Here’s a fun game to play: Name as many celebrity-owned wines as you can. Even more difficult: Name a celebrity-owned wine that’s actually good.
It’s not as easy as it sounds, right?
Sure, there’s Lisa Vanderpump’s LVP sangria, and we’re all fully aware of Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl brand, but did you know John Legend has his own brand? Or how about Drew Barrymore? And better yet, Legend and Barrymore’s wines are both highly rated.
After scouring the web, we’ve narrowed down the list and compiled only the best of the best, meaning they’ve all received great to near-excellent taste scores from wine experts and reviewers, including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Table. Wines are reviewed on a 100-point scale, with 95 to 100 being a “classic” or great wine, 90 to 94 being a wine of superior character and 85 to 89 being very good. So rest assured all the wines you’ll find on our list are truly worth the purchase.
Name: Tenuta il PalagioWine to try: Il Palagio Sister Moon 2014Price: $57.95 at Sherry-Lehmann
When your winery is located on an Italian estate that's been producing wine for 500 years, there's a pretty good chance you'll have a winner on your hands. And that's exactly the case with Sting's winery, Tenuta il Palagio. Given a score of 90 from Wine Spectator in 2012, Sting's Sister Moon wine (named after the song of the same name, of course) has an alcohol content of 14.9 percent and is aged for 24 months. Try this wine with a hearty steak; you won't be disappointed.
Name: Blenheim Vineyards/Dreaming TreeWine to try: Crush Red BlendPrice: $11.29 at Total Wine & More
Singer and musician Dave Matthews' California wines aren't expensive, they aren't pretentious, and they're completely affordable — particularly Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend, which happens to be a collaboration with acclaimed Simi Winemaker Steve Reeder. Given a score of 90 in 2009 from Tasting Panel magazine Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dias Blue, this wine is described as an "easy sipper."
If you want something directly from Matthews' winery, Blenheim Vineyards, then grab a bottle of Painted White — a vibrant, sweet wine given a score of 89 by Decanter.
Name: Barrymore by Carmel RoadWine to try: 2015 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot GrigioPrice: $11.99 at Total Wine & More
Drew Barrymore's wines are as fun, vibrant and sweet as she is. Barrymore ventured into the wine business in 2011, but it wasn't until she released her 2015 pinot grigio that she became a force to be reckoned with. Earning her a score of 93 from The Tasting Table, the pinot pairs well with seafood and sushi and has an alcohol content of 13 percent.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Name: Miraval Côtes de ProvenceWine to try: Miraval Côtes de Provence RoséPrice: $18.97 at Total Wine & More
You'd think a wine both owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and named Miraval Côtes de Provence would be an expensive buy, but it's honestly not — specifically their bright, floral rosé. With a tasting score of 92 by Decanter, this wine pairs well with seafood, specifically lobster.
Name: Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.Wine to try: Drops of Jupiter California RedPrice: $8.99 at BevMo!
If you have yet to pick up a bottle — any bottle — of Train singer Pat Monahan's wine, you're missing out. As part of Monahan's wine company, Save Me, San Francisco, the Drops of Jupiter collection is arguably the best. The collection includes a cabernet sauvignon, a pinot noir, a sauvignon blanc and a California red wine, which was given the Gold Award in 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Name: Dunham CellarsWine to try: 2012 Dunham Cellars Cab Pursued by BearPrice: $59.99 at Total Wine & More
First off, the label is a true work of art. Anything with a hand-sketched bear is a winner in my book. But more seriously, Kyle MacLachlan (of Twin Peaks fame) has a winery, Dunham Cellars, that has won him acclaim. Specifically, the cherry and vanilla 2012 cabernet earned a taste score of 93 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Name: OneHope WineWine to try: Sara Evans Signature Series 2014 Cabernet SauvignonPrice: $60 (but unfortunately it's all sold out!)
Country music artist Sara Evans teamed up with OneHope Wine, a Napa Valley-based winery, for a cabernet sauvignon called Sara Evans Signature Series 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Each bottle sold helped fund music education programs through the CMA Foundation.
Name: Nocking PointWine to try: MAJA Pinot GrisPrice: $44 (for two) at Nocking Point
What happens when two beloved CW stars team up? They create a chardonnay-based sparkling wine for a great cause. Supernatural star Jared Padalecki and Arrow star Stephen Amell released a limited-run wine called Venatore as part of Amell's winery, Nocking Point. A portion of all proceeds of the now sold-out Venatore was donated to F%ck Cancer.
But you can still try Amell's MAJA Pinot Gris, with "MAJA" standing for Maverick Alexandra Jean Amell, Stephen Amell’s 3-year-old daughter. "We let Mavi art-direct her namesake wine every year and when asked what she wanted to see on her label this year, she said (without even making eye contact and with zero hesitation): 'a superhero princess with bubbles,'" Amell says on his website.
Name: Legend Vineyard ExclusiveWine to try: 2015 LVE Legend Vineyard Exclusive ChardonnayPrice: $45.99 at Total Wine & More
John Legend teamed up with Napa Valley-based Raymond Vineyards and released his own appropriately named wine line, Legend Vineyard Exclusive. You can pick up a cabernet sauvignon or you can grab our personal favorite, the 2015 chardonnay, which received a 93-point taste score from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Name: Z. Alexander BrownWine to try: 2015 Uncaged Cabernet SauvignonPrice: $13.99 at BevFly
Country singer Zac Brown says the goal of his wine line, Z. Alexander Brown, is "bringing food, people and a sense of place together through creativity." The 2015 Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon in particular has a decent score of 89 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine, described as a "generous" and "full-bodied wine" with "ripe fruit and sweet-seeming spice aromas that continue into the flavors."
Name: SkinnygirlWine to try: Skinnygirl's 2015 Pinot GrigioPrice: $10.29 at Total Wine & More
No doubt you're familiar with this brand (and likely picked up a bottle or three); it's all over Target, and if you're a Real Housewives of New York City fan, she's talked about it (and shown it) plenty of times. It's her thriving business, after all. The diet-conscious Skinnygirl brand has a particular wine, the 2015 pinot grigio, that stands out.
Maynard James Keenan
Name: Caduceus CellarsWine to try: 2013 Caduceus Primer PasoPrice: $50 at Caduceus Cellars
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has been in the wine game for a while now. In 2007, he and Eric Glomski cofounded the now-successful Arizona Stronghold wine, which is sold in 38 states. He eventually left in 2014 to start his own winery, Caduceus Cellars, located in a small town in Arizona called Jerome. His Primer Paso was the first wine he produced, and while it's currently out of stock, you can give any of his zinfandel blends a try.
Name and wine to try: Giuliana ProseccoPrice: $15.99 at Wine.com
TV host Giuliana Rancic teamed up with Terlato Wines for a fresh, fruity, bubbly prosecco called Giuliana Prosecco. She told People: "Anyone who knows me knows I love a nice, cool glass of prosecco, so I'm ecstatic to have my own and it happens to be the best I've ever had. Truly." Try this one out with a group of friends — it's definitely a great celebration wine.
Francis Ford Coppola
Name: Francis Ford Coppola WineryWine to try: 2011 Blue Label MerlotPrice: $16.99 at Get Wines
Here's another familiar label: Francis Ford Coppola's Blue Label Merlot. With an aggregated critics' score of 88, you can't go wrong with this wine — especially considering Coppola has been in the wine business since 1975. The winery describes the merlot as having "fragrant notes of plums, currants, and anise with lively flavors of blueberry pie, cherries and toasted oak." Sounds delicious.
Fergie (aka Stacy Ferguson)
Name: Ferguson CrestWine to try: 2011 Fergalicious RedPrice: $20 at Ferguson Crest
With a name like Fergalicious, you'd think this would somehow taste hokey, but that's so far from the truth: Wine Enthusiast magazine gave it a 92-point tasting score. Fergie founded the wine label with her father in 2006, and it includes a cabernet sauvignon and Syrah in addition to the Fergalicious Red blend of Syrah, merlot, grenache and cabernet sauvignon.
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