But Are They Any Good?

Celebrity: Cliff Richard

Brand: Vida Nova

Source: Algarve, Portugal

Price: €12

Verdict: A soft, velvety mouthfeel with plenty of ripe fruit. A good, easy-drinking wine.

Available: Limited release in Tesco last year - should have much larger UK distribution this year.

Celebrity: Greg Norman

Brand: Greg Norman Estates

Source: Coonawarra, Australia

Price: €15

Verdict: Serious wine. The Cabernet Merlot 1996 in particular has been praised the world over. For those who like their wines big and meaty.

Available: Online at www.beringerblass.com.au

Celebrity: Gérard Depardieu

Brand: Most recognised is Château de Tigne Anjou Blanc

Source: Anjou and Médoc, plus another vineyard recently acquired in Languedoc, France

Price: €10-15

Verdict: The Anjou Blanc "Les Mallones" 1997 is a great bone-dry white with plenty of fruit for people who have a developed taste for wine but don't wish to spend too much.

Celebrity: Sam Neill

Brand: Two Paddocks

Source: Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand

Price: €16.75

Verdict: The 2000 Pinot Noir has overwhelming fruit on the nose, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and plum flavours. Rich, warm and jammy.

Available: Top restaurants and specialist retailers in Australia and New Zealand, plus The Ivy restaurant in London.

Celebrity: Olivia Newton-John

Brand: Koala Blue

Source: Riverland, South Australia

Price: €7.50

Verdict: An easy-drinking, good-value wine with a refreshing palate of peach and melon. Has a clean, crisp acidity.

Available: General enquiries: www.koalabluewines.com.au

Celebrity: Francis Ford Coppola

Brand: Niebaum-Coppola

Source: Napa Valley, California

Price: €41 for Estate Merlot

Verdict: The Estate Merlot 2000 has aromas of raspberries, plums and exotic spices, with a rich dark chocolate finish. It will age well. For serious wine connoisseurs.

Available: US only. Enquiries: www.niebaum-coppola.com

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