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    February 27, 2014

    Celebrate Arizona with Dos Cabezas' Pink Wine and other Local Roses

    Let's face it, it's been a rough week for Arizona, even with that veto. SB 1062 has made our fair state the butt of jokes across the country. Many of us are responding to pleas from our friends elsewhere to get out of here, what were we thinking, moving to this bass-ackwards state? I'd like to tak ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Stuff I'm Geekin' On: Port

    What do you think of when you hear the words "port wine?" British gentlemen's clubs? Cigars? Mikhail Gorbachev? I think of the delicious, sweet, fortified wine of the Douro River Valley of Portugal. Few wines are as rich in history and culture as Port, or Oporto, or Vinho do Porto, just a few of the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Duchesse de Bourgogne: A Valentine's Day Beer for the Ladies

    Beer: Duchesse de Bourgogne Brewery: Brouwerij Verhaeghe Style: Flemish Red Ale ABV: 6.2 percent Because they tend to get me in big trouble both personally and professionally, I try to avoid making sweeping generalizations about the opposite sex. So it's at great peril that I start off this week's ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    The Perch Pub & Brewery to Open February 14 in Chandler

    This Valentine's Day, Valley hop-heads will have one more reason to love the Valley's brew scene: The Perch. The new gastropub comes courtesy of craft beer aficionado James Swann, who has dealt in adult libations at spots like Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company (which he helped open), The Hungry Mon ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    A Look Back on the World of Wine in 2013

    The end of the year is nigh -- presents are unwrapped, recycle bins are overflowing, bellies are bulging. I'm jumping on the bandwagon of ubiquitous end-of-year reflections. It's as good a time as any to take a look at 2013 in the world of wine. Some really great things happened and some pretty terr ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Funkwerks In Mysterious Ways

    Beer: Saison Brewery: Funkwerks Style: Saison ABV: 6.8 percent Phoenix, it must be said, is a pretty odd place -- made up primarily of people exported from other regions. With our climate and the variety of drinkers making their homes in the Valley, it's difficult to dial in on what beers will be s ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    5 Things To Eat And Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. This week has plenty to offer food lovers and beer drinkers all over the Valley. "Brews & Banter" Craft Beer Dinner This Tuesday, July 30 The Arrogant Butcher at Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix is celebrating the craft beers of Mothe ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Can Wine "Experts" Really Tell The Difference? Science Says No

    Winning a medal at a national wine competition means a lot. In fact, wineries often spend thousands of dollars on entry fees every year in hopes of taking one home. And according to a 2001 study, a one-point increase on the Robert Parker wine ratings can translate to 7 percent increase in price. To ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Gorgona: Wine Produced at Italian Island Jail Destined for Tables at High-End Restaurants

    If we had to go to jail, we'd definitely want it to be the one located on the Italian island of Gorgona, the smallest in a chain that includes both Elba (where Napoleon was incarcerated) and the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo. That's because at this jail, convicts recently produced 2,700 bo ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - 12 Spots for BBQ, Beers, and More for Father's Day in Metro Phoenix - 15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona Kaiseki Dinner at Posh It's no secret to Phoenix ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Brews to Benefit This Thursday, June 6, at O.H.S.O. Eatery nanoBrewery in Phoenix

    Every month, New Times hosts a happy hour event at a local bar or restaurant during which attendees raise a glass -- or rather, four glasses -- to charity. This month's event will be held at O.H.S.O. Eatery nanoBrewery in Phoenix, to raise some money for Chicks With Picks. For just a 10-spot you ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Four Peaks SunBru: A Can-tastic Gold Medal Winner

    Beer: Sunbru Brewery: Four Peaks Brewing Co. Style: Kolsch ABV: 5.2 percent If you people are any part the beer geeks you claim to be, you'll journey outside your homes on Saturday, May 18, into the increasingly balmy summer air and over to the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. You'll get to lis ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Bear Republic Racer 5, In Beer And Whiskey Form

    Beer: Racer 5 Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7 percent Brewing beer and distilling whiskey are closely related enterprises. To make beer, all you need to do is add yeast to a boiled blend of malted barley and hops called wort. To make whiskey, you take hops out the equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Maynard James Keenan: Biodynamics For Dummies

    With few exceptions, knowing is better than not knowing. As they say, "Knowledge is power." If you believe this as much as I do, then you can understand why some of our historic monsters went to such great lengths to eliminate knowledge and why forward thinkers and the socially conscious would die ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Local and Online Wine Clubs to Try

    Thinking of starting 2013 with a wine club membership for yourself or as a gift for a fellow wine lover? Afraid of commitment? Looking for special access to members only wines? Discounts? Today, we compare some online and local options, all of which have free membership. See also: - Shit Wine Snob ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Four Peaks Opens New Brewery and Tap Room, Food Trucks on Hand for Eats

    There's no kitchen, no official signage (yet), and the long, industrial building with the green stripe probably won't be winning any architectural awards, but there's beer in them there walls, folks -- Four Peaks beer. See also: Best Local Beer 2012 - Four Peaks Hop Knot This week, Four Peaks, the ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Inaugural Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival Coming December 7 and 8

    The craft beer movement has been steadily growing in Phoenix over the past few years, and now all the hard work we've done downing pints and sampling flights has paid off with one really big event. The first Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Decemb ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Receives Liquor License Approval

    See Also: Craft Beer of the Week: Bell's Oarsman Ale Good news, East Valley Craft beer lovers. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. just received approval for their Series 3 Domestic Microbrewery Liquor License! That means that the Kickstarter assisted brewery that will eventually be housed at 721 N. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Get Thirsty: Chef Gabriele Bertaccini Introduces BACCHUS MISCHiEF

    MISCHiEF maker and il Tocco chef, Gabriele Bertaccini is at again, and this time, he brought the wine. BACCHUS MISCHiEF will make its premiere (and already sold-out) appearance at an undisclosed location on July 28. Bertaccini's new event is the new younger sibling of the three-year-old CULINARY M ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Five Ways Not to Buy Wine

    Vine Geek Brian Reeder co-owns AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale. Wine is subjective. Every wine is different. It all depends on your taste. Price doesn't equal quality. It's all the same anyway. Just drink what you like. Blah. Blah. Blah. We've all heard the nomenclatures. The bullshit lines that e ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Hot Scotchy, the Brewer's Cocktail

    ​An arcane and mysterious sect, brewers like to perform a number of rituals during the making of beer: the pre-mash dance and battle cry, the sacramental blessing of the hops, the ceremonial loogie into the day's first boil. (ED NOTE: These are all made up. We hope.) But perhaps no brewday custom ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Chow Bella Prepares for the Coming Achocalypse with Prescott Brewing Company

    Who hasn't wanted to spend a few minutes chatting up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Chow Bella Chills Out in the Fridge at Papago Brewing Company

    Who hasn't wanted to spend a few minutes chatting up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. The catch? We only got about three minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    October 24, 2011

    Blueberry Pinot Noir, Green Apple Riesling, White Chocolate Ale and Other Sips of the Kokopelli Wine Festival

    "Going once....going twice...sold!" Kokopelli winemaker Dennis Minchella auctions off one of the 1,000,000th bottles.​We spent more time (okay, all of our time) sipping at grapes rather than crushing them over the weekend at the 10th Annual Kokopelli Krush, a wine festival put on by Kok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Bottling Wine with Sam Pillsbury and Co.

    Nicole Whittington and James Waldron​When I went up to the Verde Valley to bottle wine with winemakers Eric Glomski, Tim White and Sam Pillsubry, I kept hearing that "wine making isn't as romantic as everyone thinks." Maybe the guys were afraid that I would find the monotonous assembly of bottl ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    March 24, 2011

    Beer Advocate's Top 100 SW Beers: Who From PHX is in the Top 10?

    ​For those of you not familiar with Beer Advocate, it's the bible for beer snobs. A place where we can all go to share our much coveted opinions of rare and no-so-rare craft beer. An online venue to brag about our beer conquests. Beer Advocate also occasionally likes to put out these nice lis ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Winemaker Dinner at Crudo Cafe and "The Most Dangerous Appetizer" in Today's Eater's Digest

    Allen Salkin​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Winemaker DinnerTonight Old Town Scottsdale's Crudo Cafe welcomes you to join them for a special Winemakers Dinner with John McLoughlin of Dribble Creek Wines. The local wine-man will be talking abo ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Is it Bad to Shop for Wine By the Label?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: Is it bad to shop for wine by label? SPILL THE JUICE: "No!" says Stephanie Caraway, the southwestern regional manager at Terlato Wines International. "We all do it. The way I see it is if the aesthetic on the front of the bottle matches my aesthetic, I'll probably also like the aes ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    The Best Beers of 2010

    Photo courtesy of ​Dwell all you want on the poor economy, the dwindling job market or the plethora of depressing events of 2010 -- it's been a good year for beer. Despite a drop in overall beer sales, craft brews continue to rise in popularity, allowing innovative American b ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Music to Your Beers

    Get your booze on without judgment

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    September 23, 2010

    Beer Me Now

    Restore the love with the help of suds

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    September 2, 2010

    Taste Nimbus Brewing's A-1 Beer on First Friday

    ​Have you ever come across old beer bottles and cans at antique stores? I've always loved looking at the labels of long-lost, once-ubiquitous regional brands, and often tried to imagine what they tasted like. What was beer culture like before the mega-brands took over? I get a little nostalgic for ... More >>

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    August 22, 2010

    John McCain's Wife's Budweiser Distributorship Boycotted by Latino Group Over SB 1070

    RenjishinoFirst baseball, now beer's boycotted? What's next, lapdances?Budweiser, which in 2008 was bought out by a Belgian beer giant to form Anheuser-Busch InBev, has spent millions on advertising to the Latino market. According to a 2009 article in Hispanic Market Weekly, the company spent more t ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Abnormal Ales: 10 Beers with Weird Ingredients

    More than 500 years ago, German Beer Purity Law decreed that the world's favorite fermented beverage was to be made with only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. In recent years, however, the definition of a permissible beer ingredient has expanded somewhat, and brewers worldwide have br ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    'Made in Arizona' Beer Festival to Celebrate Local Ales Saturday

    KAET Four Peaks' Andy Ingram explains the brewing process during the TV show "Craft Beer: The New Wine," produced by Valley PBS station KAET.​The Valley has many beer festivals, but the second annual Eight Craft Beer Festival will be the first to focus solely on beers made in Arizona. Dubb ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    This Weekend: Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

    Jason Silva A year ago, I sipped some wine at West of Western culinary festival with entrepreneur and small business advocate Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, chatting about boosting the profile of local restaurants. If only I'd brought a crystal ball with me. ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Free Wine Tastings Tonight at Phoenix Public Market

    A delectable red from Pillsbury Wine Company.​We're headed into Wednesday night, and that means the Downtown Phoenix Public Market on Central Ave. will be opening in less than an hour. From 4-8 p.m. this evening, the market is hosting two free wine tastings. Sam and Dana Pillsbury of P ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Sunday: Arizona Wine Growers Festival at the Farm

    ​This Sunday, November 22, is the day to get out and drink some delicious homegrown wines at the Arizona Wine Growers Festival at the Farm. First of all, do you really need any excuse to go to the Farm at South Mountain? It's one of the prettiest places in the Valley, and feels a milli ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Brew Review: Left Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout

    Jonathan McNamaraLeft Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout​To be honest, I was dead set on reviewing Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout today, but I'm so totally enthralled by the awesome Web site Left Hand has that I'm not sure I'll be able to move past it. It's a wonderfully complex site that incor ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Trans Phat

    New Belgium fest celebrates bikes, beer, and bands

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    July 6, 2009

    Maynard James Keenan Opens Wine Tasting Room in Jerome

    It's 110 degrees here today. It's 83 up in Jerome. Sounds like a good time for a road trip, no? Oh, if only there weren't that four-letter word called WORK to deal with. Well, if you can play hooky -- or hold out 'til the weekend -- I already have something to add to your itinerary. It's ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Foam Remedy

    Draft Mag fest has the ales for what ails you

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    March 7, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    Amber Alert

    It’s beer guts versus beer nuts in Mesa

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003
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    October 18, 2001

    Grape Expectations

    Celebrate the wines of Rioja, Spain

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Brew Pub

    Four Peaks Brewing Company
    1340 East Eighth Street, Tempe

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Haunted by Spirits

    John McCain derived his wealth from his marriage to Cindy Hensley McCain, whose father started his road to riches as a bootlegger. As a politician, the senator has remained beholden to the liquor industry and the family business

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