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Iron Chef Marc Forgione announces the release of his private label

This week, chef Marc Forgione — of New York City’s Restaurant Marc Forgione and Iron Chef fame — announced the release of his own private wine label.

The appropriately self-titled label currently features two wines: a 2010 Felines-Jourdan, Picpoul de Pinet from Languedoc, and a 2009 Alain Gueneau, Sancerre Rouge from Loire Valley. Per the press release, both will be available at his New York City restaurant and his upcoming Atlantic City venture, American Cut. If you can’t make it to either of those, the wines will also be sold online at Chambers Street Wines via his newly launched personal web site.

More importantly, for those who shop for wine based on the label (don’t worry, we’re not judging), the Iron Chef has not forgotten you. The wines’ unique and decidedly personal label art features the silhouette of his signature mohawk (click here to see). Just think of how much more amusing that’s going to be to look at after a few glasses.

As it turns out, the Iron Chef is just one of several stars in the Food Network family (both past and present) to have thrown their hat into the wine arena. Just this past June, Wolfgang Puck announced the release of his private label (plus a nine-piece wine set available through HSN), joining Mario Batali and Michael Chiarello who have La Mozza and Chiarello Family Vineyards, respectively. Not to mention, of course, that the network itself launched its own label, Entwine, in partnership with California’s Wente Vineyards, last April.