Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  3 responses

Introducing ‘Yao Ming Wine’

Not sure how well wine and basketball mix, but Yao Ming is going to give it a shot, as he becomes a wine seller back home. The stuff won’t be cheap. From China Daily: “Having retired from professional basketball in July, the Chinese sports star Yao Ming has been eagerly looking for new fruits to pluck. That search has resulted in Yao Ming Wine, which will make its debut this Sunday night at an auction held by Special Olympics East Asia, which organizes sports competitions for the intellectually disabled. Yao’s new Napa Valley wine company, Yao Family Wines, has released its inaugural wine under the name ‘Yao Ming: a 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon’. It comes in a magnum bottle – meaning it can hold 1.5 liters of wine – costs 3,800 yuan ($596) a pop and is extremely rare. None of the 1,200 bottles in existence will be sold on the open market.”

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Wine connoisseurs are like people who play golf for fun: rich.

  • J.C.

    Smart move, from what I know wine is very big among the upper classes in China. It’s very much seen as a symbol of culture and status to drink fine wine there, and a bottle will sell for much more there than it does in the West. Combine that with his profile as a national hero and he’s going to make an absolute bank.

  • http://www.winedinetv.com WineDineDivas

    It is a smart move indeed for Yao, for going to the most expensive wine source in the US.