Not since Drew Barrymore released her Pinot Grigio has there been wine news as big as this. Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have entered the wine business and will release a French rosé that retails for about $25.
It's a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle. The wine will be available in Dallas in May but in very, very limited supply, says Jasper Russo of Sigel's, which coincidentally will be selling the stuff.
"There are only 48 cases coming to Dallas," says Jasper Russo of Sigel's. "This is pretty serious wine. It's the rosé they served at their wedding."
Miraval Côtes de Provence 2012 rosé was made in partnership with the Rhône Valley's Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel, under the new Jolie-Pitt & Perrin brand.
"There are only 48 cases coming to Dallas," Russo says. "Anything that's limited, people will buy. But this is pretty serious wine. It's the rosé they served at their wedding. They served 2011; this is the new release, 2012."
Perrin & Fils general manager Marc Perrin, who began working with Brangelina in 2012, says that this is not some celebrity wine. Brad knows his wine and is an "artist with a lot of dedication."
Château Miraval loves its celebrity encounters: Miraval's Pink Floyd rosé was named in honor of the band, who recorded The Wall at Le Studio de Miraval, a recording studio built at the winery after it was purchased by jazz pianist Jacques Loussier in 1970. Rock-star Tuscan vintner Sting, Sade, the Cranberries and the Gipsy Kings have recorded at Miraval as well.
Russo says the bulk of the wine will go to restaurants, and it will be sold as a "futures" offer, meaning that you pay in advance and get your wine delivered when it shows up in May.
"They sell futures on Bordeaux that you get two years later, but with Angelina Jolie's wine, you get it in two months," he says.