A Glass of Carafe Wine Makers’, “Wave Off White," Raised for F-14 Tomcat Fighter

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Carafe Wine Makers of Chesapeake, Virginia’s first micro-winery recently had the honor of supplying 500 bottles of custom wine to toast the retirement of the celebrated F-14 Tomcat Fighter. The Tomcat Sunset Committee, a nonprofit, nonfederal entity established to plan and execute the farewell ceremonies for the F-14 is chaired by Rear Admiral Fred Lewis, USN (Ret) and includes retired military and industry representatives associated with the Tomcat legacy. The committee is pleased to report that both the sold out event and the wine were a huge hit. The weekend-long event was intended to, “Foster and promote knowledge on the part of the general public concerning naval aviation in general and the F-14 Tomcat in particular.”

Wave Off White -- A full-bodied, stay dry flavor, so delightful you’ll want another pass

The F-14 saw it’s first flight in 1970 and has been in front line service for three and a half decades. The final flight ceremony took place at Hangar 500 at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach. During it’s service to the U. S. Navy, the Tomcat has captured headlines and it’s own devoted following. The next and final day of the event, the “Tomcat Sunset Banquet”, held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, attracted Tomcat enthusiasts from all over the world. The guest list included 40 Flag Officers, CNN representatives and the first and last pilots to fly the renowned jet, who all gathered to make a toast to its’ years of dedicated service.

The wine was supplied for the event by Virginia’s first and only micro-winery, Carafe Wine Makers. Not new to the media, Carafe made headlines a year ago when Associated Press featured Carafe in an article, “A Winery Without Vineyards”. Located in Chesapeake, VA, Carafe offers wines from around the world, by importing the ingredients and making the wine on-site to the specifications of their customers. Carafe delighted the attendees of the black tie affair with three custom labeled wines.

Each of the commemorative labels featured images of the F-14, with inventive names appropriate to the event and the guests: “Wave Off White -- A full-bodied, stay dry flavor, so delightful you’ll want another pass”, Gewurztraminer; “Bad Fred Red, -- A bold, brash, “in your face” taste that will make you wonder what you did to deserve it”, Rosso Fortissimo; and “A Pinky -- A soft and smooth blend for those less daring”, White Zinfandel. It is reported that both the labels and the contents of the bottles were enjoyed immensely.

Learn more about Carafe by visiting http://www.carafewinemakers.com.

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