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Former NBA Great Tony Parker Raised $1.1M For His New Wine Venture — 'I've Dreamed Of Being In The Wine Business'

Basketball legend Tony Parker is set to release a wine. Per Bloomberg, entering the wine sector has been a long held goal for Parker since he was 20 years old. “I’ve dreamed of being in the wine business,” he told the outlet. Born in Belgium, he first tasted wine when he was 17 and was able to explore his pallet after signing on to play for the San Antonio Spurs in 2001, where he furthered his wine knowledge through Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Parker would then dedicate summer breaks to visiting estates in France’s Bordeux region, k nown for its top quality wine, including Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Angelus, and Palmer, among others. “I used to ‘love’ to get them to open bottles of 1982,” Parker explained, according to Bloomberg. Coincidently, in addition to it being his birth year, 1982 is also one of the best wine vintages of the past century. Turning his passion into a business, Parker has been soaking up knowledge as a partner in Chateau Las Mascaronne and Champagne Jeeper. He sees...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 13, 2024

NBA Legend Tony Parker Joins The Star-Studded Lineup In The Luxury Wine Industry

The NBA’s household names are continuing to be seasoned basketball players turned aspiring wine connoisseurs. Essence reports that Tony Parker is next up to enter into the wine industry. The former San Antonio Spurs superstar is now taking his talents to working with French businessman Michel Reybier, who’s companies are known for being driven by luxury and hospitality. Tony Parker, a former NBA Finals MVP, looks to become a champion in the wine industry as well. “We both share a passion for wine, but also for sport,” Reybier said, according to Essence. “I’m from Lyon and particularly admire the dedication Tony shows for the LDLC ASVEL.” He continued, “Our joint commitment will allow us to go even further in the wineries’ development. I am very happy to be able to share this entrepreneurial adventure with fans of our products all over the world.” Parker’s work ahead of him will focus on Château La Mascaronne and Reybier’s brands in Champagne as “the plan to move forward on a common...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 15, 2022