White Wine

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    May 30, 2014

    How to Make Tropical White Sangría For A Big Group of People

    Pool party season is definitely upon us. My tiki torches are primed and ready to go. All I need now is something delicious to serve my party guests. I could always put out a big ice-filled bucket of beer, but what's the fun of that when I could make a great drink? In this case, something crowd-plea ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Petite Maison in Scottsdale: Here's the Arizona Restaurant Week Menu

    We're just a day away from the start of Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, so if you still haven't made your reservations, you'd better act fast. There are dozens of places all over town that will be offering special three-course menus during the 10-day event, each of which will be priced at either $30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    3 Perfect Wines for Summer

    I don't know about you, but I was not ready to see triple digits this past weekend. 'Tis the season for Phoenicians to bemoan to arrival of the hot summer. The spring here in the Valley was glorious as usual, made even more so by watching the Midwest and Northeast get clobbered over and over again b ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Northern Italian White Wines: Stuff I'm Geekin' On

    Mid-April is upon us in the Valley, which means temperatures are beginning to hint at summer. The macho among us will make a point of bragging about not turning their A/C on until it hits such and such temperature, as if were a contest to see how much heat they can endure. I, however have already tu ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

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

    Dishcrawl: Old Town Scottsdale Tuesday, March 18 This Tuesday, Dishcrawl will lead a walking tour of three of Old Town Scottsdale's dining and drinking destinations. And as much as we'd love to tell you where the tour will be going, the surprise is part of the fun. Starting at 7 p.m. attendees will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    The Perch Delivers Lots of Birds and Lots of Beer to Downtown Chandler

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Brewing Co.'s Barrel Aged Reserve Series

    Beer: Melange a Trois, Hop God and Apricot au Poivre Brewery: Nebraska Brewing Co. Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Belgian IPA, Saison ABV: 10.1 percent Before last week, the following list contained everything I knew about the state of Nebraska: They grow lots of corn. They have people whose jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    50 Awesome Gifts for the Food and Drink Lover

    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 lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... 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

    August 16, 2013

    Travel Latin America with Province at The Westin

    Ever been to Peru or Cuba? Well, now's your chance. Province restaurant at The Westin Phoenix Downtown has extended its Latin Passport Dinner Series, a tour of several Latin countries with a stellar menu created by executive chef Randy Zweiban. Seats for the remainder of August (Peru) and September ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    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

    May 9, 2013

    Central Bistro's Andrea Volpi Offers Tips on Cooking with Wine

    You've probably seen the meme about wine and cooking: "I tried cooking with wine for the first time last night. After 5 glasses, I forgot why I was in the kitchen." Even if this is you, have no fear. General "cooking with wine" rules including things like "don't use cheap wine," or use a dry whit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape Was a Hot Hit; Celeb Chefs Informed and Entertained

    Channel 8 hosted its first-ever Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape on Sunday and despite the ridiculous temperatures (100 degrees, but it felt hotter), everybody seemed to have a good time. See also: -- Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for James Beard Award -- Chris Bianco Opens Full-Blown P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Best of The Fest: The Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Grand Finale with Ten Chefs, Twenty Tables and Tons of Food

    From cocktail-centric celebrations to a wine country brunch, there was no shortage of events for the food lover during last week's Scottsdale Culinary Festival. One final event ended the week with a bang last night at the Scottsdale Hyatt Regency, an intimate dinner experience to showcase the talent ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    You "Must" Try These Beer/Wine Hybrids

    To look at it from afar, it would seem that the rivalry between beer drinkers and wine drinkers is as heated as the stink between, say, the Hatfields and the McCoys, or Duke and UNC. Oenophiles turn up their noses at the uncultured rubes chugging what they see as swill; beer-lovers snicker at the ou ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Wine Geek and Spirit Savant Steve Olson: On What We're Drinking Now and What We'll Be Drinking in the Future

    Steve Olson Chef Salad is taking a detour this week and next, interviewing four of the country's leading beverage industry experts, all of whom will be speakers at seminars held at the Hotel Valley Ho for the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, February 16-22. Their excitement about cocktail cultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Matthew Weston of the Royal Palms in Phoenix Talks Dessert Wines

    If the thought of dessert wine brings up memories of pre-legal hangovers or cooking sherry, it's time to give dessert wines another chance. Dessert wines can be a sophisticated addition to any menu. We interviewed Matthew Weston, sommelier and beverage manager for the Royal Palms resort for some in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    October 17, 2012

    Wine By the Pint? Talking to Four Seasons' Sommelier Shaun Adams

    In November, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is opening up a new restaurant called Proof - an American Canteen. See also: - Five Ways Not to Buy Wine - Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House The resort's sommelier, Shaun Adams, took some time to explain what will be available at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    BACCHUS MISCHiEF Debuts at After Hours Gallery

    On Saturday evening, After Hours Gallery turned into the makeshift home of BACCHUS MISCHiEF, Chef Gabriele Bertaccini's underground wine event. Guests trickled into the jazz-filled entertaining area complete with skyline views, natural lighting, and the il Tocco staff preparing sweet and savory bite ... 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

    June 6, 2012

    Summertime Wines: Sangrias, Sparklings, and Sunshine.

    All right, it's summertime (at least to this Oregon native it is). When I open my car door and could fire pottery in the heat blast I'm met with, I know we've arrived. I suppose oppressive heat and blistering sunshine are not the ideal conditions for drinking a big, earthy, tannic red wine (for so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    The Ho Wine Experience at Cafe ZuZu

    Looking for something to do this weekend? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Every Wednesday marks The Ho Wine Experience at Cafe ZuZu.​The Ho Wine Experience can leave you feeli ... 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 >>

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    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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    August 17, 2011

    Fight for the Ol' White: What to Expect from Aged White Wine

    Judi Bagnato​To age white wine or not to age white wine? It's not so much a question of whether it can be done. Because it can be. Aged that is. But is it any good? It goes without saying that wine is an incredibly personal experience with varying expectations and varying palates. So what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Falanghina: A Geeky White Wine for Summertime​For those adventurous enough to try something outside of a glass of Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, we say Falanghina all the way! Before we jump right into the history of the varietal and its flavor profile, let's start with the pronunciation. It's easy to pass over wines with intimi ... More >>

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    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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    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 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 13, 2011

    Friday at Devoured: Palette to Palate

    Roasted Corn Cocktail and Shrimp Ceviche from the Barrio Cafe​To kick off this year's Devoured PHX Culinary Classic the Phoenix Art Musuem hosted Palette to Palate, a pairing of chefs, artists, and spirits, in the great hall of the museum for a crowd willing to spring for the $45 (plus fees) ... More >>

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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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    February 2, 2011

    Imbibe: First & Decanted Thursdays at Arcadia Fine Wines

    Cut out of work early and head over to Arcadia Fine Wine this and every Thursday for Decanted Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. when the Arcadia Wine Goddesses serve wine by the glass for $11 or less and flights of three wines for $10 with a side of wine knowledge. Bonus: On the first Thursday of each mont ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Budget Wine for the Holidays at Fresh & Easy

    We scoped out your best budget wine bets for the holidays at a Fresh & Easy tasting last night: No three-buck-chuck was on hand (Chao, Saludas! Hang Ten, Big Kahuna! Take a hike, Flat Rock! Bon Voyage, Cape Peak!), but every wine we tried was less than $10 a bottle.

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    November 22, 2010

    Foxhorn Chardonnay

    Erica O'Neil Foxhorn Chardonnay's cute little fox mascot, beckoning you down the forest path to drunkenness. ​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 p ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Vendange Chardonnay

    Erica O'Neil Setting the mood with a floral arrangement and box-o-wine. It just screams class.​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, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Flat Rock Pinot Grigio

    Erica O'Neil Flat Rock pinot grigio, ready for drinkin'.​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 Bottom of the Barrel ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Free Wine Tastings at Village Wine Cellar

    Want to play hooky from work this afternoon? Or get an early jump on the weekend this Friday? Check out the complimentary wine tastings at Village Wine Cellar, one of The Shops at Gainey Village in Scottsdale (8877 N. Scottsdale Rd.). They're held from 1 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Tonig ... 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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    September 11, 2008

    White truffle AND burrata alert!

    By Michele Laudig Yes, it might be a teensy bit premature to start thinking about white truffles -- one of the most mysterious and heavenly things I've ever eaten -- but I get a lot of satisfaction just knowing the season is right around the corner. Thanks to the fine peeps at Tapino, now I'm ful ... More >>

  • Dining

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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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