Charles Woodson…Wine?

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Charles Woodson is something of a vinophile.  So much of one, in fact, that he has been renting part of a vineyeard to create his own label, “24 by Charles Woodson.”  Woodson apparently began drinking wine on trips to Napa Valley when he was with the Oakland Raiders.  In the seven years since then, he has taught himself about the finer points of making and drinking wine, according to this interesting article in the Detroit Free Press.  The article says the label officially launches on September 1.

The story doesn’t say which Wisconsin restaurants will serve Woodson wines, but Chuck Wood is pictured on his website — www.charleswoodsonwines.com — with the owners of the Bartolotta restaurants in Milwaukee.  For Packergeeks readers outside Wisconsin, Bartolotta’s  owns several (four?) upscale restaurants in and around Milwaukee.  I’ve eaten at just one — Lake Park Bistro — and the dinner was as good a meal as I’ve ever had.  Phenomenal.

Although you would think Woodson would be able to capitalize on his celebrity to promote the wine, you’d be mistaken.  Apparently after a recent interview in which he talked about his love of wine — maybe this one? — the NFL slapped the muzzle on Woodson.  The NFL believes that having its athletes saying good things about products containing alcohol might lead young kids to drink.  I understand the concern but it strikes me as rather silly for the NFL to be concerned about Charles Woodson’s wine label when you’ve Kevin Faulk caught with pot, Matt Jones (allegedly) cutting up coke with credit cards, Johnny Jolly (allegedly) sitting on a bunch of codeine, and NFL players in DUI scrapes seemingly every week.

BTW, the interview in which Woodson talked about his wine is worth a read.  Jason Wilde conducted it.

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8 Responses to “Charles Woodson…Wine?”

  1. Aaron Says:

    The NFL did the same thing to Dick Vermeil. Un. Real…

  2. Ron La Canne Says:

    Ahhh, a Packer with fine taste. By the way, what are the Packers going to do with Jolly? The commish probably won’t let them do anything until they go through all the appeals, etc. But God forbid if a guy develops a legal product. Planing his future doesn’t count as much as protecting the thug culture rampant on many teams. Idiots!

  3. lostinutah Says:

    I for one will buy a bottle of this wine, so as to support him against this stupid rule. Plus, I like wine. Sounds good.

  4. Donald's Designated Driver Says:

    Well we need to look after the impressionable young kids. I remember when I was in high school all the cool kids would hang out and drink Shiraz and eat brie. Totally.

  5. Aaron Says:

    DDD – that made me snarf my coffee. Cheers.

  6. CharlesMartinGraduates Says:

    I saw this post 2 weeks too late. I just got back from Napa. FAVRE!

  7. Schaefer Says:

    Awesome. love the name “CharlesMartinGraduates”…

    …and the shiraz and brie comment

  8. Bob Says:

    I have an idea. If the NFL is so concerned about promoting alcohol to young fans, how about prohibiting the sale of all alcoholic beverages at games, and stop taking advertising money from beer companies for stadium ads and tv commercials during games.

    What’s that? The NFL is only concerned about alcohol ads from which they aren’t being paid? Oh, I get it now…

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