Wine Tasting and Touring

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    October 30, 2014

    3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Dia de los Muertos Celebration Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 This weekend Barrio Queen Tequileria in Old Town Scottsdale will be offering a variety of dining and drinking specials in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. The restaurant and bar will have deals such as $10 Hibiscus Margaritas a ... 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 13, 2014

    Lawrence Dunham Vineyards to Open Tasting Room in Scottsdale Next Month

    Later this fall Scottsdale will welcome its first Arizona vineyard wine shop and tasting room when the Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery tasting room and shop opens at 6951 E. 1st Street. The southern Arizona winery's tasting room will be taking over a redeveloped ranch house on the southwest ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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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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    February 20, 2014
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    February 7, 2014

    5 Wine Tasting Rooms in Northern Arizona to Check Out

    I love Phoenix, there, I said it. I lived here for several years, moved away and then came back because I like it here so much. But every so often the traffic, noise, snowbirds and general "cityness" have me feeling hemmed in. If you feel the same way, and you love wine like I do, then a brief sojou ... 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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    November 14, 2013
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    September 24, 2013

    New Wine Shop and Bar Opens in Scottsdale

    Oenophiles and casual wine enthusiasts alike looking for an exquisite bottle or a new spot to sit back and sip vino by the glass can now add Wine Warehouse of Scottsdale to the list. Offering an extensive selection of wine and beer as well as a bar, the locally owned Wine Warehouse of Scottsdale, ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013
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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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona

    Summer is in full swing -- and so is summer festival season. You might have to drive a bit for strawberries, lavender, and corn, but getting there is half the fun, right? Road trip! Food connoisseurs and amateurs alike can fill their schedules until September with the list of festivals in Arizona we ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Five Ways to Enjoy Wine Outdoors in Arizona

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, with your hostess on all things wine, Kate Crowley. Crowley is not a sommelier, but learned to pour a glass of wine properly at ten years of age -- because it is an important life skill to master early. See also: - 10 Favorite Metro Phoenix Wine Bars - Wine Tasting 101. L ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012
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    July 5, 2012
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    June 29, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    Happy Pre July 4th weekend, Chow Bella friends! Since we don't want to over do it before the big Wednesday holiday (can't we just move it to Friday this year?), we're taking it easy with a cool tomato sandwich, a relaxing wine tasting, and a batch of summery cupcakes. Check out what's on our pla ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine, and Beer Lovers

    Summer travel season is here -- so we've made you a list of food and drink adventures. It might be stretching it a bit to call them all day trips -- if you do attempt them, be sure to bring along a designated driver! Cheesemaking Class at The Fossil Creek Creamery, Pine -- Just north of Payson ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Cheuvront's Great American Wine Tasting and Two Cheese Pasta in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Great American Wine TastingGet out of the heat this Saturday and join Cheuvront from 3 to 5 p.m. for a afternoon wine tasting. Sample six different American blends in ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Wine Tasting at Avalon and Kettle Corn in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Avalon Wine TastingTonight, join sommelier David M. Johnson at the stylish Avalon Restaurant in Scottsdale for an exciting and informative red wine tasting event. Sample 5 different styles of r ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Pavle Milic Pours His Heart Out at Ignite Phoenix 9

    Photo courtesy of virtualwayfarer via FlickrIgnite Phoenix 9 happened a week ago, and we at Chow Bella are still aflame about the food-related topics discussed.  As food writers and lovers of fermented liquids, we were most excited about the presentations of Maureen Basenberg, founder of the A ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Wine Tastings and Rice Krispie Pops in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wine TastingsStop by the Phoenix Public Market between 5 and 7 p.m. for a free(yes, free) Wine Tasting with's Jim Wiskerchen. Enjoy samples from local Arizona win ... 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 1, 2010

    How Should I Plan a Wine Tour Vacation?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: How should I plan a wine tour vacation? SPILL THE JUICE: "Pick a region, know it proficiently, and try to taste as much as possible and experience as much as possible in that region," says Christine Wisniewski, the owner of Caffe Boa with her husband, Jay, and a certified sommelier ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Wine Tasting in the Cellar, Bake Sale, and Pumpkin Cups in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wine TastingLooking for a low key, relaxing way to spend your Thursday night? Why not attend Sun Devil Liquors Thursday night Wine Tasting in the Cellar Pub from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. For ... More >>

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    November 4, 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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    September 28, 2010

    WineBat Wine Meetups and Vegetarian Tacos in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?WineBat MeetupsEnjoy a glass of wine and maybe even make some new friends. Tonight at Studio Vino in Tempe, enjoy a wine tasting featuring 5 wines from Southern Arizona. From 6 ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    CSM Cards, Beer and Wine Tastings, and Homemade Sriracha in Today's Eater's Digest.​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?CSM CardsShow your support for the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and purchase a CSM card which are available in denominations of $50, $100, $250 and $500. Need a little encourageme ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    All A-Bored

    Stop whining and start wining

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    September 21, 2010

    Portuguese Wine Tasting with AIWF and a Beer Cheese Sandwich in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Portuguese Wine TastingWednesday, September 22nd join Sportsman's North Scottsdale and The Arizona Chapter of AIWF for a special wine tasting of Portuguese Wines. If you are not familiar with The ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Crave Culinary Festival Changes Dates to 2011

    ​Almost nonchalantly, the message went out on Twitter yesterday afternoon: "Crave AZ announced today that it is moving its scheduled lineup of events from late October to the weekend of January 28-30, 2011." But that's huge news, actually. A high-profile culinary event at SouthBridge in Scott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Sept. 17 In Blogs: Lisa Aubuchon, Amazing Ink, Kanye West, Hawg 'n Dawg, and Ann Kirkpatrick

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

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    September 17, 2010

    This Weekend: Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room Grand Opening

    Meet winemaker Sam Pillsbury (above, center) and taste his new releases at this weekend's tasting room shindig.​Looking for a weekend road trip idea? I suggest a jaunt up to Cottonwood, where winemaker Sam Pillsbury is hosting a grand opening party for his new wine tasting room and gallery ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Cook It Up

    Foodies take to the kitchen for a tasty competition

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    May 20, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    Over the Hill

    Forty-year old festival is anything but old

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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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    November 20, 2008
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    June 13, 2008

    Happy happy, joy joy: Summer is pretty damn cool, thanks to local happy hour specials

    By Michele Laudig I’m telling you, we can’t let word get out about all the upsides of Phoenix in the summertime. More people just might want to move here and cramp our style if they found out about all the sweet deals at luxury resorts, spa discounts for anybody with an Arizona driver’s licen ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    Hungry for a Taste of Greece?

    I know I am. The drumbeat for Cinco de Mayo has already started, but before I can think about salsa, I'm gonna get my souvlaki fix. Tomorrow through Sunday is A Taste of Greece, at Tempe Beach Park, and like the name suggests, there will be all kinds of fabulous homemade Greek food. There will b ... More >>

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    April 8, 2008

    Scottdale Culinary Fest starts today

    It sounds like a marathon of food and booze: The 30th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicks off six days and nights of eating, drinking, and schmoozing, with tonight's Friends of James Beard benefit dinner, as well as a sold-out wine tasting at Kazimierz. But don't worry if you didn't get your ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Get ready for West of Western

    Don't spoil your appetite on the weekend of March 15 and 16! That's when the West of Western Culinary Festival will bring a jaw-dropping lineup of some of Arizona's most high-profile chefs into one central location for guests to sip wine, sample delicious foods, and socialize all afternoon. Consid ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006

    Sky High

    Either the wine went to my head, or that was really Santa dropping in to say hello From the looks of the prepackaged beer pong sets they're selling now at BevMo, you'd think beer fanatics have all the fun. But this kooky event I just stumbled upon tells me wine lovers can be weirdos, too: Satu ... More >>

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