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Peggy Fleming earns perfect scores with new wine

What do a figure skater and a dermatologist have to do with a new, hot wine in the Bay Area? Surprisingly, more than you might think...



What do a figure skater and a dermatologist have to do with a new, hot wine in the Bay Area? Surprisingly, more than you might think...

Five years ago, Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming and her husband, Greg Jenkins, wanted to do something about the brush on the hilly part of their Los Gatos home. Hilly, tough terrain limited their choices. So they decided to plant an acre of chardonnay grapes. They quickly caught the wine-making bug and the rest, they say, is history. Greg put his job as a dermatologist on hold so he could take a couple of winemaking and viticulture classes through the University of California, Davis.

Loving wine came easily to this fun-loving pair, but making it was another story. They knew they wanted to try their hand at making chardonnay, since they already had the grapes on their property for that, but else could they do? An idea came to them thanks to an old friend of Peggy's.

In 2001, Peggy was on the East Coast during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She was stranded there and needed a way back home to California, so she hitched a ride with her good buddy and fellow ABC commentator, John Madden, on his famous bus, the Madden Cruiser. It was on this cross-country trip home that the two hatched a deal: Madden would give Peggy some of the grapes from his own vineyard so she could make a syrah wine. All the wine is made at Testarossa Vineyards, which is so close that Fleming and Jenkins can even see it through the trees from their back deck.

The Fleming-Jenkins duo has produced 200 cases, with more on the way. They don't market their wine; instead they have chosen to sell mostly to friends and family. The two say they enjoy this new adventure because it's something they can do together and involve the family in.

For more information, visit www.flemingjenkinswinery.com.


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