Drinking with the STARS! Celebs in the wine biz.

Celebrities are in drenched in WINE. 
Introducing the drinking with the STARS cast list.

Photo Credit: LVE
***"OLIVE me loves OLIVE you" Okay, so maybe that's not quite how it goes but one thing is for sure - Music superstar, John Legend has entered the wine biz. LVE: Legend Vineyard Exclusive has produced a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay with the help of Raymond Vineyards.
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Life
***GoGi is the passion project of actor Kurt Russell, who has quietly been making Pinot Noir in Santa Rita Hills since the 2008 vintage. With the help of Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos Cellars (as well as their son Don Schroeder, head winemaker at nearby Sea Smoke Cellars,) Kurt’s GoGi label has grown from a minuscule 25 case production in 2008 into a serious outfit that now produces truly exceptional boutique wines. The Chardonnay is appropriately called Goldie.
***Rumor has it Lady Gaga has been spotted roaming around Sonoma County looking for a vineyard to buy In Spring of 2012. The stilettos may have been a sure sign, she wasn't a local. The singer, who is currently worth over 90 million is apparently quite a fan of red wine and believes that grapes could be her next creative venture. Can't you just imagine the packaging? 

***Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie:
The celebrity power couple will launched their own rose wine March 2013. Rumor has it that the wine is charmingly good. The pair has teamed up with the French winemaking Perrin family to develop the Miraval Cotes de Provence label, named after their Chateau Miraval estate in the south of France, Marc Perrin said. The wine, produced from the couple's sprawling estate near the town of Brignoles, will be priced at around 15 euro ($19.40) a bottle. Jolie and Pitt acquired the 500 hectare estate in 2008 for around 40 million euros (approx $516 million) and have used it as a summer residence. The estate includes around 50 to 60 acres of vines.

The following is a list of celebrities already in the biz.

*Madonna: Ciccone Vineyard and Winery Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan Collaboration with her father Silvio "Tony" Ciccone  

Fess Parker: Fess Parker Winery Santa Ynez Valley, California Was featured in the movie Sideways.

Tommy Smothers: Remick Ridge Vineyards Sonoma County, California

Sam Neill: Two Paddocks Central Otago, New Zealand

Gerard Depardieu: Chateau de Tigne Anjou, Loire Valley, France Also owns vineyards in Bordeaux, Languedoc, Algeria, Argentina, Morocco, Spain, Sicily and United States

Mario Andretti: Andretti Winery Napa Valley, California Founded winery with former K-mart CEO Joe Antonini

Vince Neil: Vince Neil Vineyards Sonoma County, California

Greg Norman: Greg Norman Estates South Australia and California Collaboration with Beringer Blass

Ernie Els: Ernie Els Wines Stellenbosch, South Africa Collaboration with Engelbrecht Els Vineyard

Savanna Samson: Savanna Samson Wines Tuscany and Lazio, Italy Her first wine Sogno Uno is a red blend consisting mainly of the obscure Italian grape variety Cesanese 

Joe Montana: Montagia Wines Napa Valley, California Collaboration with Ed Sbragia, former winemaker of Beringer Wines

Raymond Burr: Raymond Burr Vineyards Dry Creek Valley, California Established by the late actor in 1986.

Bruce Cohn: B.R. Cohn Winery Sonoma County, California Cohn is the manager of The Doobie Brothers. Bruce gets props for almost being local as he and his wife spend significant time at their lake place in North Idaho. 

***Train: It probably took years to get Train's "Drops Of Jupiter" out of your head (likely replaced by "Hey, Soul Sister") but it looks like you might be humming it again. Join Train's brand new Save Me San Francisco Wine Club (yes, really), and sample the "fruit-forward, instantly lovable red" 2009 Petite Syrah titled Drops of Jupiter.  The band recently announced a chocolate project with Ghirardelli.

John Lasseter: Lasseter Family Winery Sonoma County, California

Drew Barrymore
***Drew Barrymore: Barrymore Wines. Her first offering is a Pinot Grigio from Italy was recently released.

Diane Marie Disney: Silverado Vineyards Winery Napa Valley, California Owns winery with husband, former professional football player Ron W. Miller

Carmen Policy: Casa Piena Yountville, California

Nancy Pelosi :Zinfandel Lane Vineyard St. Helena, California Also owns Skellenger Lane Vineyard in Napa Valley. Pelosi sells her grapes to other California winemakers instead of producing her own wine.

Tom Seaver: GTS Vineyards Napa Valley, California

Dan Ackroyd
*Dan Aykroyd: Dan Aykroyd Wines Ontario, Canada Also produces a Sonoma County, California, series of wines.

Mario Batali: La Mozza Tuscany, Italy Collaboration with Italian winemaker and author Joe Bastianich

Lorraine Bracco: Bracco Wines Tuscany, Italy Produces wines from several Italian wine regions.

Nick Faldo: Nick Faldo Wines Coonawarra, Australia Collaboration with Katnook Estate

Mick Hucknall: Il Cantante Sicily, Italy Collaboration with Italian winemaker Salvo Foti

Olivia Newton-John: Koala Blue Wines South Australia Founded in 1983 with business partner Pat Farrar.

Cliff Richard: Adega do Cantor Algarve, Portugal Collaboration with Quinta do Miradouro.

**Mike Weir: Mike Weir Wine Niagara Peninsula, Canada.

*Francis Ford Coppola:  Rubicon Estate Winery Napa Valley, California

Wayne Gretsky: No. 99 Estates Winery Niagara Peninsula, Canada Collaboration with Creekside Estates.

Lil Jon: Little Jonathan Winery Central Coast, California Collaboration with California winemaker Alison Crowe.

Alex Spanos: SpanosBerberian Winery Napa Valley, California Also owns Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville.

Dick Vermeil: Vermeil Wines Napa Valley, California Collaboration with OnThEdge Winery.
Francis Ford Coppola

Kevin Buckler: Adobe Road Wines Sonoma County, California

Frank Arciero: Arciero Family Vineyards Paso Robles, California Also owns EOS Estate Winery in Paso Robles. Owned racing teams that featured Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and Michael Andretti.

Randy Lewis: Lewis Cellars Napa Valley, California.

Arnold Palmer: Arnold Palmer Wines California Collaboration with Luna Vineyards.

Mick Fleetwood: Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar Lake County, California Collaboration with Langtry Estate and Vineyards.

Jonathan Cain: delaCain Vineyards Sonoma County, California Collaboration with California winemaker Dennis De La Montanya

Kyle MacLachlan
* **Kyle MacLachlan Pursued by Bear Wine Columbia Valley, Washington Collaboration with Washington winemaker Eric Dunham.

**Drew Bledsoe: Double Back Wine, Walla Walla Valley, Washington Collaboration with Washington winemaker Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellars.

Maynard James Keenan: Caduceus Cellars Arizona Also owns Merkin Vineyards in Arizona.

Richard Childress: Childress Vineyards North Carolina.

Dave Matthews: Blenheim Vineyards Charlottesville, Virginia

**Jason Priestley: Black Hills Estate Winery Okanagan, British Columbia The British Columbia born actor is a co-owner in the estate.

Antonio Banderas
*Antonio Banderas: Anta Banderas Ribera del Duero, Spain.

**Robert M. Parker, Jr.:Beaux Freres Vineyards and; Winery Willamette Valley, Oregon Co-owns winery with brother in law. To avoid a conflict of interest with his wine rating publication The Wine Advocate, Parker delegates the task of rating Oregon wines to another associate.

Dave Del Dotto: Del Dotto Vineyards Napa Valley, California In 2007, experimented with fermenting wine in amphorae.

Mike Ditka: Mike Ditka Wines Mendocino County, California Collaboration with the Mendocino Wine Company.

Dan Marino: Vintage 13 Marino Estates California 

Charles Woodson: TwentyFour Wines Napa Valley, California Under NFL regulations, Woodson is currently prohibited from endorsing his own wines publicly until he retires.

Cathy Schembechler Bo Schembechler: Wines California Named after her late husband, former University of Michigan Football coach Bo Schembechler.

Jeff Gordon
*Jeff Gordon: Jeff Gordon Wines Napa Valley, California Collaboration with August Briggs Wines
Carole Bouquet Sanguo d'or Sicily, Italy.

Jacques Parizeau: Coteau de l'Élisette Languedoc, France.

David Ginola: Coste Brulade Côtes de Provence, France In partnership with the Coste Brulade co-op at Puget-Ville.

Michael Seresin: Seresin Estate Marlborough New Zealand.

Jarno Trulli: Podere Castorani Abruzzo, Italy.

Valeri Bure: Chateau Boswell Winery Napa Valley, California In partnership with his wife - actress Candace Cameron.

Günther Jauch: Weingut von Othegraven Mosel (wine region), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany Prestigious vineyard from at least the 16th century, listed cultural heritage site, since 1805 owned by Jauch's ancestors. Jauch, one of the most popular Germans, is owner in the seventh generation.

Bode Miller: Thinks wine making is in his future. The larger-than-life American has no immediate thoughts of quitting top level alpine racing -- he is having too much fun -- but according to Reuters he planned a future as a professional wine-maker when he finally lays down his skis. Miller has purchased land near his home town of Franconia, New Hampshire, with this project in mind and is still conducting studies to find out what sort of wine the land can produce. Maybe there will be wine medals in his future.

*David Cloverdale: From record label to wine label. "Whitesnake" Zinfandel with De La Montanya Winery."Is this love?"

*Photo credits: Coppola: A glass after work, Fleming Jenkins: Fleming Jenkins, Ciccione: Ciccone Vineyard, Antonio Banderas: Anta Banderas Ribera del Duero: Drink Ribera, Kyle MacLachlan: Food & Wine, DanAykroyd: brandweek, Jeff Gordon: restrictorplated, Drew Barrymore: Barrymore wine
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Anonymous said…
Sometimes it makes me ill to see that all it takes to start a winery is money. And then many of these celebrity wines fly off the shelf irregardless of quality or character. Granted, some are very good wines, but some are not very good at all. It takes a lot more to be a good winemaker than money and a public face.

On a lighter note, you should google "merkin" from Maynard Keenan's vineyard.

And finally, after all that blathering above...I now HAVE to try Dave Matthews wine LOL.
Anonymous said…
you forgot " TRAIN" they are wine conoisseurs and also WINES to their credit..One is titled "Drops of Jupiter" No Kidding.
Sip of Spokane said…
Good point. I'll update this post. I recently saw Train (love them) on the Today show and they talked about their wine venture.

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