Kobe Bryant’s legacy might include a foray into the wine business — Vanessa Bryant has applied for four additional trademarks for a wine named after the late NBA Hall of Famer.
As first reported by Josh Gerben, Vanessa Bryant filed documents on Nov. 5 to acquire patents that indicate her willingness to join the wine business… with words like “Mamba Vino,” “Mamba Vino 2024,” “Mamba Vino 8,” and “Mamba Vino 24” among the phrases included.
Vanessa’s company, Kobe Bryant, LLC, is named as the applicant on the filing, with Bryant signing all of the documentation. Vanessa’s new business move comes after she filed a patent for digital collecting goods, websites, training camps, broadcasting platforms, podcasts, TV shows, movies, documentaries, and music… as well as sports cards, food/drink containers, and t-shirts, as we previously reported.
All four new trademark names include “vino,” one of Kobe’s numerous nicknames, because many fans believed his skills improved with age.
The names also pay homage to Kobe’s jersey numbers of 8 and 24, which are both retired by the Lakers and hang in the rafters of the Staples Center.
Vanessa would be joining a growing industry … a long list of former athletes such as Drew Bledsoe, Yao Ming, Jeff Gordon, Wayne Gretzky, and Terrell Owens all occupy space in the wine biz … but like all things Kobe, we’re certain this stuff could fly off the shelves.
Kobe Bryant 2020 Calabasas helicopter crash
While on way from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport on January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in the city of Calabasas, California, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. The former professional basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five other passengers, and the pilot were all killed when the plane crashed.
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