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Old Butch stomps again

By Dave Buchanan
Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank, so the story goes, in Telluride. Now, he's looking for money in grapes. Paul Newman, who some of us faintly recall from a remarkably forgettable movie 40 years ago about Butch Cassidy and who in recent years has made his mark selling pasta sauces and salad dressings under the label "Newman's Own," has released his own wines, a California chardonnay and a California cabernet sauvignon, both priced around $16. No, he didn't make them, that honor went to Trinchero Family Estates in Napa, but the wines carry Newman's mug. He worked with Rebel Wine Co., a collaboration between Trinchero and Three Thieves wines, the same market-wise guys who brought us California varietals in a jug. As with his other products, Newman will donate all profits and royalties after taxes for educational and charitable purposes. We haven't yet tasted "Newman's Own" wines, but here's what Mike Dunne of the Sacramento Bee has to say about them. As counterpoint, we also present the unabashed and endearing opinions of Alice Feiring, who as you'll see definitely has some, well, reservations, as to the quality of the juice inside the bottles. Try a bottle for yourself and decide. It might be a real steal, something Old Butch would appreciate.