Personal Pours from Grammy Stars
Music’s biggest night, the 56th Grammy Awards, airs on Sunday, January 27, 2014, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best wines, beers and spirits produced by multi-talented Grammy-award winners. From pop star Fergie’s California wine, Ferguson Crest, to the sea of Tequilas produced by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Sean Combs and Carlos Santana, these star-studded tipples deserve time in the limelight.—Joseph Hernandez
Left to right: Darius Rucker, Fergie, Mick Fleetwood
Country singer Darius Rucker (better known as the former front man of Hootie & the Blowfish, Grammy’s Best New Artist in 1995 and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group) has partnered with charity organization, ONEHOPE wine, on its Signature Series. Half of the profits from this Napa-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon benefit Pattison’s Academy, a group dedicated to children with multiple disabilities.
Rock band Train launched their wine label, Save Me, San Francisco, in 2009, a year before they nabbed their Grammy for hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” In addition to a Pinot Noir bearing the name of their tune, Train also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and red blend, produced at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore, California.
In 2012, multi-hyphenate Fergie launched the Santa Barbara-based Ferguson Crest wine label with her father, Pat Ferguson. Naturally, the seven-time Grammy winner has a wine dubbed Fergulicious.
Classic rock legend Mick Fleetwood, drummer and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, launched his eponymous Private Cellar Merlot in November 2013. The Old World-style wine is produced in partnership with Chateau Julien in Monterey, California.
Mumford & Sons perform.
Prolific craft brewery Dogfish Head loves two things: suds and rockers. The company merges those passions through its band-partnered brews. To wit: Dogfish Head celebrated Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary with its Faithfull Ale brew. The brewery’s Music Series also honors music legends living and dead, like the Grateful Dead American Beauty.
It seems that rock and breweries go hand-in-hand. California’s Lost Abbey is another brewery that pays homage to its rock idols. In 2012, Lost Abbey released one brew every month inspired by anthems, like Track 8, a Bourbon barrel-aged quadruple with Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” as its muse. The band also collaborated with Britain’s Robinsons Brewery to create Trooper, a golden citrus-driven ale named after their 1983 song of the same name.
Across the pond, folk band Mumford & Sons created a craft beer with Harveys of Lewes, Sussex, England’s oldest independent brewery. Dubbed Lewes Stopover Brew, the 4-percent abv ale was made exclusively for the two-day Lewes Music Festival, which the Grammy-award winning band headlined.
Clockwise from left: Ludacris, Sean Combs, Carlos Santana
If beer seems to attract rock acts, then spirits align themselves with the big names of hip hop. Sean “Diddy” Combs recently acquired the luxury Tequila brand, DeLeon, whose top shelf offering nets $1000 a bottle. Hip hop impresario Ludacris’s new Money Maker is his Conjure Cognac bottle, which he helps blend, while fast-rapping Timbaland is the man behind Le Sutra, a line of flavored sparkling liqueurs.
Never a man to rest on his laurels, music Golden Boy Justin Timberlake recently started his own liquor outfit, 901 Tequila, while also partnering with Sauza for its Sauza 901 Triple Distilled Tequila. Guitar legend Carlos Santana also boasts a Tequila brand, Casa Noble. Latin music heartthrob Enrique Iglesias veers off the path slightly with his Atlantico Rum label.