How to Pair Wine with NBA Champions

GSW NBA Championship Photo Credits: Warriors Twitter account

We just finished a week-long celebration for the Golden State Warriors and their second NBA Championship. The Bay area has been waiting for 40 years and last Friday one million people flooded the streets of Oakland for the Warriors Championship Parade.

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to pair our favorite players with wine!

Steph “Dom Pérignon” Curry

Steph Curry Dom Perignon
The only bottle that can guarantee a balanced pairing with Steph is a 1.5l-bottle of Dom Pérignon: you need to uncork a magnum bottle and count each and every bubble to keep up with all the threes that Curry makes every season!
We didn’t choose a random Champagne, but the Champagne made by who invented the Mèthode Champenoise to celebrate the best shooter ever.

Look up Vintage 2004 on their website and see how this vintage “leaves its mark on the history of Dom Pérignon for its ease and generosity”, as this season marks the history of the Golden State Warriors.

Klay “Veuve Clicquot” Thompson

Thompson Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
By definition, the Splash Brothers come from the same region. And again, you need another one of the finest bottle of Champagne to keep up with Klay’s threes: what else for a guy that can play defense and make 37 points in a quarter?

Look up La Grande Dame on their website and see how its complexity pairs perfectly with a universal player.

Andre “Stags Leap” Iguodala

Iguodala Stags Leap Wine Cellar
Andre Iguodala was the unexpected MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals: he delivered 6 solid games, he scored above average and he defended Lebron James. He was the first player to become MVP of the Finals without starting a single game during the regular season.
We had to go back in history to find an outsider wine that bested four top-ranked Bordeaux: Stags Leap Wine Cellar’s Cabernet Sauvignon unexpectedly won the blind tasting at the 1976 Judgement of Paris, showcasing Californian wines to the world for the first time. It also helps that it was only one year after the Warriors won their first NBA championship!

Draymond “Zinfandel” Green

Draymond Green Zinfandel
Strong vines and resistant to damage. A hot wine for the energetic power forward. Give him a mic and he will show off his strong flavors and aromas of berries. His enemies will say that he is jammy or that he is not big enough, but his versatility makes him survive everywhere.
He was the spark that ignited the Warriors more than once during the toughest moments.
We also appreciate him mentioning wine in an interview during the series with Memphis; about his improved effectiveness in defending Grizzlies’ big guys, he said: “Like wine improving with time”.

We picked a Zinfandel with a name he will like: Big Vine Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley.

Andrew “Shiraz” Bogut

Andrew Bogut Zinfandel
For the big guy of the Warriors, we reserved a geographic pairing, selecting an Australian Shiraz. Dark, bold and peppery, he’s the guy you want to protect your rim!

We chose a traditional and historical Australian Shiraz: St Henri Shiraz from Penfolds.

Harrison “Brunello” Barnes

Harrison Barnes Brunello di Montalcino
Our 6’8″ forward is a spectacular player to watch. He can make silky shots and dunk on the defense. Even with the most powerful moves, he always has that classy style that pairs perfectly with the Italian Brunello di Montalcino.

We selected Col d’Orcia, an organic producer from the prestigious wine destination, with its Brunello di Montalcino.

Steve “Pinot Noir” Kerr

Steve Kerr Pinot Noir

Last but not least in this group, coach Kerr had a huge role in this win. He has been extremely successful in his career and he pairs perfectly with pinot noir: a wine that doesn’t scream but always gets what he wants. He has style, he is skilled and he definitely knows it.

We went to Oregon and selected Ponzi Aurora Pinot Noir for the winning rookie coach.

These were our choices. Which wine would you pair with the Warriors?


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