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Monday, May 4, 2009

Hall Of Fame Golfer Annika Sorenstam Releases Her Namesake Syrah, Annika (LIVERMORE, CA; May 1, 2009)-Annika Sorenstam, one of the most celebrated female golfers in history, launches her wine brand in partnership with Wente Vineyards on May 1st with the release of her namesake Syrah, ANNIKA. This elegant wine is comprised of 75 percent Livermore Valley Syrah and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, and fittingly, 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Livermore Valley Golf Vineyard.

Throughout her storied 15-year playing career, Annika was fortunate to experience many of the best wines the world has to offer. At Wente Vineyards, they share the same passion for fine wine, fine dining, and golf as a way of life. The same scenic acres that produce their varietals are also home to Northern California's premier destination golf course. It's only natural that Annika would choose to meld her passions for fine wine and golf together in the rolling hills of the Livermore Valley at Wente Vineyards.

Working closely with fifth generation Winemaker Karl Wente, the two hand selected the 2006 Syrah from the Silva block on the Livermore Valley estate to be the backbone of the wine. The Syrah emits aromas of wild blackberry, plum, and strawberry that continue with chocolate and coffee flavors from the barrel. The Cabernet Sauvignon boosts the structure of the wine in the mid-pallet and augments the cassis and clove aromas. The amenable, big tannins carry the diverse flavors through the mouth for a long, rewarding finish.

"I was drawn to Wente Vineyards because we share the same passions, fine wine, fine dining, and championship golf," Sorenstam said. "I really enjoyed the blending process with Karl, as we are both perfectionists. I am very excited about our end product."

"It was our goal to blend a wine that Annika is passionate about, and that had the strength of a Cabernet Sauvignon, but the refined elegance and fruit of the Syrah," says Winemaker Karl Wente. "Our Syrah has an intensity of flavor and aroma without being too big."

About Annika Annika is one of the most dominant players in women's golf. Throughout her storied career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and events, and brought unprecedented attention to women's golf. Her success has changed how women's golf is played, covered, and viewed, and in her rise to mainstream athlete and celebrity, she has had a positive impact on all women's sports. Annika continues to impact lives with the establishing of the ANNIKA Foundation, which teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. In addition, her boutique golf instructional school, the ANNIKA Academy outside of Orlando, Fla., provides individualized golf instruction and custom-made fitness programs to help golfers of all levels improve their game.

About Wente Vineyards 2008 marks Wente Vineyards' 125th Anniversary. The country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards is led today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining, and championship golf.

Suggested Retail Price - $75.00 750ml Bottle Nationally Released - May 2009 611 cases produced

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Exciting News from Annika....


Dock Mike and I are very pleased to announce that we expecting our first child. We have had a lot of exciting changes in the past few months, and adding a new addition to our family later this fall will certainly be at the top of that list.  We are absolutely thrilled and look forward to this new chapter of our lives!  We appreciate the love and support that we have received from our family, friends, and of course my fans. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season, ending an LPGA Tour career in which she has won 72 tournaments to date and delivered a defining moment when she teed it up against the men on the PGA Tour.
She was to announce her decision at a news conference Tuesday at the Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J., a person familiar with her plans told The Associated Press.
  The 37-year-old Sorenstam has hinted at retirement the past several seasons, saying she wanted to devote more time to her growing business and to start a family. She is engaged to Mike McGee, son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee.
   "This would be very much like Annika to get on top and then quit," said Judy Rankin, a Hall of Famer and television analyst.
      The decision comes two days after Sorenstam won the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill by seven shots for her third victory of the season, and first against a field that included Lorena Ochoa. It was a sign that Sorenstam had fully recovered from injuries and was poised to make a strong big at recapturing her stature as the best in women's golf.
    "I just hope to continue this momentum," Sorenstam said after winning. "I'm feeling it. It's turning around, and so I can't wait for the next month or so to come with big tournaments, and I'm excited."
   Sorenstam dominated women's golf like few others, especially during a five-year period when she won 43 times and finished among the top three nearly 70 percent of the time. But for all her achievements - the only woman to shoot 59, 10 majors and one of six women to complete the career Grand Slam - she became most famous for testing herself against the men.
Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to complete on the PGA Tour when she played at the Colonial in 2003. She missed the cut, but earned worldwide respect for the way she handled herself amid massive scrutiny.
 She won LPGA Tour player of the year a record eight times, including five straight seasons until Ochoa ended the streak in 2006. Sorenstam was ineffective most of 2007, the first time in 12 years she failed to win on the LPGA Tour, as she recovered from back and neck injuries.
   She won the first tournament of the year in Hawaii, picked up a playoff victory in South Florida three weeks ago, then continued a slow rise up the world ranking toward Ochoa with a dominant victory in Virginia.
  But when asked Sunday if she would defend her title at Kingsmill, Sorenstam hedged.
   "I hope so," she said. "I'm going to continue this year the way I started it and at the end of the year. I always assess it like I have the last few years. At this point, I feel great about what I'm doing."

Monday, December 17, 2007

Annika Sorenstam wins in Dubai


Annika Sorenstam may have had a poor season by her standards - she lost her status as world No 1 and was winless throughout the campaign on the LPGA Tour - but she finished the year in style by retaining her Dubai Ladies Masters title at the Emirates Golf Club yesterday.

Her triumph was one half of a Swedish double, as the £5,236 pocketed by Sophie Gustafson, who finished in a share of 15th, was enough to overhaul Germany's Bettina Hauert at the top of the Ladies European Tour moneylist, making Gustafson the European No 1 for the second time in her entertaining career.

Sorenstam, who announced before the tournament that she was determined to regain her world No 1 ranking from Lorena Ochoa after overcoming a troublesome neck injury, set a winning mark of 10 under par overall, following a final-round 70.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

LPGA Star Annika Sorenstam

Gets Engaged


Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee Photo by: Scott Halleran / Getty
Golf Star Annika Sorenstam Gets Engaged

Unscramble the letters in "birdie" and you get "I, bride" – which is just what Swedish golf star Annika Sorenstam announced to the world on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Sorenstam is engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Mike McGee, who popped the question Saturday morning at the couple's Orlando home.

"What a lovely surprise," Sorenstam said, according to the Associated Press. "I'm as happy as I can be."

No date is set for the wedding, which will be the second for Sorenstam. She filed for divorce from first husband David Esch in February 2005, and began seeing McGee – a former sports agent and the son of former PGA pro Jerry McGee – later that summer.

The engagement comes at a low ebb in Sorenstam's Hall of Fame career. Long the top-ranked LPGA player and arguably the best female golfer ever, she has won 69 events, including 10 majors, since turning pro in 1994. But Sorenstam has not won in 2007 – her first winless season in more than a decade – and earlier this year she lost her No. 1 ranking to rising star Lorena Ochoa.

McGee, once a top college pitcher, now works as managing director of the "Annika" business brand, which includes clothing, golf course design and a golf academy.


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