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Celebrate the Grape Sweepstakes

Celebrity Wines

The first time I saw vineyards was during a trip to Napa Valley in 2000. My husband and I spent three days in Wine Country. We visited the vineyards, took a trip on the Wine Train, and ate at spectacular restaurants. Napa Valley is near and dear to my heart because that is where my husband proposed to me. It was quite romantic!

It's amazing to me how many celebrities own vineyards. While in Napa, we visited Hollywood producer, Francis Ford Coppola's winery. It was one of the most stunning places I have ever seen. I believe the name was recently changed to Rubicon Estate. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, by all means go.

Sopranos' star, Lorraine Bracco, offers a nice selection of wines through Bracco Wines. Lorraine got involved in the wine business in 2004 and currently offers eight varietals including a Pinot Grigio and Primitivo. Bracco's wines have been featured on Top Chef.

Other celebrities who own vineyards include Sting, Bob Dylan, Olivia Newton John, Mick Fleetwood, Mario Andretti and Emeril Lagasse.

For those of you who invest in wine take note. Celebrity Cellars offers a unique line of wines and a one-of-a-kind wine club. For $100 a month, you can build a matched and numbered Collection set for either the Rolling Stones or Madonna. Labels for the Stones depicts the infamous "tongue", while Madonna's depicts (no, it's not the infamous cone bra!) her "Confessions" tour.

Individual bottles of wine are available and each is wrapped with a gorgeous art label. Selections include Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and KISS's "KISS This," a commemoration of over 30 years of the world's greatest rock 'n roll band.  To learn more about Celebrity Cellars visit their website at