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May 22, 2005

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is getting into a new kind of spirit – he’s joined a winemaking venture called Vince Vineyards.

“I have enjoyed great wine for most of my life, and I wanted to create something other wine lovers could experience and appreciate,” he said in a statement.

Neil plans to start with 500 cases of 2003 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and 250 cases of 2003 Sonoma Chardonnay.

The heavy metal singer will have little to do with the actual winemaking – Harry Parducci at Adler Fels Winery in Santa Rosa will produce the wine. It will initially be sold for about $20 a bottle in Las Vegas, where Neil lives, as well as Los Angeles, Nashville and New York.

Neil, 44, joins the ranks of a growing number of celebrity winemakers including NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, racing legend Mario Andretti and director Francis Ford Coppola.

Winemaking adds a new angle to Neil’s image as a rock bad boy. The singer has had numerous brushes with the law, including a 1985 drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter conviction. Motley Crue, whose albums include “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood,” were known for drug and alcohol excesses during the 1980s.

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