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by Fred McMillin
For Golfers Only
I poured a $30 Bruce Pinot Noir wine for professional golfer Warren Chancellor. He swirled, sniffed and sipped. "That's the best wine I ever tasted. It is EXCELLENT."
I responded, "Speaking of excellence, I hear you have been nominated for the University of Texas Alumnus Athlete of the Year. What year were you the team captain?"
After another silky sip, Warren smiled, "Believe it or not, I NEVER was captain. You see, I had two teammates named...Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw!"
I have another excellent $30 Bruce Pinot waiting for Warren's next visit. It's from the Russian River Valley, which can be dangerously cool. In fact, a few years ago Dr. Bruce told me his Russian River grapes were in BIG TROUBLE...November rains were due, and the grapes were far from their peak. However, the tale had a happy ending. There was a burst of heat. So, David made a white-knuckle drive up to the vineyard, and he could hardly believe his taste buds. The grapes were ready! The pickers then beat the rain, BARELY!
Anyhow, here's Warren's next Pinot, which probably IS the team captain , since it's won a couple of GOLDS.
1996 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
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