30 Nov '12, 2pm

Grape escape: Sonoma’s wine, golf make splendid pairing: From Northwood Golf Club to the Windsor... #sports #golf

Grape escape: Sonoma’s wine, golf make splendid pairing: From Northwood Golf Club to the Windsor... #sports #golf

SONOMA, Calif. -- Spend enough time in wine country, popping corks and playing courses, and you come to learn this difference between grapes and golfers: the former like to struggle, the latter don’t. Just ask Ehren Jordan, an acclaimed winemaker who carries a 10 index and produces, among other prestigious labels, some of California’s finest pinot noir. When he’s in the field, Jordan favors vines that battle for survival; their fight in stingy soil gives rise to complex fruit. But on the links, he sees no point in suffering, even when his game is rusty, as it was on a recent autumn afternoon. “Golf is never a hardship for me,” Jordan said, having just flubbed his chip shot on a short par 3. “No matter how the round goes, I’m just thrilled to be on the course.” The day was hot and still, as it often is in the middle of crush season, and sunlight speckled the grounds of Nort...

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