When word spread that a popular Hollywood actress would be making a surprise visit to ABC’s headquarters recently, the reaction went something like this:
Drew Barrymore wants to meet with us? The girl from E.T.? That Drew Barrymore?
Well, yes, she was in E.T. but…
The woman from 50 First Dates, Charlie’s Angels, and Scream?
Yes, the actress.
From Wedding Singer?
Yes, yes, Drew Barrymore.
Fair question and you may be wondering why this matters to you. The answer is one we’re convinced you’ll learn to really enjoy, especially here in the Florida climate.
Drew sells her own wines—Barrymore: By Carmel Road. A handful of experts on the ABC team tasted the varietals and were ready to purchase them for our stores. In other words, they were sold. But Drew wanted to make believers out of a much larger group. She asked to meet teams from various departments over lunch to tell her wine story and how she created them with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato.
Truth be told, there is usually a hint of skepticism around products that include a celebrity’s name. You never know for sure—do they really care about the quality or did they just say yes to endorsing it? Drew convinced us immediately; she has been part of the winemaking process every step of the way. And just like that, our star-struck questions about movies turned into detailed conversations about grapes, vineyard locations, travel and the winemaking process.
You can taste the influence of brisk Monterey, CA conditions where grapes for Barrymore Wines are grown. The vineyards mostly sit on mountainsides with well-drained and diverse soil that adds character.
Drew and Kris had us try each of the Barrymore wines ABC sells and here’s what people said: “They’re crisp and perfect for a warm Florida day.” When Drew told us she loves drinking them on weekend afternoons outside with friends, we promise no one asked, “By friends, do you mean Cameron Diaz or Jimmy Fallon and his wife?”
Come on! We’re professionals.