An Arcanum winery is expanding its hours, its seating capacity, its lineup of wines — and its wordplay humor — in the weeks ahead.
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A.R. Winery already produces a wine called “What the Foch,” and in August, will release a new wine entitled “All Foched Up.” The “F” word on the labels is a wink-and-a-nod reference to the French hybrid grape varietal named Marechal Foch, which is correctly pronounced “mar-esh-all-fosh.” And we are CERTAIN that’s how seasoned wine drinkers pronounce it in their heads when they first see each wine’s label.
Both red wines are indeed made from Marechal Foch; the All Foched Up is aged in bourbon barrels.
Angie Rex credits — or blames — her husband Russell for the idea.
“Russell and I actually didn’t agree on this name — I thought it might be a little too risky,” Angie Rex said. “But people love it. Quite a few have bought the bottle just for the label.”
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But the winery located at 3564 Gordon Landis Road northeast of Arcanum is about more than wordplay. A.R. Winery is adding Thursday hours starting this Thursday, July 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., when it also will release a new sweet blackberry wine, named, rather tamely, “Bambalam.” (It is also open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
And the winery is nearing completion of a new production room and open porch.
“We’re definitely growing,” Rex said. “Our new tanks will produce five times more wine than currently being produced. We’re in 33 retail stores, and another 7 are on a waiting list.”
The open porch will add much-needed seating, which has been filling up on weekends, in part because the winery introduced wood-fired pizzas last summer.
The All Foched Up bourbon-barrel-aged red is coming in August, and will be sold only at the winery’s tasting room.