95% Chenin Blanc, 5% Viognier. Born out of Dwyane Wade’s love of the great wines of Napa Valley, Wade Cellars represents the former Miami Heat shooting guard’s partnership with iconic winemaker Jayson Pahlmeyer. The opulent Cabernet Sauvignons of this famed American winegrowing region, and the food and wine he enjoyed with his teammates Chris Bosh and Lebron James, inspired Wade to seek out Pahlmeyer’s advice and mentorship to collaborate on a label that combines Jayson’s wine business knowledge and Dwyane’s palate, enthusiasm, and joie de vivre. Pahlmeyer invited Wade to witness harvest in the Napa Valley, the magic of which sparked Dwayne’s dream of Wade Cellars. The pair’s first issue, Wade Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012, was launched in China in 2015, and later was brought to market in the United States. Since the first vintage, the product range has expanded to a diverse collection of wines that are inspired by California’s rich winemaking tradition with a healthy dose of DWade style. Today, Wade Cellars comprises two labels: the flagship, Wade, and Three by Wade. Jonathan Keyes—whose winery credits include stints with Sine Qua Non, Outpost, and Mark Herold—serves as winemaker. The organic grapes for the Chenin Blanc are sourced from the Clarksburg appellation, referred to as the ‘Gem of the Delta.’ It is an appellation that is showing a great affinity for Chenin Blanc. The wine itself is broad and full-figured but with refreshing acidity. Initial aromatics are lifted by the light dose of Viognier – zesty lemon, juicy tropical fruits, and white flowers merge on the palate with a tangy texture and mouthwatering fruit. Perfect for a variety of food.