Celebrity Wine News
CELEBRITY WINE NEWS
CONGESSWOMAN TO OWN NAPA VALLEY WINERY
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Husband Paul Pelosi are the latest celebrities (politicians are celebrities these days, aren’t they?) to put down stakes in Napa Valley. They just received approval to build a 5000 gallon winery in the middle of the valley. The property is located on Zinfandel Lane on the east side of the Valley near Silverado Trail.
It appears however that Congresswoman Pelosi will be an absentee owner, given her full time job of keeping Democrats in line as Minority Whip. However, her husband Paul might have a bit more time to spend on the new project…but not that much. Millionaire investor Paul Pelosi is busy overseeing investments in office buildings, the Napa Valley Auberge Du Soleil Resort and other vineyards in Napa Valley.
For those of you who are not millionaires you can still consider having a label. Just don’t count on having property in Napa Valley. Still, many who have dreams of starting their own Napa Valley label are doing so by buying the grapes then making the wine at a "custom crush" facility wher you essentially rent winemaking space.
THE REALITY OF WINE
It appears that a reality show on wine is coming to a PBS station near you. "The Wine Makers" will be a six-episode series on PBS stations that have five contestants competing for a chance to have their own wine label. The show will take place in San Luis Obisbo.
I’ve heard a number of rumblings of new wine-oriented TV and movie projects coming down the pike, including documentaries as well as dramatic presentations of life among the vines. It appears the "Sideways Effect" has gone beyond increasing the visibility of Pinot Noir and Santa Barbara