09.03.2021

Celebrity-owned liquor brands that are top-shelf worthy

Actress Drew Barrymore partnered with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato to create a Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and Rośe falling under the Barrymore Wines label.

Drew Barrymore, Barrymore Wine – $22 to $28

“I am passionate about wine,” Barrymore says on the wine’s website. “There is so much to discover and experience and my travels help me do that.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Miraval Rosé – $26.35

 

During A-list celebrities, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s marriage the couple created the award-winning Château Miraval rosé wine. The couple purchased Château Miraval in Provence in 2008 for a reported 45 million dollars. They even got hitched on the estate in August 2014.

Pitt was the more hands-on partner in the winemaking process and in October the couple announced they would be selling Miraval following their split.

Channing Tatum, Born and Bred Vodka – $30

Tatum partnered with Grand Teton Distillery to create a potato-based premium vodka. “Now, I’m a stripper that became an actor that I guess is working in vodka,” Tatum told Bon Appetit Magazine. “Nothing surprises me anymore.”

Justin Timberlake, Sauza 901 Tequila – $36.82

In 2014, Timberlake teamed up with Sauza Liquors to relaunch his own tequila. But don’t let his name put you off, it scored 90 points (Excellent / Highly Recommended) on tequila.net.

Ryan Reynolds, Aviation Gin – $45.77

Reynolds recently announced that he had become the official owner and chairman of Aviation Gin, previously owned by Davos Brands. It all came about after he tried the gin for the first time, declared it the “best-tasting gin in the world,” and decided to invest. Reynolds stated the gin has a “much smoother, easier drinking flavor than typical London Dry gins.”

Founded in Portland, Oregon, Aviation Gin is one of the world’s best-rated gins, according to Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Drake, Virginia Black Whiskey – $45.95

Rapper/actor Drak launched Virgina Black whiskey in June 2016 with former financier Brent Hocking and the drinks firm Promixo Spirits.

The idea for the brand was based on the “style, fashion, and music of the ’70s,” where “nightlife was truly nightlife,” Hocking said.

Hocking said Drake was fully involved in the “creative process” and added that the partnership was “authentic.”

P. Diddy, Ciroc Vodka – $46.69

When P.Diddy partnered with the brand in the late 2000’s he changed the fortunes of Ciroc Vodka.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, the author of “3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise,” says “Diddy came on and he applied his typical marketing panache and his shock-and-awe salesmanship. Within only a few years, Ciroc was number two in the premium vodka category, to only Grey Goose doing about 2 million cases a year.”

Bob Dylan, Heaven’s Door Spirits – $50 to $80

Dylan just launched a range of whiskeys in collaboration with Marc Bushala – the liquor entrepreneur behind Angel’s Envy bourbon, which was sold to Bacardi for $125 million. The Heaven’s Door range includes a rye, a seven-year-old bourbon, and a double-barreled whiskey.

All inventory is currently sold out.

David Beckham, Haig Club Whisky – $53

David Beckham helped launched Haig Club whiskey in 2014 with an ad campaign that he really sexed up. Needless to say, it was complete hit as he was transitioning to the states after finishing his soccer career in Europe.

Marilyn Manson, Absinthe Mansinthe – $54

Manson owns the absinthe brand Mansinthe.

The label artwork is a self-portrait watercolor painting done by Manson titled “When I Get Old.” The liquor was so successful that it even won the Gold Medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirit Competition.

Kyle Maclachlan, Pursued By Bear Wine – $60

Pursed by Bear is a range of wines from the actor and grape-lover Kyle MacLachlan, in collaboration with Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington.

It launched with a Cabernet Sauvignon in 2005 and has limited production.

George Clooney, Casamigos Tequila – $68.13

Casamigos Tequila was founded by Clooney along with two friends, the bar and restaurant mogul Rande Gerber and the Discovery Land Company CEO Mike Meldman. Casamigos has since been sold to Diageo in 2017 for $1 billion. CNBC reported that Clooney, Gerber, and Meldman were expected to stay with the company after its acquisition.

Jay-Z, Armand de Brignac Champagne – $296

Jay-Z had a tiny feud with Cristal Champagne in the early stages of his career. So instead of continuing to support a company he had beef with, he bought his own champagne distributor. You might recognize the Ace of Spades champagne bottles from pretty much every VIP table at any club in the world.

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