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6 Rock-Star Wines

Posted: 01/14/11 10:14 AM ET

There's an old saying that if you want to make $1 million dollars in the winemaking business, it's easy -- just start with $4 million! That may not be entirely true; you're probably more likely to end up with nothing, but that's another story.

Well, it is certainly easier to get into this risky and difficult business if you are flush with cash, and that is seeing an increasingly large number of celebrity-owned wine brands. We've previously taken a look at some of the great sporting figures of the gridiron and racecar world, but today I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the great music industry names that are now proudly, and successfully I might add, making wine.

It's not very surprisingly to see that many in the entertainment, and particularly the music, industry have branched out into winemaking. Seems like as people get a bit older, and a bit slower, they might want to replace a bowl of brown M&Ms and a fifth of Johnnie Walker Black with something a bit easy on the system. So, without further ado, here are five of our favorite music industry winemakers.

Bruce Cohn (Doobie Brothers)
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B.R. Cohn

Bruce Cohn might be well known as the manager of the Doobie Brothers, but this Sonoma County local boy was also part of the wine revolution that overtook northern California beginning in the late 1970s.

Bruce not only purchased vineyard land as early as 1974 -- selling off fruit to well known wineries, such as Sebastiani, Gundlach Bundschu and Ravenswood, before making his own wine -- but he also gave a legend her start. After founding the winery in 1984, Bruce hired the then-unknown winemaker Helen Turley, an undisputed winemaking star of our day. If I was a gambling man I'd be betting on Bruce Cohn.

B.R. Cohn is famous for its Olive Hill Cabernet and its eponymous olive grove.
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