If you've ever wanted to whoop and holler when the sommelier comes out with the wine you ordered, you might just be a hockey fan; you might even be San Jose Sharks players Joe Thornton and Brent Burns! As it turns out, the Bay Area team's off-ice wine antics are actually no joke: The team's upcoming annual fundraising event, "Sampling with the Sharks," sponsored by none other than Alaska Airlines' "Wine Flies Free" program is coming up March 6.
In a new video, the center and defenseman share a two-top at a fancy restaurant—in full uniform of pads, jerseys, gloves, lumberjack beards and massive gaps where most non-NHLers have teeth—hooting and cheering as a somm presents a couple at a nearby table with a bottle of wine. Fans can taste wines from California producers (past featured participants include Pride Mountain and Silver Oak), mingle with coaches and players, and bid on wine experiences and memorabilia for a good cause: In addition to the charity Sharks Foundation that serves impoverished families, funds this year will also go toward the Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Napa Valley Community Foundation, both supporting those impacted by the 2017 Northern California wildfires. We know our ballers love their wine, but those who've taken the leap into winemaking, like Dwyane Wade, have so far looked to Napa.
The Latour—among other bits of fancy porcelain and other accoutrements of wealth—demonstrated “an abundance of artifacts associated with a very wealthy family during a very particular time in the 19th century,” Shellenhamer said. The best of Unfiltered's round-up of drinks in pop culture can now be delivered straight to your inbox every other week!
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Six-time All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire most recently played in wine country, but farther to the east—not the New York Knicks, but Israel’s Hapoel Jerusalem, of which he's part owner.
France is unsurprisingly a leading producer of vintner-athletes, and panelists included former pro footballer/current wine merchant/Condrieu winemaker (with Stéphane Ogier) Eric Carrière, rugby player Rémi Lamerat, Château Calon-Ségur director and rugby promoter Laurent Dufau, among other experts. ) Alcohol is not conventionally considered a performance-enhancing drug, but some argued its relaxation effects aid in high-stress precision sports like archery, karate and car racing (Unfiltered opinion: Keep the bottle corked till after the checkered flag on that one).
Unfiltered was sadly in another continent at the time, but we learned that the discussion broadly broke down into three courses. The final topic of discussion focused on wine's image in sports entertainment, especially in light of the infamous Evin law, which restricts beverage advertising during sports broadcasts and bans alcohol sponsorships of teams and events in the country.
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