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On Crowdfunder: Yao Family Wines

Photograph courtesy yaofamilywines.com -
Photograph courtesy yaofamilywines.com –

Premium Napa Valley Wine Company, Founded by NBA Star, Yao Ming

Napa Valley winery, Yao Family Wines, has announced an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder to open tasting rooms, build its direct-to-consumer business and create new market opportunities. Perks for top investors include tickets to wine-tasting and gala events, and the grand opening of the Yao Family Wines Shanghai tasting room.

“We may all be eating different meals but we are drinking from the same bottle. That’s why I fell in love with wine. It reminded me of family-style meals in China, where everyone shares a common meal.”

Yao Family Wines, founded by NBA legend Yao Ming, bottles three ranges of wines including YAO MING Family Reserve, YAO MING Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and Napa Crest, a proprietary Napa Valley red wine blend. The wines have been remarkably well received, scoring between 90 and 98 points from acclaimed critics such as Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Seeking to raise $3 million on Crowdfunder, the company plans to build a visitor center in Napa Valley for guests to enjoy tastings and events. China, a major market for Yao Family Wines and a huge growth market for the luxury California wine industry, will also become home to a new tasting room in Shanghai.

Yao Ming launched Yao Family Wines as a result of a discovered love of wine during his time in the United States, and an admiration for the beauty of Napa Valley. “Every shared bottle of wine becomes a permanent memory – a night you share with family and friends,” said Yao. “We may all be eating different meals but we are drinking from the same bottle. That’s why I fell in love with wine. It reminded me of family-style meals in China, where everyone shares a common meal.”

“Crowdfunder is a great vehicle for entrepreneurs like Yao Ming to tell their story and connect with investors that believe in their vision,” said Chance Barnett, CEO of Crowdfunder. “Through our extensive network we will allow Yao’s fans and wine connoisseurs everywhere to be a part of Yao Family Wines.”

NEW PS Match Wines by Patti Stanger

Patti-Stanger-PS-MatchPrairie Creek Beverages announced Tuesday its partnership with Bravo! Network’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” star, Patti Stanger to create a new line of fine wines, PS Match. The collection is sourced from grapes around the world and developed in collaboration with established wine vintner, Cameron Hughes.

Dallas-based Prairie Creek Beverages specializes in wine and spirits brand development and marketing. With an impressive portfolio including JR Ewing Bourbon.

Patti-StangerStanger, PS Match co-founder and founder of Millionaires Club, is a third generation matchmaker, coming from a family of venerated matchmakers and matchmaking company owners. In addition, the Stanger family has a long history in hospitality and dining, owning several restaurants located on the East Coast. This is not Stanger’s first foray into the spirits industry, having been a huge fan of sake brand TY KU; Stanger became an owner and partner in the company. To date, Stanger has added acclaimed TV personality, bestselling author and radio host to her growing list of credits.

Cameron Hughes is well known as the SF-based co-founder, with his wife Jessica, of the Cameron Hughes Wines Company. Hughes Launched the Lot Series in 2004, selling to Whole Foods, Costco, Safeway, and others. Cameron Hughes Wine is one of the leading modern American wine companies in the US.

From a recent interview with LA Confidential Magazine:

ON WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HER NEW WINE COLLECTION, PS MATCH
PS: I’m going to have four flavors. We have a sweet red sparkling, we have a crisp green apple chardonnay, we have a cab—because we gotta have our traditional cab, but it’s a little more on the berry/jammy side—and we got to have our rose prosecco. Two of them come from Italy and two of them come from Napa; all four go with everything. These wines can be made into cocktails as well. With our sweet red sparkling, we do a sangria. Bringing people together was the big thing—bringing people together, sharing, relationships, intimacy, friendships have been built upon some the greatest wines of all time. And it is the elixir of the gods.

PS Match will be available at leading retailers in February of 2015.