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.
Francis Ford Coppola
The Wine: Coppola Black Label Claret, $20
The Celebrity: Francis Ford Coppola, Film Director
The Story: Continuing the family tradition (his grandfather made wine in his New York City apartment during Prohibition), Coppola started his Sonoma County winery in an old carriage house in 1975. It’s a big winery now, at one point the 12th largest in the U.S.
Cappiello's Bottom Line: “For me, this would be a great house wine. It has an elegant structure with soft tannins. It’s one to sit on the porch with on a summer evening.”
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