Catching Up with Full House’s Candace Cameron Bure
February 02, 2012 | by —marcia frost
photograph by Promise Tangeman | Homepage
The Bure family in Napa Valley
Candace Cameron stole America’s hearts as D.J. Tanner on television’s Full House. After an introduction made by Cameron’s co-star David Coulier, Russian NHL player Valeri Bure stole her heart. The two were married in 1996 and now have their own full house of three children—Natasha, Lev and Maksim. Now Candace Cameron Bure, the actress spent a few years away from the limelight while her husband played for the NHL and won two Olympic medals (1998; 2002). These days the Bures’ are most dedicated to spending time together—and producing Bure Family Wines.
Are you a hockey dad now, Val?
VALERI BURE: For a little period of time, I’d had enough. Then, about four years ago, my youngest son asked if we could sign him up for hockey. I couldn’t just stand and watch. So I put my skates back on and now I’m on the ice five or six times each week.
Do all the kids play hockey?
CANDACE CAMERON BURE: No, just the boys. Natasha wants to be more like me. She enjoys acting and dancing and singing.
Would you encourage her to do a sitcom?
CCB: Yes. I had a great experience with it and obviously came out okay—and am still in the business today. I think I learned enough along the way to be able to help her navigate and make good decisions. I’ll be as protective as my parents were with me.
What made you want to go from drinking wine to making wine?
VB: As my hockey career ended, I wanted to do something very special and I wanted to spend time with my family and eventually create a label for a family wine. Luckily, I got introduced to the right people, like my winemaker [Luc Morlet]. We became friends and I asked him if he would make my wine.
The cabernets—especially Thirteen and Duration—of Bure Family Wines have received accolades from the wine world. What other wines are you producing?
VB: We have a white blend of versanne, marsanne and viognier. It’s called Marlena, after the first two initials of my kids’ names. We are also producing about 100 cases of a really Bordeaux style blanc. It’s called Nuit Blanche, which translates in French to ‘white night.’ In St. Petersburg, we have a white night where it never gets dark in the summer. Then, we will be introducing a chardonnay from Ritchie Vineyard. We picked it in October of 2011 and it’s been sitting in a barrel.
CCB: We’re also doing a dessert wine, too, which Val kindly named after me.
VB: Our winemaker’s making it in the style of French sauternes. The name is going to be Candy. This wine is going to be thick and sweet like candy and it’s going to be delicious.
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