Longball Cellars: Cincinnati Reds 2008 
The Cincinnati Reds rolled out with wine labels for active star at the time, Ken Griffey, Jr., Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, and rookie phenom Homer Bailey. Together, this threesome made up the past, present and future of the Cincinnati Reds.

Ken Griffey, Jr. with Charity Wines
Ken Griffey, Jr. with his Charity Wine at Great American Ball Park

Ken Griffey, Jr. planned to release a 600 Home Run Club wine to celebrate his milestone, each bottle signed and numbered to 600. Three bottle concepts are shown, but only the middle concept was selected for production.

Ken Griffey, Jr., 600 Home Run Club Wines

As part of the Cincinnati Reds set, Junior rolled out with “Junior Cabernet” (red label). Junior also hoped to roll out a Seattle vintage (blue label) for his fan-base where he began his prominent career, but a Mariners wine set was never released. Junior’s wine sales supported The Ken Griffey, Jr. Family Foundation, supporting causes such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and children’s hospitals across the United States.

Ken Griffey, Jr., Junior Cabernet in Cincinnati wine
Ken Griffey, Jr., Junior Cabernet (red label)
Ken Griffey, Jr., Junior Cabernet in Cincinnati wine label back
Charity: Ken Griffey, Jr. Family Foundation
Ken Griffey, Jr., Junior Cabernet in Seattle wine
Ken Griffey, Jr., Junior Cabernet (blue label)
Ken Griffey, Jr., Junior Cabernet in Seattle wine label back
Charity: Ken Griffey, Jr. Family Foundation

Barry Larkin played his entire career in Cincy and will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2008. “B-Lark Merlot” supports the Champions Sports Foundation, a charity set up for youth in need at the complex he built in Orlando, Florida.

Barry Larkin, B-Lark Merlot wine
Barry Larkin, B-Lark Merlot
Barry Larkin, B-Lark Merlot wine label back
Charity: Champions Sports Foundation

Homer Bailey, a Reds top prospect named by Baseball America, released “Homer Chardonnay” in support of Outdoors Without Limits to help disabled people to enjoy the great outdoors.

Homer Bailey, Homer Chardonnay wine
Homer Bailey, Homer Chardonnay
Homer Bailey, Homer Chardonnay wine label back
Charity: Outdoors Without Limits

Ken Griffey, Jr. held a launch party at Great American Ball Park on Father’s Day, 2008.

Ken Griffey, Jr. Speech at Charity Wines Launch
Ken Griffey, Jr. Addresses Media
Ken Griffey, Jr. at Charity Wines Launch
Ken Griffey, Jr. Toasts Cincinnati

View the 2008 Ken Griffey, Jr. Wine Launch Photo Album featuring Ken Griffey, Jr., with his Junior Cabernet supporting the KGJ Family Foundation. Barry Larkin & Homer Bailey were unable to attend.

Vinted and bottled by: Charity Wines in Healdsburg, California and Zillah, Washington.
Marketing by: Charity Hop Sports Marketing.
Package Design by: Image Juice Creative Co.

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