Mary J. Blige Is Getting into the Wine Business

The star is collaborating on a pair of wines described as "perfect for summer."

June 30, 2020

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Fantinel Winery

Photo courtesy of Fantinel Winery

The celebrity wine trend is proving to have legs. The latest star to launch on her own sip? None other than Mary J. Blige. The singer, songwriter, actress, producer and philanthropist is collecting a new label: wine collaborator.

Blige has teamed up with Fantinel Winery to introduce Sun Goddess Wines, a collection of limited-edition wines featuring an Italian Pinot Grigio Romato (Rosé) and an Italian Sauvignon Blanc that, its makers say, are “perfect for summer.”

Described as “bold, crisp and rich,” the wine collection has been released under the Sun Goddess moniker to evoke “the spirit inspired by Mary’s powerful childhood memories with her mother and an endless love for the warmth and energy of the sun,” according to a press release.

Blige met Fantinel Winery CEO Marco Fantinel through a mutual friend and, after visiting the family vineyard in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, and tasting the wines it produced, she “felt the same magical energy I have long tried to capture from the sun,” she said in the release, adding that she hoped the wines on which she and Fantinel collaborated would convey that sensation.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Fantinel Winery

Photo courtesy of Fantinel Winery

The collection’s pink-hued Pinot Grigio Ramato, of which Blige is said to be a particular fan, is “intense and complex, offering a full-bodied and elegantly crisp finish with hints of peach, melon and blackberry scents,” according to Fantinel. The wine has already received a gold medal in The Drinks Business’s U.K.-based Global Rosé Masters 2020 competition.

The Sauvignon Blanc, meanwhile, is characterized as “intensely aromatic with a velvety smoothness.”

Both wines in the Sun Goddess by Mary J. Blige Collection, priced at $19.99 a bottle, have just become available for pre-sale nationwide on Wine.com and, in New York and New Jersey, via Verity. They’ll be available in stores nationwide in August.

Marco Fantinel said in a news release that the company was “thrilled” to partner with Blige.

“She is an icon whose creativity, passion and strength has driven her to unparalleled success in all her endeavors,” he noted. “From day one, it was clear she shares our philosophy for producing wines of the highest quality, authentic expressions of our land, dedication and craftsmanship, and we could not think of a better partner and collaborator to bring customers these beautiful new wines.”

Sounds like the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul may be poised for wine royalty as well.

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