Wines and video games don't go together. How often do you plop down to play a first-person shooter, a role-playing game or a sports sim and think, "I really need a glass of chardonnay?" Interestingly enough, Dennis Groth just might be the only person to put the two together. As one of the original engineers and architects of the Atari, Groth became wealthy when the company sold for $2 billion in 1984.
Just three years before the sale, Groth and his wife, Judy, "bought the farm," so to speak — a tract of land in Napa Valley that included a vineyard, farmhouse and barn. However, it wasn't until after the sale of Atari that the couple moved their entire brood out to Napa to create a family-operated winery.
With the help of veteran growers and winemaking experts, Groth Vineyards produced some of the finest wines right when Napa's wine culture boomed. Their chardonnay won awards at the Orange County Fair, while the cabernet sauvignon was the first to earn a perfect 100 score from internationally renowned wine critic Robert Parker.
These two wines are the go-to options from Groth Vineyards, and while they pair well with a charcuterie plate or a warm summer's day, you might want to dust off Pac-Man, pour a glass and relive your youth.