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A taste for something else

---Former Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is calling the shots for his Doubleback wine label in his hometown of Walla Walla, Wa. Now 39, Bledsoe purchased 80 acres of land just outside Walla Walla Valley in 2003 while he was in the middle of his three-year tenure with the Bills.

His interest in wine had been burgeoning since the beginning of his NFL career, but it wasn't until he recognized when he would likely retire that he began seriously considering opening a vineyard.

"When you look at facing retirement in your mid-30s, and all of a sudden the outlet for that passion and work ethic goes away, you can't just sit back in a rocking chair and be retired at 35," he said. "I'm not a good enough golfer to play golf every day."

---Rodney McKissic



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