Ras Tafari Renaissance

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

We bring another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance to congratulate our Hebraic brothers’ accomplishment in establishing his signature Kosher wine line.  You may know him from his long tenure as a prominent National Basketball Association (NBA), athlete with credentials that wouldn’t do him the honor of his name; but today he has already begun to continue to his legacy as expressing more of himself through his achievement.

I’m speaking of Amar’e Stoudemire, former NBA star athlete, Rookie of the Year, Olympian, All-Star, & Hall of Fame hopefull.  (1st ballot; our own mock prediction** LOL) But, now he’s just another one of us human beings searching his heritage, uncovering the truth more and more, everyday.  The 6-foot-10 former hoops star, who returned earlier this month from a trip to the Jewish state of Israel, spoke glowingly about the wines and his connection to Israel at a news conference here Tuesday.

Amar’e Stoudemire; former NBA star player poses for the cameras with a mock prop for his new Kosher wine line: self-entitled “STOUDEMIRE.”

“It’s a blessing for me and my family to be able to produce such great wines from a land like the land of Israel, so we’re constantly counting our blessings for that,”

Stoudemire told reporters at the Jewish National Fund House on the Upper East Side.

Stoudemire, 35, said he had been in talks with the Israel Wine Producers Association for three years about making an Israeli wine and realized the opportunity when he relocated to the country in 2016 to play for the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. He retired from basketball last year after helping lead Hapoel Jerusalem to the Israeli Basketball League Cup.

“Once I moved to Israel, it was the perfect connection to meet with the vineyards and go to the tastings and figure out the different blends for each bottle,” said Stoudemire, a part-owner of Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire played for the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Phoenix Suns among other teams in a 16-year NBA career.  Although raised Christian, he began exploring a spiritual connection to Judaism on a trip to Israel in 2010.

“I feel spiritually Jewish, culturally Jewish,” he said at the time.

Stoudemire’s line includes two red wine blends and one Cabernet Sauvignon, all produced in limited quantity by the Tulip Winery on its vineyards in Kfar Tikva, in Israel’s north.

The winery produced only 100 bottles of the high-end wine, Stoudemire Private Collection, with each bottle retailing at $244.99. It produced slightly larger quantities, 1,680 each, of the Stoudemire Reserve and Stoudemire Grand Reserve wines, which are retailing for $59.99 and $99.99, respectively. The kosher beverage giant Royal Wine Corp. is distributing the wines, which are currently only available for purchase in stores in New York and New Jersey.

Stoudemire, who continues to speak about his connection to Israel, said he’s open to producing additional wines, but that he would not produce them outside the Jewish state.

Amare’ & wife Alexis Stoudemire with three (3) of their four (4) children.





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