Apparently one of the things NBA players most requested in the bubble was wine! In this ESPN article, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum says, “Going through those things to where you truly understand and share and appreciate the wine with someone, it leads to a lot of great conversations and a lot of eventful evenings.” Not sure us non-pro athletes can afford what they drank in the bubble, but pop ‘em if you got ‘em:
- A lot of Bordeaux: Pelicans swingman Josh Hart shipped in a wine fridge that can hold about 20 bottles before he even arrived. He kicked off his new bubble-life wine Instagram with a 1970 Chateau Margaux and a 2003 Mouton Rothschild.
- Oregon Pinot Noir: CJ McCollum brought in some McCollum Heritage 91, the 2018 Chehalem Mountains AVA Pinot Noir he made with Adelsheim’s Gina Hennen (which sold out in 15 minutes when it came out in September).
- Italian wines: the National Basketball Players Association is giving bottles of their Frescobaldi wines (which include Masseto and Ornellaia) to all 22 NBPA player representatives as a collective gift for everyone on their teams.
- Cheurlin Champagne: Isiah Thomas’ personal brand and the official champagne of the NBPA, who’s giving it as a birthday present to each player celebrating a birthday inside the bubble.
- Kistler: Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry owns this vineyard and brought two cases of pinot noir and two of chardonnay into the bubble for a dinner.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris posted a video to Instagram of him drinking 2018 Caymus, a gift from his close friend and ex-teammate Boban Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks. Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale drank Yao Ming’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, possibly out of a paper cup! JJ also did this with a 2005 Chateau Montrose from Saint Estephe, captioning that there weren’t any Zalto glasses in the bubble. Zalto, hook them up!!!