Well, for England pace bowler James Anderson they represent two of the great passions of his life; and having brought us the cricket, he now seeks to fill our glasses with his own brand of red, white and rosÃƒÂ©.
James temporarily left the crease to collaborate with Les Domaines Robert Vic, a French wine producer in the heart of the southern Languedoc region. There he developed’The Numbers Collection’, his own range of wines that carry a little bit of his personal cricketing history on their labels.
No.11 Reserve Blanc 2014 is a clean and floral white wine with lightly tropical fruit and a slatey minerality. It is derived from a slightly unusual blend of Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier grapes.
The number 11 refers to James’ most commonly encountered batting position in which he once scored a record 81 runs.
A more typically Languedoc blend of Cinsault and Grenache grapes is employed for the 54 Reserve RosÃƒÂ© 2014.
It is a successful and roundly fruity wine with a decidedly moreish strawberry character. Here the 54 celebrates the number of test innings that James survived without being dismissed for a duck.
To complete the field, James recalls his score for England against India in 2014 with the 51 Reserve Rouge 2014.
Grenache, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes vinified in a modern, international style produce a soft red which delivers a sweetish, caramel coating to smooth red fruits.
The Numbers Collection, like the game of cricket itself, may well be best suited to summer enjoyment; but the vibrant, light style will find favour at any time of year for those who prefer approachable, easy-drinking wines.