From the gridiron to the vineyard.Former Saints player, Mike McKenzie is now making his own wine. McKenzie played as the Saints Cornerback from 2004-2009. Since then he’s hung up his cleats for wine grapes, and it’s a serious business venture.
“My wife had the great idea of actually bringing our new product to the market. Our new Orange Moscato,” McKenzie said.
It’s a moscato straight from the Central Valley of California. They bottle it in Napa Valley.
“Every fall we go and we harvest our grapes,” he said.
From wine country to New Orleans…His Orange Moscato which touched down in June is like no other.
“It’s 100 percent orange muscat grapes. Very rare. A lot of times when people think of moscato wine, they think very sweet. Our moscato has 10% alcohol.”
This athlete’s parents were in the food and hospitality industry, so wine-making is in his blood.
“My mom made a lot of wine growing up. She had them in all kinds of containers and jugs,” he said.
He’s come a long way from jugs. Soon, he’ll be launching their new blinged out 2014 Orange Moscato collection.It’s wine fit for everyone, especially MVP’s.
“A lot of my teammates have had the opportunity to try and they love it. After they win those games, they are toasting at home with a nice glass of moscato,” McKenzie said.
Orange Moscato can be found at the Hyatt Regency, Rouse’s, World Market and many other New Orleans businesses.
McKenzie is branching out to other states. Texas and Florida will now be offering his wine.
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