Now Available: Chargers Legacy Wine

At a press conference today in the Draft Room at the Chargers HQ, the media was introduced to Chargers Legacy wine, a California cabernet sauvignon to commemorate fifty years of the Chargers.

Anthony A. Bell, the Napa winemaker responsible for Chargers Legacy (pictured above), told us that a cab sauv is “the king of red varietals.” He explained that this wine “has tannens to give it structure, but it’s friendly so you can drink it early.” The wine is 80% cabernet sauvignon (fun fact: a wine must be at least 75% cabernet sauvignon to call it that), 7% Petit verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Petite sirah, and 2% Malbec. Put simply, it is “fruit-forward” (the fruit is “gentle”) with some power and strength. It’s a 2008 vintage and can be enjoyed now.

One of the journalists at the conference asked if it was good for the “tailgating environment.” Ha! I thought it was quite tasty and full-bodied, but couldn’t exactly imagine it with buffalo wings. On the other hand, I rarely eat buffalo wings. Bell told us it strikes various flavor profiles, and it’s not dry when you taste it, so it will go well with all kinds of foods, including grilled steaks, hamburgers, and pizza.

And what about glass bottles at the stadium? The PR Director said, “We’ll put it in a decanter for you.” Chuckles all around.

Bertrand Hug, who will offer the wine at Mister A’s and Mille Fleur, called it a “serious, real wine.” He pointed out its “solid, robustness,” and praised it as a “good, quaffable wine.”

I second that. I will probably be giving it as Christmas gifts to all my Charger fan relatives. Despite including a football logo, the bottle does not look cheesy. The Chargers went through 21 label designs. 18,000 bottles were made of this limited edition wine, available starting today for $24.99 retail, but likely two or three times that at restaurants. Chargers Legacy is available in various stores and restaurants (see below), and at games.

Stores: Albertson’s, Avenue Liquor in Coronado, Azo Vino in Covina, Brandywine in Chula Vista, Dicks in La Jolla, Frazier Farms in Vista, Earth Grown Market in O’side, G Street Deli on PCH, Henry’s Eastlake and Henry’s Chula Vista, Jug Liquor and the Wine Bank and KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Magic Market on Cass Street, Valley Farms Market in Spring Valley, The Picadilly in Poway, Twin Oaks Market in San Marcos.

Restaurants: Azul in La Jolla, Crown Bistro in Coronado, Donovan’s on K Street and Donovan’s Prime Seafood on 5th Avenue, Vinz Wine Bar in Escondido, and in Chula Vista: Galley at the Marina, La Bella’s Pizza Garden, Roberto de Philippi’s, and the Brewhouse at Eastlake.

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