Not A ‘Pour’ Decision: Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells are partners in wine

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta knows the value of a friendship—and how to maintain one. When he and then-fellow Angels player Vernon Wells were on the disabled list in 2012, they had the forethought to secure their loves of wine and family. The duo started JACK Winery in Napa, California…

Diamondbacks hope Chris Iannetta ages like fine wine

Chris Iannetta never tasted the “garage wine” his grandparents made when he was growing up in Providence, R.I. He was too young. But he remembers watching his grandfather sample grapes at the local farmer’s market and then set up the press and barrels in the garage. He’d sit and listen, a young boy entranced, as his grandfather, an Italian immigrant, told stories about his life and his affinity for wine. In 2007, Iannetta’s rookie season with the Colorado Rockies…..

CATCH THIS: CHRIS IANNETTA TALKS BASEBALL AND WINE

When you think of Rhode Island, baseball and wine don’t immediately come to mind…for most of us, anyway. The same can’t be said of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher, Chris Iannetta. Born in Providence, RI, Chris is the first to admit that although anything is possible, a path from New England to the Majors requires a bit of snow shoveling along the way….

94 POINT RATING – 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Robert Parker the Wine Advocate said….

“A sleeper selection, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. The wine shows gorgeous fruit, mulberry, graphite, black raspberry and black cherry fruit. I don’t know this producer, but certainly they have delivered a stunning bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple, the wine is approachable now and should continue to drink well for at least a decade or more.”

WINE TALK: FROM ANGEL STADIUM TO ATLAS PEAK

Major League Baseball vets Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells team up as Napa vintners

The wine stars must have aligned over California in May 2012. On May 2, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catcher Chris Iannetta was behind the plate for pitcher Jered Weaver’s no-hitter, but Iannetta sustained a wrist injury in the process that required surgery. A few weeks later….

FOR ONE SEATTLE MARINER, WINE IS A PASTIME

How a short stint on the disabled list helped land catcher Chris Iannetta on the wine list.

It’s the kind of story you hear again and again when you interview people in the wine industry. “My grandfather made wine in Italy, not professionally but like most people there, in his house. When he moved to the U.S., he did the same thing. It’s what he’d serve to people who came over to his house …

NAPA’S NEWEST ALL-STAR CABERNET

There’s a new All-Star in Napa Valley. Former Toronto Blue Jays, L.A. Angels and New York Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells has teamed with Seattle Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta to create Jack winery. Their debut 2013 Napa Cabernet is sourced from Diamond Mountain and Howell Mountain fruit and priced at $100; there’s also a $50 Sauvignon Blanc. Iannetta, whose grandparents made wine in their Rhode Island home, says the project is an exploration of his family’s Italian winemaking roots…

95 POINT RATING – 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Lisa Perrotti-Brown at the Wine Advocate said….

“Containing a 6% splash of Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon shows an inky purple-black color with a pronounced crème de cassis, blackberry preserves and blueberries nose plus eucalypt and dark chocolate hints. Medium to full-bodied and intense in the mouth, with firm, grainy tannins, great concentration and expression, it finishes long and lively.”

92 POINT RATING – 2015 PROPRIETARY RED WINE

Lisa Perrotti-Brown at the Wine Advocate said….

“Deep purple-black, with a minted blackberries, earth and baking spice nose, the 2015 Red Blend is full-bodied, concentrated, soft and well crafted with crunchy fruit, good length and generosity.”

94 POINT RATING – 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Lisa Perrotti-Brown at the Wine Advocate said….

“The deep purple-black colored 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot and offers earthy, meaty and savory aromas with plums and mulberries plus a touch of spice box. The full-bodied mouth is concentrated, firm and grippy, with nice freshness and a savory finish.”