Is Gronk all grown up?
Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ favorite party boy, was seen holding a bottle of red wine as he celebrated with his lady friend, Camille Kostek, and his teammates during the 2019 Patriots parade.
Photos and video footage showed the star tight end rocking out while holding a bottle.
This was no cheap house wine, either. He was holding a 2014 bottle of Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon — which is based in the Napa Valley city of St. Helena, Calif. — a version of which sells for $500 at wine.com. (Other bottles of the brand can also go for as much as $1,800 at vinfolio.com.)
However, the CEO of the company, John Hardesty, said the wine normally retails for $600, and is only available through an exclusive mailing list that can have a years-long wait.
“You get mailed an offer privately, and then can get access to the wine, but it’s very hard to get,” he said. “You can search and find them on auction, but it’s very small production.”
Hardesty said he wasn’t aware if Gronkowski has ever visited the winery, but seemed tickled that the football player was so publicly enjoying the company’s wares.
“He clearly has expensive taste,” he said. “It shows he has excellent taste and he clearly knows what he’s doing.
He said the tiny company only employs about 20 people and doesn’t even have a tasting room, but noted that many celebrities are on the company’s mailing list (but declined to say exactly who, citing confidentiality requirements).
The image is quite the contrast from when Gronkowski pounded cheap beer at the 2017 Patriots parade.
And while Gronk might have been sipping a classier drink this year, that didn’t stop him from getting shirtless again.
Steve Annear of the Globe staff contributed to this report.