Foyt Family Wines Releases Its Second Collectors Series Wine

Limited release wine’s label design features oil painting by artist Colin Carter

SONOMA, Calif. - Foyt Family Wines is releasing its second Collectors Series wine with a 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Meadowcroft Estate Vineyard which lies in the esteemed Mt. Veeder region of the Napa Valley.  Bottled in 2014, this special wine honors the 50 year anniversary of A.J. Foyt’s second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1964.

In that Memorial Day race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Foyt started fifth, dominated the race and led 146 laps. He averaged 147.350 mph smashing the track record by over four miles per hour! When Foyt crossed the finish line, it would be the last time a front-engine roadster would ever lead a lap at the 'Brickyard.'

That year, Foyt won 10 of the 13 National Championship races, winning every race he finished to set an IndyCar record. His finest tribute came from 1963 Indy 500 Winner Parnelli Jones, who at the '64 Indy 500 victory dinner, introduced Foyt as "the greatest race car driver who ever lived."

The image used on the bottle, an original oil painting by British artist Colin Carter, captures the essence of this historic moment in the Foyt family’s legacy.

“Due to consumer demand, we decided to continue with our Collectors Series offerings utilizing an image of my dad on the bottle,” said Larry Foyt, co-founder of Foyt Family Wines. “With Colin’s amazing paintings that he created for my dad, we have three incredible Collectors Series wine labels already for our collection going forward.”

Created for the Foyt family by winemaker Tom Meadowcroft from his Estate Vineyard, the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested at the end of September of 2011 and fermented for two weeks. The wine was aged in Alain Fouquet French Oak barrels for three years, which allowed for the massive fruit and tannin structure to mature into a complex and complete wine.

With only 40 cases produced, the Reserve release is limited to only 15 cases available to the public at this time.  Each bottle is wax dipped and packaged in a heat embossed Foyt Family Wines wooden box.  The wine, which retails for $106.00, will be sold exclusively via the Foyt Family Wines website (www.foytwines.com).

Foyt Family Wines was created by Larry Foyt and A. J. Foyt IV, the son and grandson, respectively, of the racing legend.  Both men joined the family business of racing.  Larry has run in NASCAR races as well as the Indy 500 and A.J. IV ran his first Indy 500 at the age of 19.  Joining forces with winemaker Tom Meadowcroft in 2009 to further pursue their passion for fine wines, Foyt Family Wines debuted with its release of No. 14 which was a 2006 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

We at AJ Foyt Racing wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! We appreciate the support you have shown us over the past season and all of the good wishes sent A.J.'s way this past month. We're looking forward to 2015 and a great season with A.J., Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth and our entire ABC Supply Racing team. See you at the races!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We at AJ Foyt Racing are wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are feeling especially grateful this year and hope that everyone has the opportunity to spend this day with their loved ones.

A.J. Foyt Released from Hospital, Recovering at Home

HOUSTON Dec. 4, 2014—A.J. Foyt was released from Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center Tuesday afternoon and is recovering at home from his Nov. 12 triple bypass heart surgery.

Although his heart surgery was successful, Foyt developed serious complications with his lungs. He was kept on a ventilator for eight days to allow his lungs to recover full functionality. Ten days in the Intensive Care Unit was followed by an additional 10 days in the hospital. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner’s stay was his longest ever—a total of 25 days from when he was admitted Nov. 7 with chest pains.

“It’s been pretty rough but I guess I slept through the roughest part,” said Foyt, who will turn 80 in January. “I had some problems that most people don’t have after open heart surgery so I made my doctors work extra hard but they saved my life. We’ve turned a corner so everything’s pretty good. I’ve got a long way to go but I’m feeling better every day.”

Foyt is expected to make a full recovery but his doctors have explained to him that it may take longer than he is anticipating. For Foyt, that is called motivation.

A.J. Foyt Update

HOUSTON (Nov. 26)--A.J. Foyt, who underwent successful triple bypass surgery on his heart November 12, remains in a Houston hospital due to a post-operative complication which has been resolved.

“A.J.’s doing really well,” said Larry Foyt, the youngest son of the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner and the Team Director of his father’s racing team. “I’d like to thank everyone who sent get well wishes—it means a lot to A.J. and our family. We’re not sure when he will be released because he needs to rest. He’s improving every day and we’re expecting a full recovery.”