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Wente Vineyards and entwine Awarded Hot Prospects by M.Shanken's Impact Newsletter

   Wente Vineyards and entwine Awarded Hot Prospects by M.Shanken's Impact
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LIVERMORE VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012

LIVERMORE VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Wente Family Estates is
proud to announce that both Wente Vineyards and entwine, a wine portfolio
co-created by Wente Vineyards and Food Network, have been named "Hot
Prospects" by the trade newsletter, Impact, based on both brands' accelerated
sales growth in recent years. This was a first time ranking for both brands.

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Impact, which is published by M. Shanken Communications, assigns specific
criteria for up-and-coming brands to achieve the designation of "Hot
Prospect." A brand must have demonstrated sales between 50,000 cases and
250,000 cases in 2011, either as a new product, or as an existing brand that
advanced by at least 15% over the previous year and also posted sales growth
in 2009 and 2010.

Wente Vineyards' portfolio of wines, which include Vineyard Selection,
Heritage Block, Small Lot and The Nth Degree labels, satisfy an array of price
points in the marketplace from $14 to $65 retail per 750ml bottle. They ranked
first on the list of Hot Prospects based on its volume base, posted gains of
6% in depletions over the previous year for 2009, 10% growth in 2010, and an
impressive 19% in 2011, showing renewed vigor under the stewardship of 4^th
and 5^th generation owners.

Wente Vineyards also partnered with Food Network to create the brand entwine,
a California portfolio of food-friendly wines featuring Pinot Grigio,
Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon priced at $12.99 per 750ml.
Introduced in the second half of 2011, entwine tallied depletions of 152,000
cases in its first five months in the market, ranking 9^th on the list of Hot
Prospects by volume and making it one of the two most successful wine launches
of 2011. Wente Vineyards' CEO and Fourth Generation Winegrower, Carolyn Wente,
says she expects entwine to reach retail and direct sales of half a million
cases within two years.

"Our goal with entwine was to bring together Wente Vineyards' extraordinary
winemaking talent with Food Network's culinary expertise and loyal audience of
food and wine lovers. We brought Food Network fans a line of balanced,
food-friendly wines designed to complement their culinary explorations, and
they responded," explains Wente. "entwine wines are already reaching a broader
audience through our distribution network, and the future looks bright for
this young brand."

"This is really such a wonderful acknowledgement and recognition for the five
generations of my family who have remained committed to the wine business.We
all love what we do- my two brothers Eric and Phil and my niece and nephew,
Christine and Karl, are collectively building our company into a strong,
relevant and quality driven winery in the 21^stcentury.We have built on the
foundation laid by my great grandfather, Carl Wente, who came to this country
as an immigrant in the late 19^thcentury and founded Wente Vineyards in
1883," said Wente.

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 100^th anniversary of the Wente
family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California. Today, the Wente clone of
Chardonnay is the most widely planted in California.

About Food Network

FOOD NETWORK (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 1.45
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 Cooking Channel
(www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American
Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel
(www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.

Contact: Nicole Quandt
Wente Family Estates
E: Nicole.Quandt@wentevineyards.com
P: 925.456.2300

SOURCE Wente Family Estates
 
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