Kurt Russell and Ampelos Cellars Create Gogi Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier

Kurt Russell and Peter Work of Ampelos Cellars waxing the top of their Gogi Pinot Noir

Actor Kurt Russell teams up with Ampelos Cellars to produce his new wine label Gogi. The first release was the 2008 Gogi Pinot Noir. Chardonnay and Viognier are also produced:

By Maryse Chevriere, Editor of  The Daily Meal
Add actor Kurt Russell to the list of celebrities — actors, musicians, athletes, and the like — who’ve gone into the wine business. The label is called Gogi (Russell’s nickname) and it’s a collaborative project with Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos Cellars in Sta. Rita Hills, California.

If you’re rolling your eyes thinking, Yeah, yeah, another movie star “making” his own wine. Don’t. According to Rebecca, the actor was intimately involved in the entire process, “pruning, picking, on the bottling line, blending.”

A long-time wine enthusiast, Russell became a fan of the region’s wines while working on a film in the area. After talking to several different wineries he was eventually introduced to the Works through a mutual friend, Greg Gorman, also a wine producer. “He suggested he [Russell] check us out, and liked what we were doing,” Work said.

The label’s just-released first vintage is a 2008 Pinot Noir. Why Pinot Noir? “It’s his favorite.” However Work did note that the label will be adding Chardonnay and Viognier to its repertoire in the future (according to the wine’s Facebook page, it looks like they will be released as 2009 and 2010 vintages, respectively). As for how you can get your hands on the product, Work said that first vintage was small — only one barrel was produced — but that it will be available at a few selected restaurants in addition to a few cases for their wine club members.

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3 Comments on “Kurt Russell and Ampelos Cellars Create Gogi Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier

  1. Hi Shawn. So sorry for the delayed reply. Which wine are you referring to?

  2. Purchased a bottle of Tiger Pinot Noir after attending an Event in Disney California Adventure Park after sampling 3 of Gogi wines we ran into Kurt and Jami at our table upstairs at the Wine Country Trattoria as we were enjoying our bottle of Tiger we had the most amazing day, most memorable event and that bottle of wine was an experience,Kurt had said at the event that he could not enjoy the wine individually with each of us so he was putting some of him in each bottle (not a direct quote) drinking that bottle of Pinot I felt the experience of a really good wine a really classy and professional process and a feeling far removed from just having a drink, it truly is an experience.

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