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Uncork Some Antioxidants: New Wines and Tasting Tips!

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

The Cabernet Sauvignon is described as "perfect for backyard barbeques." (Photo courtesy of Wente Vineyards)

Food Network recently teamed up with family-owned Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, CA, to create entwine, a wine portfolio combining their mutual zeal for the alcoholic beverage and cuisine. Hitting the shelves of major retailers this month, the power partnership’s main objective has been to create a line that not only accompanies your menu but enhances the overall dining experience. And besides being delicious, wine (especially red) is high in heart-healthy antioxidants!

“We want food and wine lovers to enjoy the natural relationship between wine and food, so we created entwine,” said Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager of New Enterprises, Food Network.The name represents the easy way family, friends and of course the flavors of food and wine all come together to make any meal a more delicious experience.”

Each of the four entwine varietals—Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon—provide specific food suggestions right on the label for easy pairing. The brand’s Chardonnay, “entwines with: salami, pizza, mac and cheese, meatloaf, tomato sauce, grilled pork, wild salmon & weeknight dinners.” What’s not to love about that?

At the affordable price of $12.99 a bottle, entwine offers fresh flavors, like crisp, green apples and mid-summer plums, for the pleasure of wine-connoisseurs and inquiring enthusiasts alike.

“The wines were accessible but far from generic,” said FITNESS’ Creative Director, John Herr, after an office-wide tasting in June.

Our Digital Director, Christie Griffin, was particularly fond of the Cabernet Sauvignon and said, “It tastes like a romantic wine to me. I picture the holidays with my boyfriend.” Other staffers described this type of red as, “happiness in a glass” for its bold, full-bodied flavor.

Interested in becoming a wine expert? Follow these three easy steps we learned during our tasting (rough workday, right?) and you will be an experienced critic in no time.

  1. Swirl your glass. It draws oxygen into the wine for both taste and aroma purposes.
  2. Sniff. Yep, you heard me. Get your nose right down in there and take a big whiff!
  3. Assess the Color. Finally, before taking a swig, of course, hold your glass over a piece of white paper to evaluate the deepness in hues.

For more information about entwine, visit www.foodnetwork.com/wine or www.entwine-wines.com.

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