Tinsel town’s hottest stars love to diversify their brands, and wine has emerged as a booming business for those in front of and behind the camera. Since rosé has become the trendy summer drink of choice (Sugarfina is even making rose gummie bears this season), we decided to put a few starry brands to the test. Famed director and producer Francis Ford Coppola, actress Drew Barrymore (who also owns the makeup company Flower Beauty) and husband-and-wife team Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are all players in category. How do their pours measure up?
Barrymore’s Rosé of Pinot Noir ($18) is a delicate wine with floral and light citrus aromas that are “irresistibly refreshing,”according to press materials. “It reminds me of times spent with friends and family gathered around a long table, sharing food and laughter on an endless summer day,” says Barrymore of the wine. Carmel Road’s vineyards can be found on the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains in Central California.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Sofia Rosé ($19) harvests grapes at a lower Brix (a way to measure the potential alcohol content of a wine before it’s made by determining the sugar level in grapes) “to create a lighter wine that pairs elegantly with food,” according to press materials. A blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir, it has fruit sourced from Monterey County.
Hailing from France, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Miraval ($21.97) comes from the Miraval Château’s “best parcels (Muriers, Longue, Romarin), and from selected parcels in the best terroirs of Provence,” boasts the press release. The grapes are harvested in a cool climate for the area with big temperature swings between night and day, which ends up producing both high acid and high sugar content in the grapes.
Below, watch Jeridan Frye, a fine wine specialist, lead a blind tasting of rosé brands Barrymore by Carmel Road, Miraval, and Coppola’s Sofia Monterey County Rosé.