THE SOPRANOS star Lorraine Bracco has announced plans to launch her own brand of wines.

The 51-year-old actress, who has been a wine fan for several years, plans to release the bottled beverages early next year (06).

She says "It will start with small quantities and they will be out in stores in January."

Bracco, who went to Italy for tastings as she did research for her brand, adds, "You have to (go wine-tasting) when your palate is fresh. So trust me, at 10am, it is not that glamorous and exciting."