You probably associate hockey with Molson longnecks instead of corked Cabernets, but Stanley Cup-winner Cam Ward and fellow NHL veteran Tim Gleason turned in their sticks and weight skates for grape presses and wine barrels with the creation of Vineyard 36 of Napa Valley.
The retired NHL stars and their assembled team of experts vintners released their popular Black Aces Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in 2017. Each $125 bottle ages for 20 months in 65% new thin stave French Oak barrels.
The 2017 Five Bands Cabernet Sauvignon spends its entire maturing life in 100% new thin stave French oak barrels and sells for $225.
Since Vineyard 36 wines were ready for the face-off by 2019, their varietals were sipped by multiple NHL stars from the Stanley Cup captured by the St. Louis Blues this year. Over recent seasons, Cup champions Alec Martinez, Brent Seabrook, Matt Cullen, Ron Hainsey, John Carlson, and Tyler Bozak all threw back the Lord Stanley’s trophy to sample Vineyard 36.
In your home, you can’t win the Stanley Cup – but at least you can imbibe as if you did.