"Who’s ready for a new year, a fresh start, a hard reboot? We are for sure! As we enter the final month of this terribly topsy-turvy year,we are ready to pop some corks and let the bubbles flow. We sat down for a little tutorial a few weeks back at a Champagne masterclass at Foxcroft Wine Co., and came away with a fresh supply of the sparkly stuff - all chilled and waiting for the celebration to begin." - Greenville News
10 Perfect Wines And Spirits To Pair With Thanksgiving Dinner
"A crowd-friendly wine is a must, no matter how big or small that crowd ends up being. 'This wine is incredibly versatile - and affordable - making it my go-to bottle for dinner parties and holiday gatherings,' said Keely Rosenthal, Assistant General Manager at Foxcroft Wine Co. Dilworth. The acid cuts through the fat in many popular sauces (such as gravy), and the lighter body and approachable flavors pair well with both lighter proteins as well as roasted vegetables." - Forbes
Ten Holiday Buying Trends to Watch in 2020
While “comfort brands” boomed during the pandemic’s first six months, retailers are seeing a renewed and increased interest in exploring new products and regions. “Consumers are looking for diversity, since so many of their other routine things can’t necessarily be done right now,” says Shawn Paul, the wine operations director of Foxcroft Wine Co. in Charlotte, North Carolina. “People seem to want a little more variety and discovery in what they’re drinking.” - SevenFifty
We Asked 12 Sommeliers: What’s One Trend in Wine You Wish Would Catch On?
" 'I wish people would learn to trust people — and their own palates — more than numbers or scores. Trust your instincts about what you like, rather than drinking what someone else thinks you should be drinking. … If you’re really interested in learning about all of the different wines and flavors that are out there, try to pick up at least one new bottle every time you shop for wine. Talk to the people who work at your wine store of choice, whether that’s the grocery store or your local wine shop. Tell them what you usually drink, and ask them to suggest something similar, but different, so you can try something new.' —Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director, Foxcroft Wine Co., Charlotte, N.C. and Greenville, S.C." - Vinepair
We Asked 13 Wine Pros: What’s the Most Underrated American Winery?
“I’m a huge fan of Ridge Vineyards, based in Santa Cruz. The sheer quantity of wine they produce, from such a wide range of grapes and vineyards, is truly impressive. Very few wineries can remain so consistent across a broad spectrum as Ridge... Their commitment to organic farming and transparency in labeling is truly impressive and should be a reference point for American wine. They are great communicators and advocates for what’s honest and best about farming and winemaking.” —Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director, Foxcroft Wine Co., Charlotte, N.C. and Greenville, S.C. - Vinepair
What is Natural Wine?
"Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director at Foxcroft Wine Co., adds that it’s more of a 'winemaking philosophy' than anything else. 'Nothing added, nothing taken away,' he explains. 'Natural winemaking is about choosing not to use additives or preservatives to manipulate wine.' " - Parade
Recreate the Oyster Happy Hour at Home
"Assyrtiko, especially from the island of Santorini, is best with robust and meaty oysters. If you love Sauvignon Blanc, then you'll enjoy Assyrtiko and recognize similar flavors, plus the salinity which Sauv Blanc doesn't have,” said Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director at Foxcroft Wine Co." - Forbes
Celebrate National Wine & Cheese Day
"For Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director at Foxcroft Wine Co. in the Carolinas, summer-friendly means refreshing and bright. 'I would choose a beverage that leaves you cooler than you were before imbibing,' said Paul." - Forbes
Eating Out - A Directory of Outdoor Dining
"While there are plenty of reasons to love living in the Upstate, one that is having quite a moment this month is the ideal al fresco dining weather. It really doesn’t get much more perfect -- or safe -- than enjoying a favorite meal out, on the patio in 70-degree weather with low humidity. Recently, more restaurants have expanded their outdoor seating capacities, and we can’t say we’re the least bit mad about the result -- more options for more people to safely support Greenville’s growing dining scene." - Off The Grid Greenville
Local Businesses Find More Virtual Opportunities Amid the Pandemic
"Foxcroft Wine Co. is partnering with Blue Ridge Creamy for a virtual wine and cheese tasting. Those that participate get three bottles of wine and three cheeses. Then via zoom a cheese and wine guru will tell you about each one, why they pair nicely together and allow you to ask questions." - WYFF