Have a Glass of ‘Fergalicious’: Fergie Uncorks Wine Label

on 25/01/13 at 8:25 am

Booze News

images“Ferguson Crest,” the new wine label from the singer and her father Pat Ferguson, produces 1,000 cases per year.

Here’s a little-known fact: Before Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson was a diva, she was a geek. Maybe it’s more accurate to say a wine-geek-to-be.

The Black Eyed Peas singer traces her earliest wine memories to childhood in Hacienda Heights in the San Gabriel Valley, around the time she was a budding talent on Kids Incorporated. Her parents devised a wine-themed parlor game for guests.

“They’d pour some wine with the bottle covered,” says Fergie, “and there’d be a sheet of paper with 10 descriptions on it. You’d have to match whatever you were drinking with the description.” Fergie says she loved to sneak a sip or two and compare her notes with the printed ones.

Her background is one of the motivations behind Ferguson Crest, the singer’s new wine venture with her father, Pat Ferguson, in the Santa Ynez Valley, just outside of Solvang’s bustling town center. Father and daughter grow syrah grapes on six acres of chalk-laden hillside, a half-mile as the crow flies from Ballard Canyon, where some of the greatest California syrahs originate. As they roll out their first vintages from grapes on their estate and purchased sources (and consider opening a tasting room), the two have chanced upon a remarkable place to grow grapes, and their inaugural releases show immense promise.

 

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.