World renowned golfer Greg Norman's passion for fine wine became
the genesis of Greg Norman Estates, a collection of wines produced
from some of the finest growing regions in Australia and California.
An avid wine collector and strong believer in the role of wine in
an active, easygoing lifestyle, Greg's aim was to produce approachable
wines that compete with the best in the world.
Many people assume that he prefers Australian wine above all
others, because that is where Greg Norman Estates originated, but
it isn't true. For him it depends on the situation, menu choice
and mood. He is more of a casual wine drinker than an intense wine
connoisseur, and therefore drinks whatever wine he has a desire
for at that moment.
Greg also thinks it is important to drink whatever wine you feel
like with whatever food is being served. There are so many conflicting
"rules" out there on what wine to drink with what dish,
that you could make an argument that all of them should be broken.
For instance, either while dining out or at home, he might choose
a Chardonnay to accompany a juicy steak or a Pinot or lighter Cabernet
or Merlot with chicken. Anything can work as long as you enjoy it.
Norman picked Paso Robles for his some of his wines of the California
brand. Paso Robles is becoming a world renowned region of California's
Central Coast Wines from this region are bold and have begun to
receive accolades in competitions around the globe.
Perhaps, in my humble opinion (Morgan's too), the best place
for distinctive California Pinot Noir is Santa Barbara. This one
is strawberries and raspberries with notes of cedar.
I found the interview with Morgan Norman quite compelling and
was intrigued with the wines. I have made available each wine we
tasted on camera and of course, the Petite Sirah is a June selection
of the Vintners Series.
Salud, and enjoy both the interview and the wines.