A couple of weeks after a rather disjointed acceptance speech for an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mariah Carey has announced that she is launching her own brand of champagne. Called Angel Champagne (Rose), it should be ready for cork-popping either in “mid-January,” i.e., now, or “sometime in 2010″ depending on the source.
Carey’s acceptance speech was for her Breakthrough Actress Performance in the movie Precious. The champagne is not Carey’s first venture into the world of spirits. In 2006 she invested in a Mendocino County vineyard, which that year produced Mariah Vineyard Zinfandel, which was described as having a “vanilla oak spice,” and being a “tight Zinfandel with red berry fruit of currants and strawberry.” According to that ironclad source known as MTV Cribs, Carey endorsed the wine once, and still enjoys it very much and serves it often.
When she’s not regaling us with her amazing singing voice or indulging in some award show celebration, Carey is enjoying her new status as an actress. She won critical acclaim for her role as a frumpy social worker in Precious, a movie about a pregnant teen who tries to turn her life around. “It is overwhelming — all the praise and hype,” she told Fox News, “but I just did my work and I loved it — that is what matters to me.”