Monday, May 28, 2018

Jon Bon Jovi's son is even hotter than he was

Jon Bon Jovi and son debut new line of rosé, Hampton Water

From banging through the final leg of Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not for Sale” Tour to finally getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band in April, it’s been a busy spring for Jon Bon Jovi. So as this Memorial Day unofficially kicks off the summer season, the 56-year-old rocker is, like many of us, ready to wine down. And now he can do that with his own rosé.
Yes, Bon Jovi is getting in the rosé game: He launched Hampton Water with his 23-year-old son, Jesse Bongiovi, and acclaimed French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, in February. You might not expect the New Jersey rebel who gave us “Wanted Dead or Alive,” to be into creating a delicate, summery sipper, but he says it’s not that big of a leap.
“Creating a wine isn’t all that different than creating a song,” the rocker tells The Post over e-mail, adding that wine is what he and his bandmates drink on the road. “It’s a collaboration”
The fact that it’s his son he’s working with has been special. “These memories — it’s been amazing,” says Bon Jovi, who joins a list of other musicians — including Sting, Dave Matthews and John Legend — who also make their own wines.
Bongiovi (who uses his dad’s given last name) says that he’s gotten some valuable paternal wisdom in the winemaking process. “You don’t get to where he is in the music world without some serious business savvy,” he says. “So it’s honestly been like taking a master class in running a business, just getting to sit next to him.”
But Bongiovi, who, like his father, is based in New York, was the one who came up with the name after spending many summers in East Hampton at the family’s home.
“Basically, the joke . . . is that rosé is the water of the Hamptons, so me and my buddies started calling rosé Hampton water,” he says. “One night I’m sitting on my porch, and my dad comes out and offers me a glass of ‘pink juice,’ which is what he always called rosé. And I said, ‘You’re not drinking pink juice, you’re drinking Hampton water!’ ”
From that father-son chat, the idea for the wine was born. Using a blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah and mourvèdre grapes grown in the South of France, the rosé has a light and refreshing taste with a hint of strawberry. Actually, each bottle comes with a strawberry inside at the bottom.
Bongiovi — who graduated from Notre Dame, where he majored in political science and played cornerback on the football team — is hoping to bust the stereotype that rosé is a chick drink.
“Real men drink pink,” he declares, adding that he knocked back Hampton Water during the Super Bowl this year. “If you see myself, an ex-Division I football player, and my dad Jon Bon Jovi, a pretty masculine figure, drinking rosé, then it’s OK [for other men] to give it a try.”