But what I really want to do is "Vint"
September 28, 2013 6:08 AM   Subscribe

Looking for a unique wine? There are a few celebrities out there trying their hand out at being vintners. Sam Neill in New Zealand, "Brangelina" in France, Drew Barrymore in Italy, and Dan Aykroyd in Canada (just to name a few). There are plenty here in the states, too. Sonoma County certainly has its share with everyone from John Lasseter to the Smothers Brothers. And then there is the Hollywood wine granddaddy of them all.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (27 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Don't forget Fess Parker. The labels include a tiny coonskin cap.
posted by helicomatic at 6:14 AM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


If you're gonna buy some Dan Aykroyd-affiliated liquor, pick up a bottle of his vodka and turn it into a bong.
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:35 AM on September 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


Maynard James Keenan of Tool owns Caduceus Cellars, something I learned during his recent Marc Maron interview.
posted by beowulf573 at 6:38 AM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


Brangelina's rosé: "With the nose, it has macerated wild strawberries, confectionary sugars, and strawberry or raspberry PEZ, like the candy"

I have no idea why wine writers always feel obliged to put this little free-association stream of consciousness section in, or why they have to pretend that it's descriptive of the taste when it's clearly inspired mostly by the visual aspects and other connotations of the wine. We get it dude, it's pink.
posted by forgetful snow at 6:55 AM on September 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


I was well on my way to being a wine snob, and I hated those reviews, so I was going to start a wine podcast and spend the hour "reviewing" two bottles with a friend. Wine is funny. The first sip isn't like the first full swallow. The last glass is often the best, and the second bottle can be junk.

I like big bold wines with a lot of character and some obvious flaws. I stopped drinking much wine because where I bought it went out of business (they understood my tastes) and I realized it was a suck hole for money (I played in the $35-$50 range).

To add to your list Robin Williams brother founded Toad Hollow. Not sure if that exactly counts.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:07 AM on September 28, 2013


Don't forget Ed Hardy.

I do legal compliance for a wine distributor and when the paperwork came in for Jolie-Pitt wine I asked the supplier, "is this the Jolie-Pitt?" and she immediately got defensive about how it was high quality and a serious venture. Whatever, dude.
posted by something something at 7:11 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've always wondered, these celebrity small yield hobby wineries? Are like like subsidies for wine producing regions? Keeping the land worked and people employed but not actually expected to turn a huge profit, kept up cause people think Owning A Vineyard is a good thing to do?
posted by The Whelk at 7:17 AM on September 28, 2013


Even Coppola's less expensive wines are pretty good. I can typically pick up his "Rosso" for about $9 per bottle. It's a nice, smooth glass of wine...
posted by HuronBob at 7:37 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Coppola is a serious winery. They trade off the name, for sure, but the wine is quite good. Nearby Raymond Burr Winery also makes pretty good wine, it's a nice low key place to visit in Sonoma.
posted by Nelson at 7:56 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Golfers and/or Canadians: Wayne Gretzky, Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Mike Weir.
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:40 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


The museum on the 2nd floor of the Coppola winery, dedicated to his movies, is really fun too. The surfboard from Apocalypse Now and a Tucker car are up there.
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:43 AM on September 28, 2013


It is traditional, in some circles, to cleanse the palate between wine tastings with a light beer. May I, in this instance, recommend Motörhead's Bastards Lager.
posted by Devonian at 8:44 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pardon the obvious, but shouldn't Coppola's be considered, not the granddaddy, but the godfather of them all?
posted by hwestiii at 8:57 AM on September 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pardon the obvious, but shouldn't Coppola's be considered, not the granddaddy, but the godfather of them all?

Puns: never apologize.
posted by Fizz at 9:22 AM on September 28, 2013


Vin Diesel should really get in on some of that action.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 9:44 AM on September 28, 2013 [7 favorites]


There's an old saw that says, "You know what you need to make a small fortune in the wine business? A large fortune."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:46 AM on September 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ricardo Montalban missed his chance: The Grapes of Wrath winery.
posted by Chitownfats at 9:50 AM on September 28, 2013


I had never tried the Coppola wines until I actually went to his restaurant (now defunct) in Palo Alto. The Director's Cut Zinfandel was quite nice. Then the next years vintage was horrible. So it goes. On the whole, I have found his entire line is a safe bet for those wanting to please everyone on a budget.
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:56 AM on September 28, 2013


But what I really want to do is "Vint"

I think you mean vintn. Oh, for a good Bobby Vintn joke.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:07 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


The manager of the Doobie Brothers makes a nice wine: Bruce Cohn, of B. R. Cohn.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:16 AM on September 28, 2013


Both BR Cohn and Coppola are perfectly respectable wines here in the Bay Area. In fact, I went tasting at BR Cohn several years ago with no knowledge of the connection, and was baffled to see gold records on display in the tasting room...

I've had Coppola Rosso for so long that I no longer really remember the connection with the filmmaker.
posted by suelac at 10:21 AM on September 28, 2013


Ricardo Montalban missed his chance: The Grapes of Wrath winery.

Surely his estate could team up with that of Hervé Villechaize's to bring us Fantasy Vinland?

"De cork! De cork!"
posted by Chichibio at 10:25 AM on September 28, 2013


It is now my mission to buy a bottle of Smothers Brothers wine. (Actually "Remick Ridge.") Not because I necessarily expect it to be good, but just on principal.

I wasn't aware that a lot of these had celebrity backing. (I do endorse the Coppola claret, which is reasonably priced and consistently quite good.) I wonder if any Italian filmmaking dynasties have connections to wineries. I'd love to see a Lacrima from one of the Argentos.
posted by Mothlight at 10:35 AM on September 28, 2013


Also Emilio Estevez.
posted by linux at 10:51 AM on September 28, 2013


There's actually a documentary about Maynard James Keenan's winery called Water Into Wine. I think it's on Netflix streaming and it's worth a watch if you're interested in Tool or wine.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:15 AM on September 28, 2013


Wikipedia may help fill in the gaps in the list.
posted by gimonca at 12:09 PM on September 28, 2013


beowulf573: "Maynard James Keenan of Tool owns Caduceus Cellars, something I learned during his recent Marc Maron interview."

Yeah - there's a great sketch (well if you like this sort of humor, at least) between him and Tim and Eric doing an interview about it.
posted by symbioid at 6:01 PM on September 28, 2013


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