The San Jose Mercury News
October 17, 2016 | The San Jose Mercury News

NBA Star Yao Ming's Wine Collaboration

Wine for wildlife: 

NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming, who has been making wine under the Yao Family Wines label for several years now, opened a St. Helena tasting room last spring. Now he’s using that wine for wildlife conservation efforts.

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Time Posted: Oct 17, 2016 at 1:13 PM
Sylvia Wu,
October 15, 2016 | Sylvia Wu,

Exclusive: Yao Ming Joins 2016 Napa Harvest

Retired basketball star Yao Ming and his winemaker spoke exclusively to about the latest harvest season and the winery’s plan to launch its first white wine.  Read Article

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2016 at 1:51 PM
Laura Shatkin, SommTalks
October 1, 2016 | Laura Shatkin, SommTalks

Winemaker Tom Hinde On Running Yao Family Wines with NBA Star Yao Ming

This week, we head back to Napa Valley for the story of Yao Family Wines with Tom Hinde, President and Director of Winemaking. Learn how the five-time NBA All-Star got his start in wine then launched his own winery on Main Street in St. Helena.

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Time Posted: Oct 1, 2016 at 3:13 PM
Michael Cervin,
September 26, 2016 | Michael Cervin,

Score! The Best Athlete-Owned Wineries

Michael Cervin

September 24, 2016

For some people in the wine biz, the pursuit of a perfect bottle is a lifelong work. When you’re an athlete, it’s more like a second career.

But you have to wonder—just because you can score a touchdown, stick a landing, ace your opponent, or hit a three pointer at the buzzer does not necessarily mean you can do much else. Here, Vivino looks at the top seven athlete-owned wineries to find out if their wine game is as good as their glory days.

Imagine being really tall, like, you know, 7 foot 6 inches. Then imagine being the only Chinese dude in the entire NBA. Fish out of water? No, because Ming not only excelled at hoops—like being an 8-time All Star, and 3-Time All-NBA Team player—but was also one of basketball’s best ambassadors.

Ming played for the Houston Rockets averaging 19 points per game, but decided to attempt a three pointer at the buzzer by starting a Napa winery. Are the wines are a slam-dunk?

Well, Yao’s wines are restrained and sensitive, like they have been crafted by a gentle giant with a good soul. “After several vintages I think people know we make very high quality wines and I am happy we have been accepted in both China and the U.S.,” Ming tells Vivino.


Time Posted: Sep 26, 2016 at 1:24 PM
Ken Ross, Springfield Republican

Yao Family Wines Introduces Hall of Fame Wine

Ken Ross

September 12, 2016

SPECIAL YAO MING WINE - Last week, legendary basketball player Yao Ming was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, where The Republican newspaper and are based, for those of you from out of state reading this column.

To commemorate the event, Yao Family Wines in California created a limited edition "Hall of Fame Bottling" of its 2014 Napa Crest Red Wine. Only 1,000 bottles were created, according to the winery.

The first bottle (number 1 or 1,000) was recently auctioned online. All the proceeds from the auction benefited the Basketball Hall of Fame.

So how much did Bottle Number 1 sell for? When the bidding was finally closed earlier this month, the winner paid $1,100.

Pretty impressive, just like Yao's career.


Time Posted: Sep 12, 2016 at 1:14 PM
Markham Heid, Men's Health

Awesome Celebrity Vinos

From Yao Ming to Sting, hundreds of celebrities have decamped to California and Europe to try their hands at winemaking. But just because a famous guy is willing to emboss his name on a bottle, it doesn’t mean the stuff inside is any good.

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Time Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 2:25 PM
Kyle Denuccio, Rhapsody

NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming has a winery that’s better than you think, and a new tasting room where you can judge for yourself

Yes, as in Yao Ming, former Houston Rockets NBA star turned winery owner. Yao recently debuted a hospitality center in the former Bello Winery space, spanning three private tasting rooms for sit-down adventures, an outdoor patio area, and general tasting space at a big oval quartz bar glowing with LED underlighting.

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Time Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 2:43 PM
The San Jose Mercury News
April 14, 2016 | The San Jose Mercury News

Yao Ming Opens Tasting Room In St. Helena

NBA to Napa:

Professional sport celebrities, from Joe Montana to Mario Andretti, can’t seem to resist the allure of the wine business. And that includes former NBA sensation Yao Ming, who launched Yao Family Wines when he retired from the Houston Rockets in 2011. Last month, he opened the doors to his new St. Helena wine tasting room, where visitors can sip the Yao Ming and Napa Crest cabernet sauvignons and red blends at a marble-topped bar, in the cozy lounge or on the patio. Psst: The tasting room is next to Gott’s Roadside burger stand. Details: Open daily, tastings $35 and up. 929 Main Street, St. Helena;

Time Posted: Apr 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM
Tim Carl St. Helena Star
March 21, 2016 | Tim Carl St. Helena Star

Napa Valley is ‘one of the most beautiful places’

In 2011, 7-foot-6-inch-tall Yao Ming retired as a professional basketball player. He had played in the NBA for the Houston Rockets for more than 10 years, and during his career he’d been widely regarded as one of the superstars of the game. 

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Time Posted: Mar 21, 2016 at 2:16 PM
Kelly Carter
February 29, 2016 | Kelly Carter

Former NBA Star Yao Ming Opens Wine Tasting Room In St. Helena

The 7-foot-6 ex-Houston Rocket center caused quite the stir when he stopped by the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena for Premiere Napa Valley’s barrel tasting and auction, which raised $5 million for the Napa Valley Vintners… 

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Time Posted: Feb 29, 2016 at 1:25 PM