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LPGA star and vintner Cristie Kerr has a thirst for knowledge when it comes to wine – ESPN

Cristie Kerr on golf and wine
Cristie Kerr knew as a child she wanted to be a professional golfer. Later in life, she’s becoming a renowned wine expert. Photo by Donald Miralle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On the morning of Feb. 7, 2017, as master sommelier Randall Bertao scanned the list of 79 students who were set to spend the next two days taking the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam, one name jumped off the page.

He wasn’t expecting to see Cristie Kerr, seeking her third major championship at this week’s rescheduled ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, among those taking the first step toward earning that fabled sommelier pin identifying them as some of the world’s foremost experts in wine.

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Constellation Brands Makes Minority Investment In Kerr Cellars

Through Focus on Female Founders Program, Investment Marks First in Super-Luxury Wine Segment for Constellation Brands Ventures

Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it has acquired a minority stake in Kerr Cellars’ super-luxury portfolio of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California wines. Founded by professional golfer Cristie Kerr, Kerr Cellars remains independently owned and will continue to manage, produce, market and sell its high-performing, award-winning wines such as Reserve Red, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cristie Kerr, one of the most accomplished golfers of her generation, launched Kerr Cellars in 2013 in partnership with world-class winemaker, Helen Keplinger. Together, Kerr and Keplinger are committed to creating wine that is uncompromising on quality and experience and making some of the best, most highly rated wines in California.

“Cristie, Helen, and the Kerr Cellars team have created a winning collection of wines that have garnered incredible industry praise and strongly resonate with consumers,” said Jennifer Evans, vice president, Constellation Ventures. “Cristie’s dedication to excellence, relentless focus on detail, and commitment to creating wines with remarkable character, depth, and finesse have positioned Kerr Cellars for growth within the super-luxury wine segment, filling a key white space within Constellation’s wine and spirits portfolio. We believe Kerr Cellars has significant runway for success and look forward to working closely with their team to strategically expand their resources and strengthen their position within fine wine.”

“I have always believed that the key to success is surrounding yourself with the most talented people who can make you better, whether it’s in golf, philanthropy, or winemaking, which is why I am thrilled to collaborate with Constellation Brands, an industry leader in fine wine committed to building brands consumers love,” said Kerr. “We have a clearly defined vision of where we intend to take Kerr Cellars, and partnering with Constellation Brands provides access to resources and insights that will help us fulfill our commitment to consumers to bring them the highest quality wines from some of California’s finest vineyards.”

Kerr Cellars wines consistently receive exceptional scores from industry-leading publications, including 96-100 points from Robert Parker, Wine Advocate and reliably earn 90+ points from Wine Spectator, Antonio Galloni, and James Suckling.

The investment was made through Constellation Brands Ventures’ Focus on Female Founders program which makes meaningful investments in female-founded and female-led businesses doing disruptive and innovative work across beverage alcohol. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


2018 Wappo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

To celebrate this journey we are offering a pre-release of our Wappo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was sourced in conjunction with Constellation and represents the caliber of fine wine sourcing this new relationship will bring.

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#Bottlecap Challenge by Tisha Alyn

An Instagram notification buzzed through on July 12, 2019, that led to one of the coolest videos we’ve seen all year. Tisha Alyn, a ladies pro golfer, put her spin on the trending #bottlecapchallenge by tossing a playing card across the room toward a Kerr Cellars wine bottle. The card spun masterfully as it popped the cork right off the top of the Kerr Cellars 2016 Reserve.

Captioned:

“Not ‘suited’ to kick – so here’s my #bottlecapchallenge”

In a comment, Tisha said, “I just dig her [Cristie Kerr’s] wine.” Well, Tisha, we dig you too!

We asked Tisha how she perfected this party trick. Tisha says “I thought I’d add my own flare using her bottle. Let me tell ya, it took all my patience!”

Tisha told us “I saved the wine for a special occasion and it did just the trick! I love the slight peppery touch and you can taste the quality.” We couldn’t be more thrilled that the talented golfer and party trickster loves our wines! And we can’t wait for the next trick she has up her sleeve.

Cristie Kerr and Kerr Cellars Whisky Partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskys

Limited Edition Scotch Tees Off Cristie Kerr Partnership

Cristie Kerr and Kerr Cellars Whisky Partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskys

New single malt captures spirit of Kerr Cellars with Pinot Noir finish

Loch Lomond Whiskies, The Official Spirit of The Open, Women’s British Open and Ladies Scottish Open, has released a very special limited edition single malt Scotch crafted in partnership with US women’s golf icon, Cristie Kerr.

Kerr, who won the 2007 U.S Women’s Open and the 2010 Women’s PGA Championship, became Loch Lomond Group’s first female golf ambassador last year. She now owns and operates Kerr Cellars in Napa Valley, USA, and is a qualified sommelier. This is the winery’s first partnership in spirits.

The Loch Lomond Single Malt Vintage 2002 was finished in French oak barrels which previously held the 2016 vintage of Pinot Noir red wine from the Kerr Cellars winery.

The 2002 spirit was selected to celebrate Cristie’s first win on the LPGA tour and spent six months maturing in the Pinot Noir barrels, which were shipped to the Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria, near Loch Lomond, in October 2018.

The barrels are composed of Vosges Oak from the Alsace mountains in Eastern France. They were seasoned for three years prior to being delivered to the Loch Lomond cooperage and used for six months to mature the 2002 spirit carefully selected by Loch Lomond Master Blender Michael Henry to form the release.

The Pinot Noir finish has amplified the fruit characteristics associated with the Loch Lomond Distillery to create a truly special single malt Scotch.

“It is extremely exciting to be offering this truly unique limited edition release created in partnership with our ambassador, women’s golfing star Cristie Kerr.”

Colin Matthews, Loch Lomond CEO

Since Cristie launched Kerr Cellars she has applied the same rigor and pursuit of excellence she displayed in golf to producing some of the world’s best wines.

“Our Loch Lomond Single Malt Vintage 2002 captures the best of both worlds, wine, and whisky, to offer a very special Scotch which will be sought after by golf fans and those who know their drinks alike.”

The Loch Lomond Single Malt Vintage 2002 has an ABV of 48.14%. It is presented in elegant navy-blue packaging which incorporates a discreet rendition of Kerr Cellars’ distinctive logo and also bears Cristie’s signature, creating a must-have item for followers of both golf and whisky.

Since turning professional in 1996, Kerr has recorded 20 wins on the LPGA Tour in addition to her two Majors. She was also World No. 1 on three separate occasions throughout 2010. Kerr said: “I’ve long admired Scotch whisky and it is a great privilege to be working with such an acclaimed distillery to create my first single malt. The French Oak Pinot Noir casks we shipped to Loch Lomond Whiskies’ cooperage previously held some of our most highly rated red wine and I can’t wait for golfers and whisky fans to discover the superb single malt Scotch that they have helped produce.”

Tasting notes

The Loch Lomond 2002 Vintage Single Malt delivers fresh red berries, strawberry, and cranberry with creamy vanilla. There are green apple and kiwi fruit with lime citrus and a gentle honeyed sweetness before mouth-watering fruit and warming ginger spice on the finish. Bottled at 48.1% ABV and non-chill filtered ensure a rich mouthfeel and a deep and complex flavor, just as nature intended.

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com.

Cristie Kerr and Kerr Cellars Join Loch Lomond Whiskies

Cristie Kerr Tees Off With a New Single Malt Scotch

Cristie Kerr and Kerr Cellars Join Loch Lomond Whiskies

WHISKY ADVOCATE

JULY 15, 2019   |   SUSANNAH SKIVER BARTON

Make room on the fairway: There’s a new scotch coming, courtesy of pro golfer Cristie Kerr and Loch Lomond Distillery. The 48.1% ABV whisky was distilled in 2002 and matured in ex-bourbon casks at Loch Lomond, then was finished for 10 months in casks from Kerr’s St. Helena, California winery, Kerr Cellars. The finishing casks, made of French oak from the Vosges, originally held Kerr’s 2016 Sonoma Coast pinot noir, a wine that scored 94 points in Wine Spectator. Along with the whisky’s release, Loch Lomond has announced that Kerr is its newest brand ambassador.

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New Wine In The Works By Cristie Kerr

When it comes to wine, there’s nothing Cristie Kerr doesn’t love about it.

“I love learning about wine! From the growing process to bottling. To drinking it. All in between,” Kerr told LPGA.com via email.

In 2009 Kerr established Curvature Wines in partnership with Pride Mountain Vineyards and is now working on the creation of a new wine. She made a trip to Napa Valley during the week of the nearby Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, to take part in a blending session for the new 2014 Curvature Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Spectator rates Curvature ’09 Cab

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