UNSOUR GRAPES: Although Jacob Arabov faces trial on Nov. 5 for federal charges for allegedly laundering more than $270 million in proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics on behalf of a Detroit organization known as the Black Mafia Family — to which he has pleaded not guilty — he still likes to party. The jeweler famous for bedecking the likes of Jay-Z and Paris Hilton in over-the-top diamond jewelry, is launching a new category, vodka. He has introduced Bocaj (Jacob spelled backward), which is made from a family recipe based on grapes rather than wheat. The $75-a-bottle elixir comes in a frosted glass bottle meant to look like a rough diamond and is distilled four times for no stinging aftertaste. No word on whether his jewelry clients receive it as a gift-with-purchase.
WHEELS OF FORTUNE: As Kate Moss can attest, a drug scandal needn't always be a career killer. To wit, German sportswear giant Adidas said it will continue to sponsor the T-Mobile cycling team, despite persistent allegations of doping within the sport. The team's Patrik Sinkewitz was one of a number of high-profile competitors who failed drug tests during the Tour de France race this summer. "We have decided that we're going to stick by the team, and together we will fight against doping," said an Adidas spokeswoman. Adidas, which has backed the team since 1997, has stipulated that its sponsorship contract will be terminated if any future instances of doping arise.