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'Wine All-Star' Carmelo Anthony appears on the cover of Wine Spectator

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It looks like Carmelo Anthony is finally getting some of the respect that he deserves, but this time, it's not for his performance on a basketball court.

It's about his love for wine.

Anthony has long been known as one of the NBA's biggest wine connoisseurs. He has been the subject of many wine-related stories throughout his career, and now, he's getting some extra recognition from the magazine Wine Spectator.

As Anthony shared on his Twitter account, he will appear on the cover of the magazine's latest issue.

Anthony also shared some images of him that will presumably be included in the magazine. Needless to say, he has a vast and impressive wine collection.

This is certainly a unique honor for Anthony, and it's not one that many NBA players will hold. But as detailed in a piece by Wine Spectator's editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken, Anthony deserves credit for spreading his love of wine across NBA circles.

Many star players in the NBA credit Anthony for sparking their own interest in wine, a dynamic that has made it the unofficial drink of the league.

Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator

Certainly, the popularity of wine has skyrocketed in the NBA over the last handful of years. Anthony specifically recounted sharing his passion for wine on a boat trip he took with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul in 2015, and credited that as the beginning of wine culture in the NBA.

We had so many conversations about wine. So much was spurred by that trip...I think that was really the start of the wine culture in the NBA. Other guys saw and said, 'Oh s---, I see. It's cool to drink wine. Look at what they're doing. They're having a good time, eating good food, drinking good wine.

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony may be one of the beverage's biggest ambassadors, but the magazine-proclaimed "Wine All-Star" isn't the only notable wine drinker on the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

CJ McCollum has become an avid wine connoisseur and wine maker as well. In recent months, he has sold some of his wines in limited releases, the most recent of which was a Rosé that sold out mere hours after becoming available.

McCollum will make a brief appearance in the latest edition of Wine Spectator along with Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell and forward Doug McDermott.

But Anthony will be the big feature as he continues to drop knowledge about wine to people across the NBA and on YouTube, via his show What’s in Your Glass?