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The Top 10 Wine producing Professional Golfers!

The Top Ten Wine producing Professional Golfers!

The Top Ten Wine producing Professional Golfers!
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Golf and wine are my two favorite passions.  

Some professional golfers have aligned themselves with top wineries to produce wines under their own names.  Some, like David Frost, have their own wineries and work the land themselves when they are not on tour.  Master Sommelier Randall Bertao, in conjunction with Golf Week, gives us his selection of the Top 10 wine-producing professional golfers.  I would like to see a Monday tournament in which all wine-producing golf professionals tee it up, and the first prize is a case of wine from each producer. Now that would be a fun tournament!  What about it, Tim Finchem?
The Top 10 Wine producing Professional Golfers!

Master Sommelier Randall Bertao at Los Altos Golf and Country Club. (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in the May 23 issue of Golfweek.

These days you can’t walk into a wine store without seeing names familiar to golfers: Ernie Els, David Frost and Arnold Palmer, among others. All have their own labels, and some of the players are deeply invested in their wine businesses.

Golfweek wanted an expert’s opinion of these wines, so we asked Randall Bertao to do a tasting. Bertao has the unique distinction of being a master sommelier and the general manager of Los Altos (Calif.) Golf & Country Club. What follows are his tasting notes.

Luke Donald

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2011 LDC Red – Napa Valley, Calif.
A serious wine is driven by the complexity of the grape mixture and 20 months in French oak. Donald likes to call this Claret, an English term for a Bordeaux-style red wine. Dark red and black fruits are wrapped with floral notes of violets and red roses.

2013 Chardonnay – Carneros, Calif.
Ripe yellow pears wrapped by butterscotch and crème brulée highlight this tasty Chardonnay from a cool region of California. Toasty on the finish, this wine still has refreshing acidity to finish long.

Ernie Els

The Top 10 Wine producing Professional Golfers!


Big Easy 2014 Red – Western Cape, South Africa
Big Easy 2015 Chenin Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa
When I visited South Africa, Chenin Blanc was one of the wines that most impressed me. Outside of the Loire Valley in France, no one really grows much of it, and South Africa has specialized in making it the most widely planted grape in their country. Ernie’s Big Easy Chenin offers a perfect expression of just what the grape has to offer. Very bright red apple fruit (think unoaked chardonnay) with mouth-watering acidity and a clean finish. This is a perfect alternative to lighter chardonnay or sauvignon blanc without the herbal edge.

A lot is going on with this wine—spice and flesh from the syrah, structure from the cab, and various grape contributors. Dark fruited with exotic spices and a savory flavor.

Nick Faldo

The Top 10 Wine producing Professional Golfers!

2014 Chablis – France
Clean, flinty, with crisp acidity typical of what chardonnay delivers from this small region in Burgundy. Pair it with shellfish or lightly prepared fish and chicken.

2010 Rioja Crianza – Spain
Tempranillo always reminds me of something between merlot and cabernet, with a raisinated quality. This wine speaks of that and more. Firmly structured, with solid fruit and finish.

David Frost

2014 Shiraz – Western Cape, South Africa
Juicy red fruit (think red raspberries and plums) with a good kiss of oak make this charming wine very user-friendly. Medium-bodied, so you can enjoy it on its own or with a variety of food, such as roasted chicken, pork and lamb.

2015 Sauvignon Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa
Like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but think there’s too much grass? If so, you’ll love this wine. It has that zesty, citrusy character and a distinctive herbal edge, though much more subtle. Crisp and lively on the palate, this wine offers the brightness of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc and the elegance of a Sancerre.

Retief Goosen

2012 Shiraz The Goose – Upper Langkloof, South Africa
A good example of what South African shiraz can be. Clocking in at just 13 percent alcohol, this wine proves you don’t have to be overripe to be tasty. Red and dark plums, smooth texture and ripe but not pruney.

2015 Chardonnay The Goose – Western Cape, South Africa
Seductive floral aromas mix with tropical fruit and a soft touch of vanilla. Chardonnay from South Africa is very distinctive – unlike any other country, in my opinion – and that’s what makes them so interesting. Think south coast California mixed with New Zealand’s North Island.

To see the other Top 5 in the Top 10 Wines from Professional Golfers, go here!

Source: Golf Week

Pictures: Tracy Wilcox

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Hello World - Here is the new and improved Bryson DeChambeau!

Hello World – Here is the new and improved Bryson DeChambeau!

Hello World – Here is the new and improved Bryson DeChambeau!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Bryson DeChambeau makes his professional debut.

He makes it at the RBC Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Club, Hilton Head, South Carolina!  This is certainly the most exciting amateur to turn pro since Tiger Woods back in 1997!  What does the future hold for this interesting young man?  Will he put his stamp on the professional game early in his career as Tiger did?  Time will tell, but I think DeChambeau will be a factor in golf’s future which looks brighter and brighter every day!  Thanks to Jim McCabe of Golf Week for this breaking story!

Hello World - Here is the new and improved Bryson DeChambeau!

Bryson DeChambeau turned pro on April 11 and signed with Cobra Puma Golf. (Cobra Puma Golf)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Resplendent in top to bottom black, Bryson DeChambeau strolled into the media center at the RBC Heritage Tuesday to officially say hello to the world as a professional golfer.

Two days after finishing tied for 21st in the Masters, what still was at the heart of the smile on his face was the 18-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole.

“That was a special moment. It was a great way to end my amateur career,” last year’s U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion said. “It was a pretty cool way to go out.”

And speaking of “pretty cool,” where was the Hogan-like cap that DeChambeau has been known for during this impressive two-year stretch of golf he has played at the amateur level and in professional tournaments?

DeChambeau was wearing a black baseball cap with the Trinity Forest logo, the Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore design in Dallas that will soon host the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. It looked spiffy, but what of the cap?

“That’s my cape. I only wear it on tournament days,” he said with a smile.

Truth is, DeChambeau is now a professional and what was unveiled Tuesday was the official announcement of his deals with Cobra Puma Golf to go along with his earlier-announced deal with Bridgestone Golf (B330-S ball and glove). Part of the announcement was how the Hogan-like cap was going to be emblazoned. (It will feature the Puma logo.)

At the announcement, DeChambeau changed into white pants, red shirt and his signature cap (this one red) with a white Puma logo. A Puma logo was on his shirt, too, while a Cobra logo was on his right sleeve.

“I think I look pretty good,” he said.

To read the rest of this interesting story about Bryson de Chambeau’s pro debut, go here!

Source: Jim McCabe   Golf Week

Pictures: Cobra Puma Golf

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Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet to let it slip away.

Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet.

Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I found a poem called ‘Life is Like a Round of Golf’ by Criswell Freeman, and it made me think of people like Peter Oosterhuis.

The full verse goes – Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet to let it slip away!

This Englishman won 4 consecutive European Tour Order of Merit titles from 1971 to 1974, was a member of 6 Ryder Cup teams and won the Canadian Open in 1981 on the PGA Tour.

I remember playing a practice round with him at Huddle Park Golf Club before the 1971 South African PGA Championship.  He had class and dignity then, and he still has that now.

I did not know why I hadn’t seen “Oostie,” as we used to call him, when I played the South African Tour in the ’70s, in the broadcasting booth for CBS for some time. Oosterhuis has just announced publicly that he has early-onset Alzheimer’s.

It takes courage to deal with this devastating disease. Peter Oosterhuis and his wife, Ruthie, are doing all they can to support fundraisers to help fight this condition, affecting too many people. Peter has accepted this challenge with the same class and character he brought to his golf and broadcasting careers.

Give thanks, celebrate the good shots, and forget the bad ones.

Peter Oosterhuis, a former PGA Tour player and broadcaster, has disclosed that he has Alzheimer’s disease.

Oosterhuis, 67, an Englishman, made the public announcement in May with his wife, Roothie, at an event for the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, which broadcaster Jim Nantz founded at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute as a tribute to his late father, who suffered from the disease. Video of the announcement was released Monday by Golf World.

“It’s a horrible disease. Not only does it affect Peter. It affects me, our children, and our grandchildren and our friends.” Roothie Oosterhuis said at the event. “It took nine months for us to accept the fact that Peter has this. He is, as always, elegant and amazing in standing up to the situation.”

The six-time European Ryder Cup player worked as a golf analyst for BBC, CBS Sports and Golf Channel, beginning in 1995. His playing career included more than 20 titles worldwide and 11 years on the PGA Tour.

Oosterhuis retired from broadcasting in January.

Source: Golf Week (Article)  Golf Digest (Video)

Picture: Golf Channel

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What Put Mizuno On The Map - Great Forged irons!

What Put Mizuno On The Map – Great Forged irons!

What Put Mizuno On The Map – Great Forged irons!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Mizuno has long been known for making the best irons in the industry.

Luke Donald rose to the number 1 player in the world using their MP-15 irons, made with titanium rather than steel.

What Put Mizuno On The Map - Great Forged irons!

Luke Donald, former #1 Player in the World, plays with his Mizuno clubs.

What put Mizuno on the Map.  Forged Irons for the better Players!  No question.  But what about the rest of the higher handicap players?  The JPX-850 line of irons is amazing. These were 6 years in development and featured a thinner forging process, which results in both feel and distance. (or ‘playability’ and distance) A wider sole and more beveling of the leading and trailing edges make them easier to play, especially for all types of lies. News: these are not only for amateurs, as Stacy Lewis, the #2 player globally, has had the JPX-850 Mizuno’s in her bag for quite some time.

Does Mizuno produce Drivers? Yes! And I can personally recommend both Mizuno irons and driver, as that is what’s in my bag.

Get more info on these clubs by viewing this video with Golf Week’s David Dusek and Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s senior design engineer.

 

Source: Golf Week  David Dusek  Chris Voshall   Mizuno

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The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

How important are golf balls?  To some, they seem to make no difference at all, and to others, they have been playing the same brand for years. 

When the pros play in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, there is always the question of whose ball they will play, so for the Pros, it’s obviously a big deal.  When I played on Tour in South Africa in the early 80’s compression was a big deal.  100 compression was for long hitters, 90 compression for the average hitter, and 80 compression was for ladies.  Now Callaway is coming out with a 65 compression ball that looks like it will be all the rage.  What’s the story?

Well, Jim Achenbach, Senior writer for Golf Week Magazine and golfweek.com, has the bases covered.

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Golf balls are getting softer. As a whole, compression ratings are going down.

Callaway is part of this trend. The company introduced its Chrome Soft, a 65-compression ball with three-piece construction and a urethane cover, on Dec. 16.

The ball, to be available at retail Jan. 16, has caught the attention of five-time major champion and Callaway staff player Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, who probably will not use the ball on Tour but who tested it, said his iron shots fly “7 or 8 yards longer” with Chrome Soft.

“Phil kind of jumpstarted all this attention for Chrome Soft, but it wasn’t planned that way,” said Dave Bartels, Callaway’s senior director of golf ball research and development. “He just started testing the ball on his own, and he was blown away by it. The lesson here is that the ball can appeal to all golfers, not just those with slower swing speeds.”

One concern is control around the greens. Some soft golf balls are popular for feel and in some cases distance but not for greenside manageability. Chrome Soft addresses this with a urethane cover that enhances spin with the wedges.

Most soft golf balls are made of two pieces (core and outer cover). Surlyn is widely used for the cover. This is exactly the construction of Callaway’s SuperSoft ball.

By utilizing a mantle layer beneath the outer cover and a tour-quality urethane cover, Callaway hopes to attract skilled Chrome Soft players.

The golf balls will be available in white and yellow for $37.99 per dozen.

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Source: Jim Achenbach  GolfWeek

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