For rock stars, life is all about what happens when the lights go on and they hit the stage. Though what happens when those lights dim, and those legends must return home? Some continuously write songs; others live a normal life. However, for a select few being home can cause immense boredom. The only way they pass the time is to start a hobby. One of the more popular hobbies amongst rock and roll legends is dabbling in making wine. In this blog we will see who has the best wine of the rock legends.
Cliff Richard: Mistletoe and Wine
For Cliff Richard, he was one of the first rock stars to dabble in the world of wine. Richard owns his own vineyard called Vida Nova. Richard had sampled his own wine in a blind taste test with Gordon Ramsey. Not knowing it was his own, Richard called the wine “a bit harsh” following the tasting. Despite Richard’s own review, the wine has gone on to receive multiple positive reviews from critics. Cliff Richard’s wine currently boasts a 5-star review on Amazon.
Mick Fleetwood’s Seven Wonders Include Wine Making
Alongside being a gifted songwriter, world class drummer, and humble human being, Mick Fleetwood also makes his own wine. Mick Fleetwood does not own his own winery or vineyard; he instead works with different winemakers on the east and west coast. He produces several varietals and distributes them on his own label, Mick Fleetwood’s Private Cellar. One of his wines includes a Cabernet Sauvignon rated 4.4 stars out of five on Vivino.com
Maynard James Keenan’s Living “Vicariously” as a Wine Maker
Despite being in several hard rock bands, Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan has a soft spot for wine. After he moved to Arizona in the mid-nineties, Maynard opted to start his own winery. He opened the Caduceus Cellars and Tasting Room in 2009. The first of his wines were released in 2004 and his vineyard has appeared recently on “Sammy Hagar’s Rock and Roll Road Trip” series on AXS TV. Keenan’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a rating of 4.2 stars on Vivino.com.
Jon Bon Jovi’s Runaway with Wine
In 2016, Jon Bon Jovi and his son teamed up for the ultimate father son project, to create a special kind of rose. The wine was created a year later, originally titled Hampton Water, and was reported to have been sold out prior to its release. The wine making bonding session paid off as the wine had been on Wine Spectator Magazines list of the best of 2018. Vivino.com has the Jovi families wine ranked at a 4 out of 5-star rating.
Sting’s Message In a (Wine) Bottle
Aside from making millions off of both Police and solo records, Sting has created some wine of his own. Putting his own money towards a vineyard in Florence, Italy, Sting released four bottles of wine named after his own songs. One of which includes a red wine called Message in a Bottle. This wine is made up of a complex aroma of cherries wild blackberries and spices. The wine was rated negatively amongst tasters on Vivino.com giving Stings wine a 3.8 out of 5-star rating.
AC/DC Wants You to Have a Drink on Them
The members of AC/DC collaborate with various winemakers to make their own mark in the world of wine. The classic hard rockers have a Cabernet Sauvignon called “Highway to Hell”, “Hell’s Bells” a Sauvignon Blanc, “Back in Black” a Shiraz, and “You Shook Me All Night Long” an orange blossom Moscato. Despite being one of the most critically acclaimed bands in the world, their wine fails to live up to the same reputation. Vivino has their wine reviews average at 3.1 out of 5-star rating, making them the lowest rated wine from rock stars on this blog.
With the weekend coming and you wish to sample some wine, feel free to check out these hand-crafted wines by your favorite rock stars. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite of the six if you have tried them. If you recommend another that was not listed, put your suggestion of wine made by rock stars in the comment section below.