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Ferguson Crest

The Nest: 7 Celebrity Wines That are Perfect for Summer

Who knew that Fergie and had a winery with her father, Pat Ferguson?! The six-acre estate is located in the Santa Ynez Valley and while their Syrah is ranked, we think their Viognier is better suited for the hot months of summer. A little softer on the palette than, say a Sauvignon Blanc, this white is rounded out with flavors of honeysuckle, apricot, florals and peach. Try it with Thai food to help cut the heat. Read More


Food and Wine Safari: Festival Shines Through the Rain

Also, enjoying the warmth of his jacket was Pat Ferguson, viticulturist, of Ferguson Crest Wine. Pat is the owner of this small production winery, with his daughter, Fergie, female vocalist with the Black Eyed Peas . A superb 2011 Syrah and 2013 Viognier were being poured, but again, I found another exciting blend. The 2011 Fergalicious has 56% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 13% Grenache, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon which mingle together to create an extraordinary bottle of wine. Winemaker, Joey Tensley, has received innumerable accolades for his wines and I certainly agree with the 92 points this received from the Wine Enthusiasts. Matt Kettmann, with the Enthusiasts, said it is “worth sitting on until at least 2019.” It is definitely a wine to add to your cellar or, if you can’t wait, drink it now and buy another bottle to cellar! Read More


Time to Unwine-d: This Wine is Fergalicious!

I’m having a “ME” night tonight. The hubby is off working and I’m on my own with a good book and a hopefully good bottle of wine. So I went into our cellar and pulled out a bottle of 2011 Ferguson Crest “Fergalicious”, knowing only that it’s a blend of 56% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 13% Grenache and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m a huge lover of Syrah (in case you didn’t already know that) and the price wasn’t outrageous (I feel guilty opening an expensive bottle with my husband off working), so I grabbed this bottle thinking that it was the perfect wine for the night.

I popped and poured it without decanting … and actually really liked it right off the bat! I’m used to Syrah from the Rhone Valley, which this is NOT! Well, of course it’s not! This is only 56% Syrah, and it’s from the Santa Ynez region of California’s Central Coast AVA. The “Fergalious” is an interesting blend of Rhone varietals with Bordeaux varietals. It’s a lush, full-bodied wine with lots of dark fruit, violets and some spice on the nose. On the palate are the ripe dark fruit, mocha, olives and sweet tannins. Read More


Wander and Wine: 12 Questions with Winemaker Joey Tensley

There are plenty of celebs and well-known people getting involved with wine these days, from Drew Barrymore to Drew Bledsoe and even Kate Hudson. For this month’s ‘12 Questions With,‘ I’m introducing you to the winemaker behind a very famous singer’s family wine label, Ferguson Crest! I got to meet ‘Fergie Ferg’ when I was at the LA Food & Wine festival this summer while she was there representing her wines, but I only got a small taste of the Viognier. The Ferguson Crest Fergalicious red blend is definitely on my list of wines to taste, but in the meantime, I’m excited to introduce you to the label’s winemaker, Joey Tensley. Read More

fabfitfun: Fergalicious Rouge Cobbler

Just when you thought Fergie wasn’t fabulous enough, she comes out with her own signature wines from her vineyard, Ferguson Crest. Her winery has three different delicious wines, but we’re especially loving the “Fergalicious” red blend. And of course we had to see what it tasted like in a cocktail! Faith & Flower mixologist Michael Lay decided to shake up a Rouge Cobbler that’s the perfect libation to serve up at your upcoming holiday parties. It’s so good, you may even catch your friends feelin’ a little Fergalicious themselves! Read more.

Glamorous Bite: Fergalicious Chocolate Cake with Blackberry Coulis

We thought we knew most of the wineries in Santa Ynez, but have never heard about a Fergalicious red blend from Ferguson Crest in Solvang. After a few days we checked it out online and to our surprise found out that the wine is made by rock singer Fergie Duhamel (you may know her as the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas or from her solo career as Fergie) and her dad Pat Ferguson. At first we were a little skeptical about another celebrity wine, but we were familiar with the winemaker Joey Tensley and liked Fergie’s music so we thought why not give it a try. After responding to the email, we were now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bottle because the blend of Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon sounded so intriguing and all those varietals thrive really well in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. Read more.

Wine Spectator: 10 Rhone-Style California Whites

One new name to watch is Ferguson Crest, overseen by Pat Ferguson and his family (his daughter is Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie). Ferguson is focused on making what he calls “boutique wine that people can afford,” adding that he wants the wine to stand on its own merit and not just its celebrity connection. With winemaker Joey Tensley in charge, he’s off to a good start with this balanced, fresh and creamy version. FERGUSON CREST Viognier Santa Barbara County 2012 Score: 90 | $28 Balanced and pure, with rich, lush pear, peach and yellow raisin flavors that are smooth and creamy, showing floral and spice overtones and a refreshing acidity on the long, spicy finish. Drink now. 210 cases made.—M.W. Read more.

The Kitchenista Diaries : Fergalicious Pairing

 Fergalicious is Ferguson Crest’s signature red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. Yes, it's named after their daughter Fergie! The folks at Ferguson Crest sent me a bottle to sample and pair with a holiday dish. It's full-bodied but smooth, and perfect for a special occasion. Upon doing a little wine pairing research (y'all know I love my research), I knew I had to choose a dish that either matched its boldness or was understated - I chose to go big. The wine paired excellently with the meaty roasted mushrooms, nutty Gruyere, and sharp aged white cheddar, while the sweet caramelized onions offered balance. I loved trying something a little more decadent for my impromptu gathering. Read more.

4L San Diego: Wine Gifting

It just sounds regal, doesn't it? A passion project between Fergie and her father, who tends the vines daily, this blend is big, bold and, yep, Fergalicious. Read more.

Vinous: Focus on Santa Barbara County

2013 Fergalicious receives a 90 point rating by Josh Raynolds. Bright purple. Ripe dark berries, cherry and floral pastilles on the perfumed nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering juicy blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. Dusty tannins give shape to the finish, which clings with tenacity and spiciness. This wine was made by Joey Tensley for his friend and neighbor, music megastar Stacy Ferguson, aka Fergie (ask your kids, or grandkids), from fruit grown in her six-acre vineyard near Solvang. Read more.

Tasting Panel: Rock That Body

Pat Ferguson is a retired high school teacher balancing his time between Santa Ynez Valley and fishing trips to Mexico. He also happens to be the father of Stacy Duhamel aka “Fergie” of the Black Eyed Peas. Read more.


Ferguson Crest was founded by Pat Ferguson and his daughter Fergie in 2006, the 6 acre estate winery excels in capturing the essence of Santa Barbara County terroir and reveals the Ferguson family’s uncommonly tender care of its much-treasured grapes. From the crisp, lush Viognier to the spicy and sumptuous Syrah, the winery’s bounty also evinces the ingenuity of Ferguson Crest winemaker Joey Tensley (a Food and Wine magazine award-winner whose Syrahs have ranked in the Wine Spectator top 100). With its dedication to tending its vineyards through organic, sustainability-minded practices that help preserve the richness of the land, Ferguson Crest offers up a premier selection of varietals sure to delight those with a passion for exquisitely handcrafted wines. Wine (and good quality wine) is hands down, the BEST gift for all! Read More



Food and Wine Chickie: Fergalicious Holiday

Ferguson Crest is the pet project of Fergie Duhamel, singer of the Black Eyed Peas, and her father, grower Pat Ferguson. Ferguson Crest vineyard is located in Solvang, in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California. Winemaker Joey Tensley turns the fruit grown by Pat Ferguson into wine, and Fergie and sister Dana join in at harvest every year. Read more.

Wine Enthusiast: Six Celebrity Winemakers and Collectors

Wine Enthusiast: Do you see a connection between music and winemaking? Fergie: Whether I am writing music or crafting wine, it is very personal and I pour myself into the creation of something that truly represents me. Most importantly, I always want my creative ventures to be a reflection of what I enjoy, and in the case of the winery, be true to what my family loves. Read more.

Elvis Duran: Fergie is Back

You can sip on Fergie's wine. Oh yes, Fergie released her very own wine called The 2012 Ferguson Crest 'Fergalicious' Red Blend. Pour us an extra large glass, please! Read more.

People: Rating wine with lyrics

Some say cheese and chocolate go best with wine. Well, when it comes to Fergie’s new vintages for her Ferguson Crest wine label, we think the best pairings are the pop star’s own songs (in addition to cheese and chocolate, of course). The Santa Barbara winery founded in 2006 by Fergie and her dad, Pat Ferguson, just released its 2012 Syrah, 2012 Fergalicious and 2013 Viognier. Read more.

Examiner: 2014 LA Food and Wine Festival

 Wine was on the menu as well as foodies got to try vintages from Mas Las Cabas, Melville, Ocean Vodka, Wines of Rioja Spain, Calista, Blackbird Vineyards and Ferguson Crest, to name a few. Ferguson Crest is a vintage created by Fergie, of Black Eyed Peas fame. The singer/actress got together with her father to launch her own family label that she sampled at the event. The label features a syrah, a cabernet, and two viogniers (white). Read more.

Now and Zin: Great Looking Wine

 My first impression: "Damn, this is good Viognier." I know a little Viognier "never killed nobody," but this is "Beautiful Dangerous." Tinted gold in the glass, it's a great looking wine. The nose gives forth some nice pear, apple and honeysuckle scents, with a little herbal essence sneaking up, late in the sniff.

But wait, as they say on the two-minute-long commercials. There's more.

Pop Sugar: Best Celebrity Wine

 Many a celebrity wine label have left us wanting. That said, we've been pleasantly surprised by a handful of bottles, some of which would even hold their own without the famous names attached. Watch the video for tasting notes on three of our favorites, including a white, a rosé, and a red. Read more.

Food and Wine: Fergie Spotted at #LAFW

 Food & Wine Magazine posted a photo of Fergie at the festival, with this caption: "Spotted at #LAFW: @Fergie, pouring her family’s new @FergusonCrest 2012 Fergalicious Red Blend. Wine expert @anthonygiglio says the name is apropos. His review: "Delicious."

Celebrity Gossip: Fergie Promotes Ferguson Crest Wine in L.A.

Taking on a venture far from the music biz, Fergie visited The Wine House in Los Angeles for an exclusive bottle signing in celebration of her new wine line Ferguson Crest on Tuesday (February 12). The Black Eyed Peas front woman served up some vino in a black brimmed hat, red scarf, black and red dress, and red leather pants. Accompanied by her father, Jon Patrick who joins her in the venture, the 37-year-old singer founded the Ferguson Crest vineyard in 2006. Read more.

Angeleno: Fergalicious

Stacy Ann Ferguson (aka Fergie) defines the term "Fergalicious" in a song, but what does it taste like? If the red blend bearing the same name on the pop diva's Ferguson Crest label is any indication: cabernet sauvignon, syrah, grenache and merlot. Based in Santa Barbara, the label is Fergie's collaboration with winemaker Joey Tensley and her father, Patrick, who grows some of the grapes. "We had picking parties during the harvest," she says. "The whole place just has its own personality" Just like the Duchess herself. ... Get the full store on (page 96) >

Los Angeles Confidential: Fergie's New Wine and Vineyard

Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Fergie is turning over a new (grape) leaf with her Santa Barbara vineyard and signature wine, Ferguson Crest. Begun with her father, Pat Ferguson, the wine is a passion project for the two, who are hands-on in the production. "My father has been a horticulturist all his life. We spent a lot of our time with him growing blood oranges, guavas, artichokes, macadamia nuts, figs, and strawberries," says Fergie. "When my father took an interest in wine later in life, it was only natural for us to want to work on this project with him." ...

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The Hollywood Reporter: Fergie Uncorks a Valley Wine Label

Here's a little-known fact: Before Stacy Ann "Fergie" Ferguson was a diva, she was a geek. Maybe it's more accurate to say a wine-geek-to-be. The Black Eyed Peas singer traces her earliest wine memories to childhood in Hacienda Heights in the San Gabriel Valley, around the time she was a budding talent on Kids Incorporated. Her parents devised a wine-themed parlor game for guests. "They'd pour some wine with the bottle covered," says Fergie, "and there'd be a sheet of paper with 10 descriptions on it. You'd have to match whatever you were drinking with the description." Fergie says she loved to sneak a sip or two and compare her notes with the printed ones. ...

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Yadegaran: Fergie makes wine?

Don't think celebrities like to get dirty? Every harvest in the Santa Ynez Valley, sexy, chart-topping pop singer Fergie of the Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas and her hunky actor husband, Josh Duhamel, stomp syrah grapes in the traditional pigeage method until their toes turn purple. ...

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MSN: 10 best celebrity-and-wine pairings: Ferguson Crest

 Does wine pair well with Black Eyed Peas? Safe to say it does with at least one of them: Lead singer (and solo artist) Fergie, whose burgeoning empire has expanded from pop singer to beauty entrepreneur and now to winery owner. She and her horticulturist father, Pat Ferguson, are the family force behind Ferguson Crest wines, which they recently unveiled.

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 Fergie is already a multi-hyphenate: She's a singer (solo and with the Black-Eyed Peas), an actor and a beauty entrepreneur. But it’s Fergie’s latest project that she says taps into her true passion.

Ferguson Crest is a new line of wines—there’s Syrah, Cabernet, Viognier and, of course, a blend called “Fergalicious”—and the name, of course, comes from the Black Eyed Peas singer’s family, which is what the product is all about. ...

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