Mary J. Blige has proven time and time again that she is a woman of many talents and a natural born hustler. The New York native is now taking her talents to wine country by launching her own collection of limited edition wines.
In collaboration with Fantinel Winery, Blige announced the launch of Sun Goddess Wines. The wines are a collection of her favorite wines to sip on during the summer season, including a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Grigio Ramato.
“[Creating a wine] wasn’t something that was originally at the top of my head,” Blige told ESSENCE. “One of [Maxwell’s] friends happened to be Marco Fantinel, from the Fantinel Winery. I was drinking white wine with them all night long, [the Fantinels] asked, ‘do you want to do a wine?’ I didn’t even hesitate.” R&B friend, Maxwell, was the first to introduce Blige to the Fantinel family in Italy.
According to Blige, The brand name was inspired by her sister LaTonya, who has a love for nature and soaking up as much sun as possible. “When I hang out with my sister and we’ll [vacation] to an island or something like that, I hang out in the sun a little longer than everybody else,” Blige said. “So other people are getting burned and I’m not. My sister will say, ‘I’m not messing with Sun Goddess today. I’m out of here!’ She gave me the name and I ran with it.”
Sun Goddess wine is available for purchase online at a modest price of $19.99 and begins shipping on July 5th.