You might have seen our earlier articles about Stephen Amell, and you might know he’s famous for battling villains with a recurve bow as The Green Arrow on TV, but did you know he also has a thing for wine?
And did you know his wine company gives nods to archery? That’s right. You can combine your love of archery with your love of wine, whether you’re at a black-tie dinner party or on the couch while watching “Arrow.”
Amell and former MTV executive Andrew Harding started the aptly named Nocking Point wine club four years ago with nothing more than a love for wineries, Facebook accounts and the right connections. The impulsive idea has since grown into a popular club, which maintains a waiting list just to sign up.
The idea was sparked when a road trip to watch a Blue Jays baseball game turned into a tour of California’s wine country near Paso Robles. Amell had never been wine-tasting before, but fell in love with the art of wine. The rest is history.
The company’s logo brandishes two intersecting arrows, and many of its wine bottles feature arrows on their labels. “The ‘Wicked Aim’ blend features a mashup of the Green Arrow and Amell’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 character, Casey Jones,” notes The Richest. The article said fans will also appreciate a Sangiovese blend named “Verdant House Wine 2013,” a reference to the “Arrow” nightclub owned by Oliver Queen and best friend Tommy Merlin.
Club members receive the company’s wines every three months. The shipments include two or three bottles, accompanied by coffee and Nocking Point merchandise at about $100 per box. If you’re interested in sampling these wines, pull up a chair and put yourself on the waiting list for membership. You might wait awhile. The only wine available without a membership (as of early January) is the Venatore Sparkling Wine.
When discussing the company’s reception, the men told The New York Times that people are often surprised their wine tastes good. “It’s like, ‘Guys, what do you think we’re doing here?’” Harding joked. “We can’t sell gasoline.”
Amell and Harding, who are trained in the entertainment industry, don’t make the wine themselves, but they come up with ideas for the blends. They hire winemakers to create the wine, and then they market it. The company is based in Walla Walla, Washington, but it lives primarily on the internet. Their normal day in the office consists of watching sports and sampling wine. Basically, a dream job.
They’ve tried to capitalize on Amell’s fame as TV’s Green Arrow, and sometimes market their wines by hosting wine parties during conventions where Amell appears.
They also have a web series about their adventures in wine country titled “Dudes Being Dudes in Wine Country.” You can watch the first episode of on the show’s website.