched at a delightful party on Wednesday evening. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Burbon made it's country debut at the luxurious No. 10 Ormonde Quay, at a reception hosted by Chris Morris, master distiller. Straight up or on the rocks, whatever way you like it.

As a 'small batch' distiller, each bottle of Woodford Reserve goes through a rigorous, time consuming process that ensures that only the best is peoduct is made and subsequently brought to us here in Ireland through Edward Dillon & Company.

Guest were treated to a whisky tasting, where we sampled five different brands, to compare them to Woodford Reserve. I'm not a big whisky drinker but even I could tell the difference as Woodford's luxurious taste engulfed me. As I never use a spitoon when tasting, I was a little bit more than light headed afterward (I'm sure you saw that coming 5 miles away!).

Not to worry though, the delicious food at the cocktail reception afterwards stopped me from falling over the edge. Enjoying the evening were Alan Crowley of Edward Dillon, Thomás Clancy, Ernie Whalley of Food & Wine Magazine, Romy Carroll, Lisa McDonald and Caroline Sleiman.

Later on that evening I tripped over to Eddie Irvine's trendy bar, Cocoon, where top model Gail Kaneswaren was hosting her regular Wednesday night event, Curve. A great mix of cocktails and funky music to brighten up your mid-week. As if you even needed an excuse to go out!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Blonde babes: Alex Best and Eleanor Cullen at the Chinese Whispers after party.

Chinese Whispers

Last night saw one of the best parties in a while, as author Marisa Mackle launched her latest book, Chinese Whispers. At a champagne reception in the St. Stephens Green outlet of Hughes & Hughes, guests got the first glimpse of the new book, which is a work of fiction based on the Dublin social scene. Well, I'm sure some of it is fiction!

Marisa, who is now working on her 5th book, was the social diarist with the Evening Herald newspaper for quite some time, so she had a great deal of experience to draw from. The central character of the book is Bunny Maguire, who is launched into the Dublin social whirl and takes to it like a duck to water.

Special guest last night was Marisa's good friend, stunning celebrity Alex Best, who herself has recently published her autobiography. Alex, who is now divorced from legendary footballer George Best, met Marisa while at a party on a yacht in Marbella last year and the two have remained good friends since.

Among those at the bookstore reception were Gerogina Heffernan, stylist Roxanne Parker, actress Tatiana Ouliankina, Peter King and Fergal Breen, Roisin Tierney - Crowe, publicist Paul Allen and the ever glamourous TV3 presenter Lorraine Keane.

Guests then walked the short distance to SamSara, where Louis Murray hosted the after-party. Enjoying the amazing Jean Christophe Novelli food were the devine Eleanor Cullen, Leann De Cerbo and Susan Vasquez (all looking fab in their summer finery), Mr. Gay UK Mark Roberts, Sian Horn of David Lloyd, celebrity agent Colin Angus, Romy Caroll of Cocoon with Liam Coburn and Triona McCarty with jeweller Cathriona Hanly.

Wishing to sample the hospitality of Dublin I felt duty bound to take Alex and Mark on to Lillies, where we were later joined by Marisa and co. As I'm sure you can imagine, the drink vanished quicker than a Vera Wang wedding dress at a sample sale.

Arm candy: Yours truly with Alex Best at yeaterday evening's party for Marisa Mackle in SamSara.

Water for Africa

Tipperary Water has joined forces with Concern to help fund water projects in Africa. Each time a specially branded bottle of Tipperary Natural Mineral Water is sold a donation will be made to “Water for Africa”.

Details of the inititive were announced at a lunch in the St. Stephen's Green Club on Monday afternoon, hosted by Pat Cooney, head of The Gleeson Group, who own Tipperary Natural Mineral Water.

“This unique project is essentially a group effort, involving a team of three”, said Mr. Cooney, “the consumer who buys the Tipperary Water, Concern who will be directly developing the water projects and ourselves”.

Initially, one of the countries which will benefit from this initiative is Eritrea, a country that has been seriously affected by drought in recent years. It is estimated that 85% of the Eritrean population are suffering severe water shortages, as rainfall has been scarce and erratic.

“In Ireland we have no such problems and are blessed with an abundance of good quality water”, continued Pat, “over the next 18 months I hope that sales of Tipperary Water will help provide clean water to communities in some of the poorest parts of Africa”.

It is estimated that each person in Ireland uses over 148 litres of water per day, while in some parts of Africa consumption can be as little at 10 litres.

Guest of honour at the lunch was His Excellency Mr. Negassi Sengal Ghebrezghi, the Eritrean Ambassador to the U.K. and Ireland, who expressed his appreciation for the campaign. Others present included Eithne Healy and Tom Arnold of Concern, writer Quentin Fottrell (who takes over the social diary in The Sunday Tribune from this weekend), RTE broadcaster Val Joyce and publicist Mary Crotty.

Sister act: Nicola and Sarah Connolly enjoying the hospitality in the VIP area of the Bacardi B-Bar at Oxegen.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hotting up

The weather has been very St. Tropez here lately, and I've been taking full advantage. Perfect conditions for last weekend's Oxegen music festival at Punchestown race course.

I spent Sunday in the confines of the Bacardi B-Bar VIP area, where guests had the pleasure of an extensive BBQ, free Bacardi cocktails and private toilet facilities - always a winner! Mingling around were publicist Sarah Jane English, DJ Hugh Scully, Nicola and Sarah Connolly and actor Philip Brodie.

I also met MTV presenter DP Fitzgerald and filmed a feature with him and his crew. Stay tuned to MTV during the month of August to see it!

Highlights of my Oxegen Sunday were The Killers, who played a hour long live set much to the joy of their thousands of fans. DJ collective Deep Dish rocked the Dance stage with their latest tunes. However it was New Order who stole the show, closing the weekend on the Ticket Stage. As I made my way out of Punchestown, stepping over the empty cans, dodging the trodden-on hot dogs and avoiding the drunken hoards, I wondered how many people will be suffering from sun burn the next day. P20 is the way forward.

Next big music event not to be missed is Evolution in Bray, Co. Wicklow on 6th August.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Support the Arts

It's all about the arts, baby! Or at least it will be in Kilkenny, come mid-August when the Kilkenny Arts Festival kicks off. Details of this years event were announced at a reception in the sultry confines of the Dakota bar yesterday evening.

Now in its 32nd year, Kilkenny Arts Festival offers a fantastic line-up of Irish and international artists. The Festival is recognised nationally and internationally as one of Ireland's biggest and best multi-disciplinary arts festivals.

Music from the island of Madagascar; the Irish author whose work has been described as 'Die Hard with Fairies'; Sexy Sirens and Cyclops the security guard; Le Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, and some laughably brutal buskers (courtesy of Buí Bolg) will be just some of a myriad of treats combining to make this festival a unique and unmissable event.

At the launch party were former film censor Seamus Smith, Noelle Campbell - Sharpe of the Origin Gallery, broadcaster and member of the Performance Corporation, Carrie Crowley, who also happens to be the 'face' of this years's event. I think she's a great talent and wish to see her on our TV screens again. Remember when she was once RTE's rising star and even co-presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997?

Also there were Diego Fasciar of the Arts Council, Kevin Hough and Dave McHugh of RTE Radio 1 and publicist Kate Bowe. Speakers were John Purcell, Chairman of Kilkenny Arts Festival's Board of Directors, together with Garrett Keogh, writer/director of Dog Show, which will be appearing at the Festival. Entertainment was provided by OTC Young Associate Artist Mairead Buicke, serenading the crowds with Gershwin's Summertime.

Get yourself to Kilkenny from the 12th to the 21st of August. Or else.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Work the camera: Miss Ireland 2005 Aoife Cogan sits in her throne with, right, 1st runner up Meave Carey (Miss Kerry) and, left, 2nd runner up Samina Zia (Miss Cork).

Monday, July 04, 2005

Miss Ireland 2005

At a glitzy gala dinner in the sprawling City West Hotel and Country Club, this year's Miss Ireland was crowned on Friday night. The lucky girl in question is the beautiful Aoife Cogan from Castleknock, who was representing VIP magazine as Miss VIP.

Sponsored by Newbridge Silverware, this year's event was one of the biggest yet with a very high standard of competition - and even higher levels of fake tan and teeth whitening! Aoife, as the winner of the 2005 Miss Ireland pageant, was crowned with an exquisite tiara, created exclusively for the event by Lorcan Harney of Newbridge Silverware and won a contract with top model agency Assets, as well as numerous other lucrative prizes.

The judges, who had a most difficult task on the evening, included TV presenter and journalist Amanda Brunker (herself a FMI), Corrie actor Keith Duffy, star of Celebrity Love Island Paul Danan, although I think he scared the girls more than anything else.

The event was well attended by many famous faces including singer Hazel Kaneswaren (who was greeted at the entrance by ex. boyfriend Brian Fallon), actor George McMahon, TV presenter Derek Mooney, Samantha Mumba, former B*Witched member Sinead Carroll, Anne Boylan and Shirley Beere, Michael O'Doherty of VIP and William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware.

FMI Pamela Flood was attending her first Miss Ireland contest in 5 years with Armani make-up artist Ken Boylan, while Orla Doyle, looking resplendent in black, was working on her last event for Newbridge Silverware publicists, Looks One PR.

Question of the week: Which well-known Irish architect embarrassed himself at a high-brow party last week? After verbally abusing the event organiser he then went on to steal another guest's drink before concluding the night with smashing a glass outside the building. His designs are clearly not as bold as his behavior.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Legging it

It's that time of year again when Social & Personal, the society bible (in print - Social Dublin is the online bible, natch), unveils it latest Top 100 List. Last night saw a show of the finest pins in Ireland strutting around Lillies Bordello for the announcement of the Top 100 Sexy Legs.

Walking away with the top prize of a fabulous Rimmel hamper was top model Glenda Gilson. Her mother Aileen accepted the prize and a magnum of champagne on her behalf. Glenda flew to New Zealand on Tuesday morning to be with her beau, Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll, who had his shoulder dislocated at a match last week.

Glenda said of scooping the title: “I never regarded my legs as my best asset, but I’m extremely flattered to have been voted number one on this list, it’s a real honour, I can’t believe it. I thought Amanda Byram was going to win it.”

And indeed celebrity Amanda did make the list, along with other leggy babes including actress Orlaith Rafter, Samantha Mumba, Constance Cassidy SC, publicists Sinead Ryan and Joanne Byrne, models Astrid Brennan and Andrea Roche, TV3's Laura Bermingham and Lorraine Keane and Jean Butler, who hosts the Mid Summer Night's Ball tomorrow night in Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, in aid of Forgotten Children. Tickets available from here.

The Top 5 Sexy Legs were as follows:

1. Glenda Gilson
2. Lisa Burke, Sky weather presenter
3. Lisa Harrison, socialite
4. Una Gibney, singer and model
5. Alison Doody, actress

The judging panel consisted of model Katy French, DJ Ivano Caffola, Lillies owner Oliver Hughes, Georgio Casari of Unicorn Restaurant, celebrity personal trainer Karl Henry and top fashion photographer Barry McCall.

Guests at last night's party enjoyed a Jacob's Creek Sparkling Rosé reception and celebrated into the wee small hours. I'm sure a few of them were legless.