When British singer Mick Hucknall, 49, decided to become a vintner in the late 1990s, he had the perfect name for his first bottling at his fingertips: Simply Red. But rather than name his wine company after the rock group he has fronted since 1984, he went with the subtler Il Cantante, Italian for "the singer." Teaming with noted Sicilian winemaker Salvo Foti, he now extracts a red and a white from the volcanic soil around Mount Etna. Freelance writer Robert Simonson spoke with the pop star about popping corks.
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