Swirling, Sniffing, and Sipping

Brian Schneider Schardonnay wine labelLast week you may have read on MetsBlog that Johan Santana, Jose Reyes, and Brian Schneider lent their names and images to wine bottles to raise money for several charities.

The wines will be called “Santana’s Select”, “CaberReyes”, and “Schneider Schardonnay”, and will retail for around 13 bucks per bottle. Proceeds from the sales of the wines will go to each player’s charity of choice, which is explained in more detail at the Charity Hop website.

My wife’s first question was, “Is Reyes old enough to drink?” (he is).

There are already some “reviews” on these wines, from Wine Spectator:

Santana’s Select: Incredible power at first, but then its complexity and depth throws you a changeup.

This flies across the palate with awesome quickness, but some old-schoolers complain it dances too much on the tongue.

Brian Schneider – Schneider Schardonnay: A wine for those who want to trade away youthful promise for an aged, reliable vintage. Plenty of oak gives it a strong defense. But how much Schardonnay can you drink before you Schneider all over the floor?

And you thought wine snobs had no sense of humor?

BTW, the wines are made by California estate Clos LaChance, a solid producer (I’m, eh, a wine geek myself … see my blog WineWeekly.com).

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 March 20, 2008 at 10:18 am
    Is Washington marketing the Commemorative Lastings Old English .40 yet?

    (I’m kidding…..by the way — and have no axe to grind with Milledge.)

  2. isuzudude March 20, 2008 at 11:48 am
    why do I get the feeling you’re a fan of the movie “Sideways,” Joe?
  3. sincekindergarten March 20, 2008 at 12:34 pm
    Would that be an “Old(e) English .40,” Walnutz, or a “Smith & Wesson .40?” 😉
  4. Walnutz15 March 20, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    Pardon me, SK — I apologize for leaving the last “e” off. You’re indeed correct.

    ‘Smith and Wesson’ would refer to a gun, though — which I’m not saying Mr. Milledge would tote….however, he’s a fan of the hip-hop game….the very same industry in which “Smiff-N-Wessun” featured prominently.

    Say Word.


  5. joe March 20, 2008 at 9:27 pm
    Actually enjoyed the book Sideways more than the movie … though the movie was good.

    But, I actually think Merlot is OK ….