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NFL star beats actors and Snoop Dogg in celebrity wine battle 


–He may be one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, but Charles Woodson’s wine was playing offense in wine expert Mark Oldman’s latest celebrity wine competition, the “Celebrity War of the Red Wines”. “The Farm” a Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon from 7 Cellars of Paso Robles placed fourth in the competition.

Woodson’s Intercept Pinot Noir had all the right moves with 32% of the total votes, while a Washington State red blend from actor Kyle MacLachlan, best known for his roles in Twin Peaks and Sex in the City, scored a strong 21% of the votes. Snoop Dogg’s 19 Crimes “Cal Red” avoided the doghouse by retaining a place in the middle of the pack (16%).

With hundreds of households logged in via Zoom, Oldman instructed the group on how to evaluate red wine and then presented the six contenders. Participants voted through Zoom’s online polling system, with the following results:

1] Intercept Pinot Noir 2017 (Charles Woodson) (32%), winner

2] Pursued by Bear “Bear Cub” Red Blend 2016 (Kyle MacLachlan) (21%)

3] 19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red 2019 (Snoop Dogg) (16%)

4] 7 Cellars “The Farm” Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2018 (John Elway) (11%)

6] tie) Wade Cellars Three By Wade Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Dwayne Wade) (10%)

6] tie) Vanderpump Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Lisa Vanderpump) (10%)

Woodson’s Intercept wines are available at a suggested retail price of $20. The starting line-up includes a cabernet sauvignon and red blend from Paso Robles, with a pinot noir and chardonnay from Monterey County. Woodson is an 18-year NFL veteran, former NFL Defensive MVP and Heisman Trophy winner.

Says Oldman: “The quality and likability of this particular cohort of celebrity wines were impressive. Even the lower-ranked wines would make for an excellent holiday gift”.

For the full results, including the winner of the best wine label, visit:

The next celebrity wine competition, “Celebrity War of the Luxury Red Wines,” happens December 9th, with luxury-level bottles from Ayesha CurryKurt RussellJosh Groban, Sting, John Legend, and Yao Ming.

Oldman is hosting two other free virtual wine experiences:

  • “Secrets of Napa Legend: Celebrating 50 Years of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars with Winemaker Marcus Notaro”
  • “Big Little Lies: Magical Monterey”


Registration for these tastings is free but seats are limited:

Oldman also works with corporate event planners and human resources professionals to create wine tastings for virtual holiday events. His clients include Estée Lauder, Amazon, Lexus, Goldman Sachs, and dozens of other blue-chip investment banks, law firms, and institions.

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