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THE FRINGE
Have Another Round
Pop open a bottle of one of these golfer-produced wines this holiday season 
  Jim Gorant // 11.26.2019

Let’s face it: With the holiday season upon us, you’re going to do some imbibing. But which booze to choose? Golf, a game that quite possibly evolved around drinking—one theory purports that the shepherds who invented the sport settled on 18 holes because there are 18 shots in a standard bottle of whiskey, and when the liquor ran out, the round was over—is here to help. 

A dozen professional golfers, including those retired and those no longer with us, are in the wine business. To help sort out whose vino should go on your table this year, the Fringe consulted Vivino.com, a site that offers user-generated ratings on a scale of one to five stars. Below are the top-scoring offerings from the golfers in question. The winner? Well, as it goes in golf, so it goes in wine.

1. Jack Nicklaus, Golden Bear Reserve (Bordeaux blend), Napa — 4.6
2. David Frost, Par Excellence Meritage (Bordeaux blend), South Africa — 4.4
3. Ernie Els, Ernie Els Signature (Bordeaux blend), South Africa — 4.3
4. Gary Player, Augusta Major Championship Series (red blend), Napa — 4.2
5. Cristie Kerr, Kerr Cellars Curvature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa — 4.2
6. Luke Donald, Luke Donald Collection Red (Bordeaux blend), Napa — 4.0
7. Greg Norman, Greg Norman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia — 3.8
8. Retief Goosen, The Gander Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa — 3.7
9. Annika Sorenstam, Annika Syrah, Napa — 3.6
10. Arnold Palmer, Palmer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa — 3.6
11. Nick Faldo, Katnook Nick Faldo Selection (shiraz), Australia — 3.6
12. Jan Stephenson, Jan Stephenson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa — 3.5

*Not every wine produced by every golfer had been reviewed; trust the opinions as much as you would any other internet review. 

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