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Forecaddie: Keeping up with the Joneses

Robert Trent “Bobby” Jones Jr., designer of the 2015 U.S. Open layout (Chambers Bay) as well as this year’s U.S. Women’s Open venue (CordeValle), likes to write poetry and read his work at symphony concerts. Now The Man Out Front hears that Jones also likes to draw – on wine bottles, no less.

A French wine-making line, Mouton Cadet, has recruited Jones to draw the label for a new issue of its blended red Couvet. The special-issue vintage is being produced in limited quantities – only 6,000 cases, or 72,000 bottles in all – to celebrate the Ryder Cup’s visit in late September to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Hazeltine was designed by Jones’ dad, the late RTJ Sr.

“Golf and wine,” Jones said. “Mother Nature is capricious. Both are subject to the weather and climate and to a distinct sense of locality. Both require passion and technical skill, and you can share without having to be a connoisseur.

“Every blend of wine is different, just as each golf course differs.”

We’ll raise a toast to that.

Robert Trent Jones' handiwork

Robert Trent Jones’ handiwork

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