Seeing Red

It's tough to think of an analogy that conveys how quickly and efficiently Phoenicians recede indoors for the summer only to emerge in late September like nothing ever happened. Ron Howard's hairline comes to mind. And since stores are well aware of this, they often pull out all the stops to keep the moolah flowing while the mercury is rising. AJ's Summer Wine Spectacular is one such example.

You don't need to be a Master Sommelier to know that AJ's takes its wine seriously. Take a quick stroll through the wine section at one of the Valley-based, high-end grocery stores and you'll feel like you've stumbled into the cellar in some eccentric millionaire's French Château.

So when AJ's throws a tasting party at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2nd Street, starting at $35 a head, you know it'll be worth the scratch, or, if you actually are a sommelier, the sniff. Sip away from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Visit or call 480-499-8587 for details.

Sat., May 31, 2 p.m., 2014


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