Giants kicker Matt Bahr's father, Walter, is marketing consultant for the Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery near Penn State. "I'll be there next year to help out with the picking and crushing," Matt says. "My favorite wine? Well, I love the Nittany Mountain white we make, but if I had to pick one, it would be a Ch�teauneuf-du-Pape from France."
Swann's venture into the fields of Trefethen was part of a piece he did for The Home Show, a daily talk-and-information program on ABC-TV. "I've just built a new house with a wine cellar," he says. "I've got room for a ton. My 50 cases won't even make a dent.
"What got me into wines? A 1971 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Eiswein of J.J. Pr�m. I bought a case in a store in the Crown Center on a football trip to Kansas City. I got it real cheap, too. The guy didn't know what he had."
"My chiropractor got me into really fine wines," says the Rams' Owens, who's on injured reserve with a bad back. "He has a deep, deep cellar. I had dinner at his house and he said, 'You're into wines? I'll bring out the wines of the century.' We had a 1953 Lafite and Latour, 1961 Latour, 1975 Bollinger R.D. Champagne, 1967 Yquem, 1945 Le Montrachet, 1875 Sercial Madeira and a 1975 Pinot Blanc from Chalone in Soledad.
"After that dinner I was hooked. I went to the Christie's auction in L.A. I didn't have the long cash, but I bid on and got a case of '79 Ch�teau Cos d'Estournel and a case of '78. I got them for $360 each, a good price. My strategy is to bid on stuff after other people tire out."
Which is when the tough get going and pay the price and give 110%. All to be part of a glorious little group that savors the finer things in life.