Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) has quite the treat for those in search of a holiday gift that should please the wine aficionados in their lives. For a limited time through the holidays, FRC’s limited edition private label wine, Fox Block Eight, is available for purchase exclusively at Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace.
Developed by FRC’s sommelier Regan Jasper in partnership with Misha’s Vineyard (Central Otago, New Zealand), this Pinot Noir is a versatile wine and considered the perfect patio wine for Arizona, according to Jasper.
“Fox Block Eight is a bright-style Pinot Noir with hints of pomegranate, rhubarb and strawberry pie,” Jasper says. “It pairs beautifully with white or red meats, roasted or seared fish, mushrooms, spicy sauces, and mild or creamy cheeses.”
Since its inception in 2001, the Fox Block series has featured wine from Oregon and California. Fox Block Eight is the first partnership with a winery outside of the United States, and its criteria for selecting a vineyard is as follows: the winery must own their own land; their wine must typically retail for approximately $60 a bottle; and the wine needs to be a Pinot Noir.
“It’s not uncommon for a restaurant to develop a private wine label using a winery’s bulk juice,” Jasper says, “but the Fox Block series is completely different. It’s a true partnership between FRC and the winemaker. Fox Block is crafted specifically and exclusively for FRC with cream-of-the-crop grapes from high-end wineries.”
The Fox Block wine program began producing 140 cases in its launch year. The bottles sold out quickly, and since then, FRC has produced eight different batches of wine, each time increasing the production amount — with a run of more than 2,200 cases.
Olive & Ivy, the exclusive retailer of Fox Block Eight, is offering a single bottle for $27 or 12 bottles for $300. However, if you’re interested in enjoying the wine while dining out, Fox Block Eight is available at The Arrogant Butcher, Blanco Tacos + Tequila, The Greene House, Modern Steak, North Fattoria Italiana, NoRTH Modern Italian Cuisine, True Food Kitchen, Zinburger and, of course, Olive & Ivy.
Fox Block Eight at Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace
7135 E. Camelback Rd. #195, Scottsdale