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Drinks: Wine of champions

Beer is the beverage of sports, and not just at fields named for Busch, Miller and Coors. But wine is being poured at parks and fields. And a lot of athletes lend their names to producers.

If Joe DiMaggio had given his name to a Barbera instead of Mr. Coffee, imagine the sales. Or if Yogi Berra caught Chianti rather than Yoo-hoo.

Today, Tom Seaver produces GTS Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Switching sports, Joe Montana and Dick Vermeil have scored in the wine trade. Wines from California and Australia arrive on the shelves with a Greg Norman label.

And Terlato Wines has joined the vinolympics with "The Golden Bear" to produce a couple of hole-in-one reds, the second vintage for these wines.

The full-bodied 2008 Jack Nicklaus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley gets you in the swing with blackberry and red fruit notes. The garnet-hued wine is made for steak. About $40. Syrah and Bordeaux-blend grapes define the 2008 Jack Nicklaus Private Reserve Napa Valley, a big, concentrated red wine that delivers more than a hint of black cherry and vanilla. This, too, is a red-meat wine, ideal with beef or lamb. The Private Reserve is about $50.

 

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Dry and a bit tart, the brightly hued 2010 Macari Vineyards Rosé ($15) is a lighthearted refresher, ready for the cooler you've packed for the picnic. The Mattituck wine is mostly merlot, and has a hint of strawberry and melon to go along with a citrus accent. Works with hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, ham, fried fish, grilled or fried chicken.

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