â€œCome, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used;
exclaim no more against it.â€ â€“William Shakespeareâ€™s â€œOthelloâ€
The idea of a celebrity standing behind a product usually elicits either suspicion or curious interest. When it comes to wine, there are definitely some surprising celebrities behind different bottles. However, it turns out that starting your own winery or vineyard is a great way to retire while enjoying your second passion. Having the backing of your own brand name is definitely helpful and allows you to either take your vineyard to the next level by inviting tourism like Francis Ford Coppola, or keeping a quiet and romantic lifestyle like Sting.
When youâ€™re trying to buy wine, it can be difficult trying to identify which celebrity wines are even worth trying. Here, weâ€™ve stripped away the celebrity name and have five wines that are definitely worth a taste or two or three. Without further ado, letâ€™s get started on our list of wines made by celebrities.
Sister Moon by Sting
Sting and his wife Trudie are behind this red blend consisting of 40% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Their estate and vineyards at Tenuta il Palagio in Florence, Italy, also makes olive oil and honey. At $45 a bottle and named after Stingâ€™s song â€œSister Moon,â€ this dry concoction from 2009 tastes of the earth, menthol, and tobacco.
With the ability to mature for another 15-20 years and an elegant structure, anyone whoâ€™s a dad would appreciate this with a good steak.
Blue Label Merlot by Francis Ford Coppola
Director Francis Ford Coppola not only owns a winery in Geyersville, CA, but he successfully produced The Godfather Trilogy AND a well-priced Merlot. Heâ€™s actually been tooling around with wine since 1975 and created a $19 bottle beauty that tastes of a spicy and woody black cherry without having too much tannin. This is great with tomato-based dishes but is also very versatile so whether youâ€™re into chicken, steak, veggies, or cheese, a glass of Blue Label Merlot will do just fine next to it.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery produces a wide range of wines under different collections such as â€œDirectorâ€™s Cutâ€, which are limited edition and inspired by head winemaker Corey Beck, and â€œRosso & Biancoâ€ which are meant as everyday wines.
Unoaked Chardonnay by Wayne Gretzky
Canada is known for hockey, actors, maple syrup, and now wine. Famous hockey player, Wayne Gretzky has his three of his own vineyards through Canada and the US. His 2010 Vintage Wayne Gretzky Founders Series Chardonnay won a Double Gold Medal. At 13% alcohol by volume, this light-bodied wine is a refreshing blend of pineapple, pear, and peach, with notes of lemon and green apple.
Pair this $14 Niagara wine with a seafood, chicken, or vegetarian dish for a satisfying meal.
Caduceus Cellars Sancha by Maynard James Keenan of Tool
With a vineyard in Arizona which Keenan dubbed â€œa survivorâ€™s paradiseâ€ for winemakers, you can expect intense, rich wines that are wild from Caduceus Cellars, which are comparable to Toolâ€™s music. Sancha is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha thatâ€™s spicy like curry while also adding to the complexity with black cherry and an earthy tar. At $60 a bottle, this wine will either take you on a wild ride or at least a trip down memory lane. Have a glass with pastas, vegetables, cheeses, and cured meat.
Napa Crest by Yao Ming
Yao Ming totes high class wines, especially in the Cabernet Sauvignon department. Yao Family Wines is based in Napa Valley and started in 2011, shortly after he retired from the NBA. Although they donâ€™t own a vineyard, they do source their wines from various Napa Valley vineyards. As a humanitarian, the Yao Family Wines supports various causes too.
This Napa Crest is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot that is medium-bodied, fruity, spicy, and sensual. Each bottle is $48, which you can only purchase through the website and you must be a member of the winery for allocation purposes. Cherish each sip, and though this pairs well with Chinese foods, Yaoâ€™s philosophy is creating wine that pairs well with good food and good friends.
This is a guest blog by Erin Tran, a writer for LiquorMart.com. If you liked this piece, then follow me on Twitter @CustParadigm. When Iâ€™m not writing about wine or food, Iâ€™m usually looking for the next wine festivals and scoping out hot food spots.