(Family Features) - The game of golf took Greg Norman around the world, and he returned home with more than 91 professional titles. Greg's travels also ignited a passion for wine and a sense of culinary adventure that he has always enjoyed sharing with his tight-knit family.
In those early years, whenever the family traveled with Greg, he encouraged his children to experience local culture, introducing them to sometimes exotic regional cuisine. These experiences made a lasting impression on his daughter, Morgan-Leigh, who now shares her father's passion for great food and wine.
"Most kids aren't very adventurous eaters, but in our family Dad always encouraged us to try different things in order to decide if we liked them," Morgan-Leigh says of her father. She soon learned to trust her own palate, and further honed her culinary skills by cooking with her mother, Laura. Over time she became especially intrigued with the intricacies of food and wine pairing and began her formal training by studying in Florence, Italy. She's now enrolled at a top culinary school in the U.S. and plans to become a food and wine educator.
As for Greg, he became so fascinated by wine that he created Greg Norman Estates in 1999. The initial collection included wines from his native Australia, which quickly won critical acclaim. Today the Greg Norman Estates portfolio also includes varietals from some of California's best viticultural regions. Although his reputation as a vintner is now well established, Greg remains relaxed and open in his approach.
"Experimenting with different varietals from diverse regions is a necessity and really the only way to truly understand what flavors and qualities you prefer," he says.
What started as an adventurous streak has turned into a Norman family tradition. These days Greg can often be found sampling Morgan-Leigh's creations, such as the Ginger and Hot Pepper Prawns and the Grilled Salmon and Crème Fraîche Pizza recipes below.
"When your children become adults and develop their own interests, you cherish every opportunity to spend time with them" says Greg. "Food and wine pairing is a great way to spark lively debate and bring our family together."
Here are Greg's recommendations for pairing with his daughter's menu. For the full menu, recipes and additional wine suggestions go to www.shark.com/gnestates.
2004 Santa Barbara Chardonnay - Crisp apple, and tropical fruit flavors layered with creamy vanilla and nuances of toasty oak.
2003 Lake County Zinfandel - Flavors of blackberry and raspberry with hints of spice and a long, elegant finish.
2004 Limestone Coast Shiraz - Ripe blackberry and cassis flavors with notes of pie spice, eucalyptus and coffee.
2003 Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - Rich berry and black plum fruit flavors with supple tannin and a silky mouthfeel.