kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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J Lo and Pinot?

Apparently, the government of Georgia (the country, not the state...) offered Jennifer Lopez $500,000 to sign as part of a promotional event to rescue their flailing industry, and the pop star refused.

The Georgian wine industry is in trouble because back in March, Russia placed a ban on importing their wines, claiming the levels of pesticides in Georgian wines are too high for human consumption. Russia consumes 70% of Georgia's wines, so this embargo is potentially devastating to their wine economy.

Still, when I think of wine, (and Eastern Europe for that matter), J Lo hardly comes to mind. I hope Georgia can find a way to keep their wine industry afloat that doesn't involve cheesy pop songs from difficult divas.