Wine

Robert Davi × Georgós Wine

Georgós Greek Wine, an innovative wine company that uses the best of American techniques to handcraft small batch wine in Sonoma Valley from imported Greek fruit, is proud to announce a partnership with Robert Davi, the award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.

Davi has appeared in more than 130 films including, THE GOONIES; JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL; DIE HARD, the upcoming film REAGAN, as well as the groundbreaking TV series Paper Empire.

Currently touring in his show “Davi Sings Sinatra,” where he performs notable tunes from the legendary crooner, Davi has also just released the documentary, “DAVI’S WAY” that explores the challenges and thrills of singing Sinatra’s uniquely American masterpieces.

In addition to his ‘tough-guy’ roles, Davi is well known as a singer. He has performed at The Venetian, The Orleans and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, headlined the Friars Club’s 90th Anniversary Tribute to Tony Bennett with Robert De Niro and Scarlett Johansson, and recently performed at the United Nations to celebrate its 70th Anniversary. Davi acted and performed in the Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Special on PBS—most fitting since Sinatra’s work has been foundational in Davi’s own life and career.

Davi and Georgós Greek Wine formed a partnership after Davi purchased a bottle of wine at Whole Foods Market in San Francisco. The bottle happened to be Georgós’ “Santorini” wine. After Davi tasted the crisp white varietal, he fell in love instantly and called it, “one of the smoothest damn wines I’ve ever had.” He then dove into the reds and was inspired to connect with Georgós.

Robert Davi will work with the Georgós team as its brand ambassador to broaden its reach by spreading the wine’s unique story and to help create more great tasting wines. “In my family, wine was as necessary a drink as water. I helped my grandfather make his homemade wine at our family home on Long Island, and have been searching for an opportunity to once again become intimate with the process,” Davi said recently, “I’ve always been a lover of all things Greek – poetry, food, culture, and after tasting all the Georgós blends, it was ordained that I join with them! Robert Rex is a genius at blending wines—rather like a great composer creating a symphony, he blends the notes and tones in these wines creating an experience you will want to go back to time and again. These are truly ‘Greek wines redefined.’ The wines, sustainable and low in sulfites, are not only healthier but will most likely never give you a headache!”

The partnership between Davi and Georgós Greek Wine comes fresh off the heels of another collaboration between the winemaking team and personalities of note. Earlier this year, in partnership with ultra-marathon living legend and one of Time’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dean Karnazes, they created Marathon Wine.

Georgós Greek Wine founder Georgos Zanganas is especially thrilled to work with Davi, as he sees it as a partnership between two parties who are constantly redefining. “One of my favorite movies of all time is JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL. Robert played a tough guy, and established a great reputation in that archetype,” Zanganas says, “now he has the opportunity to show another side of his personality by singing Frank Sinatra classics at some of the greatest venues across the globe. We have taken the best of the American winemaking techniques and applied them to our imported Greek fruit to change traditional Greek Wine into a super-premium experience – like visiting the Greek Isles in a glass. This partnership will help us spread Georgós and #GREEKWINEREDEFINED to the world.”

Georgós was born after founder Georgos Zanganas moved to San Francisco to work as an engineer. Zanganas is very sensitive to sulfites in wine, and he struggled to find a wine that did not give him a headache or stop the red flush of his face. He even found it difficult to come by good quality Greek wine in the area. Surprising, as the US market was saturated with all things Greek – such as yogurt or olive oil – but curiously not wine. He decided to make a wine perfect for him: clean tasting with low sulfites and no additives. Zanganas discovered Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma Valley (known for their “Clean Wine”), on a trip to Sonoma, where he met winemaker Robert Rex, who was recently named 2018 Winemaker of the year by the American Fine Wine Competition. Together they embarked to make a “clean wine” with imported Greek fruit. Zanganas and Rex spent one year, tasting over 400 samples until they found the perfect recipe to create Georgós Super-Premium Greek wine, which is fruit forward with soft tannins. The rest, as they say, is history.

Zanganas added on the company’s journey, “I never thought that I would be in the wine business, but I wanted everyone to be able to drink a great quality wine without experiencing a headache. I also found the opportunity to make Greek wine in the heart of the US winemaking region an irresistible challenge. It’s like importing and making California olive oil in Kalamata, Greece – to succeed you have to believe in it with passion.”
Currently, Georgós has seven, small batch super-premium Greek wines to market, available direct from the winery online, at Whole Foods in Northern California, and at fine restaurants and hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles:

Santorini, “Sophia’s Smile”: a 2017 Assyrtiko similar to a dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Mykonos, “Wine of Hercules”: a 2013 vintage Agiorgitiko in the Pinot Noir style.
Corfu, “Siren’s Lure”: a 2015 Bordeaux style red blend.
Ios, “Aphrodite’s Kiss”: a 2017 Dry Rosé of Agiorgitiko grapes.
Ithaka, “Penelope’s Spell”: a 2015 blend of premium Greek Cabernet Sauvignon.
Marathon, “Athena’s Vineyard”: a 2017 Assyrtiko blend similar to a dry Sauvignon Blanc.
Marathon, “Nike’s Vineyard”: a 2017 Rosé with the structure of a Pinot Noir.
Georgós Greek Super-Premium Wines are the direct result of a team pursuing excellence in flavor and the highest degrees of quality possible. They look forward to creating future partnerships and bringing their delicious and healthy wines to enthusiastic devotees across the country.

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Young Thug & Luc Belaire Luxe Rosé

As announced on VOGUE

Premium French wine brand Luc Belaire launches its fourth cuve by welcoming superstar rapper Young Thug into its ambassador network and releasing new video content

Luc Belaire is proud to present BELAIRE LUXE ROSÉ the fourth cuve in its smash-hit portfolio, launching with rap artist Young Thug as the official brand ambassador. This captivating new creation joins the brand’s signature Belaire Rosé exquisite Belaire Gold, and wildly popular Belaire Luxe, and reinforces Belaire’s meteoric rise in the wine world, earning the brand its claim as the world’s fastest-growing French sparkling wine.

Belaire’s impressive trajectory has been galvanized by its affinity with globally recognized music stars like Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Steve Aoki, Post Malone, Dave East, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and G Herbo, among others. They are part of an ambassador network of more than 200 influential personalities that support Belaire around the world. Each ambassador – whether a top recording artist, DJ, producer or social media influencer – works with Belaire as a collaborator, with the iconic bubbly brand supporting the ambassador. Today, Belaire is excited to welcome trend-setting rapper Young Thug to its family as the official brand ambassador for BELAIRE LUXE ROSÉ. To celebrate the partnership, Young Thug stars in a commercial for LUXE ROSÉ with guest appearances from Rick Ross and DJ Khaled.

CLICK HERE to watch Young Thug launch Luxe Rosé with a little help from DJ Khaled and Rick Ross.

Brett Berish, CEO of Sovereign Brands, owners of Luc Belaire, states, “Belaire Luxe Rose is an exciting new addition to our family of wines, and we are looking forward to introducing it to our fans. I’m beyond excited to welcome Young Thug to our Belaire family, with the perfect timing around our release of our new cuve. We’re big fans, and we feel that his distinctive style in music and fashion is sure to ignite interest in Luxe Rosé.

BELAIRE LUXE ROSÉ is a stunning wine that perfectly complements the existing Belaire range, combining the fresh fruit aromas of the best-selling Belaire Rosé with the richness of Belaire Luxe and the crystal-clear bottle and embossed foil labels of Belaire Gold. Made at the brand’s award-winning winery in Provence, Belaire Luxe Rose is crafted from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault grapes with a dosage of oak-aged Syrah for an exquisite deep pink color. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas, berry flavors and a slight touch of wood on the palate give this delectable wine the perfect finish. Belaire Luxe Rose epitomizes the qualities that have made Belaire’s wines so popular: classic taste, superb drinkability, and striking, stylish packaging.

Of his new role, Young Thug states, “I’m a trendsetter, I redefine the rules and I challenge the status quo. That’s what matters to me. Belaire is a brand which speaks to that outlook and that aesthetic. I tasted the Luxe Rose and I was blown away – it really has it all, the taste and the style. The opportunity to be part of the Belaire family came up and I jumped at it! I’m looking forward to redefining the landscape together.”

Young Thug is represented by United Talent Agency, who brokered the deal on his behalf. This continues to be Young Thug’s breakout year, which includes his Young Stoner Life compilation project Slime Language, recently released to critical acclaim, as well as his four nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, where his mega crossover hit Havana with Camila Cabello is recognized for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Song, and Best Choreography.

Luxe Rosé is an extraordinary wine from grape to glass, and like its new champion Young Thug, is tailor-made to please crowds, anytime of year. The cuv will be rolling out to select retailers, restaurants and nightclubs around the world in August.

For more information and to stay updated on upcoming events, fans are encouraged to visit LucBelaire.com and join the conversation by following @OfficialBelaire and tagging #Belaire on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Luc Belaire

Luc Belaire is a premium brand produced in France – the hallmark of quality in the world of fine wines. Our 5th and 6th generation father-and-son winemakers oversee production of each bottle of Belaire at their maison in Montagny-les-Beaune, established in 1898. The line includes Belaire Gold, made in Burgundy from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along with a cane sugar dosage, alongside Belaire’s top-selling cuv Belaire Ros a unique sparkling Ros wine from the south of France crafted from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes the three favorite Ros grapes of the region and Belaire Luxe, an elegant blanc de blancs made exclusively from Chardonnay with a special dosage made from prized Chablis grapes in Burgundy. The newest addition to the range is Belaire Luxe Rose made at Belaire’s estate in Provence from a classic blend of ros varietals and a unique addition of oak-aged Syrah. Finally, Belaire’s Fantme (French for phantom) range houses each of its cuves in a luminescent bottle which lights up at the touch of the button.

About Sovereign Brands

Sovereign Brands is a family-owned, international wine & spirits company headquartered in New York. The company is owned and operated by the Berish family and partners with first-class producers from the world’s most iconic wine and spirit regions to develop superior brands. Sovereign has a portfolio of successful brands including Luc Belaire, a smash-hit line of French sparkling wines, which has earned global acclaim for its exquisite taste and striking packages, and is available in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s portfolio also includes Bumbu, a craft rum brand from Barbados that ranks among the world’s most critically acclaimed rums, Cloud Chaser, a classic French Ctes de Provence Ros and Skeleton Vineyards, a range of accessible wines from Argentina and Austria.

About Young Thug

Young Thug is known for his unique style and visuals. Among many highlights, Thug is touring nationally with J. Cole on his K.O.D. Tour. Recently, Thug released his critically-acclaimed compilation project Slime Language with his Young Stoner Life Records roster. The four-time MTV VMA nominee has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and iHeart Media Awards. Aside from his global smash hit “Havana” with Camila Cabello, he recently starred in an Internet-breaking Adidas campaign with Kendall Jenner.

Hello Kitty Wines

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the expansion of their popular Hello Kitty Wines portfolio.The highly sought-after wine collection now includes two new varietals, and the complete line-up is widely distributed across more grocery stores and retailers in the U.S. market. The wines are also available online at hellokittywines.com and can be shipped to 45 states across the country.

Debuting this Summer are new varietals of Hello Kitty Prosecco and Hello Kitty Pinot Grigio, joining the exclusive range of Sanrio’s wines, now totaling seven different varieties. The complete wine portfolio includes an award-winning Pinot Noir (recipient of the prestigious Vinitaly 5 Star Wines award in 2017 and rated 90 points by James Suckling), a “Sweet Pink” blend, Sparkling Rosé, Pinot Nero Vinified in White, as well as a special edition Sparkling Rosé with limited edition packaging. The timely Summer release of the new Prosecco and Pinot Grigio gives adult fans a reason to enjoy light and refreshing wines with Hello Kitty all season long.

The distribution of Hello Kitty Wines currently includes grocery chains and specialty wine retailers across the country. Supermarkets include Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons locations in California, Safeway in California and Hawaii, as well as Japanese specialty markets Mitsuwa Marketplace, Marukai and Nijiya Market. All Whole Foods locations in Oregon will begin to carry Hello Kitty Wines as of early October 2018.

Among the specialty retail locations selling Hello Kitty Wine are BevMo, Total Wine & More in California and Nevada, Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods in Texas, plus hundreds of independent wine stores around the country.

Fans can stay up-to-date on where they can find Hello Kitty Wine in their local area by visiting hellokittywines.com.

About Sanrio®
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who is gearing up for her 45th Anniversary in 2019. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Hello Kitty-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 35 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

Rootstock Festival 2018

The 2nd edition of the Rootstock Festival 2018 took place this weekend bringing together more than 1,600 festival-goers from all over Europe and the United States, in the heart of the vineyards of Château de Pommard.

From July 13 to July 15, Château de Pommard opened the doors of its domain and its magnificent gardens arranged for the occasion around two areas: one dedicated to the young talents of the label Rootstock and a main stage where succeeded Jungle, Breakbot and Keziah Jones, the three headliners of the 2018 edition.

Worried about the environment and the ecology for the production of their wines, the Carabello-Baum family, owner of the Château since 2014, also had a Pop-Up Hotel installed, consisting of nine luxury tents. Some festival-goers were able to stay in the heart of the Festival and enjoy beautiful country picnics or, like all the participants, bike rides, yoga classes, wine tastings and also the World Cup Final Game thanks to a giant screen installed in the main courtyard of the property.

Château de Pommard will host the 3rd edition of the Rootstock Festival next summer and will open a New School of Oenology in September 2018 composed of three new experiences to learn the secrets of tasting, agreements and wine selection.

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FitVine Wine

FitVine Wine Expands Distribution with Whole Foods Markets in Texas and Louisiana

Lower in sugar, calories, sulfites and free of flavor additives, FitVine is now available in an additional 38 Whole Foods locations.

FitVine Wine, makers of clean tasting wines that are low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sulfites, as well as free of flavor additives, has expanded their in-store distribution with Whole Foods Markets in Texas and Louisiana. This expansion will make FitVine wines available in 33 Whole Foods locations in Texas and 7 locations in Louisiana.

FitVine Wine was born when friends made a pact to craft amazing wines that would compliment their active lifestyles rather than compromising their health and fitness goals. FitVine is currently available in 47 states, soon to be 49, and over 5,300 retail locations, with new stores being added monthly. This expansion highlights the strengthening of the FitVine brand and growing consumer demands for clean tasting wines with robust flavor profiles and 13-14% alcohol content.

“Online sales have traditionally dominated a large portion of our business, but over the past two years we have accelerated our growth into brick and mortar locations,” said­­­­­­ Mark Warren, Co-Founder of FitVine Wine. “We are extremely thankful for our loyal online customer base, but by expanding our in-store availability with retailers who celebrate clean and wholesome ingredients, like Whole Foods, we are positioned better to reach new customers and simplify shopping for those who already love FitVine Wine.”

FitVine varietals include: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. The extended proprietary fermentation process sets FitVine apart. The results are wines that have no additives and less sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sulfites compared to competitors. The unique fermentation process also allows FitVine to craft rich and flavorful wines with the mouthfeel and alcohol content (13-14%) consumers expect from a high quality fine wines. FitVine wines are also gluten free and vegan.

Want to learn more about FitVine Wines, find a retailer near you or pop open your first bottle? Visit https://www.fitvinewine.com/ for more information.

About FitVine Wine:

FitVine Wine was born when friends made a pact to craft amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. FitVine wines are lower in sugar, calories, carbs and sulfites compared to other wines and have no flavor additives. To create clean and rich tasting wines with the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol content you expect from a fine wine, FitVine uses a proprietary malolactic fermentation process. The wine ferments to dry and lowers sugar levels. On average, all wines have less than 0.06 grams of sugar, 2.4g-3.9 grams of carbohydrates and 110-120 calories (per 5 oz glass). The ‘fun’ in the bottle remains intact with all wines ranging from 13.4 – 13.9% alcohol. FitVine crushes grapes, so you can crush life!

Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards

Wine lovers everywhere, it’s that time of the year to update your wine destination list! Wine Spectator has released the winners of the 2018 RestaurantAwards, which honors the world’s best restaurants for wine. This year, the Restaurant Awards program honors 3,759 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 75 countries internationally.

The Restaurant Awards began in 1981, and there are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,453; 1,215; and 91 winners this year in each respective category. Seven of the Grand Award winners—Ai Fiori in New York City, Barolo Grill in Denver, Le Coureur Des Bois in Beloeil, Quebec, Canada, Madera in Menlo Park, California, Metropolitan Grill in Seattle, Restaurant Mosaic in Pretoria, South Africa and Sistina in New York City—are first timers.

“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.”

All winners are profiled at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com and in the Restaurant Awards app. The app, available free on the App store, allows iPhone and iPad users to easily find nearby award-winning restaurants, with maps, plus helpful information about cuisine, wine and pricing.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.

The full list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 17.
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About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’sImpact Newsletter.

Tyler Florence & Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around food and wine, has announced their second wine collaboration with Chef Tyler Florence: a Sauvignon Blanc. The blend is a labor of love between Cooper’s Hawk winemaker Rob Warren and the Food Network host, author, restaurateur and winemaker, Tyler Florence. The collaboration wine is a limited production blend made for the company’s 300,000-plus Wine Club and is positioned as July’s “Wine of the Month”. While the wine debuted at a members-only Wine Club dinner hosted by Florence in Naples, Florida on June 20th, restaurant guests can sample the blend by the glass in the dining and tasting rooms throughout the month of July in any of Cooper’s Hawk 32 restaurants.
“Collaborating with the very best chefs and winemakers not only elevates the Cooper’s Hawk brand, but raises the bar for the entire hospitality industry,” says Cooper’s Hawk Founder & CEO Tim McEnery. “Working with Tyler on our second wine collaboration has been one of the most educational experiences to date. His curious palate and deep knowledge of wine helped create an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc.”
Over the past twelve years, Florence has added several wine awards to his list of accomplishments, scoring in the 90s with Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. Tyler is also a top-selling author of 12 cookbooks and proprietor of two acclaimed restaurants.
I am laser-focused on creating exciting flavor profiles, so wine was a natural next step for me a decade ago,”says Florence. “The Cooper’s Hawk philosophy of blending brings great freedom to the world of winemaking and allows them to move with the trends. We used grapes from Monterey County to create a wine with aromas of lemon, orange, melon, grass, grapefruit and gooseberry with whimsical tropical flavors like guava, kiwi and passion fruit. The finish is crisp and loaded with green apple and citrus fruit.”
Cooper’s Hawk continues to push the boundaries of experiential branding by sharing the excitement that comes from collaborating with culinary and wine luminaries like Florence, and many others including Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Jean Charles Boisset (Boisset Collection), Richard Blais, Anne Burrell and many others.
About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Founded in 2005 by CEO Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. A lifestyle brand focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives, Cooper’s Hawk is the 34
th largest winery in the U.S. and home to over 300,000 Wine Club Members. The concept is a fusion of familiar elements – winery, modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room and artisanal retail market – that has combined to create an entirely new hospitality experience. Cooper’s Hawk has been recognized as one of the five fastest-growing restaurant chains (Nation’s Restaurant News and Kalinowski Equity Research), has won over 500 awards for its wine and has been named the Official Wine of the Screen Actors Guild® Awardsthrough 2020. Cooper’s Hawk wines are sourced, blended, aged, bottled and distributed exclusively through Cooper’s Hawk.
Connect with Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
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South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Prominent Illinois pig farmer Julie Maschhoff led panel of judges at the 2018 Swine, Wine & Spirits event at SOBEWFF

Julie Maschhoff, co-owner of The Maschhoffs LLC and one of the nation’s largest and most successful pork producers, led the judging panel at this year’s Swine, Wine & Spirits event as part of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) in Miami. The Maschhoff family is the fourth largest pork producer in the United States, marketing 5 million pigs each year.

Maschhoff and the panel selected the best pork dish from about a dozen competing chef entries at Sunday’s Swine, Wine & Spirits event. She was also available at the various National Pork Board-sponsored events throughout the week where she shared her insight with consumers and media on all things pork, including pork quality and safety, animal welfare and sustainability.

“Growing up on a livestock farm, we have always focused on providing good animal care – keeping them healthy – and sound environmental stewardship,” said Maschhoff. “Today, as our farm feeds not just our family but other families around the world, it is even more imperative that we share our story of stewardship with consumers. We want consumers to know and have confidence that the pork we produce is a great, safe, healthy choice for their family.”

Through the years, Maschhoff and her husband, Ken, have been strong and consistent voices in educating and informing consumers about the importance of animal agriculture. Maschhoff has been a frequent spokesperson for pig farming through her work with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

The Swine, Wine & Spirits event took place on Sunday, February 25, at the Biltmore Hotel and was hosted by local chef and restaurateur, Giorgio Rapicavoli. Additional judges included: National Pork Board Ambassador and celebrity chef, Richard Ingraham; Executive Chef of Goya Foods, Fernando Desa; and Eddie Zamora of The Yum Yum Foodie online fame.

This is the third year the National Pork Board has been the festival’s official pork sponsor, with pork featured as the event’s preferred protein. The five-day festival ran from Wednesday, February 21 through Sunday, February 25, 2018, and featured culinary events at a variety of venues throughout Miami and the beaches.

Attendees found the National Pork Board at other signature events: Tacos After Dark on Thursday, February 22; Burger Bash on Friday, February 23; and Swine, Wine & Spirits on Sunday, February 25.

“South Beach Wine & Food Festival was the perfect setting to engage with consumers who love pork and have been looking for additional ways to enjoy it,” said Jose de Jesus, director of multicultural marketing at the National Pork Board. “We know that the word ‘pork’ is synonymous with flavor and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to bring such amazing flavor to the festival attendees.”

For more information on the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, visit sobewff.org. Join the conversation with the National Pork Board via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or by using the hashtag #SabrososMomentos. Visit Pork Te Inspira for more on the National Pork Board.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery

 

Named Top U.S. Winery, Announce Partnerships with Celebrity Talent and Events : 

 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around wine, announces three major milestones: a three-year designation as the Official Wine Partner of the Screen Actors Guild Awards ® , its first-ever inclusion in Wine Business Monthly’s annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. wineries (they were ranked number 34), and a series of collaborations with food and wine icons. The company, which is experiencing rapid growth fueled by its 300,000-member Wine Club, has penned “Friends of Cooper’s Hawk” agreements with Anne Burrell, Richard Blais, Marcus Samuelsson, Tyler Florence, Fabio Viviani, Boisset Collection, Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Cooper’s Hawk has been hosting Friends of Cooper’s Hawk collaborations for the last 13 years, which include exclusive members-only dinners and wine pairings, as well as the co-creation of limited-production wines. The collaboration wines are sold in the restaurant and available as the Wine of the Month for Wine Club Members.

 

“Our growth is a direct result of our mission to enrich the lives of our Wine Club members,” says Cooper’s Hawk CEO Tim McEnery. “By associating our brand with high-profile events like the SAG Awards and providing access to culinary industry super stars, we strengthen the relationship between our customers and our brand.”

 

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants :
Founded in 2005 by CEO Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. A lifestyle brand focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives, Cooper’s Hawk is a fusion of familiar elements – winery, modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room and artisanal retail market – that has combined to create an entirely new hospitality experience. Cooper’s Hawk wines are sourced, blended, aged, bottled and distributed exclusively through Cooper’s Hawk, and have won over 400 awards.

 

Connect with Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants :
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Website: chwinery.com
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Twitter: @CHWinery
Facebook.com: /coopershawk

Hello Kitty Wine

The highly sought after collection of Hello Kitty wines, produced by Torti “L’Eleganza del Vino” Wines, returns to the U.S. with its popular varietals with updated packaging designs and two new blends. The Hello Kitty wine lineup now includes a new, award-winning Pinot Noir (recipient of the prestigious Vinitaly 5 Star Wines award in 2017), a new “Sweet Pink” blend, as well as the return of its Sparkling RoséPinot Nero Vinified in White, and a special edition Sparkling Rosé with limited edition packaging.

The wines are produced in the Lombardy region of Italy and feature a new Hello Kittyinspired packaging based on the varietal and style. For example, the “Sweet Pink” bottle boldly features Hello Kitty’s iconic bow and has a glass heart, spreading Hello Kitty’s message of love and friendship to wine connoisseurs everywhere. The Sparkling Rosé wrapped in metallic pink is the perfect gift for holiday parties.

These limited edition Hello Kitty wines are available in several specialty wine stores and grocery channels in the states of California (found statewide inside Vons, Pavilions, and 24 locations of Total Wine & More), Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and can be purchased online at hellokitty.swvino.com.

Let us know if you have questions or need more information about Hello Kitty wines, or other fun Hello Kitty & Sanrio culinary news in 2018!