Sun Goddess is the inspiration of superstar and Grammy Award winner, Mary J. Blige, and Mario Fantinel of the Fantinel Winery in Friuli Venezia Giulia (a region in north-east Italy). Blige's wine interest and love of Pinot Grigio was the inspiration to ferret out one of the top producers in the finest region for this grape in Italy. That turned out to be Mario Faintinel. When she suggested a partnership with the name Sun Godesss, her nickname as a child, he said an enthusiastic yes. How do you turn down an offer like that?
Mario Fantinel is a highly respected hotelier and restaurant owner in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Adding wine to the process just furthers his reach. He currently owns 700 acres in Fruili, one of the finest wine producing areas anywhere in the world. It is considered the finest white wine area in Italy without a hint of contradiction.
The interesting thing about this is that Fruili is best known for Pinot Grigio and unquestionably makes the best in Italy. What is not known is that Friuli produces some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc made in the world. We first tasted them some 25 years ago and were completely flabbergasted. This Sauvignon Blanc has expressions not found anywhere else, each more exciting than the last. The tropical notes is singed with spice and touches of pineapple, melon and even banana. All this excitement is held in place by the superb acidity making it a natural wonder with raw oysters or crab legs in butter.