Wine Talk

Snooth User: CliveD

Andrea Bocelli wine

Posted by CliveD, Nov 17, 2012.

Has anyone tasted this new wine, and does anyone know where to buy......if the wine is anything like his singing....we are all in for a treat:-)



Reply by outthere, Nov 17, 2012.

I'll store it right next to the Keyshawn Johnson Cabernet. 

If you can get away with it, do it. I guess. I just don't get why some people feel their celebrity in another field makes them worthy of producing wine. The masses hoard to the store to buy it up while the winemaker who has spent their entire life honing a craft and making wonderful wine gets ignored.

Reply by GregT, Nov 17, 2012.

That's true OT, but if the wine is as bad as his singing, those winemakers have nothing to worry about.

Reply by CliveD, Nov 17, 2012.

Oh so controversial GREGT, I saw him in concert last week and he was fantastic!.....the wine we will have to wait and see how good it is?

Reply by EMark, Nov 17, 2012.

Composed as I'm listening to Hagen's call to the Vassals.

I think we have to give Andrea Bocelli some credit, Greg.  Now, I agree that he does get consideration because of his handicap.  However, he is not really bad.

On the other hand if you listen to one of his arias, and, then, you listen to the same aria performed by Bjorling, or Corelli, or Domingo, or Pavorotti, you do realize that he is not great.

OT wins the "Big Grin on Mark's Face" award for the Keyshawn Johnson comment.  That is hilarious.

I agree, that it is strange that celebrities do get attracted to the wine industry.  I actually believe that in some cases, it is because they have a real love of wine.  In some cases, though, it has to be an ego stroking move.  It's not unlike a celeb opening "his" restaurant.  Is he really opening and running a restaurant, or is he just selling his name to somebody?

Reply by napagirl68, Nov 17, 2012.

I just don't get why some people feel their celebrity in another field makes them worthy of producing wine.


Yeah, kinda like how celebs think they are politicians too...

Reply by duncan 906, Nov 19, 2012.


        I think you are a little unkind about Andre Bocelli's singing.I went to a fantastic concert at the Royal Albert Hall still,the world's finest concert hall,just before the Olympics to see and hear him perform along with the pianist Lang Lang and the soprano Song Zuying.The last act was for Andree Bocelli singing Auld Langs Aisne in Italian  and Song Zuying in Cantonese accompanied by the greatest living pianist on the piano.I did not know until now that Andre Bocelli did wine

Reply by EMark, Nov 19, 2012.


Getting a little carried away with superlatives, aren't we?

OK, I'm over my sarcasm.  It sounds like you had a great time at that concert.  That's terrific.


I did a bit of Googling and found out that this was not exactly breaking news.  I found a few articles from last May announcing it.  They seemed to be written from the same press release--i.e., a lot of the information was repeated.  It seems that the Bocelli family has been making wine for quite some time in Tuscany.  They are upping production and planned to be selling it across the U.S. (I don't know where you live.) by the end of summer.  These articles indicated there would be a Sangiovese and a Prosecco.  Target price was about $20.  I did see a couple more recent articles and it appears that the Sangiovese (Bocelli Sangiovese di Toscano Rosso) is pretty good for the price.  You can buy it at this web site, but it looks you you'll have to hurry there is a countdown and it is currently at 1 day, 7 hours.


Reply by duncan 906, Nov 20, 2012.

I wonder if it is available in the UK?

Reply by GregT, Nov 20, 2012.

Andrea Bocelli can't be all that bad - he came from a winemaking family in Italy and he's a lawyer. As a singer, I find him to be a very good lawyer. He's not really a trained singer so when he tries to sing operatic pieces they don't really work - he's not Pavarotti, that's for sure. But then I couldn't stand when Pavarroti or Domingo tried to sing pop either.

Italy and Ireland are blessed with languages that effortlessly produce scores of wonderful natural singers . My neighbor kills a bottle of Bacardi and sits outside singing old Dean Martin songs on summer afternoons - thank heaven he's got a great voice and great pitch. He's actually pretty good.

Still, in spite of the fact that he doesn't necessarily do them well, Bocelli has brought operatic pieces to a lot of people who otherwise might not have heard them and for that reason my wife likes him a lot. She also likes his voice. She's the musician, I'm not, but there's no accounting for taste.

I guess it's the repertoire - he's not a good enough opera singer to carry off those pieces and I just don't like the kind of pop things he does.  But I'll give him this much - unlike most pop performers, he really is a musician who plays several instruments. Although he can be off when he sings live, he knows music doesn't simply mean jumping around and making random sounds. I'd take him over a Britney Spears or Usher any day.

My prediction is that his wine will be similar to his singing. His family made wine, so it's not a stretch for him to go back to it, and I just can't see it being something that won't appeal to his fans, so if I were him I'd hire the people who do the Cupcake stuff and be done with it.

Reply by Wai Xin Chan, Nov 21, 2012.

I think what GregT meant was if his wine is as 'bad' as his singing, the wine makers have nothing to worry about since his singing isn't that 'bad'. In any case I think this celeb wine making trend is more like a diversifying of their income source, purely for business interest. 

The same goes into sports where former Olympic athletes will have their own line of products, that performs like s**t and still selling well.

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