Who's Behind Food Network's Wine Label, entwine?

If you're an avid Food Network lover like I am, you've recognize that they have their own wine under the label Entwine. I've seen it in cooking shows as well as their competition series. I've also seen it on the shelves at some retailers.

Each label showcases the Food Network logo and are single varietal; Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

This isn't breaking news, entwine has been around for a few years and sadly, I've overlooked these bottles when making wine purchases. All my fault, but I never researched where this wine came from. I assumed it was sourced grapes from all over CA to make an approachable, easy to pair wine, slapped with a Food Network label.

Little did I know that the nation's oldest, continuously operated, family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards, works with Food Network on their entwine product.

Recently, I was able to have lunch with Christine Wente herself. We sampled numerous wines including  Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc, Morning Fog Chardonnay, Riva Ranch Chardonnay and Charles Wetmore Cabernet. While learning about more about this iconic family and vineyard, entwine was introduced.

This family is known as the "First Family of Chardonnay". They have been producing CA Chardonnay for 100 years and have been producing wine for over 130 years! Wow!

Entwine should not be overlooked, as I have done in the past. It just goes to show that a little education about the winery/vineyard/label goes a long way. I now have another great, go-to, everyday wine to add to my collection. I look forward to tasting the entwine lineup and will be posting reviews in the future.

Thank you to the Wente family for inviting me a great luncheon where I was able to learn so much more about the wines, location, vineyard and more!

A Night at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

*I received a complimentary one night stay with meals, this was my experience!

Sometimes a "staycation" is the ideal date night here in the DC metro area with great hotels, restaurants and entertainment options. Bryan and I did just that over the weekend.

We enjoyed an overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, complete with dinner, wine, cocktails and a buffet breakfast. Upon arrival, the valet and front desk were welcoming and helpful, making us feel very appreciated. The superb customer service continued throughout our stay.

The cheese and charcuterie in our room was also a nice touch! (They know how to please us Winos)

We made reservations for dinner at the Entyse Bar & Lounge where we enjoyed soups, entrees, dessert, and wine of course! I ordered the shrimp pad thai, something I was not expecting on the menu, and truly enjoyed it. He ordered the salmon filet. The food and service were spectacular. We were able to enjoy at our leisure and received prompt and friendly service from the wait staff.
But no meal is complete without wine! The extensive list showcased wines from all regions of the world and a few selections from Sommelier Vincent Feraud, including 1er Cru Burgundy! However, I began the evening with a crisp, refreshing Sancerre which paired perfectly with the small nibbles and my main dish of pad thai. Later, I enjoyed a glass of that 1er Cru Burgundy because who can pass that up?!
Entyse also has their own wine club, which is free to join (email Vincent to sign up)! Benefits include priority invites to wine dinners and events, priority to purchase new and limited release wines from Entyse retail wine shop and a complimentary glass of wine when you purchase a dinner entree! Needless to say, I signed right up and look forward to hearing about the upcoming wine dinners and events. 
This is the card to have...do you have yours?
Speaking of events, check out their event calendar for all of the happenings coming up in the Fall/Winter.

Weekly events at Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge include:
Wine'D Down Wednesdays ~ wines by the glass with a raw bar
Sushi Thursdays ~ I will definitely be attending one of these!
Jazz Fridays ~ With Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble

We sipped cocktails while listening the Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble

The adventure continued in the Bistro for breakfast where you can order a la carte or the buffet. After taking a glance at the buffet, it was an easy decision for us! Again, the food and service were spectacular and was a fantastic way to end our staycation at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.
The Bisto's lovely decor
Meet me at Entyse Wine Bar, I'm looking forward to visiting Vincent again soon!