Are Celebrity Wines Really That Good?

written by Yoga David 22nd May 2014

The celebrity wine industry has seen a considerable rise in the number of famous enthusiasts over the past decade, for both private enjoyment and financial investment. 

Several A-list stars own vineyards and wine estates solely for personal use including Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, French actor Gerard Depardieu and British musician Sting. 

Some celebrities produce wine for retail purposes including American actresses Drew Barrymore and Olivia Newton John, actors Antonio Banderas and Sam Neil, Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, and most recently Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie. 

One of US top sommeliers, Michael Madrigale, ruthlessly evaluated and graded celebrity wines. Through the help of Buzzfeed news, EatOut took four of the many he had to grade and here are are the results!

1. Biggest Booty: Fergie’s “Fergalicious” Red Blen

fergie red blend


The Red Blend is (56% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 13% Grenache, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Michael had this to say: “Sweet baked fruit. Black raspberry has a savory, meaty aroma. The Palate is ripe and extremely alcoholic. Hot and lacks structure and tannins and it would be disgusting with food.”
His Verdict: This one was so overwhelmingly hot and fruity and glamorous that it’s hard to imagine consuming it with a meal or in the course of normal human life.

2.Most Likely to End Up in Spaghetti Sauce: Antonio Banderas’s Ribera Del Duero

Antonio Banderas’s Ribera Del Duero


Ribera Del Duero comprises of (Cabernet, Merlot, Tempranillo)
Michael had this to say: “Dirty nose. Smells a bit advanced (oxidized). Dirty and sweet palate. Very ripe. Off balance. Not good.”
His Verdict: Something might have gone off with this bottle; it didn’t seem fresh. Sorry, Zorro, Too Funky.


3. Best Option for #Teen Drinkers: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio

Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio


Michael had this to say: “Sulfury. Lemon, lime, grapefruit. Like drinking water with lemon in it, super diluted. NO.”
His Verdict: A training wine, basically. It wasn’t unpleasant, but so light that it was like someone had already turned it into a spritzer.


4. Most Flatulent: Brad and Angelina’s (Winery’s) “Clara Lua” White Blend

Brad and Angelina’s (Winery’s) “Clara Lua” White Blend


Chateau Miraval, Correns, France (75% Rolle, 25% Grenache Blanc)

Michael said: “Fart wine. DQ.”
His Verdict: This was so sulfury that all anyone could smell was butt gas. Underneath that it seemed to be a perfectly nice, citrusy white wine, but it was, uh, hard to ignore.


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