The famous sportsman LeBron James, a Los Angeles Lakers player and winner of four NBA rings, visited the Bodegas Díez Mérito from Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) to show his passion for wine and Spanish gastronomy.
The CEO of Bodegas Díez Mérito, Salvador Espinosa, details that “we took the opportunity to enjoy and taste some brandies between 15 and 50 years of our winery. Tried several sherry wines but what he did the most was taste brandies. They contrasted them with a well-known brand of French cognac that is usually consumed in the United States and the truth is that it freaked out, “he says in an interview with The Great Match of COPE.
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“Everything was planned and organized” reveals Espinosa, “but being visited by a monster of this magnitude is always a bit intimidating. LeBron is passionate about wines and has interests in some wineries. I know that you like Vega Sicilia and that you are very passionate about French wines. He likes this whole sector very much, and coinciding with a trip to Corsica (Italy) with his family he took the opportunity to escape and visit Jerez ». As a sign of your passion for spirits, LeBron owns a winery in his Los Angeles home and is also a partner in the Mexican tequila company Lobos.
But not everything was wine. The star also had the opportunity to taste some dishes: «We had prepared an interesting menu for him, courtesy of the El Faro restaurant, but he couldn’t eat it all. He tried three types of tuna -tataki, sashimi and tartare-, shrimp omelette and very good ham. He liked it a lot, he enjoyed it a lot, but they didn’t have time to eat everything and they took two paellas to the plane, paella pan included. I know they gave a good account of it ».
The NBA player went as a family, with his partner and friend Maverick Carter, as well as a guard and another trusted man. “Little more”, details the director of Bodegas Díez Mérito. They arrived in LeBron’s private plane, but they had very little time. They were only three hours in Jerez and in Puerto de Santa María. I thought he was a nice guy, he was relaxed and very nice, “explains Espinosa.
The Los Angeles Lakers player extended his wine tour with visits to the medieval castle of San Marcos, in El Puerto de Santa María, and at Bodegas Lustau, in Jerez. A unique wine tourism experience that concluded in the historic El Cuadro winery -the Díez Mérito group-, with more than two centuries of history, which already includes LeBron James.