It seems like almost every celebrity has their own wine or spirits line these days. We’re hard-pressed to walk into a wine shop without spotting a famous name on at least one label. With all the star power behind these wine brands, we wanted to see how they stacked up so you know what to pick next time you’re looking for a celebrity-approved buzz.
For this taste test, we focused on the famous sparkling wine. We tasted cuvées, Prosecco and sparkling reds from a wide range of famous faces, from Cara Delevigne to Cameron Diaz, and rated each on a scale of 1 to 5. Keep reading to see whose wine won our main place.
Vera Wang Party – Vera Wang
When she’s not making designer dresses, Vera Wang is pouring Prosecco. Upon opening this bottle, we were immediately hit with a syrupy, fruity sweetness. The taste is “somewhat too sweet and too dry at the same time,” said one of our tasters. At its price point, we agreed it’s a “passable prosecco”. The design of the bottle may be too obvious for some, but some of our testers might find this an ideal gift for someone’s 21st birthday. (Vera Wang Party, $27.99 and verawangparty.com)
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Avaline – Cameron Diaz & Katherine Power
Like the rest of Avaline’s lineup, Cameron Diaz and Katherine Powers designed this summer with transparency in mind. Instead of using the standard preservatives and additives found in some wines, this sparkling wine uses “healthier” ingredients like pea protein. All of our tasters hated the smell of this wine, with one of them comparing the scent to “stale applesauce.” The wine itself tasted great fruity and funky. “I can’t tell if it’s on purpose or not,” said one of our tasters, “but the natural ingredients aren’t doing it any favors.” (Avaline sparkling wine30 dollars in drinkavaline.com)
LVE – John Legend
John Legend’s sparkling rosé uses grapes from the Loire Valley to create a wine our taste testers describe as “classy.” This sparkling wine was heavy on acid and sugar, with an aftertaste that was “unpleasant”. Some of us found it refreshing while others compared it to “bodega wine”. If you like super sweet wine, it’s worth a try, but otherwise, skip it. (LVE French Sparkling Rosé, $20 at lvewines.com)
Della Vite – Cara & Poppy Delevingne
Two other celebrities in the summer game are model-actress-socialite sisters Poppy and Cara Delevingne. Della Vite is a play on their last name, but sounds like a fancy villa in the Italian countryside. Our team of testers LOVED the design of the bottle and we all thought the wine was “fresh, crisp and beautifully dry”. There was an element of bitterness that some of our tasters didn’t like. Overall, though, this is a great Prosecco that isn’t too sweet. An excellent choice for the price. (Della Vite Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, $29.91 at civino.com)
Goddess of the Sun – Mary J. Blige
This was one of the bottles our team was most excited to try. The bottle itself has a fun, holographic label of sorts. Her Prosecco was on the sweet side, which comes with the territory for this type of wine. It felt “super silky” on our tongues, with some of us comparing it to “a buttery, fizzy Chardonnay.” We could see this wine being enjoyed at a fancy affair, like a high-end restaurant. (Sun Goddess Prosecco, 22 dollars in sungoddesswines.com)
Bourdon – Becca Kufrin
If you’re not a part of Bachelor Nation, Becca Kufrin is a bona fide veteran of the franchise who now hosts her own podcast and stage productions. Its wine brand Bourdon (which means bumblebee in French) is dedicated to sparkling wine. We tried all three types – Pinot Noir Rosé, Sparkling Syrah and Grand Cuvée.
Our team loved them all! The Pinot Noir Rosé was our favourite, with its “light berry aroma” and a vibrancy we could only describe as “absolutely beautiful”. The Syrah was a fun departure from the other sparkling wines in this roundup, with a deep “blackberry” flavor. One of our tasters described the Grand Cuvée as “balanced and super drinkable.” We’d enjoy these wines with dinner, at a picnic, in cocktails—just about anywhere! (Bourdon Pinot Noir Rosé, Sparkling Syrah and Grand Cuvée, $25 each at drinkbourdon.com)
Gabby Romero is a writer based in New York. As Delish’s Editorial Assistant, she writes stories on the latest food trends and is also the man on the other end of [email protected].
She loves to eat spicy food, read cookbooks and add a mountain of parmesan cheese to every dish she can.
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