Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.
Robert Mondavi

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Athletes & Wine: Zaza Pachulia

As a former athlete and a wine lover, it always interests me to see athletes getting involved in the world of wine. There are countless examples, from Drew Bledsoe starting his own winery (Doubleback in Washington), to David Beckham's love affair with Far Niente's Cabernet Sauvignons, to former pro-cyclist Jonathan Vaughters becoming an honorary member of L'Echansonnerie des Papes (the keyholders of Chateauneauf). There are many fun and intriguing stories of pro-athletes succumbing to the allure of wine.

This latest example is close to my heart. As a restaurant wine consultant, I truly appreciate when restaurant owners try to improve their patrons' experiences whenever possible. Such is the case of Zaza Pachulia, center for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. According to an article in Wine Spectator, he has recently purchased Atlanta's Eno. His intent is to introduce some wines from his homeland of Georgia (yes, Georgia is also a country). To me, there is nothing better than offering a unique, cultural experience. Kudos to Zaza!

Now, if only Hedo Turkoglu would become a restauranteur in Toronto and introduce some Turkish wines!

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