Portland Trail Blazers: How CJ McCollum is using his love of wine to become a different type of trailblazer

Written by on October 20, 2021

"It was a combination of business and pleasure," McCollum says. "I'm only 6'3", not that tall or muscular, so I could blend in. But when you've played a certain team from Colorado a few times in the playoffs, some people will notice you."

Most in the wine industry shouldn't be surprised to run into an elite NBA player at a wine tasting in a tiny mountain town. McCollum is one of many players in the league who are well-documented enthusiasts of Pinots, chardonnay and cabernets.

"There's a huge emphasis on . . .



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