Along with celebrities launching lifestyle brands, one of the hottest new trends is for celebrities to buy their own vineyards and wineries. From Sting, who produces wine at his enviable Tuscan estate; to Madonna, who debuted an eponymous wine with her father, who is actually a winemaker himself, to coincide with the release of her album Confessions On a Dance Floor; to David Beckham, who purchased a Napa vineyard for his wife Victoria for her 34th birthday; the list of celebs playing the grape game goes on.Some lend simply their notables name to a wine venture or partner with an existing winery, but many commit themselves to the art, getting down and dirty in the vineyard. At the end of the day, all we want to know is which stand up to the sniff and sip test? Here are a few celebrity wines worth the hype.
|Perhaps the most A-list of celebrity wineries, Miraval, is located on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 1,000-acre estate in the South of France. Mr. and Mrs. Smith joined forces with the Perrin family, one of the most renowned names in the Rhone Valley, in a winemaking and distribution partnership. The couple's first vintage, a new-old rosé, Miraval, sold out in just five hours and later earned a spot on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 list. Its 2013 rosé release is a wonderful blend of fresh fruits aromas with a beautiful light pink color. Also, our own editor-at-large Estee Stanley is fond of it -- quite the coup! Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, $24, BevMo|
|The Black Eyed Peas' leading lady Fergie launched a family-run winery with her father, Pat Ferguson, in Solvang, CA, overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley. Ferguson Crest produces a syrah, a cabernet, two viogniers, and a red blend, aptly named "Fergalicious," through organic, sustainable practices. The blend, the winery's first release, is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, grenache, and merlot, with notes of spice and pepper and fruity richness. Fergalicious 2011, $40, Ferguson Crest|
|Drew Barrymore partnered with Decordi, a large winery in Lombardi, Italy, to create a wine in honor of her family. Barrymore, as it's named, was created in honor of her family. "Her travels throughout Italy inspired her to create a Pinot Grigio that she enjoys with family and friends," her website says. Light, herbal, and fruity, the actress's wine is girly and fun, just like she is! Barrymore Pinot Grigio 2011, $19, Wine Piper|
|Sting and Trudie Styler produce three wines on their 900-acre Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, where they also produce olive oil and honey. Named Sister Moon (a red-blend sangiovese, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon), When We Dance (Chianti DOC), and Casino dell Vie (an IGT sangiovese), the wines are produced via biodynamic and sustainable practices. Sister Moon 2008, $61, Il Palagio|
|Rock band Train is gaining speed in the wine world with its label Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co., which donates proceeds to Family House, a Bay Area non-profit that offers temporary housing to those in need. Their fruit-forward wines, which include a petite syrah, a chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon, are made in Livermore Valley, CA, and the band's members collaborate on production. 2011 Save Me, San Francisco Calling All Angels, $9, JJ Buckley|