What do Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley have in common? Besides the obvious, that the trio’s acting careers expanded because of their roles on The Vampire Diaries, coincidently all three of them have created their own alcoholic drinks in 2021.
On the show, the characters Damon and Stefan were obsessed with liquor; however, whenever they were drinking it was most likely bourbon. For that reason, it is not surprising that when Ian and Paul decided to partner up to make their own signature beverage, they decided to make their own. Ian took to Instagram in 2019 to announce the news and commented, “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming!” He continued that Brother’s bond Bourbon was made to thank the fans for their dedication to their characters.
In an interview with People, the actors commented how their “soul was in this bottle”. Every decision was made by them. They explained how they put forward an abundance of hard work and dedication as “this is about people drinking it together in celebration of something or taking a moment to talk to one another.” Additionally, they are giving some of the earnings to farms who are trying to reverse climate change.
The drink itself is a four-grain high rye bourbon that has the taste of baked banana bread, dried fruit, warm rye spice, and fresh-cut oak. On the site, they include different variations of how to make drinks with the bourbon including, Mystic Charmer and Bond Fire. However, just one day after its release in January of 2021, it was sold out! So, if you are interested you will have to wait for them to restock.
Nina Dobrev has created her own wine with her best friend Juliane Hough. They are known as one of the “Hollywood besties” pairs as the women have been best friends since 2012. They met through their mutual hairdresser, Riawna Capri, and since then they have, “been like joined — connected at the hip.” Their friendship has expanded into the duo launching Fresh Vine Wines.
Nina Dobrev has been interested in wine since she was a young age because of her Eastern European background while Julianne became a fan because of trips to Tuscany and Napa. Julianne explained the reason they wanted to create this brand together boiled down to how special her and Nina’s friendship was. She commented to AD, “to be able to create something that you love is amazing, but to be able to do it with someone who you love, respect, and value? There’s really nothing like it.” When creating the wine, they wanted something that went with their “lifestyles” but also had “premium quality and impeccable taste.” So, the alcoholic beverage is based around active lifestyles, friendly preferences, and innovative winemaking.
Fresh Vine Wine offers “Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rosé”. All the selections are made from grapes in California while they are “bottled in Napa.” Lastly, the drinks are vegan, keto, and gluten-free.
Regardless, that The Vampire Diaries has been off the air for a couple of years, people are still obsessed with it. It was actually taken off of Netflix UK for a couple of months, but fans revolted and in February it was put back onto the streaming service. Therefore, it’s a great coincidence and a gift that fans can continue their support for the actors as they indulge in making drinks.