With China being a major market for the NBA, the league needed a bridge there. In 2002, the Houston Rockets drafted Yao Ming. Yao would become the bridge the NBA needed to tap into a market that was once difficult to get into.
Now that Yao Ming has retired, he has focused on going back to school and also tend to his business ventures. One of his most promising businesses is his line of wines. And these are not cheap wines either.
World-renowned wine critic Robert Parker scored Yao Ming’s wines really high.
The Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was scored at 95 points. The Yao Ming Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was scored at 98 points. That score of a 98 is listed as the highest score in the April 2014 Buying Guide.
Yao Ming said, “Our goal from the beginning has been to produce wines that showcase the incredible quality of Napa Valley. I think we’ve done that with the 2010 vintage and done it well. To have the highly respected Wine Enthusiast Magazine validate our efforts means a great deal to us.”
The 2010 vintage wines from Yao Ming’s line of wines is available on their website. They will also be available at restaurants and stores later this year.