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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    December 12, 2013

    Stuff I'm Geekin' On: Crus Beaujolais

    Now that Thanksgiving is past we can all let out a small sigh of relief. Except for wine retailers, who now begin the struggle to sell off the annual river of Beaujolais Nouveau that invariably gets stuck on their shelves. Now don't get me wrong, Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun tradition and a genius bi ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    5 Arizona Wines to Give a Skeptic

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Wine Lover. A lot of people don't know that wine is being made here in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Holiday Wine: A Stress-Free Guide

    Every year around this time every food or wine related magazine is chock full of advice for pairing wine with your holiday meals. Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, keep it light, do this don't do that. This wine goes with this kind of stuffing, that wine is terrible with turkey etc. I could spend a thousand w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    When It Comes to Wine, Bigger Isn't Always Better

    "Gimme your biggest wine!" One of the requests I dread the most. I know for sure he just drove up in his Toyota Tundra Crew Max Double Cab 4x4 Platinum 5.7L V8 FFV ** 6-Speed Automatic. After all, why not drive the biggest, most expensive, most powerful vehicle that will never see a day's honest w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    "Los Milics" Blended Last Week and Scheduled for Bottling in July

    In this occasional series, FnB's Pavle Milic spills about his current mission to learn how wine is made, literally, from the Southern Arizona ground up. See also: - Maynard Keenan, Sam Pillsbury, Todd Bostock and other Wine Experts Give Pavle Milic Advice on Designing Wine Labels -- and Pavle Fina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Kindred: A Wine Collaboration From Four Spirited Arizona Vintners

    You might have heard about a new Arizona wine called Kindred. It's a four-barrel collaboration among some of the most notable vintners in the state: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Dos Cabezas Wineworks, Caduceus Cellars and Callaghan Vineyards. The result? "The wine is smoky and rich with red fruits ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Spills on the Reason He Landed in Arizona, and Launches a Wine Column for Chow Bella

    This week we introduce a new, occasional wine column by one of the best-known Arizona winemakers, Sam Pillsbury. Welcome to Spillsbury. When managing editor Amy Silverman asked me to write for Chow Bella and New Times, I had to stop and think how that was going to work. I think that will evolve. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 13, 2013

    Rancho Pinot and Maya's Farm Team Up for Lunar Lamb Fest on March 26

    Anyone's who's lived here for more than two seconds knows that this is the best time to be in the Valley, and that has little to do with the weather. (Okay, maybe it has a lot to do with the weather.) But what we look forward to are the season-long celebrations -- from endless festivals to art sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    February 28, 2013

    Talking Stemware with Paola Embry

    Sommelier and Wrigley Mansion CEO Paola Embry told New Times last March that "The wine is one of my favorite parts of the job." It shows. The Chilean wine expert is also co-owner of Christopher's and Crush lounge, which has earned the Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator Magazine for their exte ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Carefree Station, North, and Other Phoenix Area Restaurants Update Wine Lists for the New Year

    It's always time for wine, but a new year means it's time for something new. Restaurants around the Valley often update their wine lists to reflect menu changes, a new culinary influence or simply a change to what is available seasonally. Changes might go unnoticed, so we wanted to suggest that you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Four Wines Under $6

    Feeling thrifty? Good, because this week we explore wines under $6-$7. You know, the ones no one really boasts about buying....but admit it, you do. These bottles cost less than an entire glass of wine a nice wine bar, so you pick one up at the grocer's in hopes you'll be pleasantly surprised. Whet ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    2012 Beaujolais Nouveau Debuts and Celebrates 30th Anniversary November 15

    It's here.... Beaujolais Nouveau refers to the first wine of the new harvest and ushers in the new vintage year (in terms of wine). It debuts for sale the third Thursday of November, and it's a pretty big deal in France. In fact, in France you can go to jail if you sell Beaujolais Nouveau before m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Shock Your Palate with Petite Maison's Offal Halloween Menu

    Halloween can be enjoyed by dressing up in crazy costumes, decorating your house with skulls and cobwebs, or passing out candy to the kiddos. But if you ask us, the best way to celebrate any occasion is with food. Frighten your palette in the best way possible -- eating delicacies that might freak y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Arizona Stronghold Wins Five Gold Medals in International Wine Competitions; Double Gold Earns Invite to Grand Tasting Tour, Which Kicks Off Today at Arizona Biltmore

    See also: Arizona Stronghold: Local Wines See also: Blind Tasting at FnB Proves AZ Blush Wines Hold Their Own Against World's Great Rosés Pavle Milic , the wine maven who committed to an Arizona-only wine list at FnB has been saying it for, what, nearly three years now? Arizona wines deserve your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    AZ Hops & Vines in Sonoita Grows Arizona's First Commercial Hops Crop

    See also: Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine and Beer Lovers Nowadays, the rolling grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin are better known for wineries than big cattle ranches. But apparently, grapes aren't destined to be the only gold in them thar hills. Shannon Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Masters of Wine: The Test

    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. This past week, a record 98 students took the test to obtain their Masters of Wine, trying to join the mere 298 worldwide who curr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    To Decant or Not To Decant

    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. You may have heard of this 'decanting' business. In fact, you may have seen it at a restaurant and wondered why someone was pourin ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House

    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. Today, Brian heads over to Citizen Public House to uncork the secrets of the restaurant wine list. In all likelihood, a restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Chocolate and Wine: A Sexy Pairing

    ​Something great happens when sexy forces combine. Brangelina took on an army of children, the Sports Illustrated models became a calendar institution, and don't make us explain what happened when Kama met Sutra. Like it or not, sexiness is a powerful thing. When it comes to food, there's nothing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Limited Release: 2010 Cochise County Shiraz from Pillsbury Wine Company

    Here at Chow Bella, we understand how important it is to give (and receive) the perfect foodie gift. So this season, we're helping out by offering 21 food- and drink-focused gift suggestions, one each work day until Christmas, from a local business or provider. You get scads of rock-star ideas, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Petite Maison Brings Back Offal Dinner for Halloween Weekend

    ​For fans of offal (pronounced awful), those delicious odds and ends of animals, or for those curious enough to want to take a taste or two, Petite Maison, the charming little French eatery in Scottsdale, is serving up something special this Halloween weekend -- and if it's as popular as it wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Binkley's Restaurant Hosting Wine Dinner With Premier Pinot Noir Vineyard

    ​If you've been looking for an excuse to get back to Binkley's, the top-notch restaurant of French-informed, modern American fare in Cave Creek, and you're a lover of burgundy-style pinot noirs, this may the event for you. Inside Binkley's Restaurant.​At 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Chef David Hall's Braised Beef in Cabernet Sauvignon

    ​ This week we've been chatting with personal chef David Hall of Thyme for a Chef. Today he's sharing his recipe for Braised Beef in Cabernet Sauvignon. Braised Beef in Cabernet Sauvignon Serves six Ingredients: 2 tablespoons, olive oil, divided 2 pounds, beef chuck roast, lean, boneless, cut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Beckett's Table Rosé Wine List Out to Break Stereotypes

    Nicole Whittington​Rosé gives a perception of sweetness, but its cotton candy color can be deceiving. Beckett's Table just added an additional section to their wine list featuring all rosé wines, most of which are Provençal in style. This dryer style, characteristic of the Southern Franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Up-and-Coming Wines: Trendy Blends and Rebounding Regions

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: Trend-spotting wines is a talent that eludes us, so we instead pick the brains of the most in-the-know wine gurus (see last week's mention of The Scholium Project Wines). This week, we ask Wine Goddesses Katherine Conrad and Erin Giarda of Arcadia Fine Wine for the answers in broad ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Riedel's Cab Sav Glass Gives Starbucks' Trienta Cup a Run for Its Money... Glass Matters, Pt. II

    The man behind some of the largest and most interestingly shaped wine glasses known to oenophiles, Georg Riedel, graced Miele Gallery with his presence and his Vinum XL glasses for a comparative tasting: 3 glasses 3 wines 1 Fiji water = New appreciation for glassware.

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    April 4, 2011

    Pairing a Wine for Meatless Monday

    Carol Blonder​ Need to pair some wine with your meatless Monday dish? Not so difficult, you think -- enter a wine store and read the tags with pairing recommendations and flavor descriptions and pick out a bottle. Or chat with the salesperson and let them be your guide. Sounds like a simple ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Burgers on the Grill... What Wine Do I Serve?

    With spring in the air and the near-perfect weather in Phoenix, it's time to fire up the grill and make some burgers. We asked Pavle Milic, FnB co-owner and wine director, to pair up Martha's best burgers with wines that make them shine.

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    March 23, 2011

    Imbibe: Ariz. Wine Tasting at My Wine Cellar & Tempe Festival of the Arts

    Arizona wines will be jumping off the racks at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee tonight as My Wine Helper founder Jim Wiskerchen hosts a $10 tasting of four homegrown wines today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for $10 - $5 of which can be applied to the purchase of a bottle to take home with you.

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    March 9, 2011

    This Weekend: Devoured Phx Culinary Classic

    Last year, Kai's table at Devoured was the most beautiful display of all.​Over the last few years, the Valley of the Sun has become the Valley of the Culinary Festivals. A handful of must-visit food- and wine-tasting events is now a sprawling season of eating, from East Valley to West. ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    David Johnson Pours Big Bad Reds and Spills Stories at Avalon

    Wine dinners with Sommelier David Johnson always feel more like an eccentric dinner party with an array of characters you never knew you wanted to meet but suddenly can't believe you didn't know. Johnson is the most popular guy in school: No, not the quarterback who got all the girls, but the gregar ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Noca's Italian Wine Dinner and Mexican Pizzas in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Noca's Italian Wine DinnerLeave it to Noca to take their January 27th wine dinner to a whole new level of awesome. Not only will the wine be shipped straight to Noca from Italy, the g ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    2010 Redux: Bottom of the Barrel

    Erica O'Neil Wink, a flirty little wine that exceeds its three buck price point. Which other bargain wines made the cut?In the spirit of tying up loose ends, we're recapping some of our favorite food-related finds of the year. We've already recapped the Best Books, Battle of the Dishes, Jus ... More >>

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    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 13, 2010

    Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot

    Flickr- darwin bell Wild Vine's blackberry merlot, a classy alternative to grape juice and grain alcohol. ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Oak Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

    Erica O'Neil Does this empty bottle of Oak Creek portend an awesome BoB find? ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, we've scraped th ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Cape Peak Syrah

    Erica O'Neil Drink enough Cape Peak syrah so that tacky wallpaper becomes palatable. ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, we've scr ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Wink White Zinfandel

    Erica O'Neil Wink white zinfandel, complete with a cutesy little label. ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, we've scraped the Bott ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Wine Down

    Vino pairings made easy at Cheuvront

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    February 13, 2003

    Buzz-Kill Betty

    Our intrepid gal learns the hazards of sticking a tape recorder in a drunk's face

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    July 20, 2000

    Broth Brother

    The Soup Doctor is in -- at Arizona Bread Company

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    November 18, 1999
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    July 24, 1997

    Vine and Dine

    A BYOBer's guide to pairing wine with food at selected Valley restaurants

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