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Renowned Author Brings Line Of Tuscan Wines To New Hampshire

Frances Mayes, Author of 'Under the Tuscan Sun,' Brings Brand of Hand-Selected Italian Wines to Tuscan Market for Wine Tasting Dinner and Sampling Events

SALEM, N.H., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Frances Mayes, the bestselling author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," brings her line of Tuscan Sun Wines to New Hampshire for the first time on Friday, May 16th for a private dinner event at Tuscan Kitchen, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in Salem, New Hampshire. This will be followed by a wine sampling and book and bottle singing event on Saturday, May 17th at Tuscan Market, an artisan Italian marketplace and trattoria. Created in partnership with Curious Cork Imports, each Tuscan Sun Wine was hand-selected by Mayes herself to embody a different concept that touches on the Tuscan lifestyle.

The events include a wine pairing private dinner at Tuscan Kitchen and a book and bottle signing and wine sampling event at Tuscan Market. Fans will get a chance to taste Mayes' delicious wines and meet Frances Mayes in person. She will be in attendance at both events to greet fans and talk about her wine collection and its debut in the New Hampshire market. The private dinner with Frances will take place on Friday, May 16th with two seatings at 5:30PM and again at 8:30PM at Tuscan Kitchen located at 67 Main Street, in Salem, NH.  Reservations for the private dinner is limited to 50 people per seating and is $125 per person. This includes a gourmet dinner, a signed bottle of Tuscan Sun Wines, and a signed cookbook. Tickets to the event are selling quickly, so fans are encouraged to reserve their spot without delay. For reservations, please visit www.TuscanSunWines.com/events. The book and bottle signing will take place the following day on Saturday, May 17th from 11:00AM3:00PM at Tuscan Market, 63 Main Street in Salem, NH, right next to Tuscan Kitchen.  Fans will be able to meet Frances Mayes, taste the wines and have Frances autograph her bottles, books, and the movie which make the perfect keepsake or gift.  Frances's wines, her cookbook, "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook," book "Under the Tuscan Sun," as well as the 2003 movie adaptation of her book of the same title will be available for purchase at the event.

The line of Tuscan Sun Wines includes three reds and one white. Each wine has an Italian name and an English translation and showcases the unmistakable vision of Frances Mayes that has become an international phenomenon since the publication of "Under the Tuscan Sun":

  • Pensiero (A little gift) 100% Pinot Grigio
  • Permesso (May I come in?) 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tondo Tondo (Just perfect) 100% Sangiovese
  • Auguri (My best to you) 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

"These wines bring to life a sense of wonder through the simple joys that my life in Italy has given me," said Mayes. "I hope that by sharing them with the world, others can also attain a bit of the enjoyment I've gained from my experience here, if only for a moment as they sip these glorious wines." – Frances Mayes

Since settling in Italy more than 20 years ago, Frances Mayes has gone from being a proud resident of Cortona to one of its most esteemed citizens, as well as Tuscany's literary favorite, penning titles including "Under the Tuscan Sun"; "Bella Tuscany"; "Every Day in Tuscany"; "Bringing Tuscany Home"; "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook"; "A Year in the World"; "Shrines: Images of Italian Worship"; "Italy: Where to Go When"; "Swan", her first novel, and the highly anticipated "Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir", which will be available on April 1, 2014. A prolific writer and poet, the phenomenon that is Frances Mayes now grows with the launch of Tuscan Sun Wines.

"We are thrilled to introduce this delightful collection of wines to Tuscan Market in New Hampshire," says Joe Faro, owner and CEO of Tuscan Market and Tuscan Kitchen. "Our customers will love how they transport you to a summer's day in Tuscany. We couldn't be more excited to host Frances at our wine tasting and dinner, and look forward to introducing her wines to our customers."

About Frances Mayes:

In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, Frances Mayes is the author of the travel memoir A Year in the World; the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home; Swan, a novel; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry. She divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.francesmayesbooks.com.

About Curious Cork:

At Curious Cork, we strive to bring fun, beauty, and joy back into the wine industry. With our light-hearted attitude and positive outlook, deep knowledge and appreciation for wine, and portfolio of unique wines from around the world, Curious Cork aims to offer its distributors a selection of diverse and exciting wines for every occasion. Every wine under the Curious Cork umbrella is a celebration of life! We are constantly building a portfolio of beautiful wines from around the world that are coveted by distributors and consumers alike. Our distributors know and trust us to offer a range of excellent wines for all occasions, and provide the sales and marketing support to drive sales and grow revenue.  Learn more at www.curiouscork.com. Curious Cork and Tuscan Sun Wines are portfolio holdings of Impact Opportunities Fund.

About Tuscan Kitchen:

Tuscan Kitchen is an upscale restaurant offering handcrafted regional Italian cuisine located in Salem, New Hampshire. Owner/Entrepreneur Joe Faro opened Tuscan Kitchen with one simple vision: recreating a true Italian experience. Everything from the imported Italian limestone on the building's exterior, to the 16,000 square foot interior featuring fireplaces, a wood-fired oven, custom-made Italian imported pasta-making equipment, ingredients and the menu reflects various regions of Italy. With 425 seats inside an expansive yet intimate dining room, three private dining rooms, two outdoor patios (upstairs terrace seats 24, downstairs patio seats 60), a wine bar and regular live entertainment, Tuscan Kitchen is the perfect place for enjoying a bottle of wine or cocktails, dining on all occasions, special chef and wine tastings, and holding special events and private parties alike. Tuscan Kitchen is located at 67 Main Street, Salem, NH, 03079. Hours of operation are as follows: Lunch: Monday- Saturday, 11:30AM to 3:00PM, Sunday dinner & Pranzo menu, 12:00PM to 4:00PM and Dinner: Monday & Tuesday: 3:00PM to 9:00PM, Wednesday-Saturday: 3:00PM to 10:00PM and Sunday 4:00PM to 9:00PM. The Wine Bar is open from 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Wednesday-Saturday. For more information please call 603-952-4875 or visit www.tuscanbrands.com.

Tuscan Market:

Tuscan Market is the largest artisanal marketplace in New England. Located in Salem, New Hampshire, next to Tuscan Kitchen restaurant, this enormous indoor marketplace of over 10,000 square feet encompasses the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy and offers an array of artisanal products, cooking supplies, gourmet delicacies and much more!  With over 25 years of food experience, owner and chief food taster Joe Faro's original vision to create a Tuscan villa in Southern New Hampshire has finally transformed into a reality. When Joe first opened the award-winning Tuscan Kitchen in November 2010, the concept was to combine simplicity in the freshest ingredients with time-honored preparation to create a truly incredible culinary experience. Applying this same concept to his latest project, Faro's Tuscan Market carries an extensive array of artisan products from multiple geographic regions, further reflecting his passion for diverse Italian cuisine and his dream of allowing others to experience it as well. Tuscan Market is located at 67 Main Street, Salem, NH, 03079. Tuscan Market is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Thursday 7:00AM to 7:00PM,Friday & Saturday 7:00AM to 9:00PM, and Sundays from 7:00PM to 5:00PM. For more information please call (603) 912-5467 or visit www.tuscanbrands.com.

SOURCE Tuscan Brands

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