June 26, 2008
Battle of the Vines by Reid Spencer
Team owner Richard Childress and four time Cup champion Jeff Gordon have made a significant commintment to the wine business, a situation that lends itself to a lively, good-natured rivalry.
Childress griws his grapes and bottles his wine at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC. The wine produced for Jeff Gordon Cellars comes from Napa Valley winemaker Briggs and Sons of Calistoga, CA, not far from Vallejo, Gordon's birthplace.
"Richard makes a nice wine, but Napa Valley is where you should grow your grapes," Gordon said.
If it came down to a contest, however, the winner might well be Bennett Lane Winery, sponsor of Saturday's Camping World West Series race at Infineon. Owned by Lisa and Randy Lynch (who also owns the 2007 Camping World Werst Series championship car driven by Mike David), Bennerr Lane boasts a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon rated 92-of-100 by "Wine Spectator" magazine.
Welcome to Bennett Lane Winery - Home of 34 90+ Point Wines from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate