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    November 11, 2014

    Fizzy Yellow Beer Is Not Your Enemy

    Several months ago, I took part in a judging competition for a local craft beer festival. As often occurs at such ceremonies, we began the day by tasting a calibration beer -- one brew, given to every judge, that helps beer-tasters adjust their scoring so it's in line with everyone else in the room. ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Tickets to the Arizona Wine Growers Festival at The Farm Are on Sale Now

    Whether your a hardcore wine aficionado or just beginning to foster a love of the stuff, there should be plenty to learn and taste at the 6th annual Arizona Wine Growers Festival. The event will be held at The Farm at South Mountain and will offer educational seminars, live music, a picnic lunch, an ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Matt Carter to Launch Weekly Tasting Menus at The House Brasserie With Opus One Paired Dinner on Friday, October 3

    If you've been to California's wine-making regions then chances are you've heard the name Opus One. Chances are much slimmer, however, that you've actually been inside the landmark, white limestone winery. After all a tasting will set you back $45 for just the current vintage and if you actually wan ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Great Growler Fill: Celebrate the New Growler Regulations on Thursday, July 24

    As you may know by now, new legislation signed into law in May has changed the regulations on growlers. Thanks to Senate Bill 1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, breweries will soon be able to fill growlers made out of stainless steel, ceramic, and any nonporous, sanitary material. The new ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Arizona Wines Make A Splash

    It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014
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    May 1, 2014

    The Unsung Art of Blending Wine

    It is de rigueur these days to talk about terroir driven wines, wines that evoke a sense of place based on the geographical sites that give certain characteristics based on microclimate and soil type. It's also trendy to talk about "non-interventionist" winemaking, letting the wine make itself with ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Mountain Dew Baja Blast Coming Soon to More Places Than Just Taco Bell

    The Guilty Pleasure: Mountain Dew Baja Blast Where to Get It: All over the place pretty soon. Price: Varies by a number of factors. Expect the same price as regular Mountain Dew. What it Really Costs: The usual soda schtick of empty calories and liquid candy. Plus loads of caffeine. It's pretty unu ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    How to Help Your Local Winery

    A couple of years ago, my future husband and I were gifted with a bottle of wine from a small Arizona winery. It was delicious, and we were very impressed. About a month ago, my husband contacted the winery to join its wine club and ask whether we could visit. We secured an invite to the winery's pl ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    India Pale Ale: A History

    Beer: IPA Brewery: Odell Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7 percent Near the top of the list of things that make me sad -- along with starving puppies and the fact that Tobey Maguire is still making movies -- are missed opportunities to educate someone about beer. Recently, this article in wh ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Bad Water Brewing and Craft Beer's Real Quality Problem

    Beers: Saison and IPA Brewery: Bad Water Brewing Style: Saison, IPA ABV: 6 percent, 5.5 percent Imagine, for a minute, that you've traveled back to the first time you tried craft beer. You've spent most of your legal drinking age years (and maybe a few before) throwing back cans of mass-produced la ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    State Senate Passes Liquor Omnibus Bill

    It's no secret that I'm a big supporter of Arizona wine. I feel like we are in the neonatal ICU in terms of birthing a vibrant wine industry here. There are currently almost 90 licensed and bonded wineries in Arizona, some of which buy grapes and make wine; others grow grapes and sell to winemakers; ... More >>

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    March 1, 2014

    15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    After the first day of the Devoured Food Wine Classic, we're stuffed. The overcast skies and intermittent rain didn't keep crowds of Valley food lovers from drinking and dining the day away at the Phoenix Art Museum. With nearly 50 restaurants and more than 30 wineries at the first of the two-da ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Maynard James Keenan Backs Chateau Tumbleweed, a New Arizona Wine

    There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    USDA Shuts Down a Foster Farms Poultry Plant Due to Roach Infestation

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Foster Farms poultry plant in California on Wednesday after finding cockroaches on site for the fourth time since September. The USDA won't say how many roaches were found but did say the pests were found in various locations throughout the plant. Thi ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    An Ode to White Zinfandel

    Thank you, pink zin. If you are still reading you are probably looking for some seriously sarcastic snark. Sorry, that's not what's coming. Those of us who make a living in and around the wine world, and those of you who enjoy the gigantic selection of really great wines available today, owe a tre ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Forget About Sriracha, We're Facing A Global Wine Shortage

    With residents in a southern California town suing the company that makes Sriracha hot sauce, saying the plant's smell are burning their throats and noses, spicy food lovers have been up in arms about possible price hikes should the production facility have to shut down. Will there be enough hot sau ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Four Peaks Brewery Is Arizona's Best Craft Brewery, According to Thrillist

    Craft beer is a pretty big deal considering that while beer sales in the states continue to shrink in comparison to wine and spirits, craft beer is a thriving industry that's shown steady growth for several years. The only downside is that all the new breweries out there make finding the good stuff, ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Baking with Hayden Flour Mills' Products: Kicking Off a Series on Local Pastry

    Lately, I have been filling out my farmers market forms, to get my pastry business a booth in some of the fall markets. Page after page of questions, rules, and regulations are mulled over with a glass of wine, but there is one that leaves me a little befuddled, pondering how to best answer. The s ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Gertrude's Team Up for Dinner July 17

    Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Gertrude's at Desert Botanical Garden are teaming up for a four-course dinner paired with craft beers.

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    June 19, 2013

    "Back to Basics" Craft Beer Panel at Papago Brewing Company Scheduled for July 11

    Hey, beer nerds, we've got some good news. There's quite a lineup of speakers headed to the Valley for a craft beer panel hosted by Papago Brewing Company later this summer. If you want to hear what professionals from Four Peaks, New Belgium, and more have to say about the industry, then you might ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Two New Turbo Breakfasts: McDonald's Egg White Delight, and Carl's Jr. Biscuit Sandwiches

    The Guilty Pleasures: Two new fast food breakfast sandwiches. Where to Get Them: McDonald's and Carl's Jr., locations Valleywide Price: Less than $2.50 each. What It Really Costs: It depends where you go. Ever since McDonald's introduced the Egg McMuffin in 1972, the fast-food breakfast has become ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Turns on New Zealand Wine -- Sort of

    I watched the chef swirl and sniff as I opened the rest of the bottles. I had learned not to expect too much from resorts, and this was one of them. We have really nice relationships with some, but they tend to be too big, run by out-of-state corporations, and not know or care about local wines.... ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Class of '88 Barleywine: A Taste of Craft Beer's Past

    Beer: Class of '88 Barleywine Brewery: Deschutes Brewery/North Coast Brewing Co./Rogue Ales Style: American Barleywine ABV: 10 percent Hello out there! Today, we step into the WayBack Machine to take a look at craft beer's past, all the way back to the year 1988. Times were good -- Prozac had just ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Arizona WIne at Devoured 2013

    Pavle Milic knows his way around a bottle of Arizona wine, so when he graciously offered to give us the rundown on the local wine showcased last weekend at Devoured, we jumped at the chance. Full disclosure: As co-owner of FnB in Scottsdale, Milic serves AZ wine and he's in the process of making his ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    LongHorn Steakhouse Tries Arizona (Again): This Time in Mesa and With More Locations to Come

    Darden Restaurants, Inc., the same company who owns and operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and Eddie V's, is playing Santa this year in the form of steakhouse chain, LongHorn. See also: New Steakhouse Coming to Chandler Today, the casual American steakhouse that op ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Yavapai College Launches Associates Degree in Enology -- the Science of Wine

    Love wine? You can get a degree in it for real here in Arizona. Did you know enology is the science and study of wine and wine making while viticulture is a subfield specializing in vine-growing and harvesting? If you're looking for a new career or are just really into learning more about wine, you ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    BrewDog's Latest Beer Claims It'll Get you Banned From the Olympics (But It Really Won't)

    Scottish craft beer company BrewDog is not fond of the massive corporate backing of the Olympic games. It is protesting the likes of McDonald's and Heineken by producing a beer guaranteed to contain "at least 50 percent of your daily allowance of sarcasm." BrewDog's protest beer is called Never Mi ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Three Things to Eat Drink, Drink, and Bake this Weekend, The Craft Beer Edition

    See Also: Here Come The Growlers: Starting at Midnight, Bars Can Hand Over 64 oz To Go Happy weekend Chow Bella friends! Ready for another road trip? This time we're heading out west to sunny Palm Springs, California for one of the desert's biggest craft beer parties. Then we'll head home for a f ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012
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    May 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit?

    Earlier this spring, we launched Vine Geeks -- in which AZ Wine Merchants' Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic share advice, news and a little levity from the world of wine. Today, we bring you Romancing the Grape. In this occasional series, Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Make Phoenix 2012's BeerCity USA

    In 2009, National Beer Examiner writer and Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian created the BeerCity USA poll. Designed to judge the strength of a city's beer community, the online poll drew thousands of voters to throw their support behind their hometowns and the brew culture therein. As ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Meet the Vine Geek (Part Two)

    On Tuesday, you met Brian Reeder, co-owner of AZ Wine Merchants and one of our new wine columnists. Today, his story continues. When we left off, Pavle Milic (in the photo above, from left, it's Reeder and Milic) had opened a little restaurant in Scottsdale and Brian had decided resort life at the M ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Four Peaks Makes List of Top Fifty Craft Brewers in America

    Here's a little something to raise a glass to. Four Peaks Brewing Company, the Tempe institution serving up handcrafted suds in a 1892 Mission-style warehouse since 1996, has been named one of the top fifty craft brewers in the U.S. by the Brewers Association -- a not-for-profit trade group that ta ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Uwe Boer of SunUp Brewing Co., the Jolliest Man in Brewing

    Who hasn't wanted to chat 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 into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Brewing Down South with Barrio Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat 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 into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    What's with the Monkeys? An Interview with Nimbus Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat 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 into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Barrel-Aged Beers, Experimentation and Randamonium with Four Peaks Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat 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 into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Cider's Growth has Big Beer Jumping on the Bandwagon

    ​Cider is so hot right now. On Monday, Miller Coors craft/import division Tenth & Blake purchased Minneapolis, Minn.-based Crispin Cider. The deal also includes Fox Barrel Cider Company, a Crispin affiliate that produces multiple varieties of pear cider. Not to be outdone, Anheuser-Busch ann ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Drink Wine with NPR's Peter Sagal and Support KJZZ's Youth Media Center

    ​First Press Arizona is throwing its 10th live fine wine auction and dinner on February 11 at Kierland Resort and Spa to benefit KJZZ's Youth Media Center. The smart and witty Peter Sagal, of NPR's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, will be the evening's host. Guests will live it up with liv ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    November 3, 2011
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    October 24, 2011

    Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

    Zach Fowle ​Beer: Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleBrewery: Boston Beer Company Style: Pumpkin beerABV: 5.7 percent Well, Pumpkin Month is at an end. It's been four weeks filled with pumpkin pie spiciness and every shade of orange here at Craft Beer of the Week, and the mob of pumpkin brews t ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Eddie V's Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille Sold to Parent Company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster for $59 Million

    ​Holy oceans, that's a lot of shellfish. ​Last week, Phoenix-based Eddie V's Prime Seafood, a luxury chain of eight restaurants in Arizona, California, and Texas with one location in the Scottsdale Quarter, and Wildfish Seafood Grille, Eddie's sister chain of three restaurants in the s ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Avery Brewing Co. Pulls Out of Arizona, 7 Other States ​Get your Maharaja, The Czar, and White Rascal while you can. Colorado-based Avery Brewing Co. announced Thursday it plans to withdraw from eight states and seven other partial-state markets beginning in April.

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    February 9, 2011

    Wine, Winemakers and Winos: What You Missed at the Paso Robles Winemaker Dinner

    Where there is wine and winemakers, you can be damn sure there will be winos, which is why we hit the trifecta at the Paso Robles winemaker dinner at Petite Maison this Monday. The winemakers of Paso Robles showcased their signature Rhône varietal blends with a five-course meal Chef James Porter s ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Sweet Stuff

    Chow down on some tasty bits

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    December 28, 2010

    FnB Wine Dinner and BBQ Chicken Tacos in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?FnB Wine DinnerNeed a post holiday pick me up? Treat yourself to FnB's Javelina Leap Winemakers Dinner Tuesday, January 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Enjoy a four-course dinner specially pre ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Beer Tasting at SanTan Brewing Company Tonight

    Attention brew bros. and beauties: SanTan Brewing Company is hosting a craft beer tasting tonight at 6:30 p.m. This is the third craft beer tasting in SanTan's "Tuesday Night Tasting" series which occurs on the second Tuesday of every month and kicked off in February of this year.  Tonight, SanTan ... More >>

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