Chinese sports star Yao Ming's first wine will be launched at an upcoming dinner party for the 2011 Special Olympics. (Photo/Xinhua)
Chinese basketball star Yao Ming has not faded from the spotlight after he retired from the Houston Rockets, instead returning in a new guise as the head of a wine company, with his first vintage to debut at a fundraising dinner for the 2011 Special Olympics.
The event's organizer said Yao will introduce his wine company Yao Ming Family Wine to the public at the party. The winery, located in California's Napa Valley, will begin selling a high-end 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon next week.
The first batch of wine will have a limited run of only 1,200 bottles which will sell for 3,800 yuan (US$600) each with a bottle of the wine to be auctioned at the fundraising campaign for a starting price of 60,000 yuan (US$9,400). The Shanghai Special-Care Foundation will use the funds to promote the Special Olympics in China.
Yao Ming's wine will appear at the party along with six other items including a painting of Special Olympic athlete Lu Jing, an outfit custom-made for Yao by iShark, as well as Yao's shoes and leather goods, a diamond necklace made for the Special Olympics and a cell phone made for the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Yao boasts an extensive investment portfolio with the former NBA star having tapped into businesses such as restaurants, sports clubs and the music website Top100.cn.
Yao Ming 姚明
Lu Jing 陸晶
Yao Ming Family Wine 姚家族葡萄酒業公司