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Celebs sure know what to do when they want to enjoy life! Below is another addition to our extensive listing of celebrities who own commercial wineries, wine brands or vineyards.
In November 2011, Yao_Ming, global humanitarian and recently retired NBA star, announced the establishment of his new Napa Valley wine company: Yao Family Wines.
The company released its inaugural wine under the brand name Yao Ming®.
Vineyards and Wine
Yao Family Wines sources the grapes for its YAO MING® Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from prestigious Napa Valley vineyards with a reputation for excellent fruit and selects individual blocks to blend for flavor and texture in its world-class wines. The vineyards are located from north to south along the Napa Valley, where the variation in climate and soils provide the grapes with distinct characteristics that add complexity to the final blend. The grapes are fermented using artisan winemaking techniques and are aged up to 18 months in 100% French oak barrels. Only the best lots were used in the final blend.
The YAO MING® 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon label was designed by Chuck House, the celebrated California wine label designer. It features a hand-drawn illustration of Napa Valley with the ancient Chinese character for “Yao,” elegantly representing both cultures in which Yao Ming has made his home.
We look forward to tasting Yao Family Wines here in the Napa Valley!
(If you are a celebrity who owns a winery, wine brand or vineyard or you know of one that we missed, let us know and we will add you/them to the list)