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CJ McCollum releases limited number of bottles of ‘McCollum Heritage 91’ wine

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Is it Wine Wednesday yet? No, but it's McCollum's wine release Tuesday!

Yes, the wait is over.

Well, it’s over for a handful of people.

Tuesday, CJ McCollum is releasing a limited number of his debut wine, McCollum Heritage 91.

The Oregon pinot noir is McCollum’s first signature wine.

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The Trail Blazers shooting guard teamed up with Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, OR to partner with the vineyard in producing his inaugural wine, which was harvested in late Sept. of 2018 and then was bottled on Aug. 8, 2019.

It’s been months since Rip City found out that McCollum had become a winemaker.

CJ shared in his excitement of introducing his signature wine on his Instagram in late June.

Without further ado I want to introduce you to the McCollum Heritage 91... My own Pinot noir. A real bar if you will. Years of preparation and work went into this with a lot of moving parts and I’m thankful for everyone who helped bring this to life.

Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum

This pinot features a taste of cedar and cherry.

[WATCH]: CJ McCollum discusses the amount of work that went into his signature wine

McCollum has his fiancée to thank for his love of wine.

And of course, living in Oregon meant McCollum had found the best of the best.

“My fiancée actually introduced me to wine in college and that was the start of the snowball effect of me continuing to want to learn more about it,” McCollum told NBCSNW in June.

As we progressed in our relationship, I ended up moving out here to Oregon -- Hit the lottery with Pinot Noir out here in Oregon and was able to taste so many different varieties and go to so many different vineyards. As we aged, I guess my pallet aged as well.

CJ McCollum

The wine’s name not only includes his last name, but the name of the street he grew up on in Canton, Ohio, and the birth year of himself and his fiancée, Elise Esposito.

 

After the Trail Blazers drafted McCollum in 2013 as the 10th overall pick, he eventually fell in love with the prominent Oregon pinot noir.

Even though Tuesday marks the first official release of McCollum’s signature wine, plenty of NBA players and coaching staff members of various teams have already sampled the pinot.

McCollum reportedly brought more than 80 bottles with him to the Orlando bubble during the NBA restart.

There was even talk of the 28-year-old converting his Disney hotel room into a chilled wine cellar, keeping his room temperature set around 60 degrees.

Now that is some serious commitment.

Soon enough wine connoisseur and enthusiasts will recognize McCollum’s smooth wine as much as NBA fans have come to love and respect his smooth mid-range.  

For more on McCollum Heritage 91 and to buy a bottle head over to mccollumheritage91.com.