Along with being a six-time NBA All-Star, Amar’e Stoudemire can add Israeli wine maker to his resume.
On Tuesday, Stoudemire launched a line of kosher-for-Passover Israeli wine at a news conference in New York, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.
“It’s a blessing for me and my family to be able to produce such great wines from a land like the land of Israel, so we’re constantly counting our blessings for that,” Stoudemire told reporters.
The line includes two red wine blends and one Cabernet Savignon. They are all produced, in limited quantity, at the Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva. The wines are currently on sale in New York and New Jersey, just in time for Purim.
In 2016, Stoudemire signed a 2-year deal to play basketball with Hapoel Jerusalem, where he is also a part-owner. After helping the team win the Israel Basketball League Cup, he retired from playing last year.
During this time, Stoudemire started talking with the Israel Wine Producers Association. “Once I moved to Israel, it was the perfect connection to meet with the vineyards and go to the tastings and figure out the different blends for each bottle,” said Stoudemire.
“I prefer to keep the wines strictly from the grapes in Israel,” he said. “It’s my way of giving back to the land. I try to do what I can to stay rooted.”
During his career, Stoudemire has been vocal about his admiration for and connection to Israel. Although he was raised Christian, he realized a spiritual connection to Judaism after a trip to Israel in 2010.
After signing with Hapoel Jerusalem, he stated, “The Scripture speaks about Jerusalem as a holy place, and I can feel that whenever I’m in the city. This is a chance for me to be a better husband and a better father, to help me lead my family into righteousness. The opportunity to play there, and grow as a player and person, is a blessing.”
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