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Day 14 of Our Holiday Gift Ideas – Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is California’s oldest family owned and continuously operated winery. Founded in 1883, the winery is now managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. I was privileged to have 3 family members on Cocktails for Everyone this year. Carolyn Wente, CEO and a fourth generation winegrower, was a guest on Episode 1 at the Nantucket Wine Festival. Christine Wente, Senior VP of Hospitality and Karl Wente, Winemaker – both fifth generation winegrowers –  were my guests on Episode 10.

A lovely holiday gift would be a few bottles of Wente Vineyards’ 08 Riva Ranch Chardonnay Arroyo Seco…it’s a medium- bodied Chardonnay which has a rich, golden color and aromas and flavors of honey, graham, cinnamon and light floral notes. ($19.99). Add to this some of their Wente Vineyards Small Lot Pinot Noir Rose which has a brilliant watermelon color, and flavors of raspberry, melon, orange peel, mineral and honeysuckle. ($21.99).
To top it off, include a Gift Card which can be used at The Estate Winery and Vineyard Tasting Rooms, The Course at Wente Vineyards, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, The Grill and The Concerts at Wente Vineyards (denominations vary).
You can find out more info at www.wentevineyards.com

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“Grab a Fork” with Tapena Wines!

I was very happy to be invited to Cape Cod last night by the people at Tapena Wines. They were hosting one of their “Grab a Fork” events at The Port, one of my favorite lower Cape restaurants. Tapena picked up the tab for some fantastic tapas while guests enjoyed the delicious wines from Tapena. Tapena is made by the Ferrer family, whose Spanish wine experience dates back several centuries. Today, the Ferrers operate over 11 wineries in Spain, perhaps best known as the owners of Freixenet, one of the world’s favorite sparkling wines.

All the Tapena wines are very food-friendly, and are crafted from varietals native to Spain – Garnacha ( a beautiful violet hue, dark fruit & spice on the palate, full bodied); Tempranillo (rich and bold with a soft mouth feel, cherry fruit on the palate, a long finish with a hint of coffee & chocolate); Verdejo ( a pale yellow hue, vibrant nose of tropical fruit, bright stone fruit on the palate, crisp & lingering finish) and a Rose (Garnacha, Monastrell & hint of Shiraz – bright strawberry aromas, fresh cherry flavors with a crisp & refreshing acidity). The grapes are cultivated in the heartland of Spain – Tierra de Castilla. Grown outside the highly regulated DO system, these wines benefit from a broader diversity of soils, microclimates and approved grape varieties.

The many guests really enjoyed sampling the variety of different Tapena wines which all went great with the tapas – there were clams casino, quesadillas, bruschetta, tuna and spinach in phyllo. People were surpised and pleased to learn that the wine retails for approximately $10 per bottle – many thought it tasted much more expensive! Guests also got to enter to win copies of “The Spanish Table” cookbook, t-shirts, and a beautiful Tapena copper firepit. It was a really great experience.

The Tapena Grab a Fork tour continues tonight at EmBargo in Hyannis as well as next week in Chicago & Dallas. You can find out more at tapenawines.com or on facebook.com/tapenawines.


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