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Wente Vineyards Introduces entwine Wine Tours

Livermore, CA – This past summer two American food and wine pioneers, top lifestyle television brand, Food Network, and world-class, family owned winery Wente Vineyards, collaborated to create entwine wines, a California portfolio of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Beginning in January, Wente Vineyards will offer visitors a special behind-the-scenes tour of its historic winery — located in California’s beautiful Livermore Valley — where entwine wines are produced, along with an exclusive tableside food and wine pairing experience.

The hour-and-a-half tour will be held on the third week of each month beginning Thursday, January 19, 2012. Weekday tours occur twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with one tour on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Pricing is $25 per person and includes a tour of the winery and winemaking facilities, specialized entwine and food pairings, and a 20% discount on all entwine and Wente Family Estates wines purchased the week of the tour. Advance reservations are required, with tour groups limited to 25 people. For more information, including how to book a tour, please visit www.entwine-wines.com/visit-us or call (925) 456-2306.

The initial inspiration for entwine came from viewers’ requesting their trusted food source, Food Network, to introduce them to the world of wine. Food Network partnered with Wente Vineyards because Wente not only makes great wine, they also have a deep connection to food, embodied in their vegetable garden and on-site restaurant. Wente Vineyards understood and valued what Food Network heard from viewers and wanted to collaborate to create a line of wines that would match viewers’ expectations.

Both Wente Vineyards and Food Network believe that wine can elevate the everyday to extraordinary, whether paired with a home-cooked meal, a favorite snack, or simply sipped on its own. “The entire 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. “Our goal with these tours is to introduce Food Network fans and consumers across America to entwine, the winemaking process and the delicious marriage of food and wine.”

About Wente Vineyards

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2010, Wente Vineyards was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California. Today, nearly 80% of all California Chardonnays derive from the Wente clone.

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, world class concerts, fine dining at the award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, and championship golf at the Greg Norman designed Course at Wente Vineyards. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com.

About 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 1.4 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.