Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mr. 99 on Wine

Wayne Gretzky, The Great One, has launched his own winery and has three wines that are immediately available — a 2005 meritage (red blend), 2006 chardonnay and a 2005 vidal icewine. Wayne Gretzky Estate Wines, emblazoned with the number 99 on the label, the number Gretzky wore while piling up Stanley Cups and scoring titles during his amazing run in the NHL, is a partnership with Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan Station.

The Gretzky wines will be made by Creekside winemakers Craig McDonald and Rob Power. They are priced at $17 for the red, $14 for white and $45 for the icewine and are available starting today at Willow Heights Estate Winery in Beamsville with a further release through the LCBO in the fall. A portion of the proceeds will benefit less fortunate youth who want to experience hockey.

If the wines are good and stay at relatively reasonable prices, the saying "He shoots, he scores" may have a new meaning.

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