Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks’ oft-injured forward who makes $18 million this season, is into wine. Like really INTO wine: he posted a picture of himself on Instagram taking a red wine bath as part of his recovery.
The 31-year-old says he has been doing the “mostly wine” baths for about six months. He extolled the virtues of them to ESPN.
“The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells. Plus, it’s very hot, so it’s like a hot tub. But it’s also the red wine … just kind of soothes the body.”
He played in three games for the Knicks over a four-day period, followed by a three-hour practice with the team. Then he dunked–in the red wine bath. “After doing that recovery day, my legs felt rejuvenated. I felt great, so I’m going to continue to do that for sure.”
Will this be the next red wine trend? (Can’t wait for the first celebrity wine “so good you can bathe in it!”) While many of the red wine & health crowd have focused on actually consuming the natural resveratrol, apparently, this wine is for the outside only: when ESPN asked him if the wine was any good, he replied “I hope so. I don’t know. I haven’t tasted it.”