June 26, 2007
Papa Don't Preach, He Makes Wine

"Don’t let the fruit rot under the vine/Fill up your cup and let’s drink the wine," sings Madonna in the track "Like it Or Not" from her 2005 album "Confessions on a Dance Floor."

Her father's been singing that song since 1995, when he founded Ciccone Vineyard & Winery at Suttons Bay on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula. After more than a decade of releasing wines under the Ciccone label, Silvio "Tony" Ciccone has added a line bearing the name of his celebrated daughter.

Five varietal wines are in the Madonna line, including a gewurztraminer, chardonnay and pinot noir. All are made from Michigan grapes, which are rising in stature. Each label features a different photo of Madonna. They aren't cheap - $35 a bottle. Though they likely won't be stocked in local wine shops, California is one of just two states - the other is Oregon - where Ciccone can ship his wines. To learn more of the wines, visit the winery's Web site.

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