Keyshawn Johnson is known for his days as an All-American wide receiver at the University of Southern California that led to him being the #1 overall selection in the 1996 NFL draft as well as a professional career that saw him make three Pro Bowl teams and amass 814 receptions, 10,571 receiving yards, and haul in 64 touchdown passes over eleven seasons.
In addition to being seen regularly on ESPN as an NFL analyst the now retired Johnson fills his time in a variety of ways. He has an interest in interior design and is also the CEO of First Picks Management, a business development company. We can now add a signature wine to the list.
The first wine is the 2007 KJ1 by Keyshawn Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon from northeast Oregon, where Columbia Valley soils and climate are similar to Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. “I’ve enjoyed wine for years and for me, Cabernet is king,” Johnson said.
Master Sommelier Virginia Philips writes about KJ1 by Keyshawn Johnson: “To the eye, the wine has a purple core with electric pink highlights on the rim. The nose is powerful, with much black pepper and overtones of ripe black cherry and rich berry aromas. There are notes of tobacco, vanilla and clove mingling with damp earth. Unctuous and full-bodied on the palate, there are chewy tannins leading to a lingering finish. The wine tastes well on its own; pairing suggestions include Steak au Poivre, Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops or BBQ-rubbed meats.”
For the wine connoisseurs out there interested in purchasing a bottle, look for it to be in stores in mid-September with an estimated price of $125 per bottle. For the Keyshawn Johnson fans who don’t mind spending a little bit more, the Beverly Crest home he once owned was recently listed for $13.75 million.
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