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Wine(s) of the Week

Two Portuguese wines from Herdade Do Rocim, Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015 and Verdelho Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015, come from the southern part of Portugal between Vidigueira and Cuba, produced on the estate owned by Caterina Vieira and Pedro Ribiero who have invested in the land, regenerating vineyards and creating a new state of the art winery.

The region has soil consisting of clay and sand and the wines are harvested manually and are organic though not certified as such. The wines undergo cold maceration prior to fermentation in French oak barrels for nine months, and are then bottle aged an additional three months.

Touriga Nacional, a rich ruby red with purple notes, is fresh with good minerality and soft tannins. From the aging, it develops spicy notes. The Verdelho is a light gold with hints of chartreuse, with notes of lime, green almond and white peach. It’s 13.5 percent ABV.

Both represent excellent quality and value, pair well with food and would be great additions to wine by the glass lists. Learn about the lovely wines of Southern Portugal with these two as a guide!


Wine of the Week – – Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee “T” Vouvray

This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.

Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.

The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.

Wine(s) of the Week – 2 for Summer Sipping


As we move toward late Spring/early Summer, we’re still drinking red wines as well as moving into the whites and rosés that sing of summer. Here are two that fit the season well – not overly rich and heavy, but well balanced. Both are wines that offer value to the restaurant and the consumer as the price points are modest ($10 retail range) and both are well made and a good fit for every day drinking.

GNARLY HEAD Malbec – Grown in Argentina (Mendoza) in vineyards located in the high eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the wine offers a nose of dark berries – think blueberry and blackberry. The 2016 vintage saw what its winemakers call an “outstanding harvest” with bold, juicy concentrated fruit. It’s a big wine for a small price, 13.5 percent ABV, and somewhat like Argentinian Zinfandels in style. The name is for the gnarly vines of the grapes that twist around. This particular harvest was deemed “outstanding, exciting and somewhat unexpected.” It’s a nice surprise for a relatively inexpensive bottle to offer such depth of flavor. Visit www.gnarlyhead.com.


SMOKING LOON – This Cabernet Sauvignon is a product of Chile, imported and bottled by Smoking Loon Winery in Napa, CA. Rich and savory, it’s well balanced with notes of blueberry, dried cherry, and a hint of nuts, black raspberry, red currant and notes of vanilla and even coconut. It’s aged in American oak and is 13.5 percent ABV. Check it out at www.smokingloon.com.

SHFM launches diversity program for associate members

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) is launching a Diversity Business Enterprises Program for Associate Members.

Certified Women Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises and Disabled Business Enterprises will be eligible for a 35 percent discount on annual SHFM Associate membership fees.

The group launched a Diversity Council last year to cultivate an environment embracing diversity and inclusion at all levels within the market the Society members serve. The goal is to increase membership diversification, champion employment opportunities and highlight and encourage procurement opportunities for minority business in the foodservice industry.

SHFM President Victoria Vega of Unidine Corp. notes that the group is “committed to workplace diversity partnerships and is believed to be the first industry association to announce such a program to certified suppliers.”

The Diversity Council notes that, “fostered by a need for unity and connectedness,” it will be committed to breaking down barriers. “Our goal is to provide non-discriminatory access and inclusion that are vital to the enhancement and longevity of SHFM.”

From workforce diversity to vendor partnerships, the group will “align itself with pride to promote equal access and socially support the changing composition of our more diverse membership.” The program is available by calling SHFM headquarters at 502-574-9931. Those applying need to submit documentation of their company’s enterprise status.

Nibbles – a reminder

What’s new in retail leasing & lending in NYC

NEW YORK – Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman Retail Leasing Marketing and Sales Division, will be the keynote speaker on May 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a panel discussion of What’s Happening in the Retail Leasing and Lending Market at 4 Times Square. Panelists include Leland Bunch, head of Securization/Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Darren Gluck, head of B-Piece Acquisitions, Silverpeak Argentic, Jonathan Schultz, founder and managing principal, Onyx Equities, LLC and Frances Zujkowski, counsel, White and Williams LLP. Moderator will be Steven Coury, partner, White and Williams LLP. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. with the keynote and runs through 7:30 when there will be a networking reception. Price is $85 for members/$170 for non-members.


Seafood exec indicted on price-fixing charges

SAN DIEGO – The CEO of Bumblebee Foods here, Christopher Li, reportedly faces indictment on charges of conspiring to illegal price fixing to end competition in the packaged seafoods market. He is reportedly the third corporate executive facing such charges, according to a published report.


Two women vice presidents named at Dunkin’ Donuts

CANTON, MA – Dunkin’ Donuts recently appointed two female vice presidents, Stephanie Meltzer-Paul,  new vice president of Digital and LoyaltyMarketing, who previously was vice president of member engagement and loyalty at BJ’s Wholesale Club and Drayton Martin, new vice president of Brand Stewardship from posts with MullerLowe.


Changes lie ahead for our industry publication

Foodservice East, the 92-year-old industry publication for foodservice operators across the Northeast from Maine through eastern Pennsylvania, is about to embark on changes to become more interactive with readers and to offer stories, new product information, personnel changes within the industry, and more on an ongoing digital basis.

We urge our readers to interact with us and give us their thoughts, ideas, etc. for embarking on these changes, and to communicate their news on an ongoing basis. Please contact us at http://www.foodserviceeast.com or email us at fsesusan @gmail.com!