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July 5th, 2013
07:18 AM ET

More celebs branding their own wines – Nischelle Turner reports

Celebrities have long branded scents, clothing lines, even BBQ sauces. But here's a trend that might leave you thirsty for more.

There's big money to be made in the wine business these days, and Nischelle Turner says some big names are getting in on the action.

“From Brad and Angelina to Sting and Drew Barrymore, more and more celebs are pouring their star power into wines,” Turner says.

"Let's face it, some of them are in it for the money,” says Wine Spectator Magazine Executive Editor Tom Matthews. “But I think the serious ones really love the product."

Wine Spectator Magazine's expert taster James Molesworth shared his critique, starting with Brangelina's Rose.

“We thought the quality was there, the flavors are beautiful, it's fresh, it's delicious,” Molesworth says. “It's an excellent wine.”

But another taster was not so fond.

"It didn't have much of a nose for me and just was not real flavorful," one says about Rose.

For most, celebrities star power isn't necessarily a recipe for good wine.

A taster puts it this way: “Maybe the celebrities should taste the wine before they put their name on the label."

Filed under: Celebrity • Entertainment • Fun • Style
August 9th, 2012
04:11 PM ET

17-year-old Austin Wierschke wins U.S. texting competition

If you have not heard of the texting king before, meet 17-year-old Austin Wierschke. Wierschke won the U.S. National Texting Championship held in Times Square yesterday, after out-texting his competitiors for a second year in a row. In addition, Wierschke won $50,000 and will go on to compete in the upcoming global texting championship.

Filed under: Fun