If you're out here trying to function, what wine should you be drinking? Rapper E-40 has a suggestion: a bottle of his Earl Stevens Selections Function Red Blend. The hip-hop entrepreneur is not only behind this Cabernet Sauvignon/Zinfandel mix, but also offers a Moscato and a fortified "Mangoscato" that tips the scales at 18 percent alcohol.
Focusing on the Function Red Blend, what's E-40's recommended pairing? “I’d get a tomahawk steak,” he tells Vocativ. “Oscar style, with the asparagus and either hollandaise sauce or béarnaise sauce, garlic mash potatoes and a lobster tail, with a side of spinach—creamed or sautéed.”
The Sacramento Bee reports 2014 sales of over 15,000 cases of Earl Stevens Selections in Northern California alone. The secret to this success? “Wine is the same hustle as music," E-40 explains. "Just a different product.”