Athletes are always looking for an Act II when their playing careers come to an end. An increasing number of them are finding that act in an unlikely place: the vineyards. From baseball players (Tom Seaver with his Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon) to football players (Drew Bledsoe with his Doubleback Winery in Walla Walla, Washington) to football coaches such as Barry Switzer and Dick Vermeil (who produces a well-balanced and affordable red blend), the allure of the vineyards is drawing in more and more namebrand athletes. Can you say Wayne Gretzky ice wine? I can say it much easier than I can drink it, given its price of—you guessed it—$99 per bottle. If you are desperate for a Canadian athlete wine—and who isn’t—then golfer Mike Weir’s merlot might be a better and more affordable choice. To read the rest of this article in the digital edition of SportsTravel, please click here.