Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli Launches New Wine
Bordeaux-style is a blend of Merlot, Cabs Franc and Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Alicante.
Roberto Cavalli on the left and his son Tommaso on the right
Otherwise known for extravagant leopard spot and zebra stripe clothing, Florence-based fashion designer Roberto Cavalli and his son Tommaso broke onto the wine scene with flair and fanfare when they unveiled a new wine at a gala dinner held at their private home outside the Renaissance capital.
Posing with a bottle of his new wine in one hand and a Cavalli-accessorized poodle in the other, Robert Cavalli mingled with some 300 guests from the fashion and wine industries at his art and antiques-filled villa.
"I've been working on this project for 8 years," said a soft-spoken Tommaso Cavalli at a sneak-peek tasting of the wine with a handful of journalists. "My dream is to create a wine that is as immediately recognizable in the glass as Robert Cavalli's clothes are recognizable on the runway."
Cavalli Selection is Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and
Tommaso Cavalli also announced that a 150 euro ($225) wholesale haute couture version of the wine with a snake embossed bottle, brass capsule and leopard print leather case would be available. Consulting enologist Carlo Ferrini, Wine Enthusiast's Winemaker of the Year, makes Cavalli Selection and Cavalli Collection. The wine is elegant and modern with deep tones of red fruit and toasted oak.
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