Diane Keaton has just unveiled her new wine – and she says it’s as unpretentious as she is.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, the Annie Hall icon, 69, says her new wine named The Keaton is explicitly intended to be served over ice – which is exactly the way she likes it.
“I’m not sure when I started that,” says Keaton. “I think most likely since it was so hot in N.Y. when I lived there in the ’70s. I used to go on the balcony to cool down since my apartment didn’t have A.C. and one day I thought about trying it on ice. It has stuck ever since then!”
The And So It Goes star has become increasingly public about her wine over ice consumption in recent years, freely indulging during giggly appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres show. The talk show host told the star bartenders are now referring to the drink as The Keaton.
“Ellen heard I drink my wine on ice and surprised me with a nice glass!” Keaton says with a laugh. “I couldn’t turn that down. Eventually it got nicknamed “The Keaton” and don’t forget I also played beer pong with Jimmy Fallon but had my cups filled with wine! It’s just my preference … Maybe I should bring Ellen a case next time I see her!”
But don’t think this screen veteran requires wine to take the edge off before a television appearance.
“Now that’s just silly. NO! But it is true I only drink my wine over ice,” says Keaton, a day after sharing an image of the bottle on Twitter.
Although Keaton prefers red wine, the star collaborated with Bruce Hunter at Shaw Ross and Winemaker Bob Pepi to make sure white wine fans didn’t miss out – and that fans who like their wine a little less chilled could partake as well.
“My wines both red and white are everyday wines,” she says, explaining the vino “tastes great on ice as well as simply poured in a glass.”
Also, don’t expect to break the bank on the wines entering the market now, with Keaton saying a matching portion of the proceeds will go to brain research at the Lou Ruvo Center in Las Vegas, a cause close to her heart after brain diseases affected both her parents.
“I wanted affordable wines that blend grapes from different regions,” she continued. “Both wines are fruit forward and are well balanced. They go with any kind of food. And yes, I insisted on the twist-off cap!”
Want to drink your wine just like Oscar-winning actress? Follow these simple rules:
“Grab a low ball glass, fill with lots of ice, pour until all the ice is covered with the robust red wine, then enjoy,” she says.
“It’s not fancy,” she adds. “But neither am I.”