A.J. Foyt at this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - Anne Proffit photoEnlarge Photo
When anyone thinks about the month of May, thoughts usually turn to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and A.J. Foyt, the first driver to win four Indy 500 races. Super Tex is the King of Indy, known for his dominance of that race for decades, beginning with his initial victory in 1961.
Foyt's son Larry and grandson A.J. Foyt IV, both of whom have passion for wine, began Foyt Family Wines to whet their passion - and also as a means of paying tribute to A.J. and his amazing racing career. Each wine offering from their cellars has been labeled with a number that's significant to A.J. Foyt's career, either a car number (his famous No. 14 was the first) or a year in which Foyt won an important race.
“My dad has done so many things for open wheel racing and ultimately the IZOD IndyCar Series, and with so many new drivers and younger fans coming into the sport, it’s important for us to pay respect and acknowledge what he has accomplished and what his name means to American motorsports, the Indy 500 and its fans,” Larry Foyt said.
There's been great response to the Foyt Family Wines brand - and not just because of A.J. Foyt's success and popularity throughout his 60 years of competition. Winemaker Tom Meadowcroft's skill and Larry and A.J. IV's palates have played a large part of the winery's success. When consumers try Foyt's wines their reactions usually are, "Wow, I'm impressed. This is not what I was expecting."
The rough and tumble demeanor of the Foyt family patriarch usually means most people expect a family whiskey, not a wine. Nonetheless, it was wine that ignited the passion of the company's two founders; they strive to achieve the kind of excellence that is the hallmark of A.J. Foyt's career in every bottle that carries the Foyt Family Wines label.
At the end of May, the winery will release the 2010 No. 67 Chardonnay, the third vintage of the popular varietal. The year 1967 was a special one for A.J. Foyt: he won his third Indianapolis 500 and two weeks later won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, easily pairing the two most important races on the calendar. At Le Mans, Foyt was an integral part of the only all-American team to win international sports car racing's crown jewel. This victory marked the first time Champagne was sprayed in a motorsports winners circle, a tradition started by co-driver Dan Gurney - and continuing today.
In preparation for the upcoming release of the 2010 vintage of No. 67 Chardonnay, Foyt Family Wines is offering the 2009 vintage at 50% off - and this offer is only through May 10. Quantities are limited, so fans of fine wine and A.J. Foyt (and his family) can take advantage of this incredible offer by going to www.foytwines.com.