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Dundee's Adelsheim Winery creates two wines to commemorate the NBA team's 50th anniversary

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Adelsheim Vineyards has created pinot noir and chardonnay wines to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Blazers.

Two entities not normally known for their synergy are nonetheless joining forces in an unusual way.

Dundee's Adelsheim Vineyard announced last week that it released on Sept. 24 a pair of limited edition wines to celebrate the half-century since the Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchise was formed.

"Making this wine was such an honor for our whole team," Adelsheim winemaker Gina Hennen said. "As a Blazers fan to be able to team up with the Blazers to create this special … wine to commemorate the team's 50th anniversary has been a dream come true. I think fans will love it as much as we do."

Production of the pinot noir and chardonnay wines were complimented by a label designed by artist Bethany Ng, an artist who participated in the team's 2018 Gameday Poster Series. Each label includes a special homage to the team's 50-year history, including images of the venues where the team has played over the years – Memorial Coliseum and Moda Center. Ng's label also incorporates the Blazers' jersey designs over the years.

"When we came up with the idea of a commemorative wine to share with our fans to celebrate our 50th anniversary, we looked no further than Adelsheim," said Chris McGowan, the Blazers' president and CEO.

The wines are available for purchase on the winery's website at and by the glass at Local Cork in the Rose Quarter. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of the wines will go to the Trail Blazers Foundation, which aids underserved children and families in the greater Portland community.

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