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The ‘King of Blues’ Teams with Votto Vines Importing to Develop Nationwide Wine Program

Blues legend B.B. King, in collaboration with Votto Vines Importing, is proud to release a new line of signature wines bearing his name and beloved guitar, “Lucille,” across the United States. The Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Famer will debut the B.B. King Signature Collection in the strategic markets of Memphis and Nashville with roll out planned to the B.B. King’s Blues Club’s and in retail stores, wine bars and blues clubs throughout the country; roll out begins today.

Exemplifying the grace and elegance of the blues, the B.B. King Signature Collection represents the tradition, quality and excellence of B.B. King and his music. At 87 years old, B.B. King has won over 15 Grammy awards, has performed in 88 countries and still frequently tours all over the world. With hundreds of performances throughout Europe under his belt, the emerging region of Spain was selected as the source for this signature collection. A fitting choice for the wines of one of the most-beloved musicians of all time, Spain was also the host of the original all-star “Guitar Legends” concert series, which in 1991 gathered and celebrated 27 of the world’s best guitarists, including B.B. King, over 5 days of completely sold out shows.

The B.B. King Signature Collection will be comprised of a red wine and a white wine for blues fans and wine lovers alike. Both wines are sourced from the award winning Bodega Santa Cruz Winery, which has been producing wine for over 60 years and is located in the up-and-coming D.O. wine region of Almansa, Spain. B.B. King Signature Collection Red 2010 is a Crianza blend made from Garnacha, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and B.B. King Signature Collection White 2011 is comprised of 100% Verdejo grapes. Both wines are food friendly and meant to be enjoyed as everyday drinking wines.

The wines will first launch in Memphis and Nashville, and soon thereafter the B.B. King Signature Collection will be available through select national, regional, local and online outlets. The suggested retail price of the wines is $13.99.


ABOUT B.B. KING: For more than half a century, Riley B. King has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over 50 albums, many of them classics. Over the years, B.B. King has become the most renowned blues musician of the past 50 years and has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles, which earned him a #3 spot on Rolling Stone’s Top Guitarists of All Time list. B.B. King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He has received more than 15 Grammy awards and was awarded with NARAS’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987. Today, at 87 years old, King continues to tour extensively and averages 250 concerts per year around the world.

ABOUT VOTTO VINES: Votto Vines Importing is a dynamic wine importation, marketing and brokerage firm headquartered in Connecticut. Led by CEO and President Mike Votto, one of Connecticut Magazine’s Top 40 Emerging Business Leaders under 40 for 2012, Votto Vines combines a deep entrepreneurial spirit with diverse professional experience to apply its forward thinking ideas to the international wine trade. Votto Vines represents leading family-operated wine estates around the globe and develops high-profile proprietary brands in partnership with some of the world’s leading organizations. For more information about this family-owned organization, please visit

ABOUT B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUBS: With locations in New York City, Orlando, Memphis, Nashville, West Palm Beach and Las Vegas, B.B. King’s Blues Clubs feature live music every night of the week, ranging from funky and fast to soulful and smooth. Learn more at HYPERLINK “”

ABOUT BODEGA SANTA CRUZ: Award-winning winery Bodega Santa Cruz has been producing wine for over 60 years in the Almansa region of Spain, an up-and-coming appellation within the greater Castilla La Mancha area. Almansa is most famous for its wines based on the Garnacha Tintorera grape, named so because of the color of its pulp, which is also red. With many old vines over 60 years old and by using the latest field technology and harvesting by hand, Bodega Santa Cruz produces beautiful wines year after year.

Original release by Margot Dempsey, PRWEB