Professional golf legend and fan favorite Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win one of golf’s four major tournaments when he bested the field at last month’s PGA Championship in South Carolina. While the six-time major champ and Bordeaux wine lover could've treated himself to a fleet of first-growths with the $2.16 million prize, Mickelson popped one of his favorite Napa Cabernets and served himself a healthy pour—straight out of the Wanamaker Trophy.
Not long after his record-breaking win, Mickelson (aka Lefty) tweeted a video of himself celebrating the birthday of his wife, Amy: “First sip from the Wanamaker Trophy,” Mickelson says. “I’m going with a bottle that my good friend Tor Kenward sent: Tor’s Black Magic, probably my favorite wine, certainly from Napa …” Mickelson then takes a sip and smiles. “I know the wine is good, but there’s something about the Wanamaker that gives it that … little extra!”
Brought the Wanamaker to Amy’s birthday celebration. The wine had an extra ingredient this time - just a dash of VICTORY 😋 Tastes so good! 😊 pic.twitter.com/UQZf4jXoYw— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) June 2, 2021
Tor’s limited-production Black Magic cuvée ($450 a bottle) is a blend of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and it’s only made in top vintages; it was also revealed soon after Mickelson’s social media post that the 2018 vintage had sold out.
Kenward, who befriended the golf star eight years ago when Mickelson and fellow major champ Jim Furyk and their wives visited the winery, told Wine Spectator that he was impressed with Mickelson's wine knowledge. "What people don't understand is he's a real wine geek," Kenward said. "Sometimes when we start talking about wine I'm going, 'Wow, this guy has researched and knows a lot of his stuff.’ I find him to be an intense guy when it comes to going down rabbit holes like fine wine and practicing his golf game and other ways he prepares himself."
The 2021 U.S. Open tees off tomorrow at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., where a very pro-Mickelson crowd will be cheering on their native son, a graduate of nearby University of San Diego High School. Vegas is giving Lefty 55 to 1 odds of filling the U.S. Open Championship Trophy with another bottle of wine, but he’ll have to find something that hasn’t already sold out.
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