High Note: Singer Sting to Make Wine

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sting.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

On the heels of rockers like The Rolling Stones, Madonna, KISS and Pink Floyd, British singer Sting will soon begin marketing a red wine made from grapes grown on his sprawling Tuscan estate, a 16th century villa known as Il Palagio. And with a projected initial run of some 2,500 cases, Sting's wine is shaping up to be a small-production but surely sought-after product.
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Purchased by the "Roxanne" singer in 1997, the villa and its grounds comprise some 860 acres near the village of Figline Valdarno south of Florence. Speaking candidly about his affection for the place, Sting told Tuscan television station Rtv38 that his goal with the property - which encompasses an organic farm as well as vineyards - was initially to feed his family, and eventually grew to incorporate producing wine made from Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. Limited sales of the wine are slated for just two markets to begin - the UK and the US - as well as on-site at a shop on the property slated for opening in June.

Sounds like a solid excuse for a jaunt to Tuscany if I've ever heard one.

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