Years after finishing his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, NFL champion Charles Woodson threw himself into winemaking and philanthropy. Having staked his own corner of the market with Charles Woodson Wines. Now, he’s spreading out in the vinification arts with his new label Intercept.
Charles Woodson and 20 Years of Winemaking
The former champion is no stranger to wines. Woodson first became interested in oenology in 1998 during his rookie year in the league with the Raiders. Oakland’s proximity to the hub of U.S. wine production, Napa Valley, was a natural fit for the young Woodson and allowed him to remain active in those circles to learn the process.
After working with the esteemed winemaker Gustavo A. Gonzalez to produce his first barrel—Merlot—he moved on to learn how to make other wines. Eventually, Woodson would lay the groundwork for his own label and look at a number of vineyards before selecting Heitz Brothers Vineyards. He has since brought Gonzalez in as part of Charles Woodson Wines’ core.
While he remains busy with the winery that made him a name in the winemaking world, Woodson has teamed up winemaker Amanda Gorter and O’Neill Vintners & Distillers for the all new Intercept line. As you can guess, the name is a play on Woodson’s interception ability while active and is a special project for the former champion.
The initial lineup will be a 2016 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Paso Robles Red Blend and Monterey County Pinot Noir, and a 2018 Paso Robles Chardonnay. Also, Intercept will be priced significantly lower at $18. This is in contrast to his main line up which runs $50 and up.
Initially, Intercept will be distributed through select Meijer locations in the Midwest. The line will be launched in Michigan but will also be available in big markets such as California and Florida. If you want to know more about this new line check out Intercept’s site . Also drop by Charles Woodson Wines to learn more about his original winery.