Napa Valley

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    May 19, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Jade Bar Today There's a lot of good stuff going on at the newly renovated Jade Bar of Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. The lounge offers stunning views of the surrounding area for one, as well as a pretty impressive cocktail program courtesy of master mixologist Ryan Margarian. Their specialty c ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Why Per Se's Wine List Sucks

    I try to be positive here in the Vine Geeks blog. I like cheering for Arizona wines, geekin' on what I really like and generally celebrating all the greatness in the wine world. Every now and then, though, I run into something that really chaps my hide. And right now, that is the wine list at acclai ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Pizza People Pub Today through Sunday, January 12 This week, the Pizza People Pub will celebrating its official grand opening with seven days of events and food and drink specials. Today through Sunday, you can head to the midtown restaurant, located in the space formerly occupied by Cheuvront wine ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Liberty Market Today In celebration of five years of business Gilbert's Liberty Market is offering $5 Tower Burgers and $5 22-oz Liberty Ale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you drop by the restaurant's 5 Year Anniversary party you'll also find special desserts and you can enter a drawing for gift cards. ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because your weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we have to look forward to this week. California Wine Dinner If, like us, you haven't had a chance to get away this summer to sunny California to sip on a buttery Napa Valley Chardonnay or robust Cabernet, don't despai ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    A Basketful of Wine Recommendations for Easter

    Easter means brunch and wine. Left: Luciano Frascarelli Jermann of Taggia and a Pinot Grigio recommended by Sarah Falconer, wine sommelier of Del Frisco's Grille/td> We love drinking wine at Easter time. And we're not talking about communion wine. Easter is a holiday known for its amazingly diverse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner Last Night in Scottsdale

    If you've ever wondered why chefs do what they do, look no further than a kitchen on a night like last night to find the answer. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes an army of chefs to put on a James Beard-worthy meal -- and they have a whole lot fun doing it. See also: - ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    A Documentary About Four Wine Geeks Being Judged By Even Snobbier Wine Geeks

    See Also: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi See Also: Masters of Wine: The Test SOMM is a documentary film about wine obsession pushed to its terrifying endpoint. It follows four sommeliers over two years as they prepare for and attempt to pass the Master Sommeliers examination administered by the, we shit you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Wright's Winemaker Dinner Part Two and Pan de Muertos in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Wright's Winemaker Dinner Part Deux Wright's at the Biltmore will be hosting the second Winemaker Dinner of the 2011-2012 season this Thursday, November 3rd. Dinner number two wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    BLT Steak Wine Dinner and Cookies & Cream Fudge in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Wine Dinner, BLT Style  BLT Steak's September installation of their monthly wine dinner series is happening  tomorrow night at 6. The award-winni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Christopher Gross' Perfect Food Day

    Christopher Gross​ We've known and loved Chef Christopher Gross' French-inspired cuisine for so many years -- we guess you could say we have a "crush" on him - sorry, couldn't resist. For a little fun, Chef Gross likes to fly across the pond and jump on his bike to give it a spin. This is him at ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Cheuvront Wine Dinner and Vegan "Cheese" Cake in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Frog's Leap and Slingshot Wine Dinner There is one thing we never get sick of --  Cheuvront's wine dinners -- and this week is no exception. Tomorrow, September 14 from 7 ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Schweiger Wine Dinner and Churro Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest

    Bakingdom​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Schweiger Wine Dinner Join WineStyles in Paradise Valley tomorrow night May 10th  for an evening of wine and food during the Schweiger Vineyards Wine Dinner. Diana Schwieger, owner of the Napa V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Jam Wine Dinner and How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Peeps in Today's Eater's Digest

    The Decorated CookieChange the locks​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Jam Wine Dinner Thursday, April 28th join Caffe Boa Ahwatukee for the 2011 Jam Wine Dinner. The Napa Valley winery will be premiering their new Chardonnay "Butter", along wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    AZ Biltmore Hosts "Inside the Chef's Studio"

    ​Any excuse to hang out at the iconic Arizona Biltmore resort is great (oh, that architecture!), but if you've got a thing for gourmet cooking, there's extra incentive to visit, thanks to the new "Inside the Chef's Studio" series. This will be your chance to step inside the Biltmore's main k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Food and Fun at the 2011 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

    Carol Blonder artful display​ Twice a year, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), a not-for-profit trade association, sponsors the Fancy Food Show, open only to the specialty food trade. This year's winter show, held January16-18, at The Mascone Center in San Franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Wednesday Night Wine Tasting and Gingerbread Cheesecake in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wednesday Wine TastingJoin Armitage Bistro in Scottsdale tonight from 6 to 8 for a Wednesday night wine tasting with Buehler Wines from Napa Valley. Sample their Chardonnay, Caber ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    November 3, 2010

    Sun Devil Liquors and Brix Wine Tastings, and Candy "Apples" in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wine WednesdaysIt's Wednesday, so why not wind down after work with a glass of wine or two. Join the  Sun Devil Cellar Pub in Mesa tonight for a little wine and a little shopping. ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Sequoia Wine Dinner and Whoopie Spiders in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Sequoia Grove Wine DinnerTuesday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. join Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Chandler for a four course dinner featuring wines from Sequoia Grove.  The eveni ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Phoenix Cooks!, Wine for Trees and Bacon and Egg Cups in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Save A Tree, Drink WineFirebirds Restaurants are teaming up with Sequoia Grove Winery to help save their namesake trees. Sequoia Grove is a family owned, boutique winery named after one of ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Master Wine Tastings and Summer Salmon in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Master Wine TastingRound two of The Capital Grille's Summer Master Wine Tasting Event has started. From now until September 5th, you will be able to sample up to 11 different ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Arizona Stronghold: Local Wines

    Erica O'Neil Arizona Stronghold's red and white wines, ready and waiting. ​Northern Arizona isn't exactly synonymous with wine country, but Eric Glomski and Maynard Keenan (yes, that lead singer of TOOL) would like to change this assumption. Both are co-owners of Arizona Stronghold Winery, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    June 7, 2010

    Wine Tasting at Capital Grille, Sassi Cooking Class and Chocolate Ice Cream in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Summer Wine TastingStarting today and continuing through September 5th, The Capital Grille will be hosting Master  Wine Tastings every night during dinner. During the first seven we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    J.D. Hayworth Supporter Rips Page From Cancer's Playbook With "Race for the American Cure" Fundraiser

    ​Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, in his bid to unseat Senator John McCain as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is pulling out all the stops when it comes to fundraising, and, now, one of his supporters is using the name of a fundraising campaign that raises money for breast cancer re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    FnB Brings Wine World Heavyweights for Arizona Judgement 2010

    In Italy or in Napa Valley, drinking the local wine is a given. But in Arizona, where the wine industry has waged an uphill battle to improve its image, local wines are still a novelty at most restaurants -- so much so, in fact, that when FnB owner Pavle Milic and chef Charleen Badman commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Free Pastries, the "King of Cabernets" and Donut Bread Pudding in Today's Eater

    An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. ​ Free pastry day at Starbucks! Tomorrow until 10 a.m. you can get a free pastry when you purchase a "handcrafted beverage". Click here to get the coupon. Tomorrow night, Nils Venge, owner of SaddleBack Cellars i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Oakville Grocery to Join CityScape Development

    ​After Basha's Supermarkets' bankruptcy proceedings led to AJ's Fine Foods falling out the the CityScape lineup last year, locals have been wondering which retailer -- if any -- would step up to fill the void for a much-needed downtown grocery store at the 1.8 million square foot mixed-use pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Tavistock Restaurants Acquires Sapporo in Scottsdale

    Sapporo will not be swimming with the fishes, thanks to Tavistock Restaurants, a boutique restaurant company based in Emeryville, California. Tavistock purchased the bankrupt Scottsdale sushi spot on December 22, promising "uninterrupted service," according to a press release last week. Other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Hot Links: Dust Storms, Alien Spyware, and Oakville Grocery

    ​Two siblings were killed yesterday in an auto accident on the I-10 near Casa Grande. The victims were driving in a dust storm that caused a deadly pile-up wreck. The siblings, teenagers Mark Eide and Katie Eide, were on their way to Dairy Queen when they got caught in the storm...Gilbert police d ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Now Open: Oakville Grocery

    ​Just in time for holiday food shopping -- and refueling after hitting the malls -- Oakville Grocery opens today at the Scottsdale Quarter, 15015 N. Scottsdale Rd. The gourmet specialty store, founded in Napa Valley, boasts two well-known local talents on its staff, chef Walter Sterling (Au ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Thomas Keller Comes to Kierland

    sloane burwell​ Cookbook fans and foodies alike crowded Sur La Table at Kierland Commons Wednesday afternoon as more than 200 people waited in line to meet award winning chef Thomas Keller, who was on hand to sign his new cookbook, Ad Hoc At Home. Keller is famous for his meticulou ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Your Meal Ticket to Valley Vineyards

    ​Wine lovers, are you tired of hearing about "Sonoma this" and "Napa Valley that?" It's time to put Arizona's wineries on the map. In this week's Meal Ticket dining newsletter, we'll tell you who's headed to Page Valley's vineyards and how you can get in on an upcoming tour. We've also got the dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Pop Culture: Napa Valley Soda Co. Orange & Cream

    It didn't take long for Napa Valley Soda Co.'s marketing shtick to work on our tasters. "Look, it's from Napa Valley, I bet it's good," said our art director, Peter Storch, upon seeing four bottles of the stuff, purchased from Big Lots for $2. After trying the stuff, he wasn't disappointed.

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    March 10, 2009

    Binkley's Restaurant Hosts Winemaker Dinner

    Here's something you don't see very often, if ever -- a special event at the highly acclaimed Binkley's. On Monday, March 23, the Cave Creek fine dining destination will be hosting a six-course winemaker dinner to showcase Frank Family Vineyards, a boutique winery in Napa Valley. AZ ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Chef Vincent Guerithault Hosts 10th Annual Champagne Affair

    You thought the time for bubbly came and went with New Year's Eve? Not at Vincent's on Camelback. Chef Vincent Guerithault is kicking off his 2009 wine dinner series with the tenth annual "Extraordinary Champagne Affair" on Friday, January 23. For $55 a head, guests will nibble on Guerithault's fa ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Bounty Hunter: Trolling for holiday booty in Tempe

    By Wynter HoldenWe're down to the wire now, kids. Yes, there's just 6 more shopping days left until Christmas, and if you're shopping for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts, you're similarly screwed. Hopefully, you've already bought your niece or nephew the "It" toy they've been coveting and purchased your ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    November 17, 2005

    Iron Chef

    Maybe the Valley's best

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    June 2, 2005

    Raging Machine

    Digital deconstructionists

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Lush for Life

    Pray to the porcelain god for three days straight

  • Dining

    June 26, 2003

    Number Crunching

    Calculating tasty calorie, after tasty calorie

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    September 19, 2002

    Success Story

    Brothers dish up Baja-style seafood

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    March 7, 2002

    Window Dressing

    The Phoenician's revamped restaurant offers diners a discount

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    June 22, 2000

    Bottle Fatigue

    No more "Chardonnays that taste like baseball bats"

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    January 20, 2000
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