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.
Maynard James Keenan
The Wine: Caduceus Cellars Sancha, $60
The Celebrity: Maynard James Keenan, Tool frontman
The Story: Keenan, who describes himself as “intense and passionate,” is the sole winemaker at Caduceus, near Sedona, Arizona, a state with about 50 wineries.
Cappiello's Bottom Line: "This has an Asian spice, like curry. It’s pretty complex, with an earthy tar. The wine is edgy, intense, and a bit wild."
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