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

Friday, November 13, 2009

Joe Montana sacked again...

Back in September I wrote about the healthy community of formal NFL greats that have transitioned to lives in viticulture (click here for article). In my wildest dreams I could only wish to be in the position that these men find themselves, playing in the NFL and then living the gracious life in Napa, Sonoma or Washington State. Unfortunately, it looks as if one member of that elite group has decided to bail out.

While reading, I came across a blurb that in my opinion is unfortunate, although the details surrounding this are not known. I thought some of you would be interested in this follow-up:

There's been a lot of talk about football player-owned wine labels lately, so it came as somewhat of a shock this week when Unfiltered learned that one of the leading names in the merging of gridiron greats and grapes may be getting out of the business. NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have put their Tuscany-inspired wine estate in Calistoga, California, on the market. The asking price for the 500-acre property and 9,700-square-foot home is $49 million. You may also remember Montagia, a Howell Mountain Cabernet blend that the Montanas collaborated on with Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia. Unfiltered suspects that Montana may have proved the old adage true: If you want to make a small fortune in the wine business, start with a large one.

Don't forget to check back on Monday for the first of seven Thanksgiving wine pairing installments!

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