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Celebrity wines: what's in the bottle

We got together a group of friends --some in the wine business, some not -- to give the wines a taste.  We selected four for a closer look.  Here's how they rated.

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Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 

Price:$24

“Coppola’s wines are great in the market, they are recognizable,” says New York Vintners sommelier, Dylan York. “They are fine and expensive, but just not interesting for the a more serious wine drinker who wants to expand their palate.”

“It’s velvety and easy to drink. I like it. Nothing offensive or hard to swallow,” says financial analyst Michael Holcomb.

Verdict: Drinkable, but over-priced for what it is.



 

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Dan Aykroyd Wines cabernet sauvignon 2007 

Price: $15: 

“Not a lot of character or complexity, and very acidic,” says journalist, Sue Rozdeba. 

“His wine is as good as his movies,” says director/writer Josh Solomon. “They’re watchable and this is drinkable.”

Verdict: Not great. Hard to finish.

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The Jets Uncorked cabernet sauvagnon 2008 

Price: $20

“I’d chug it from the bottle at the game to avoid tasting it,” says Solomon.

Verdict: Hard to drink a team’s wine you aren’t rooting for.

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Pursued by bear,  Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon 2008 

Price: $65

“Well-balanced and understated,” says editor Victoria Gomelsky. 

“Mineral-y and beautifully complex. It’s precious,” says producer, Sarah Namias.

Verdict: Unanimously loved.

Celebrity wines: what's in the bottle

We got together a group of friends --some in the wine business, some not -- to give the wines a taste.  We selected four for a closer look.  Here's how they rated.

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