Slapping their name on a wine bottle is common practice among musicians and actors, and practically a rite of passage for pro golfers. For others, wine requires more than a rubber stamp. “I’ve always discounted celebrity wines,” says Drew Bledsoe, a former Pro Bowl quarterback and, since 2008, the owner of Doubleback winery. “Wine is not a candy bar. What’s in the bottle should drive the value, not what’s on it.” We recruited Patrick Cappiello, wine director at Pearl & Ash, a New York Bowery restaurant with a 3,000-selection wine list, for a blind test of more than a dozen bottles made by stars who get their hands dirty. Here are the six best.
The Wine: Casa Dumetz Syrah Noir, $35
The Celebrity: Emilio Estevez, Actor
The Story: The former Brat Packer and his fiancee, Sonja, have tended their own vines in Malibu, California, since 2004. “I felt a strong need to connect to the Earth and grow something for the future,” says Estevez. “Works of art that can be shared with others.”
Cappiello's Bottom Line: "Whoa. That’s a wild wine. It’s juicy and bright. This is a very good wine. I want to drink more of that later."
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