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My Cellar: The Sports Stars

Publish Date: 17 May 2016

Authored by: Sarah Gamboni

Australian sports stars and leading commentators share their favourite memories with wine.


Glenn McGrath, cricket legend
“I’ve been lucky to travel through cricket and I have friends who own a place in the south of France, so I’ve had some great times there. I used to like travelling to South Africa too – Stellenbosch was always enjoyable. A few old teammates also really like their wine, so when we catch up we bring a bottle – you always know you’re going to get some good stuff.”

Stephen Moore, captain, Brumbies and Wallabies
“During my rugby union career, I’ve been all around the world. We played in Bordeaux during the World Cup in 2007, and I’ve been to South Africa a lot – they have some fantastic wines around the Stellenbosch region. My wife is South African, so every time I play over there I bring back a few bottles of chenin blanc or pinotage. I’ve also spent time in Mendoza, Argentina, with the team, so I have a few malbecs in my collection. I’ve got a couple of hundred bottles now, but I haven’t had a chance to drink too much of it yet. On day, when rugby’s all said and done, I’ll be able to sit down and have a bit of a story to tell about the wines.”

Mark Taylor, cricket legend and commentator
“I began drinking wine at social events that surrounded my cricket commitments in the mid-1980s. My first favourite wine was Rosemount French Oak Chardonnay. I now visit the Barossa every year with some mates from Channel Nine Cricket. We catch up with some winemaking friends and have a terrific few days.” 

Eddie McGuire, president, Collingwood Football Club
“In 1995, I’d just gotten engaged [to now-wife Carla] and we were in New York City. We went to the Rainbow Room for Thanksgiving lunch and on the wine list was the 1990 Grange for $60. When the waiter came over, I said I’d have a bottle for the table and two crates of it to take away. They were just about to get a new wine list and this was also just before Robert Parker gave it 100 points, so it was good timing. That was an amazing bargain.”

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