King James is notoriously tight-lipped about his oenophile status.


LeBron James is better than you at basketball. Unless your name is Michael Jordan, that’s pretty much a given. But as you sit back watching the Cavaliers from your couch, sipping away at a giant glass of wine, you might take solace in thinking, Well, at least I know more than LeBron James when it comes to wine. Except that according to his teammates, he’s likely got you beat there as well.

Yesterday, ESPN Magazine published a buzzworthy story on “The NBA’s Secret Wine Society,” digging into basketball players’ growing wine obsession. And just as superstar LeBron James sets the tone for the entire NBA, James and his Cavalier teammates set the tone for the article as well. So though the piece includes plenty of intriguing revelations—both Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony travel with their own wine cases—the most interesting tidbits are about King James.

"[LeBron] knows a lot. It's just something he don't want to share,” Dwyane Wade said when asked who on the Cavaliers knows the most about wine. “But when we go out, it's, Bron, what wine we getting? You ask most of the guys on the team who orders the wine, we leave it to him to order.” [For the record, Wade and a number of other Cleveland players have been traded since the ESPN story was being researched.]

Meanwhile, Kevin Love, who is a bit of an oenophile himself, told ESPN, “Bron has a supercomputer in his brain.” Former Cavs General Manager David Griffin concurred. “[LeBron] has instant recall,” he said. “If he's driving on vacation and he passes a field that has lavender and seven other scents in it, LeBron can literally put his nose in a glass of wine three years later and say, ‘I smell lavender.’”

LeBron is reportedly notoriously tight-lipped about the specifics of his wine obsession. However, he was willing to discuss how he believes wine is good for his profession. “I've heard it's good for the heart,” he told ESPN. “Listen, I'm playing the best basketball of my life, and I'm drinking some wine pretty much every day. Whatever it is, I'll take it.” Man, not only can LeBron outsmart you in wine, sounds like he’s even out-drinking you as well!