We've got the 411: Mary J Blige is launching some wine
"What's the 411, hun? I got it goin' on, hun"
Grammy-award winner and multi-platinum artist Mary J. Blige was born in New York City in 1971 and after releasing her first album "What's the 411?" in 1992, she went on to release 13 studio albums, with 80 million records sold worldwide.
Now, the international R & B star is launching her own brand of wine, joining a long, long list of celebrities, especially in the entertainment world, that launched their own brands of booze.
Mary J. Blige is doing things by the book because her line of wines, called 'Sun Goddess Wine', is made in Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy (one of only two regions where Prosecco can be officially produced by the way) and consists of a Friuli DOC Pinot Grigio Ramato and a Friuli DOC Sauvignon Blanc.
Now, Blige being Blige, she decided to give the Pinot Grigio Ramato a little twist, Ramato is Italian for "copper/coated with copper", by leaving the grape in contact with its skins during maceration, thus creating a rosé-like Pinot Grigio. According to Fantinel, one of the major wine producers in Friuli, Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Ramato is “intense and complex, offering an elegantly crisp finish with hints of peach, melon and blackberry”.
Blige named it the Sun Goddess line after a nickname that her mother had given her when she was little. When interviewed about her wine, she said that she'd always been "particularly fond of white wines that offer freshness, minerality and purity." and having learnt that the best Pinot Grigio in the world is made in Friuli, she decided to explore the area and "deepen my knowledge of this Italian region. After walking through the vineyards and tasting with the Fantinel family, I felt extremely connected to the place, and more importantly, the people. I felt the same energy I have long tried to capture from the sun and knew this was an incredible opportunity to partner with someone who shared that passion and together we could try to create something that evoked that feeling.”
Marco Fantinel, CEO of Fantinel winery and estates, said that they are "thrilled to partner with Mary on these exquisite wines. She is an icon whose creativity, passion and strength has driven her to unparalleled success in all her endeavours. " Fantinel was founded in 1969 by Mario Fantinel in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The winery manages over 300 hectares of land and delivers wine in over 90 countries in the world.
Both wines retail for $19.99 and are available for pre-sale in the US on Wine.com. In August, Sun Goddess wines are also going to be available in stores throughout the US and online via the Fantinel website.