Paul Newman and longtime friend and business partner author A.E. Hotchner used to mix batches of their homemade olive oil and vinegar salad dressing in Newman’s basement, pour it into old wine bottles and give them to friends as Christmas gifts.
These days, Newman’s wine bottles are filled with wine, and Newport Beach diners will have a jump on the rest of the country as Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is offering the latest additions to the actor and philanthropist’s Newman’s Own line.
The wine won’t be available to retailers until March, but Fleming’s locations nationwide were chosen as the official launch site.
A 2006 Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, bearing labels with the Hollywood star’s image, were introduced at a wine tasting dinner Tuesday in the restaurant’s private wine cellar room.