Sarah is to blame for missing the dinner reservations I made for myself and my boyfriend last night.
Two hours before our booking we opened a bottle of SJP sauvignon blanc, her new wine produced in collaboration with New Zealand wine traders Invivo. The wine is very drinkable – dangerous. With a proof of 13 percent it is also pretty powerful stuff (unlike my current favorite white – a Vinho Verde from M&S is 10.5 percent) and before we knew it, we had sunk the bottle and lost all time out of sight.
"Oh, did you think it was too strong?" The lady asks herself a little worried when she calls me from New York the next morning. & # 39; I hope you have had time to chill it. & # 39;
I assure her that it is very good and yes, we drank her wine cold and despite three glasses I did not wake up with a thumping head (just an unreliable e-mail from the restaurant about our no-show.)
Sarah Jessica Parker, 54, (photo) collaborates with New Zealand wine traders Invivo for her own wine, SJP sauvignon blanc
Because she is American, you can expect Sarah to work closer to home with a vineyard, but she feels that this two-year collaboration was fatal.
"My husband and I had bought Invivo wines in Ireland," she tells me.
Sarah, 54, and her actor husband Matthew Broderick, 57, have a vacation home in a remote village outside of Donegal.
"Our local SuperValu has a very nice wine selection and we had bought Invivo wines and we loved them."
I admit I was overwhelmed by the idea of one of & # 39; the world's biggest stars pushing a cart through an Irish budget supermarket, but apparently I have to.
"We can only cook when we are in Ireland, because there are no restaurants where we are, so when people are at home, we cook for them and serve wine."
Two years ago, a mutual friend introduced Sarah to Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne, the men behind Invivo wine.
They sent her boxes of wine and during a series of telephone conversations they discussed a collaboration. Sarah was initially reluctant.
"What do I have to offer?" But the opportunity to find out more about the industry won her and she agreed to go on board.
She still has to visit the vineyard in New Zealand (although she plans to visit the country next year). Instead, samples from their 2019 vintage were brought to her and Sarah completed the exact mix for her wine for three hours.
"They harvested in March and came to New York for the tastings and we started blending in early May and here we are," she says genuinely excited.
Her character, Carrie Bradshaw, in Sex And The City was famously a cosmopolitan cocktail girl, but wine is definitely the poison of Sarah Jessica Parker.
Sarah (photo), with an estimated £ 75 million fortune, revealed that every evening she and her husband enjoy a glass of wine during dinner
In these clean times, people may be surprised to hear that they enjoy a glass every night.
& # 39; I don't even know what clean living means, & # 39; she insists. "Or" self-care "or" self-care days "or whatever. I don't understand I kind of like, "What? Clean living?" No, you just do your best, "she says refreshingly Hollywood.
Not that her daily wine habit means that she is dancing on tables or waking up with a hangover. . . or missing restaurant bookings.
"I don't drink from a big cup every night – I'm not a big drinker. But my husband and I may drink a glass of wine during dinner.
"We have a similar taste and people make fun of me because the glasses we drink from are very small. They are small, small bistro glasses, old vintage glasses from Europe that we have had for years.
"When friends come by, it's embarrassing because it looks like we're stingy, but it's how we drink wine. That way you are not consuming too much. & # 39;
I could have done it last night with some of those teenage glasses. The wine from SJP is the latest string for its bow and joins a series of perfumes, a very successful shoe line, as well as a collection of gifts and accessories, including covers for mobile phones and scented candles.
Today her fortune is estimated at around £ 75 million, but she does her best to indicate that the launch of her wine (there's a rosé to follow and talk about a red one) isn't just a mention on an accomplished resume is. Celebrity drinks are after all big business with everyone from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to rapper Jay Z participating.
Sarah (photo) says that she was deeply involved in the process of producing her wine and a further model line is on the horizon
& # 39; I don't dabble & # 39 ;, says SJP. "I want to be very clear about that. I am closely involved in every step of wine production. The smallest detail, the details.
"I don't put my name on anything without being very involved. I mean due diligence, the social compliance of companies, their backgrounds and history and business practices.
"I have also built a shoe company that is very important to me and I am very proud of how the company has grown. I am in constant contact with the customer. I am always in stores and on store floors and in the storage room. It is a very personal experience.
"It's all important in my life and I'm not arrogant about it. I take it all seriously. & # 39;
The success of her business ventures means she could afford to take her foot off the pedal if she wanted to, but her taste for adventure has not diminished in midlife.
"I have always been a curious person and that has been true since my childhood. I am interested in many things and as long as I get the chance to explore something new and be with people I admire and am good at what they do, I am always inclined to say yes. & # 39;
Another model line is on the horizon, although & # 39; I can't talk about it yet, sorry & # 39 ;.
From her dazzling appearances on the red carpet at events such as the annual Met Gala to her effortless off-screen style, she is always regarded as something of a fashion icon, although she insists that she hates shopping.
"I have had the same uniform that fits every day for a while and that is a gray jeans and a gray sweatshirt. I try to dress what I consider suitable for the occasion. I'm not a big shopper – I haven't been around for decades, because it always makes me a little nervous. I know what I feel comfortable with and I have not noticed any change as I grow older.
Sarah, who has been married to Matthew Broderick for 22 years (pictured together), has used Instagram to tackle gossip about their relationship
"I walk in most places, I jump on the metro – that determines what you wear, just like whether you drop off children at school or have to walk to a boardroom to present yourself."
When it comes to her private life, Sarah has been married to Broderick for 22 years and is the mother of three children. James is 16 and her twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, born via a surrogate, are ten years old.
She was extremely protective and private about her family and took the unusual step of going to her Instagram account earlier this year to shout the constant gossip about her marriage.
On this occasion it was the American tabloid The National Enquirer who asked her to comment on what she said were false reports about her and Matthew arguing during a visit to London earlier this year.
"Why not celebrate a 22-year marriage and a 27-year relationship?" She wrote. "Because despite your endless harassment, we are approaching almost three decades of love, dedication, respect, family and home." Clearly not shy of controversy, three years ago the actress upset feminists everywhere by stating that she didn't consider herself one: & I don't think I'm eligible. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think so much has to happen that I don't even want to divorce it anymore. I'm so tired of divorce. I just want people to be treated equally. & # 39;
When I ask her what she hopes her generation will change for her daughters, she touches the subject again.
& # 39; Well, we all thought that our mother's generation had significantly changed things for women, and we discovered that it wasn't as & # 39; n a radical shift as we had hoped. There is some misconception about this.
"But it is hard to imagine that in many ways the past years will not play a significant role in the lives of our daughters."
Sarah (left in Sex And The City) says she & # 39; deeply sad & # 39; was when her co-star Kim Cattrall (photo center) reacted angrily to condolences given after the death of her brother
Is she talking about #MeToo, I wonder? Earlier in the year, she revealed that she once reported an unnamed male movie star for inappropriate behavior toward her on the set.
& # 39; #MeToo, yes, and only the way we look at each other and people who are different and how we behave and what feels good and safe and respectful, how we value people's contributions, whether they are a server be in a restaurant or a female conductor of a symphony. I don't think we'll understand the result for a while, but it's hard to think that what is happening now will not change the lives of my daughters for the better. & # 39;
Her production company is fully staffed by women and she works with nine women at the shoe company.
During our chat she seems to be a woman of a woman – someone with whom you want to share that bottle of sauvignon blanc.
However, her Sex And The City co-star Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha, who is sex-hungry, is unlikely to agree. Things broke out last year when Sarah offered her condolences to Instagram on the death of her brother on Instagram. Kim answered angrily: & You are not my family, you are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you to stop exploiting our tragedy to be your & # 39; nice girl & # 39; to recover. & # 39;
Sarah admitted that Kim's words left her & # 39; broken heart & # 39; have left. She took the higher ground when she refused to refer to their disagreement as a "catfight" which said: "I have never spoken an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word. . . I have always valued Kim & # 39; s work. & # 39;
Kindness is a word that pops up a lot in our conversation.
Sarah (pictured with her daughters Tabitha and Marion) raved about the service she received at Timpson in High Street Kensington tube station on her Instagram
It is a big theme with SJP and one of the reasons why she walked away from Twitter five years ago. "I found it frightening. It was just an opportunity for people to yell at each other and use vulgar language and be unkind. & # 39;
She certainly practices what she preaches. She apologizes for having to get off our phone call for a few minutes to talk to an assistant, and she's grumbling when we have a rather surreal discussion about Timpson, the British shoe repair and key cutting company.
On an Instagram post earlier in the year, she was delighted with the service she had received at Timpson's small kiosk at High Street Kensington tube station. I tell her that I know the branch well and have my keys cut there.
"Oh my god, I love that place! A place that performs good shoe repairs is so good to see. "She describes it as her" favorite little store in London. "Eat your heart out of Manolo Blahnik.
We end our chat with SJP and wish me a nice day and say that she hopes that I can enjoy her wine even more.
I do – although for the sake of my health I could invest better in some of those little glasses.
Our wine critic puts it to the test – and evaluates the other A-list tipples
The latest must-have from celebrities is no longer a perfume with their name on it, but rather a wine selection. But are the wines good? Here, the wine expert Helen McGinn of the Mail tests the star-studded tippels. . .
Invivo X, SJP Sauvignon Blanc 2019
£ 12, Sainsbury & # 39; s
The wine expert Helen McGinn of the Mail has expressed her opinion on a selection of famous wines, including Invivo X, SJP Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (photo)
This is a stylish bottle, with a citrus scent, wine with a passion fruit taste. Sarah Jessica Parker's sauce in New Zealand is relatively understated and not at all like Carrie & # 39; s clothing sense, but it really works. Smooth, smart and very, very drinkable. 4/5
Ian Botham All Rounder Cabernet Sauvignon
£ 7.75, Morrisons
Helen says Ian Botham All Rounder Cabernet Sauvignon (photo) has soft black currant fruit that is ideal for an Indian summer barbecue
The cricket legend fell years ago during the Australian wine tour. So much so he decided to make his own assortment. This gluggable red made from the cabernet grape is quite the catch. All soft black currant fruit together with a hint of mint, it is well made, reasonably priced and beautifully packaged. Break it open when you throw an Indian summer barbecue. 3/5
Graham Norton & # 39; s Own Rosé 2018
£ 6.50 (usually £ 9.50), Tesco
Helen revealed that her favorite Graham Norton drink is his relatively new rosé, which has citrus and light fruit flavors
The host of the chat show released his first wine in 2014, a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. Now there is also a prosecco, an Australian red and two Irish gins. But my favorite is this relatively new, dangerously drinkable rosé – which is of great value to start up. Light pink in color, but with lots of citrus and light fruit flavors you will certainly get a chat. A lot of.5/5
Miraval Rosé 2018
£ 19.99, Majestic
Helen says that Miraval Rosé 2018 (photo) from the castle of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has the delicate aroma of red berries
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought this beautiful castle in Provence more than ten years ago. And they still have to sell it despite going their own way. The wines are made by one of the famous wine dynasties of France, the Perrin family from the Rhone Valley. And this pale rosé is fresh and fresh with delicate red berry flavors – but the price is a little more sobering. 3/5
Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2016
£ 35 (usually £ 42.20), danewzealandcellar.co.uk
Helen says that Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2016 (photo) is expensive, but worth it. The smoky drink is made from the vineyard of Sam Neil in New Zealand
Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill threw the dinosaurs away to plant a vineyard in Central Otago in New Zealand, a prime location for pinot noir, in 1993. Regularly winning prizes with every vintage, his wines sell like proverbial hotcakes. This is juicy with red cherries and a nice smoky note. Expensive but worth it.4/5
Vida Nova Rosé 2018
£ 10.69, Wells wines
Helen recommends combining Sir Cliff Richard's Vida Nova Rosé 2018 with everything that is pink, including salmon
Sir Cliff Richard bought a vineyard in the Algarve well into the nineties and has since been making his own wine range, Vida Nova. This is a juicy mix of local Aragones grapes, together with the international Syrah grape. It is almost more red than rosé in color, with bags of berry fruit flavors, and is also food-friendly. Do this with everything that is pink – shrimp, Serrano ham, salmon. 3/5
When We Dance Chianti 2018
£ 12.99, Vintage Roots
Helen says When We Dance Chianti 2018 (photo) by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler is perfect with red cherry fruit and a gentle kick of herbs
Sting and his wife Trudie Styler bought the Il Palagio estate in the Chianti region of Italy 20 years ago. The wines are of course all organic and named after songs such as Roxanne and, these, When We Dance. Made from the Sangiovese grape, this Chianti is perfect with red cherry fruit and a gentle kick of herbs. 4/5
Hampton Water Rosé 2018
£ 17.59, allaboutwine.co.uk
Helen advises to combine Hampton Water Rosé 2018 (photo) with a plate of salty snacks
Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse added a little rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll to the procedure and worked with the French winemaker Gerard Bertrand to make a rosé to sip at the pool. But serve it chilled next to a plate of salty snacks and this light, peach wine works just as well in your kitchen.3/5
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