Brangelina rosé: Last year, a major Hollywood power couple's first vintage of French rosé sold out in five hours and landed them on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines -- No. 84 -- and the only rosé to make the list. Well, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have done it again. The 2013 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Cotes de Provence Rosé Miraval went on sale earlier this month and promptly sold out. There are rumors that the wine will be available for $20 in select wine shops later this month, but at press time, we were unable to confirm.

According to Spectator, the Miraval bottling, made with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel, is pretty much the most anticipated release of a rosé ever. The wine is a blend of cinsault, grenache, syrah and white grape rolle (vermentino). Last year, Perrin & Fils general manager Marc Perrin told Spectator that Pitt and Jolie participated in the blending sessions for the first wine and helped design the label and bottle. The château, which sits on 1,000 acres, is where Pink Floyd recorded the famed rock opera "The Wall" in 1979. Pitt and Jolie purchased the 35-room estate for an estimated $60 million in 2012.


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Roll out the barrels: More than 120 Sonoma County wineries are preparing to open their cellar doors for two weekends of tasting young, unfinished wines in the barrel. Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County's annual Barrel Tasting event, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 to March 2 and again March 7 to 9. Meet winemakers, sample wines from the barrel, purchase "futures" at a 25 to 30 percent discount and receive case lots 12 to 18 months later. Many of the wines are produced in such limited quantities that they are sold exclusively as "futures." Now that's cool. Locations include wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. $40 per weekend. Details: www.wineroad.com.

Napa gets arty: The fourth annual Napa Valley Arts in April puts cabernet aside to celebrate the region's other creative pursuits. The variety of work on display at more than two dozen of the region's wineries spans media and subject matter, from Enice Heo's Neil Young-inspired series of painting assemblages at Jessup Cellars in Yountville to a valley-wide study of winery architecture, including a rare tour of Niebaum Mansion at Inglenook, better known as hallowed ground. Details: www.visitnapavalley.com/artsinapril.

-- J. Yadegaran, staff