On October 23, I wrote a blog regarding celebrities opening up their own wineries, Celebrity Wine - Porn, Sports and Rock 'n Roll! And it just so happens a celebrity with strong roots from Walla Walla, is starting a winery here in the Valley.
With Walla Walla being the Washington state capital of world class wines, it seems only natural that homies-done-good come back to open their own wineries. Retired NFL player, Drew Bledsoe is opening up a small (under 250,000 liters) winery, Flying B Vineyards. It appears at this time, Flying B Vineyards wine will be produced at Artifex Wine Company. Artifex, located at the former Crown Cork and Seal Building, is a winery that offers custom crush services here in the Walla Walla Valley.
I remember attending many home games when Bledsoe was playing football for Walla Walla High School. At Wa-Hi, he was a letterman not only for football, but also basketball. I would continue to watch Bledsoe at home games while he was attending Washington State University at Pullman (Go Cougs!). In his junior season, Bledsoe broke multiple school records and later was named offensive player of the year after his junior season. I also remember bitter-sweet feelings from his fans when he decided to skip his senior year at WSU to enter the NFL draft.
Bledsoe was drafted by the New England Patriots and played for them from 1993 - 2001. Later he moved to the Buffalo Bills from 2002-2004 and from 2005-2006 he played for the Dallas Cowboys. However, after the 2006 season, Bledsoe retired from the NFL and since his "retirement" he is owner of a coffee roasting company and now opening up a new winery! It's good to see a part of him back at "home."
It makes me wonder when another "homie", TV 60's star Adam West will open up his own winery - Batman Bordeaux, anyone?