I’ve had many wines made by former football players and coaches, but none of these wines that are licensed by teams. Obviously, I LOVE the idea of a team backing grapes over hops for their fans but I always want the wines to actually be good too.
I’d heard about the Jets Uncorked for a few years, and finally had it! It was kind of random because I was at this huge BBQ at someone’s house on the North Fork on Long Island this summer, when football was far from my mind. They had a full bar, and even though I normally would’ve gone for white since it was hot out and I was about to eat lobster, I spied this lone bottle of Jets Uncorked on the table and went straight for it! The bartenders were like, “Why is this chick taking pictures of the wine and not letting us just pour?” Little did they know they were in the presence of grapefriend.
So how was it? Not bad! Not super complex but, to me, most Napa Cabs aren’t. It had some good blackberry and was actually very velvety. Nothing you’re going to create a touchdown dance for, but fully drinkable especially for $28, which is cheap for most Napa Cabs. And honestly, it might be better than the Jets are right now. I sort of pull for the Jets since they’re a fellow NY team, but being a Jets fan seems like a world of pain. I’m glad they have this wine to ease some of that.
You can get it and gift packages on Girard Winery’s website (they’re the ones who actually make the wine) or stores near you. I can’t even imagine how much paraphernalia I’d have if it were Giants wine. Help me, Eli – unless you don’t really want to pull a Sanchez and dance around naked in Napa. Maybe it’s better we don’t have a Giants wine…