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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JANE MacQUITTY goes to work on celebrity winemakers and the result isn't pretty. Anyone willing to shell out for the 2005 Vida Nova from Cliff Richard needs their head examined' and Francis Ford Coppola's Californian offering doesn't fare much better. Actors Gerard Dpardieu and Sam Neill are the only two famous vignerons to escape a roasting. According to MacQuitty, Neill's Central Otago Pinot Noirs are sublime' and Dpardieu's collection is characterful but erratic'.

A 66-page Real Food Guide gives MacQuitty an extra two pages this week and she advises readers on how to choose wine and where to find it.