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New Celebrity Trend: Vineyards And Wine Labels

Gossip and entertainment magazines refer to it as the latest celebrity trend. Many stars have gotten into the wine business, snapping up vineyards, signing their names to labels, and in many cases mak

Gossip and entertainment magazines refer to it as the latest celebrity trend. Many stars have gotten into the wine business, snapping up vineyards, signing their names to labels, and in many cases making the wine themselves. Sure, several stars endorse fashion lines, makeup, and perfume and many have a hand in the design, colour, or scent of the products that bear their names. But there is something a little more awe-inspiring in making wine, a little more august, or noble. It calls upon a specific kind of knowledge; winemakers have to know about soil, and how the air surrounding it, the climate of a region, and other factors affect grapevines from year to year. Some celebrities simply buy the wineries and then sit back and reap the profits while the real winemakers take care of the product. Others take it upon themselves to learn the craft, to cultivate the varietals of grapes by themselves, and get involved in the winemaking process beginning to end. For some it’s just a hobby. For others it’s a lifetime passion. Some of the actors and rock stars who have their own wines may be surprising. For instance, Australian rock band AC/DC has gotten into the wine business, with whites and reds named for several of their songs. Whitesnake has its own Zinfandel, which singer David Coverdale describes as “a bodacious, cheeky little wine, filled to the brim with the spicy essence of sexy, slippery, Snakeyness.” Even the band Kiss has their own “bold and fruity” Zinfandel, which they call “Zin Fire Wine.” Below are a few celebrities who have indulged their winemaking passion.

10 Gerard Depardie

9 Jonathan Cain

8 Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

7 Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews bought the Blenheim farm in Virginia, because of its historical significance; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson had stayed there in the 1700s. A year later he planted some grapevines and founded the Blenheim Vineyard. The main building was designed, in part by Matthews, and several of the wine labels are also drawn by him. The vineyard and several of its wines have received critical acclaim. Fans and wine lovers can go to Blenheim and enjoy tastings and live music, of course.

6 Dan Aykroyd

5 Sting

4 Emilio Estevez

3 Johnny Depp

2 Drew Barrymore

1 Fergie

Fergie’s sultry voice sings Velvet to you from the homepage of Ferguson Crest Wines. The Black Eyed Peas singer started the winery with her father in California’s Santa Ynez Valley in 2006. Stacy Ann Ferguson has been around wine her whole life, and could even distinguish a few in a blind taste test as a child! Ferguson Crest makes a handful of favourably-reviewed wines, including a red wine blend called Fergalicious, named for another one of Fergie’s songs. It’s been described by the Hollywood Reporter as “lush and exuberant with a mineral freshness that keeps the raspberry and black cherry flavors right on point.” Fergie and husband actor Josh Duhamel have been known to crush the grapes themselves… by foot.

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