Who: Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan and was drafted fourth overall (read: he was really good) in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders (now the Las Vegas Raiders).
His wine game: Woodson got into wine while in Oakland, situated every so conveniently near Napa Valley.
Woodson partnered with Rick Ruiz, a winemaker previously with Robert Mondavi, to produce wine under the label Twentyfour by Charles Woodson, later called Charles Woodson Wines. He also opened a sports and wine bar called Tasting Room 24, which operated in Napa until 2019. Twenty four was the number Woodson wore while he was with the Oakland Raiders. TwentyFour by Charles Woodson was a high-end cabernet in the traditional Napa Valley style with grapes from an area called Calistoga. In addition to his Charles Woodson wine label, Woodson recently launched his next project: making high-end wine more accessible through his Intercept brand of wines.
In partnership with O’Neill Vintners, Woodson recently launched the label Intercept, which focuses on wines from Paso Robles and Monterey. He has a cabernet, chardonnay, pinot noir, and red blend.
“I created Intercept as a thank you to my fans. I wanted to give them high-quality wine at an affordable price because they deserve it. The name ‘Intercept’ is a nod to my career, but also a reminder that during every moment of your life, the possibilities are wide open. You just have to go get it.” - Charles Woodson