“Drink freely the wine life offers you and don't worry how much you spill.”

Marty Rubin

Jurassic Park star Sam Neil was one of the first celebrities I came across in the wine world with his world class Two Paddocks vineyard that he founded in 1993. He was rapidly followed by Cliff Richard with his Portuguese venture and a host of others have followed them over the years, from JayZ with his awesome Armand de Brignac Champagne to Graham Norton's quaffable Aussie range.

Not all celebrity wines have met with critical acclaim mind you, but two have definitely caught my eye in recent years. Rock god Jon Bon Jovi teamed up with French wine god Gerard Bertrand to produce a quite sublime rose called Hampton Water and more recently, pop goddess Kylie Minogue added to her portfolio of branded wines with a simply outstanding chardonnay from the rather classy Margaret River region of Australia.

Kylie Minogue with the wine that bears her name

Kylie Minogue with the wine that bears her name

To be honest, If I was famous and had the choice of products such as a grill, a wok or a bottle of wine to tie my name to, the vino would win all the time but it does leave you vulnerable to press critics in a way that other products don't.

In Sam's case, he threw caution to the wind from the outset with his aim to make the finest pinot noir in the world, and having sampled many of his attempts so far, I'd have to say he is well on the road to success.

Gerard Richardson is a wine columnist for Newsquest

Gerard Richardson is a wine columnist for Newsquest

Gerard Richardson is a wine columnist for Newsquest. Follow me on Twitter @gerardfinewine

A bottle of Kylie Minogue

A bottle of Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue Chardonnay, Margaret River

Wow, Kylie couldn't have picked a better vineyard to work with because this is a top class Chardonnay and the best twenty quid you can spend. Floral and peach aromas on the nose with a palate of roasted nuts, citrus fruits and a creamy vanilla finish. This is right up there with a decent Puligny Montrachet costing three times as much.

Winedelivered.co.uk £20

Graham Norton's Own Shiraz, Australia

This one really surprised me as I didn't really expect to enjoy it but by eck its a lovely drop of wine. It pulls no punches with its ripe autumn fruits and whopping 14 per cent alcohol but then Graham ain't exactly subtle either. The finish is soft and spicy and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Winedelivered.co.uk £9

Two Paddocks 2018 Pinot Noir, NZ

One of Sam's best yet. Crushed blackcurrants and herbs on the nose with silky black fruits and hints of spice on the palate. A cracking Pinot by any standards and quite Burgundian in character,,,, that’s a compliment Sam, honest!

Flagshipwines.co.uk £33.99