(New York, NY): February 18, 2011 – Food Network and Wente Vineyards today announced Entwine, the first Food Network wine portfolio featuring four varietals – a 2009 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Grigio. Created with the 100 million households the network reaches in mind, as well as consumers across America, this new wine line from two of the country’s leading food and wine pioneers will be available in summer 2011. “We wanted to take the mystery out of wine for our viewers so that they could enjoy the marriage of food and wine as much as we do,” says Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager of New Enterprises, Food Network.
The initial inspiration for Entwine was viewers’ interest in Food Network introducing them to the world of wine. Food Network identified world-class American wineries and chose Wente Vineyards because of the quality of their wine, as well as their innate understanding of wine consumers and shared vision of the new portfolio. Food Network and the Wente team including Karl Wente, fifth generation winemaker at Wente Family Estates, came together to develop and blend wines that are delicious on their own yet also marry easily and beautifully with a wide range of food pairings. “The extended Wente family is excited to partner with the culinary trailblazers at Food Network to create wines designed to enhance your favorite foods, from casual to festive occasions,” says Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Vineyards.
Wente has over 125 years and five generations of winemaking heritage and will source grapes from 3,000 acres of their family-owned, estate acres of sustainably farmed vineyards. Entwine will be available nationwide in summer 2011 for $12.99.
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About The Food Network
FOOD NETWORK (http://www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring and empowering through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.25 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (http://www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (http://www.gactv.com) Cooking Channel (http://www.cookingchanneltv.com) and Travel Channel (http://www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.
About Wente Vineyards
Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, Wente Vineyards is led by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards’ Farming for the Future program, a system of sustainable viticultural practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. This philosophy extends to all aspects of winery operations, where energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and social responsibility are all integral to the culture. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit http://www.wentevineyards.com.
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