Several years ago I was introduced to Marilyn Wines while hosting a “Thirsty Girl” event. Buyers came flocking in to buy the latest release of the Marilyn Merlot. It is interesting to note that only a few of the buyers actually drink the wine themselves. Most are collectors – each year has a different image of Marilyn, are priced around $20-30 (depending on the wine rating), and prices of past vintages have increased dramatically. Another reason that buyers rarely drink the wine themselves, is that they offer them as gifts for important events.
The line of Marilyn Wines began with Marilyn Merlot. The line has expanded over the years to include Norma Jeane, Sauvignon Blonde, Blonde de Noirs, Marilyn Cabernet Sauvignon, and Marilyn Meritage. The release date of all wines is always June 1st – Marilyn’s birthday and each vintage usually sells out rather quickly.
As with celebrity labeled collectible wines, reviews of the taste of the wines are mixed. Usually more on the side of better to collect the bottles than to actually drink it.
June 1st, 2013 would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 87th birthday. An iconic star of epic proportion, lived a tumultuous life. Her mother suffered from extreme mental distress, so Marilyn eventually became a ward of the state, and then foster child. During that time she was sexually assaulted in several foster homes. During her life, she had several marriages, and several miscarriages. The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, sleeping pills, alcohol, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. She died at age 36 of a probable suicide.
As I read the draft of this post, I realized its somber tone; however, as popular and iconic Marilyn was, her life was rather tragic. Truly great celebrities live on after death, as she does. Rest in peace sweet Marilyn.