Joe Lacob’s girlfriend Nicole Curran recently gave an interview to a wine website in which she talks at considerable length about drinking, wine, and the booze industry. It turns out she’s pretty involved wine and has been her whole life. She first started by working for La Jota Vineyard, where she lived and worked right at the vineyard in Napa and represented them in sales and marketing. She was like that chick Stephanie in the movie “Sideways” that Thomas Haden Church picks up at one of the vineyards. She then went on to work for LVMH and represented a bunch of champagnes. When asked if she was drinking as much champagne as she was selling, she responded “I was drinking that stuff all the time! I basically got paid to drink for a living.”
The whole story of how Joe Lacob’s girlfriend Nicole Curran first met him is based on her working for LVMH and revolves around wine. So she was in Pebble Beach, he meets her and says it’s cool she’s in the wine business because he has a favorite wine but he can’t remember what it is. He then asks for her email and says he’d like to know what she thinks of it after he remembers it. Nicole said of that, “I thought that was a bit strange, and definitely one of the more interesting pick-up lines.” So he eventually emailed her and told her his favorite wine was 1982 Latour, to which she responded immediately “That’s too bad. The 1982 Lafite is so much better.”
All of that happened before Lacob bought the Warriors. Joe Lacob’s girlfriend admitted she was a bit bummed out about him buying the franchise because she was looking forward to his retired life where they’d be able to travel around to places like France and Italy trying out wines and checking out vineyards. Then she kind of hedges and says the whole thing’s been amazing and wouldn’t trade it, etc. I believe what she says though because she’s always at the games and looking quite fine. I’m not sure if she drinks wine during her time courtside. Someone will have to have a wine-tracker on her. Apparently James Harden got into it with Nicole after he thought she flipped him off, but she had been flipping off a referee and now her and Harden are buddies. I recommend checking out her full interview if you’re interested in her.