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From the gridiron trenches to the vineyard

When you’re enjoying your nice glass of chardonnay, pinot noir or maybe merlot this summer, names like Napa Valley, Bordeaux and Alsace may cross your mind. Now you can add J.O. to that list of grape-crushing gurus.

Though Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden’s days of mashing defensive linemen into the ground are over, he’s now part of a different gridiron – Gridiron Cellars.

As part of Charity Wines, which has also teamed with O’s legends Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray, Gridiron Cellars will debut Ogden Cabernet in stores and online Oct. 1. Retailers can pre-order the limited edition wine beginning this Monday, Aug. 18.

A bottle will only cost you $14, and for it’s a good cause. All the proceeds will go to the Jonathan Ogden Foundation.

FRANCIS SMITH, Special Publications Assistant Editor