Celebrity Wine

August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th actress unveils 'Crystal Lake' bottle tonight at the winery

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If you are a wine loving fan of Friday the 13th, you should check out Crystal Lake Wines, a private label offering from Valley View Winery in Oregon. And enjoy this piece, courtesy of the Mail Tribune:

The original Final Girl pulled a mauled and blood-caked hockey mask from an old box Thursday and proudly displayed it in Valley View Winery's otherwise cheery tasting room.

Adrienne King, the star of the first cult classic, placed the mask beside her artwork, which features eerie snapshots of her character just before a young Jason Voorhees tears out of Crystal Lake and drags her under the surface during the film's final sequence.

The horror of Crystal Lake has returned once again -- on a bottle of high-end wine.

"This combines all my passions," King said. "My acting, my artwork and wine."

King is promoting Crystal Lake wine, named after the spot where Jason slaughtered armies of sex-obsessed teenagers for three decades.

Valley View Winery will host a showing of the original "Friday the 13th" tonight -- which just so happens to be Friday the 13th -- to celebrate the new vintage and the 30th anniversary of the film's release. A showing of the slasher classic will accompany a fan meet-and-greet with King. The proceeds will benefit Applegate Valley Fire District 9.

Crystal Lake wine sells for $20 a bottle and includes a personalized autograph with each bottle.

by Chris Conrad. Copy and Image via Mail Tribune. Read the full article here.

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October 26, 2008

Newman's Own - A Legacy Worth Celebrating

NO_chard_BS_Hi.jpgI have been trying to decide how best to remember the gentleman and legend, Mr. Paul Newman. As it happens, I've had a few bottles of Newman's Own wine kicking around, just begging to be reviewed. So to honor the man, the philanthropist and the actor, I decided to throw a Newman's Own party. A little corny, I know, but what can I say?

I invited about twelve friends who were either Newman fans or just along for the free booze and grub. In lieu of background music, we fired up the DVD player and played a continuous loop of my four favorite Paul Newman films--The Sting, The Long Hot Summer, The Hustler and A New Kind of Love.

I tried to keep it simple and I wanted to use as many Newman's Own products as I could:

Chicken and shrimp skewers marinated in the Lemon Pepper Marinade
Beef skewers marinated in Steak Sauce
Potatoes, onions, peppers tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette and roasted
Tossed salad with classic Italian dressing

Chips and Salsa for snacking
Bowls of Spelt and Honey Wheat pretzels
Lots of NO popcorn placed strategically near the TV

Newman's Own Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
House cocktail - The Fast Eddie (vodka and NO Lemonade with perfect rounds of thinly sliced red chile peppers floating in it... a real kick in the pants!)

Assorted NO cookies and organic k-cup coffee for dessert

NO_cabsauv_BS_Hi.jpgTHE TASTING
Before the eating and official boozing began, I decided to hold a quick, mini wine tasting to get everyone's thoughts on the wines. I'm always a little skeptical of celebrity wines, but I did my due diligence and found that Newman's Own wines are produced by Three Thieves.

Newman's Own Chardonnay - Very lush and fragrant with scents of ripe tropical fruits... mainly pineapple. Lush and full on the palate as well. More tropical fruit woven with bright pear, golden apple and a thread of creamy vanilla oak lending flavor to its viscosity, all tempered by enough acidity to provide a crisp finish. Chardonnay haters thought it was too fruity and too creamy, but otherwise it was well received and a true indication of its worth--there was not a drop left at the end of the evening.

Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvingon - Bold and berry filled, this cab suprised all of us with its layered intensity. Rich and warm with scents of macerated berry, spice and sweet tobacco. Dried berries, plums and cassis round out the flavor profile and add a certain chewiness to the texture. This wine begs for a fire in the fireplace and bowl of stew in hand. Like Mr. Newman, this cab was adored by all.

Both the Cab and the Chard are quintessentially California wines. All sunshine and smiles. Infinitely like-able. You can find them at many large grocery chains as well as Cost Plus World Market in the $10 - $13 range.

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July 6, 2007

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery


For some reason, the idea of Wayne Gretzky-branded wines has set the media's phasers on "pun". We've seen a bunch of headlines, ranging from "He Pours, He Scores" to "The Grape One" - we even percolated something about trying his wine on ice. We've decided to play it straight, however, and just say - introducing Wayne Gretzky Winery. If he's half as good at attaching his name to a wine as he was at that sport of his, we're pretty sure we're going to be in luck.
"We picked wine styles that best express Niagara's cool climate conditions and wines that we would be able to make year-in and year-out with consistent quality. " The first wines to wear No. 99 and the Wayne Gretzky Estates label are a 2006 unoaked Chardonnay and 2005 Meritage produced from vineyards in Niagara. A special bottling of Wayne Gretzky 2004 Family Reserve Merlot was done in 3-litre double magnums. Ninety-nine bottles were produced, the first and last bottle were presented to Gretzky during Tuesday's launch.
The Standard [via The Sporting Life]
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June 26, 2007

Madonna Wine, Coming Straight Outta...Michigan?

Here's another wine that can be filed under "Not Quite in Our Price Range" (it can probably also be filed under "Family of Celebrity Trying to Cash In," but who're we to judge?) - Madonna has released her own wine. Well, actually, her dad has, and he's making it in the place everyone thinks of when they think wine - Michigan. Anyway, you too can get your hands on some for the low, low price range of $25 to $40 per bottle.

The Material Girl’s father, Tony Ciccone, recently decided to advance his winery business by releasing Madonna Wine, which is available in five varieties: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.

“Most of our wines are state-bottled wines,” Ciccone said. “We don’t try to make California wines or wines from France. We make wines that are Michigan wines.”

What does Michigan wine taste like anyway? Find out at the Madonna Store [via Battle Creek Enquirer]

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