Chris Iannetta never tasted the “garage wine” his grandparents made when he was growing up in Providence, R.I. He was too young.
But he remembers watching his grandfather sample grapes at the local farmer’s market and then set up the press and barrels in the garage. He’d sit and listen, a young boy entranced, as his grandfather, an Italian immigrant, told stories about his life and his affinity for wine.
In 2007, Iannetta’s rookie season with the Colorado Rockies, his grandfather died of cancer. At dinner with teammates, when his glass was filled with a red or white, Iannetta would think of his grandfather and “re-connect.”
“That’s where my love of wine was kind of entrenched,” he said.
These days, Iannetta, who’s part of the Diamondbacks’ catching triumvirate along with Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann, is more than just a wine connoisseur. He and former Angels teammate Vernon Wells own the Jack winery label, the name a combination of the first initials of their respective children, Jayce, Ashlyn, Christian and Kylie.
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