The Oakland Raiders are not very good. But maybe it’s not a sieve-like run defense or an indecisive and largely injured O-line. Maybe it’s just that their training camp is in Napa (I MEAN, AMAAAAAAZING) and these guys couldn’t care less about games over grapes.
E.W. McGah co-founded the Raiders in 1960. His son Eddie played on the Boston Red Sox, and the grandson was a defensive assistant and scout for the Raiders. They gave up their stake in the Raiders in 2005, because why would you need to own a football team when you have a winery to take care of???
They now oversee McGah Family Cellars in Rutherford, Napa and make a small amount of crispy tart green apple 1070 Sauvignon Blanc ($25) and a Scarlett Cab ($60) which is blackberried with an impressive amount of acid. (And if you buy two bottles of the Cab you get the Sav Blanc for free, which is pretty cool.) I love the label on the Scarlett, which reminded me of “Scarlet Begonias, tucked into her curls” even though it was actually named after the great grand-daughter (“it seldom turns out the way it does in the song”…).
PS don’t forget: tag me @grapefriend on Twitter or Instagram while you’re watching football and drinking wine this month! The best pic will win a grapefriend wine tote and all your dreams will come true.
PPS don’t forget about our other gridiron grapefriends! Tons of players and ex-coaches are now all up in the grape: