Yao's first wine to aid 2 charities

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Yao Ming, 31, the pro basketball star forced into retirement last summer because of lingering injuries, has a 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon produced by his own Yao Family Wines company.

“Basketball gave me the opportunity to live in the United States and discover many wonderful things in America. Now I look forward to bringing great wines from California back to the Chinese people,” Yao said in a statement.

There are only 1,200 bottles of this particular wine. The wine is to be auctioned this Sunday at a starting price of US$9,429 as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and for the Shanghai Special Care Foundation, a charity for special-needs children.

Yao is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics. He also is involved in variety of philanthropic work through his Yao Ming Foundation. His winery is located in California's Napa Valley.

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