CJ McCollum

Professional athlete CJ McCollum has played in the NBA for nearly 10 years, having been drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2013 and traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in February of 2022. He also serves as president of the National Basketball Players Association, a role he assumed in 2021.

Studying at Lehigh University from 2009 through 2013, McCollum’s now-wife Elise introduced him to wine during college. His serendipitous move to Oregon allowed him to expand upon this budding passion and, in 2020, he announced his signature wine label in partnership with Adelsheim Vineyard, McCollum Heritage 91.

McCollum’s first release under his new brand was the 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, which went on sale in September of 2020 and sold out in just 45 minutes. Subsequent releases include a 2020 Willamette Valley Rose and 2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, as well as a 2020 Chardonnay in partnership with the One Barrel Challenge, a collaborative effort to create opportunities for those from diverse backgrounds to enter the wine industry. In 2021, McCollum and his wife announced the purchase of a 318-acre vineyard property in the Yamihill-Carlton AVA.

McCollum is passionate about giving back to the communities in which he lives, and in 2016 opened the CJ McCollum Dream Center, which is an innovative learning room at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club. The Center aims to provide a safe and inspiring space for underserved youth to learn, explore, create and grow.