John Lasseter Opens Up About Secret Winery for First Time

Pixar's chief creative officer and his wife, Nancy, tell THR about their decision to enter the winemaking business 11 years ago, how they are bringing Pixar-type values to their Sonoma vineyard -- and why they kept it on the down low for so long.
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ROBERT KAMEN, Kamen Estate: The Karate Kid writer, again at work with frequent collaborator Luc Besson, bought 280 acres in Sonoma with his first screenwriting check and hired Phil Coturri to work it organically. His full-bodied reds and powerful whites became the first certified organic winesin California. $75

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, Inglenook: The filmmaker added vintner to his résumé in 1975. It took him a while to come around, but his Napa vineyards have been all-organic since 2002 (that's separate from his mass-market Sonoma line). He's won respect for his blend Rubicon and his Edizione Penino zinfandel. $45 to $145

STING and TRUDIE STYLER, Il Palagio: The singer and his wife began to rev up their 15th century estate outside Florence in 1998. In 2011, the first fruits of their vineyards hit store shelves -- biodynamic super-Tuscans Sister Moon and Casino delle Vie. $35 to $65

MARK TARLOV, Evening Land: The political speechwriter turned producer has immersed himself in wine. He has operations in France and California and makes biodynamic pinot noir at his flagship winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley. $25 to $120