It’s easy to be skeptical about celebrity wines. Is it a vanity project that will add to someone’s brand? Is the celebrity being used by a wine company to market to a wine?
But sometimes, in the case of Sting and Trudie Styler’s new Roxanne wines, the wine comes from an estate with a more-than-200-year history in the classic wine region of Tuscany. The estate was restored with advice from Alan York, who was one of the world’s foremost experts on organic and biodynamic agriculture, and the wine is certified organic and made with the guidance of a dream team of viticulturist and winemaker.
In Tuscany, Tenuta Il Palagio is an 865-acre estate located about 25 miles south of Florence dating from 1500s. Sting and his wife Styler, a film producer and actress, bought the property in 1997 as a summer home. They have spent several years renovating the estate, including its olive trees and vineyards as well as adding around 80 beehives.
They make several wines at the estate, each bearing the name of a Sting song. Roxanne, honored in the Grammy Hall of Fame, appears on the label of a red made from sangiovese and a white made from vermentino. Il Palagio, Sangiovese Toscano IGT, Roxanne 2018 ($15) is a medium-bodied, smooth-drinking wine with intense and spicy cherry aromas and flavors that will pair well with a pizza or grilled steak. Il Palagio, Bianco Toscano IGT, Roxanne 2018 ($15) is delightful with fresh, zippy green apple, pear, citrus flavors, perfect as an aperitif or paired with a salad or grilled fish. Both are available at Pogo’s and Total Wine and More.