Belmont Stakes and Wine Preview: Like a Bay Colt in Your Chardonnay

After spoiling Midnight Bourbon’s Preakness run, Rombauer will compete with two horses sired by Jackson Family Wines chairman Barbara Banke’s legendary Curlin, and her La Crema brand completes the third leg of its Triple Crown pop-up tour

Belmont Stakes and Wine Preview: Like a Bay Colt in Your Chardonnay
Isn't it ironic? At the Preakness Stakes, Rombauer overtook Midnight Bourbon, born and raised in the stables of Jackson Family Wines' Barbara Banke. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Jun 3, 2021

Wine lovers watching last month’s Kentucky Derby may have been disappointed when none of the several thoroughbreds linked with Stonestreet Farm and Stables finished in the money. But wine and racing enthusiasts were treated to an adult beverage–themed thriller at the Preakness, where Rombauer (who shares his name with a Napa fan-favorite winery) streaked past Midnight Bourbon, the runner-up colt bred and raised at Stonestreet, owned by Jackson Family Wines' Barbara Banke.

“Midnight Bourbon performed exceptionally well in both of the Triple Crown races he contended in,” Banke told Wine Spectator. “Our broodmare band produces an average of 80 foals a year, and each represents an expression of our unwavering pursuit to cultivate champions. We look forward to seeing him race again later this summer.” But at this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, Banke and her Stonestreet fans will be rooting for two colts—Known Agenda and Overtook—sired by her legendary two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. (And for anyone experiencing Midnight Bourbon withdrawal, just look to the inside rail, where Bourbonic will be at post No. 1 …)

And since Stakes and wine are such a good pairing, the La Crema Experiential Tour will complete its Triple Crown with a pop-up wine bar at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. “At the inaugural [Kentucky Derby] pop-up, over 6,000 glasses of wine were served,” La Crema head winemaker Craig McAllister said. “When we got to Pimlico, La Crema served nearly 3,000 glasses of wine! With warm weather and sunshine in abundance at both races, our La Crema Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay were among the most popular wines … the excitement and positive response from fans at both races have been fantastic.”


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