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Even famous politicians and philosophers of ancient Rome and Greece owned vineyards. Today movie stars, athletes, and politicians, the likes of Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Donald Trump, own wineries. Celebrity wines are common, are they good? Are they worth it?
How Involved Are Celebrities In The Production of Celebrity Wines?
Understanding why and how celebrities get involved in the wine business is essential in answering the question.
Money matters aside, today’s celebrities are in the wine business for either one of the following reasons;
- They have a genuine love and passion for wine,
- It is the “in thing,” and they want to be part of the trend,
Likewise, the level of involvement by the celebrity in the wine business differs. Certain celebrities focus on winemaking with the help of an experienced vigneron. Most of these celebrities own the winery and their involvement in the wine production is significant. Francis Ford Coppola is an excellent example of this engagement. A known oenophile, he has been producing wine for 43 years, since buying Napa’s jewel Inglenook Estate in 1975.
Another form of involvement happens when wine enthusiasts, especially those who are still working, partner with wineries to produce the wine. These celebrities play a small role in the winemaking process while the winery takes care of the bulk. An example is Drew Barrymore, who partnered with Monterey to create a Pinot Grigio to honor her family.
The final form of involvement happens when a celebrity loans his or her name to a particular wine. This engagement does not require the celebrity’s involvement in the wine production. However, he or she is very prominent during the wine promotion. Carlos Santana loaned his name to the sparkling wine Sanatana DVX produced by Champagne house G.H. Mumm.
Top Celebrity Wines Available For Sale
Victoria and David Beckham fell in love with wine when in Spain. Consequently, in 2008, David bought his wife a vineyard in California, where Victoria produces exquisite wine for personal use. Therefore, unless you are a close friend or relative, you are unlikely to enjoy a drink from her vineyard.
Nevertheless, the following five top celebrity wines are available for sale and better yet, at pocket-friendly prices.
This wine has exceptional accolades including, a double gold award in the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Zinfandel 2014
Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the famous movie The Godfather, Owns the winery that produces this fruity Zinfandel.
Described by critics as easy to drink, with a smooth palate, medium acidity, and a long finish. This wine has exceptional accolades including, a double gold award in the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. As well as, a Silver award in the 2017 Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition.
For an estimated $33.61, you can buy this delicious wine.
Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Drew Bledsoe, the former New England Patriots Quarterback is the owner of the Doubleback winery. Notably, a winery famed for producing this expressive wine with exotic flavors and a long savory finish.
Robert Parker, describes this wine as dense, smooth-textured, with an excellent volume. Furthermore, Wine Spectator ranked this top celebrity wine number 54, in the top 100 wines of 2010.
The elegant wine is available for sale at an estimated price of $90.00.
Miraval – Provence Côtes de Provence Rosé 2012
The crisp Rosé is by Miraval in Cotes de Provence, southeastern France. A winery owned by Hollywood stars Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, in partnership with the Perrin family.
Its medium acidity and smooth, refreshing finish, make it a perfect summer drink. Wine Spectator ranked this celebrity wine position 84 on its annual Top 100 list, in 2013.
This fruity Rosé is available for sale at an estimated $24.
Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
This wine is a result of a partnership between actor Kyle MacLachlan and Eric Bunham, in the winery Pursued By Bear.
The elegant, balanced, full-bodied wine has a long and juicy sweet finish. Moreover, it has received high praise from wine critics, earning 93 points from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, respectively.
For an estimated $65, you can buy this bold wine.
Tenuta Il Palagio Sister Moon 2012
This wine is by musician Sting and wife Trudie, in their 900-acre estate in Tuscany, Italy.
Sting describes it as a wine that fills your mouth and then caresses your taste buds. And, it seems to have done just that to James Suckling and Wine Spectator, who scored it 93 and 90, respectively.
For an estimated $43 you can buy this medium-bodied wine.
In conclusion, the answer to whether celebrity wines are worth the hype, depends on the individual wine and the level of celebrity involvement in the wine production. The list of wines listed above proves it is possible to buy top celebrity wines at pocket-friendly prices.