August 04, 2008
Ah, but it turns out hockey's most pious celebrity couple is in fact creating high-quality vintages for the discerning enthusiast, such as a 2006 Napa Valley Majestic Blend that "is dense and rich with a strong backbone of black currant and licorice." As Valeri Bure states in the Bure Family Wines mission statement:
These wines have been produced with the same attention to detail and patience as the watches crafted by my great grandfather for his Majesty's Court of Russia.
Let's see Boone's Farm claim something like that!
Obviously, if the stuff's good enough for Bob Saget, it'll get us through a few Lifetime made-for-TV movies. It's rather exciting to see another entry into the pantheon of winemakers with hockey cred: Igor Larionov; Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 Estates Wine; Bully Hill Vineyards' time as the official winemaker for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders; and the recent news that Toronto Maple Leafs legends Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour are lending their images to the NHL alumni signature wine collection that benefits a number of charities.
(From the Toronto Sun: Clark is on a bottle of Merlot, Gilmour's a Cabernet Sauvignon and Sittler's a Chardonnay. Carlo Colaiacovo is a small bottle of poorly-aging wine made from bruised grapes and stems.)
The Bure wine is "currently in barrel," which means we'll have to hold off our inevitable hockey winery taste test ... which we're announcing now just so we can make some pathetic claim of intellectual property victory when someone else does it first. It's the same principle by which Gene Simmons announces a myriad of KISS-related products during every interview in order to never be outwitted by an industrious fan. ("Have I mentioned that I think the world does need the KISS bass de-scaler?")
Photo via Crazy Days and Nights.