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An Opinion On Beyoncé’s $20,000 Wine Controversy

So in case you didn’t hear, social media erupted in outrage after the recent release of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s video “Feeling Myself”. Why? Beyoncé supposedly poured a $20,000 bottle of wine into a hot tub, and fans were not happy about it. E Online! reported on the controversy, and discontent of the internet. Many people were so upset that that Beyoncé bathed in $20,000 vs. donating the money to charity, or maybe giving the bottle to a wino in need (a.k.a. me.) Truth is, the bottle was not actually $20,000, which was explained by Gawker. It actually costs around $300.

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The bottle in question is a champagne by the name of Armand de Brignac (a.k.a. Ace of Spades), and the producing company is actually owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z. So really, they did not pay a cent for the demise of that one bottle in the video. It’s true that varying bottles of Armand de Brignac can get up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, but that wasn’t the case here. Still, it got me to thinking about my feelings about really expensive wines.

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If you’ve read my other posts, you may have noticed that I am not really a typical wine drinker. Through Wine Gifted, I am trying to create a wine society of laid back people that enjoy a bit of humor while drinking massive amounts of wine. There’s no shame here. I don’t have a lot of money. It is a fact that I made $2.80 over the last 2 months. I know…I’m an amazing contributor to the economy. Anyway, the thought of spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on a bottle of wine is a bit baffling to me.


The way I see it, a wine that expensive should be made with the tears of past Egyptian kings, and bottled in Valyrian Steel (that’s right…a nod to you Game of Thrones fans.) I’ve had a taste of Cristal Champagne before. Yeah, it’s good, but I am not going to lie…I wouldn’t give up my first born for it (yes, that is how I am measuring how good a wine is now.) I get it, though. This stuff is more about prestige than anything else. Something I know nothing about. I eat Top Ramen from a trough every day.


Anyway, what I will say about this whole controversy is that Jay Z and Beyoncé are freakin’ geniuses. Not only are they getting people to watch the new video, they are getting a conversation going about Armand de Brignac, which is going to make them truckloads of money. Guaranteed a gazillion people will feel the need to give up their first born to get a bottle. Will I buy it just to see what the fuss is about? No. However, I would accept a donation of it from Jay Z and Beyoncé so as to taste, and write a review about. You know, give an opinion from the mortal realm of the world. If someone has their email address or number, please let me know.


(Photo Courtesy of Beyoncé/Tidal)

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The Lady Wine Gifted

My name is Jessica Trejo, and I'm not afraid to admit that I drink. That's why I'm Wine Gifted. I like talking and writing about wine and drinking!

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