8 bottles paired with 8 albums to power through the concert pause
Hands down (literally), the live music industry has taken one of the hardest hits, kudos to COVID-19…
In addition to streaming music, another way 21+ fans can support their favorite artists is by cracking open their customized wines and spirits. Through direct sales channels like GrapeStars, music celebrities can promote their booze brands straight to fans via social media, and fans can press play checkout to enjoy their instant bottle buy.
Fans: Match the notes of the artist’s spirited expression with the notes of their very own musical creation through these eight, unique pairings.
Wolf Moon Bourbon
Album: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (2019) by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Jason Aldean
Can’t say it ain’t summer without a good ole’ night of drinking (and country singing) with the pack. Thus, Wolf Moon – an 80-proof bourbon whiskey collaboratively created by multi-platinum entertainer, Jason Aldean and award-winning duo, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, for those “good life” moments.
The easy sipper is distilled from Midwestern grains and aged four years in new, charred American oak barrels unleashing a robust flavor profile, chosen by the trio. Tasting notes stretch from sweet corn, caramel, even charcoal, on the palate. Smooth, lingering finish to harmonize with album favorites.
Available in select markets, on ReserveBar.com, and soon nationally at a suggested retail price of $24.99.
19 Crimes’ Snoop Cali Red Wine
Album: Doggystyle (1993) by Snoop Dogg
Let’s swap that Gin and Juice with a Cali-style red wine – one sure to liven up any bar or barbecue once uncorked. Dropped by Snoop Dogg, Snoop Cali Red fills the first-ever California bottling slot in the sprightly range of Aussie wine brand, 19 Crimes, who is first to use augmented reality to bring their labels to life.
An icon of hip-hop, Snoop embodies the same spirit of rule breaking, culture creating, and overcoming adversity that inspired 19 Crimes’ original cast of “rebellious heroes.”
The unmarked bottle combines a perfuming blend of 65% Petite Syrah, 30% Zinfandel and 5% Merlot, all sourced from Northern California’s Lodi region. Its all-American oak barrel aging provides a distinct smoky component that also yields vanilla and cream.
Available in select markets at a suggested retail price of $12.00.
Album: … And Justice For All (1988) by Metallica
What comes to mind when you hear the word, blackened?…wrong. Replay Metallica’s seminal “…And Justice For All” album that headbangers snapped up worldwide, and let us explain. The lengthy songs like eight-minute-long Blackened – full of complex arrangement and a sheer riff count per tune – is literally shaping the progressive, BLACKENED™ Whiskey by late Master Distiller, Dave Pickerell in conjunction with the thrash metal band.
Once rested in black brandy casks, the blend of straight bourbon and rye whiskeys experience sonic-enhancement for its final smooth touch. Called BlackNoise™, the patent-pending process uses Metallica’s own music – of low frequency sounds waves – to force the whiskey to penetrate deeper into the barrel, extracting greater honey and toasted vanilla flavors from the wood. As a result: an uber pleasant, unconventional American whiskey. Jaws have dropped, again.
Available in select markets and through various online retailers, at a suggested retail price of $46.99.
Sun Goddess Wine
Album: My Life (1994) by Mary J. Blige
With a “track record” of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, a SAG nomination, and a BET Lifetime Achievement award (among many other accolades), what’s next in life for music icon, Mary J. Blige?
Wine. The global superstar shifted gears to grapes with the release of two, sun-kissed wines from Italy’s northeastern province of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Sun Goddess, produced in partnership with the prestigious Fantinel Winery, demonstrates significant acidity, minerality, and purity of the peculiar microclimate and precious terroir.
“‘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,” said Mary J.
Pre-order the tasting set and tune into a pre-recorded tasting conducted by Mary J. herself. “Wine tasting is one of my passions. Wine is culture; wine is community; wine is lifestyle; wine is emotion.”
Available in select markets, and on Wine.com, at $19.99.
Villa One Tequila
Album: Happiness Begins (2019) by Jonas Brothers
Brand differentiation is essential when standing beside category competitors, or your three (Jonas) brothers. Musician-actor, Nick Jonas, teamed up with fashion designer, John Varvatos to share their equal love for tequila with Villa One.
Unlike other tequilas, Villa One sustainably sources 100% blue weber agave from both Highland and Lowland regions of Jalisco, Mexico. The special picking of agave flavors fuses earthy Lowland notes with juicy notes of Highland agave, presenting a distinct, rounded profile for easy drinking with pals.
Master Distiller Arturo Fuentes, the “Godfather of Tequila,” assisted this premium production. With three decades of experience in crafting fine Cognacs, Champagne and of course, barrel-aged tequilas, Fuentes applies traditional techniques and natural ingredients to the craft – from double-distilling in traditional copper pots to drawing fresh well-water from the Jalisco distillery, Fabrica de Tequilas Finos.
“When it came to Villa One, it was critical to us that we take part in the decision-making process every step of the way and, now, we feel that this is exactly the tequila we sought out to create almost two years ago,” said Jonas. Happiness begins here.
Available direct-to-consumer via GrapeStars, starting at $42.99.
Maison No. 9 Rosé
Album: Beerbongs and Bentleys (2018) by Post Malone
Posty in Provence? Let’s just say, the hybrid genre, hip-Rockstar, Post Malone worked so hard, he forgot how to vacation in 2019. In between sold-out tour dates across Europe, Post and his partners (entrepreneur and friend, James Morrissey of Global Brand Equities, and long-time music manager, Dre London of London Entertainment) frequented Provence to collaborate with accredited winemaker Alexis Cornu on a French Riviera Rosé. Maison No. 9 speaks to today’s consumers – in Post’s lingo. The liquid is intensely fresh and worth a damn nomination.
“Rosé is for when you want to get a little fancy,” said Post Malone. Now they always say congratulations.
Available nationwide, and through Drizly and Vivino, at $21.99.
Virginia Black Whiskey
Album: Take Care (2011) by Drake
“Rich. Decadent. Smooth.” Three expressions to not only describe platinum-selling artist, songwriter, rapper (and actor), Drake, but his redefined whiskey, Virginia Black.
Virginia Black is a collaboration between award-winning spirits producer Brent Hocking – think DeLeon Tequila – and Drizzy himself. The liquid is a precise blend of two, three and four-year aged bourbon whiskey focused on a high-rye content and a mellow finish. The handsome bottle looks more like eau de cologne than a whiskey carboy, too.
All-in-all, I’m so, I’m so, I’m so, I’m so, I’m so proud of you, Drake.
Available direct-to-consumer via GrapeStars, at $36.99.
Ferguson Crest Wine
Album: The Dutchess (2006) by Fergie
2006 was a ground-breaking year for popstar Fergie. Not only did she release her first solo album, “The Dutchess,” but she returned to her roots to produce top-quality grape varieties with her farmer father, Pat Ferguson. Together, they share Ferguson Crest Wines. Spanning six-acres, the family-run boutique winery in Santa Barbara County tends its vineyards through organic, sustainability-minded practices (and features a grape-stomping Fergie during harvest). The premier selection of vintages includes a crisp, lush Viognier and savory red blend appropriately named Fergalicious.
“Since starting Ferguson Crest, I’ve gotten the chance to grow something beautiful with my father again, and this time around share our family treasure so that each of you can taste the love and care that’s gone into every bottle,” said Fergie.
Available online, starting at $25.00.