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Only Built 4 Cuban Drinks: Raekwon's Licataa Secures Distro Deal With Black-Owned Distributor

Wu-Tang Clan’s own Raekwon has scored another win. In a press release announcement, it was revealed that the legendary rapper’s Lambrusco — which he calls “Licataa” — is now being distributed through Legacy Wines & Spirits, a Black-owned distribution company based in Kentucky. The union between Raekwon and Legacy was, in fact, a natural one. Licataa was inspired by the “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” rapper’s love of Italian culture and heritage. To bring the Lambrusco into the United States, the Chef (born Corey Woods) teamed up with Cantine Ceci, a family-owned winery with 80 years of history to produce a rich, bold, sparkling red wine. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Licataa (@licataawine) Situated in the rolling hills outside Parma, Italy, Cantine Ceci farms in the traditional way, with vineyards planted to catch the sun, carefully monitored throughout the growing season before each grape is harvested by hand at the perfect moment of ripeness. While the wine, itself, is...

As One Of A Few Black Women In The Spirits Industry, Mary J. Blige Takes On New Role To Diversify It

Mary J. Blige is becoming a wine connoisseur and diversifying the industry in the process. AfroTech previously reported that the R&B singer-turned-actress and businesswoman debuted a new wine called Sun Goddess Wines last year. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @sungoddesswines Now, according to Rolling Stone, Sun Goddess, an Italian wine with two varietals (so far), is part of Blige’s efforts to help diversify the notoriously monolithic wine and spirits industry. But more than just launching her own vanity brand, the music legend has joined forces with Reserve Bar to launch their newly-formed Spirited Change Initiative as an investor. Other investors in the initiative include Sean “Diddy” Combs and Thirty Five Ventures, the investment firm founded by Brooklyn Nets star and newly-minted Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant and his longtime manager, Rich Kleiman. Mary J. Blige is not only one of the few Black people in the wine and spirits industry, but she’s one of the few...