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At the Cadillac Championship last week Wine Portfolio had the opportunity to meet a large variety of people who love wine and golf. One of the nicest we met was Stephanie Wei. Stephanie is the creator of the highly respected golf blog weiunderpar where she describes herself as “growing up in Seattle.. now living in Manhattan.. played competitive golf for ten years in the junior and college ranks.. went to Yale, played on the women’s golf team and graduated in ’05 with a B.A. in History.. and Btw still enjoys hacking a small, white ball around the golf course.. loves her driver. Oh, and I’m feisty and I like to smile a lot.”
Stephanie is representative of the post alpha-Tiger generation of PGA Tour golf. Young, hip, twittering Merlot drinkers versus the beer drinking, pot bellied and periscope wielding old school golf types. The field of players at the Doral event was the youngest ever so clearly the future of golf has arrived. While the casual fan was watching Tiger implode, Stephanie was focusing on the new breed of golfer. Players like Ryan Moore, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson who all under the age of 30 and with tour titles under their belts all have their eyes on the Major Championships. I learned that Ryan Moore is not yet a fan of wine but the buzz around the tour predicts that with a few more titles, Ryan’s taste will change as he celebrates his wins with something a little more bubbly.
On the tour there aren’t a lot of young women like Stephanie covering the players, it’s a business that is still dominated by men and it makes her work even harder. This is her second year writing about the tour and the relevant, current and honest stories she provides has earned her the respect of the players. Enough in fact to earn a nickname. The story goes that before the Sony Open in Hawaii there was a pre-tournament dinner party hosted by a player representative. What Stephanie didn’t know was that the rep, a few caddies and a player or two had bribed the bartender to make sure Stephanie’s glass was always filled to the rim. All Stephanie could do was stare and shake her head at how time and again she was getting these ridiculous pours. By the end of the night (and a tremendous amount of spillage) the players had nicknamed her “Red Wine Wei”. And so everyone at Wine Portfolio wants to thank “Red Wine Wei” for being a good sport and helping Wine Portfolio to navigate our first PGA Tournament.
Btw Stephanie has yet to settle upon a “favorite” red wine and we would love to hear from everyone out there what they think she should try. Send us your best red wine suggestion for “Red Wine Wei” in the comments and we will be sure to pass along all of your ideas along to her!
Wine Portfolio’s week at the Cadillac Championship was a great one. We really enjoyed our interviews with PGA Tour players Ryan Palmer and Robert Karlsson. And we think the players were also happy to sit down with some media people who weren’t fixated on their backswing, their driving accuracy or whether Tiger’s new coach would help or hinder his chances of winning on the Tour. Jody and the Wine Portfolio team offered an oasis from golf and let the PGA Tour pros share their thoughts on their favorite wines and food pairings while out on the Tour, on vacation with their families, or in their own homes with friends.
Then we were off to the driving range where Wine Portfolio was “inside the ropes” to get some up close and personal footage of all the PGA Tour players warming up. It’s only when you are standing ten feet away from the current roster of the best 69 golfers in the world and watching them consistently strike 300 yard drives straight down the fairway that you realize just how good these guys really are.
But since we didn’t have the skills to drive the ball as consistently as the PGA Tour players on the driving range the next logical place for the Wine Portfolio team was the Cadillac hospitality suite. Hey everybody has their skills, and we know ours. As the title sponsor of the Cadillac Championship there were over 150 various vehicles on site at Doral but finding a Cadillac that wasn’t spoken for seemed as tough as making a “greenside lob over a bunker”. However the dogged efforts of Nick Twork and Bill Bentson saw us through. Check out the clip below for the results of Jody’s best drive at the Cadillac Championship. Yep it drives as good as it looks
Jody is behind the wheel of the just released 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe.