Hollywood couple REBECCA ROMIJN and JERRY O’CONNELL have yet to make a profit on their own brand of California wine, five years after entering the business.
Jerry Maguire star O’Connell planted 800 grapevines on their Calabasas, California estate in 2006, and they bottled the wine in 2008.
Romijn admits she was doubtful about the quality of their Wagon Wheel Wine, but she has been pleasantly surprised by the Syrah mix, and they have since started to sell the fruits of their labour to local restaurants.
However, the X-Men actress confesses their side-business has yet to turn a profit, despite offloading an estimated 1,500 bottles so far.
She tells U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, “We thought it would be headache s**t wine and it’s actually OK… It’s a nice table wine and we are currently selling it at some restaurants in our area…
“We’re not breaking even. I think were still paying for our hobby. But yeah, man, we’re doing OK and the wine is OK.”
Romijn goes on to reveal O’Connell is really enjoying his pastime as a celebrity vintner and has adopted a hands-on approach to sell the wine without a professional distributor.
She explains, “He’ll walk out in his Wagon Wheel Wine T-shirt, which I had made for him, and a briefcase – like an old ’70s-style briefcase that you have to put on the table and it’s got the combination – and you open it up and inside there’s one bottle of wine.”
The O’Connells are not the only stars to make their own wine – pop star Fergie, director Francis Ford Coppola, actress Drew Barrymore and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also among the world’s celebrity vintners.