Joe Maddon, former bench coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and current Manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is apparently a huge wine lover. He was recently interviewed by the Tampa Tribune, where he outlined his wine recommendations.
If you’re not a baseball fan, you’ll probably prefer this shortened recommendation list:
Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, a Santa Barbara wine that makes the list because it’s more smokey and full-bodied than other Pinots.
Washington state’s Spring Valley Vineyards Frederick, Uriah, and Catherine wines are “spectacular”, and retail for around $50 a bottle.
Constant Diamond Mountain winery in Napa, makes the list as the most underrated on the list.
Silver Oak, especially the Alexander Valley Cab, and Dominus.
Great inexpensive, is the Ferrari-Carano Merlot, at $20 off-the-shelf.
Legaris Roble Ribera del Duero, a lighter wine from Spain.
Jeff Houck at the Tampa Tribune really did a great job with the full article. I highly recommend reading it if you love baseball, and love wine.