Vineyards and Winemakers

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    October 23, 2014
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    June 5, 2014
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    November 14, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market Saturday, November 16 With a huge variety of colorful produce and just about every other type of vendor you can imagine, it's no wonder why the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market is one of the busiest in the Valley. Last weekend we headed out to take you on a vis ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Luau, SuperMonk IPA and 2 for 1 Dinner at Roaring Fork: Labor Day Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Phoenix Cooks! Saturday, August 31 The annual Phoenix Cooks! event is just around the corner, which means that we've officially kicked off the fall culinary event season. This year the Westin Keirland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale will host chefs including Stephen Jones of Bluehound Kitchen and Coc ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Schaefer's Whining About Wine

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Last week, I professed my love of White Castle hamburgers, a food that sits on the lowest rung of the culinary ladder. So, in the int ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Queen Creek Olive Mill Lauching Complimentary Wine Tastings Series in August

    Weekends just got a little better thanks to Queen Creek Olive Mill, which is hosting complimentary wine tastings through August, including a visit from Windmill Winery this Saturday.

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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 >>

  • 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 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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    April 25, 2013
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    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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    March 7, 2013
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    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 >>

  • 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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    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 8, 2012
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    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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    March 8, 2012

    It's Almost Here! Devoured PHX Culinary Classic This Weekend

    Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic is this weekend March 10th and 11th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and in its 8th year. It sounds more like golf tournament than a food festival but we quite like the title and it's less rodeo than this festival's original name, the West of Western. It's certainly a sport ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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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 >>

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    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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    May 27, 2011

    Follow Friday: Twitterers of the AZ Wine World

    It's that time again. We've compiled a small but meaningful list of great Twitter-ers for any Phoenix foodie to follow. This week we're giving Arizona grapes the glory. Arizona Wine Map​Arizona Wine Growers Association (@AZWineries) This non-pr ... 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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    November 29, 2010

    Arizona Wine Festival and Buffalo Chicken Soup in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Arizona Wine FestivalHope you didn't spend all your Holiday shopping money this past weekend because this upcoming weekend is the 2010 Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts.  This year t ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Eddie's Wine Dinner, Girl's Night at Mortons's and Cake Pops the Book in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Meet Winemaker Gary HogueTonight May 26th Eddie's House in Scottsdale hosts "Meet the Winemaker" with Gary Hogue of Hogue Cellars at 6:30 p.m. Enjo ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Pre-Solstice Party, Wine Maker Meet and Greet, Nut-Free B-Ball Game and Hamburger Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest

    ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Roosevelt Row Pre-Solstice PartyTonight, May 21st, from 5 p.m. until midnight head to the roof of the PTE Offices at 1017 N. Central Ave for a Pre- Solstice Party. Tickets are $50 per person and al ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    FnB Hosts Meet the Winemaker Series, Plans Preliminary Blind Tasting

    ​Chef Charleen Badman's creative, farm-fresh American cuisine, Pavle Milic's expert selections of top Arizona wines, and a relaxed, convivial atmosphere have already turned Scottdale's FnB into a favorite haunt of food enthusiasts, wine geeks, and other bons vivants, but now there's ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Winemaking 101: A Crash Course at Studio Vino

    There's something magical about making food or drink with your own two hands. Not that I haven't passed a few store-bought cakes off as my own at dinner parties, but it just doesn't feel the same when your contribution to the meal comes out of a bottle, box or KFC bucket. But what abo ... 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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    January 26, 2010

    Maynard's Own: Tasty Locally-made Wine You Can Afford

    arizonastrongholdvineyards.comThe Arizona Stronghold collection.​If you pay even the slightest attention to local booze news, you probably know by now that Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has taken up winemaking right here in AZ (check out Michele Laudig's 2008 feature story if you're out o ... 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 11, 2009

    First Press Weekend of Wine Starts Friday

    ​Wine? Did somebody say wine? If your ears perk up at the sound of a cork popping out of a bottle, then this weekend's First Press events are for you. Friday night kicks off with the First Press Grand Tasting at the Hotel Valley Ho, presented by National Bank of Arizona. As you'd expect, t ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    This Week: Crave Arizona Culinary Festival

    ​The folks behind Crave Arizona set the bar really high with the event's debut last year (it was originally dubbed Eats3), but round two, set for October 22 to 24, promises to be an even bigger culinary blowout, featuring 50 high-profile Arizona chefs and a handful of celebrity guests who'll ... More >>

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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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    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 29, 2009

    In a Bitchy Mood?

    Try being a grump in the aisles of AJ's when you come across a display for Bitch wine, an Australian grenache from the Barossa Valley. I spotted this last night, and got a laugh like I always do when I see some kind of cheeky wine label. (Seems like a lot of winemakers are hams!) Apparently the ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Cowboy Ciao and Digestif host wine, beer, and absinthe dinners

    By Michele Laudig Okay, I fully expect wine dinners coming from the Spaghetti Western camp -- have you ever read the wine menu at Cowboy Ciao or Kazimierz? My god, "read" is probably not the right verb. "Study" is more like it, since the thing resembles the bible in its thickness. But wine isn't t ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    April 29, 2008

    Martha Stewart wants to get you tipsy

    Attention, Martha fans: America's favorite domestic goddess is launching her own limited-edition line of wines, called Martha Stewart Vintage. She's teamed up with E & J Gallo Winery to create a 2006 Sonoma County Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cab. And lucky us, we're one of only half a dozen U.S. metropo ... More >>

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    April 25, 2002

    Wine, Oh

    Irreverent vintner bottles laughter

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    October 18, 2001

    Grape Expectations

    Celebrate the wines of Rioja, Spain

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    March 16, 2000
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    April 27, 1994
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    March 30, 1994