Lebron’s a huge grapefriend whose last big wine night was posted on Instagram a few months ago. Pulling in $35 mil a year, the bottles he pops define baller wines. The college players in March Madness don’t quite have that coin (and hell, some can’t even legally drink). So while you’re watching those games, here’s how to drink like Lebron even if you have an NCAA budget.
What Lebron drank: 2008 E. Guigal Côte Rôtie La Landonne ($300) and 2003 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo ($500 for the 2015 here)
NCAA budget: Rhône Valley is amazing, with all Syrah in the north and incredible, complex blends in the south. Look for Côtes du Rhône, which makes super approachable blends form Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre at very affordable prices. Try the cocoa-inflected, mushroomy Andre Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine ($16.99).
What Lebron drank: 1997 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia ($200 for the 2014 here)
NCAA budget: Ride the Tuscan blend wave with the lush, earthy blackberry in Il Palagio’s Sister Moon ($50).
What Lebron drank: Screaming Eagle ($3,000, pretty much mailing list only) and 2003 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ($200)
NCAA budget: Napa Cabs ain’t cheap, but you can certainly get a few for under $100. I’ve always liked Clos du Val ($55) and just had Oberon which is a riper blackberry, oaky style but at only $25 it’s a great value.