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March 13, 2009

Sting's Message in a Bottle, From Tuscany


The first time Sting brought us a message in a bottle, with the Police. (Here the band performs the famous song before it was even recorded).

by Beata Loyfman

The next time you're shopping for honey or olive oil at Harrods in London (as one does from time to time), you might find a bottle of something called "Il Palagio Sumner Family." This isn't just any old stuff, it's a product of rock star royalty. Made on the estate of Il Palagio in Tuscany, Sting is the one you'd have to thank for that extra virgin on your salad.

And as of September, Sting and his missus, Trudie Styler, are releasing 30,000 bottles of red from their estate. According to the Times Online, there will be two varietals: a Chianti DOC and a Tuscan red based on the Sangiovese grape. The wines have been made with traditional methods, without the use of pesticides. I can just see Sting and Trudie stomping the grapes in a giant wooden vat, Lucy-style. Don't know what I mean? Shame on you! Check out the classic clip here.

Further reading:
* Celebrities are getting into the wine business as never before, reports Alan Richman (Condé Nast Traveler, April 2007)
* Sting, a.k.a. Gordon Sumner, is all about Tantric love and "defend[ing] Tuscan agriculture and bio-diversity" (Times Online)
* Boldface: Celebrity travels

Comments

I swore of celebrity-made products after Diddy's laughably bad "I Am King" cologne...but I have learned to trust you, Beata, and will give this a try the next time I am off the continent.

Glad to hear that I am a trusty resource -- I won't let you down. Luckily, come September you won't have to cross the pond for a taste of Mr. Sumner. His reds will be available in the U.S.
-- Beata Loyfman

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