Join music icon Mary J. Blige and Marco Fantinel for a tasting of their wine line: Sun Goddess. These wines were produced with love and passion from sun-kissed vineyards owned by the Fantinel family in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, where the peculiar microclimate and the precious terroir guarantee premium quality wines. Wine.com host Gwendolyn Osborn moderates the conversation between Mary and Marco as they taste their Pinot Grigio Ramato and Sauvignon Blanc.
- Mary J. Blige, Iconic Grammy® Award-Winning, Oscar® Nominated Singer, Songwriter, Actress, and Producer
- Marco Fantinel, President, Fantinel
- Hosted by: Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Educator, Wine.com
Tasting Set Includes:
- Sun Goddess by Mary J. Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato
The bouquet is intense and complex, with hints of fruits (peach, melon and berries). On the palate it is round, with a pleasant acidity, soft tannins and a finish rich in mineral sensations. With origins in Italy’s northeastern province of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Ramato (Italian for "auburn" or "copper") wines are produced by macerating Pinot Grigio grape must with its skins. The skins’ pink hue gives the wines color from a semi-pale pink to dark orange, depending on maceration time.
- Sun Goddess by Mary J. Blige Sauvignon Blanc
Straw-yellow with lively greenish tinges. Intensely aromatic, with tropical notes of passion fruit, banana, and melon and hints of spice. Particularly structured with a balance between an intense acidity and smoothness with a long finish.
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Sun Goddess wines are produced with love and passion from sun-kissed vineyards owned by the Fantinel family in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
“I have always been particularly fond of white wines that demonstrate freshness, minerality, and purity. Pinot Grigio is undoubtedly among my favorite varieties. One day, I asked my friend Lorenzo Randisi what is the best Pinot Grigio in the world and he quickly responded that the best Pinot Grigio came from Friuli Venezia Giulia. In deepening my knowledge of this little Italian region I was introduced to Marco Fantinel, owner of one of the leading wineries of this area. Pictures alone helped me fall in love with the Fantinel estate so I decided to go visit it personally. After walking though the vineyards and tasting with the Fantinel family, I felt extremely connected to the place, and more importantly, the people. The experience inspired me to create my own wines in partnership with Marco Fantinel.” —Mary J. Blige
“The name is very personal for me, as it’s a name I was given as a child by my mother. The name Sun Goddess evokes powerful childhood memories that I carry with me today. I’ve always loved the sun, and as a child I always tried to capture the sun’s warmth and energy. It was magical to me, and it’s with that spirit, that my mom began calling me “Sun Goddess”. “Sun Goddess” immediately struck me as the perfect name as it connects my real life, conveys the connection between nature, and the personality of wines I enjoy the most, combined with my style and that of Fantinel.” —Mary J. Blige