If you have ever been to a Fox Restaurant Concept venue in Scottsdale, which includes Modern Steak, Olive + Ivy and North among others, then you have tried its specialty wine - The Fox Blocks.
Fox Block Eight, the eighth in Fox Restaurant Concepts’ famed Fox Block private wine label series, will now be available to take home as well. While supplies last, the private label will be available for purchase at Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace in Scottsdale for $27 per bottle or $300 for a 12-pack case.
Developed by Fox Sommelier Regan Jasper in partnership with Misha’s Vineyard out of New Zealand, the wine has hints of pomegranate, rhubarb and strawberry pie and was crafted to drink on the patio anytime of the year, making it perfect for Arizona’s winter paradise.
Pairing suggestions: white or red meats, roasted or seared fish, mushrooms, spicy sauces, and mild or creamy cheeses
The Fox Block wine program began modestly, producing just 140 cases in 2001, its launch year. The bottles sold out quickly, so Jasper knew he was on to something. Since then, Fox Restaurant Concepts has produced eight different batches of wine, each time increasing the production amount. Coming a long way since Fox Block One, Fox Block Eight had a run of over 2,200 cases.
Jasper also began his now-storied career quite modestly – as a finance-major server in Tucson who figured out that selling fine wine to his guests increased his ticket average, and tips. Once learning how to educate his guests about wine from mentor Dale Sparks, he took and aced the level one sommelier exam. After helping to open and develop the wine programs for Fuego and Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch, respectively, in Tucson, and earning world-wide acclaim, notably as a Wine Spectator Best of Excellence honoree, he met Sam Fox.
In 1999, Jasper and Fox joined together as partners.
The rest is wine-loving history.
For more information, please visit www.foxrc.com.