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Wine News: From Rock Stars to Sommeliers

Celebrity Wines Doctors and dot-com millionaires are already making their own wines in Napa; now more sports and music stars are joining in. Guitar god CARLOS SANTANA teamed up with Mumm Napa for Santana DVX ($55), and football legend JOE MONTANA, a longtime wine collector, enlisted Beringer's Ed Sbragia to help make the 2001 Montagia Howell Mountain Cabernet ($80). The strangest-marketing-ploy award goes to colorful Mötley Crüe singer VINCE NEIL, who reportedly tattooed the label for his new Vince Vineyards wines on his arm (2003 Vince Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, $23).

Sommeliers Talk Shop Top sommeliers are showing a decided entrepreneurial streak. In Manhattan, former Daniel wine director Jean-Luc Le Dû took over a spare space in the West Village for LE DÛ'S WINES, while Ralph Hersom, former wine director of Le Cirque 2000, started RALPH'S WINES & SPIRITS in Rye, New York. Philippe Buttin works at Atlanta's Joël restaurant even as he's running JOËL'S MARKET, which has wines from Joël's list as well as rare bottlings.

Published February 2006
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