Wine in band riders
I've been doing some fun research on band riders, looking for the sorts of requests they make when it comes to wine.
A word of explanation: band 'riders' are the bit of the contract that performers make with venues that detail their requirements in terms of dressing rooms, catering and the like. They're often really amusing - some stars are a little anal about what they require. These riders are usually confidential, but website http://www.thesmokinggun.com/ has excerpts from a few hundred that it's managed to obtain.
I checked some of them and found the following wine requirements:
Van Halen (1982)
Not very sophisticated tastes: just two bottles of Blue Nun white wine
However, by 2008, Eddie Van Halen asks that his stage cooler contains four mini bottles of Gallo Twin Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Foo Fighters (2008)
Simply request three bottles of quality red wine (Merlot, Cabernet etc) and three bottles of quality white wine
Bono has a reputation of being a bit of a wine nut. Obviously, back in 1992 his management weren't aware of this. U2 asked for:
3 very good French Chardonnays
3 very good Bordeauxs (sic)
2 Mouton Cadet red wines
2 Jacobís Creek or Black Opal Australian white wine
1 medium quality Port or sherry e.g. Sandimint (!!!sic)
Knows his wines, even if there's a bit of a problem here with the spelling.
1 bottle excellent quality white wine Sancerre or similar
2 bottles excellent quality Bordeaux
Band room (as spelt on the rider):
Pouilly Fuisse, Chablis Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet
French Bordeaux, Chateaunuef du Pape, Chevrey Chamratain, Pommard, Eshaseaux Margaux
Two bottles of Mouton Cadet again. Why is this so popular with rockers?
Two bottles of cold white wine, NOT Chardonnay
Two bottles of red wine
Added later: As Thor comments below, by far the best is Diana Krall's rider, which is totally hilarious and includes an amazing wine list here