kelly magyarics

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Famous wines

MSN did an article yesterday about celebrities who have opened or are opening wineries:

http://lifestyle.msn.com/FoodandEntertaining/TheWineLife/Article.aspx?cp-documentid=686957&GT1=8526&wa=wsignin1.0

Arguably, the most famous of these is Francis Ford Coppola, whose Niebaum-Coppola winery opened in 1975. His most recent offering is single-serving sparkling wine in a can named for his daughter Sofia. More of a marketing ploy than a serious wine? Truth be told, it tastes pretty good. And at parties and openings, it's becoming a necessary accessory to hold a can in one hand, and a designer handbag in another.

Another great celebrity-owned winery is that of golfer Greg Norman, who makes killer shiraz and other wines in Australia. I'll admit, since I'm not a golfer, I didn't even know he was one until after I started drinking his wines...I just drank them because they were tasty.

Mario Andretti got into the wine business in 1996. Being from his hometown of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, I heard about this business venture from the very beginning. Heck, my mom even got me an autographed bottle--she just saw him around town and asked him for a signature (he's pretty approachable, and Nazareth is a small town.) He's had a lot of success in California with the Italian varietal Sangiovese, the grape used in Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

The next generation of celebrity winemakers? Well, Vince Neil of Motley Crue has opened Vince Wines, and Sting owns a very small winery in northern Italy and produces wine for just his friends and family. Oh, how I wish I were on Sting's friends and family list...