A round of golf with three generations of Wente women, on their own stunning Greg Norman-designed course in Livermore, California?
Well, that’s a great idea not so easily executed when the family’s 130-year-old winery demands the devotion of the 86-year-old matriarch, the CEO and the “Fifth-Generation Winegrower” (yes, it says so there on 37-year-old Christine Wente’s business card).
Alas, Jean Wente cracked her hip in a fall last year and isn’t all that sure she’ll be testing her game again. But when daughter Carolyn, 58, and granddaughter Christine took to the course for 18 holes recently, they credited Jean and their beautiful golf course for cultivating an interest in the game to rival their passion for the grape.
“Golf has been a big deal for us and as a family it’s really fun,” said Carolyn, who plays as often as she can with her husband, Buxton Layton, and their teenage son, Bucky. “When Christmas is at my house, we have the whole golf course to ourselves and the entire family goes out, then we get cleaned up and have Christmas dinner. It’s part of our holiday routine. And those are pretty much the only times we are all in town together at the same time.”
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