Wine Spectator: What is your background in wine?
Lorraine Bracco: My background in wine is simple--I lived in France for 10 years. When you live in a country like France and eat and drink in restaurants with friends who know all about wine and food--it was a great lesson in itself. I never even realized what an important part eating and drinking would play in my life. Who knew?
WS: Was it during those years that you became interested in wine?
LB: Absolutely. Put it this way. Twenty-six years ago I named my daughter Margaux, after Château Margaux. I have friends in France still and they pride themselves on drinking and eating.
WS: What are your favorite wines?
LB: When Margaux was born in 1979 I bought a couple of cases of Châteaux Margaux and put them in my cellar. But I went through all of those. You know, I just can't hold onto the stuff. 1979 was a good year. I like reds. I'm definitely a red girl. In Italy, I would have to say I like the Primitivo. For me, it's a wine you drink with almost anything. It's not one of the bigger wines. I love Brunello. But you can't drink that every day or start off lunch with it. I'm a big Opus girl. I love Opus. What else ... Château Margaux, Quintessa, Châteauneuf-du-Pape ... .
WS: How involved are you in the making of Bracco Wines?
LB: I picked out the wines. I went to different vineyards and I went on what I liked, not on production costs or price range. I picked out wines that I loved. Am I involved in the production yet? No. Do I hope to be? Yes.
WS: What's in your wine cellar now?
LB: I have it out in Bridgehampton [on Long Island]. I don't know what's in there. I drink it all, which is really sad. Everybody says, 'Lorraine, you should save this.' Oh, just open it up. My friends love me for that. I tell everybody to just go down and pick out whatever. Then they sheepishly come upstairs with a bottle and ask if they can open it. I say, 'Of course, go ahead and open it!'
WS: Do any other Sopranos cast members share your love for wine?
LB: Michael Imperioli is big into wine, so is Vince Curatola and I think Frank Vincent.
WS: Have you received any advice from other celebrities involved in the wine business?
LB: I know Francis Ford Coppola and I would love to be halfway as successful as Francis. I haven't talked to him yet. But that will be fun.