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Wine

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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

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Pavle Prepares to Harvest the Grapes and Reveals the Blend

    In this occasional series, Pavle Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is made -- literally from the Southern Arizona ground up. Today: preparing for the harvest. See also: Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit? See also: Pavle Prunes the Vines -- and Keeps an ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Pavle Milic of FnB Presents War of the Roses and a Hog, a Blind Rosé Tasting and Pork-fest Held on August 24th

    See also: AZ Wines Impress at FnB's Arizona Judgment Two summers ago, FnB co-owner and resident wine guru Pavle Milic set local wine wonks swirling when he created Arizona Judgment, a blind tasting of wines, judged by a panel of local and national wine experts, to determine if Arizona's juice could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Wine Somm Dave Johnson Takes Managerial Position at Davanti Enoteca and Ponders the Demise of the Sommelier

    See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo to Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca Add another familiar name to the talented line-up who'll be working at Davanti Enoteca, slated to open in early August. Wine sommelier Dave Johnson -- best known for his stints at Atlas Bistro and the defunct Sol y Sombra -- will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Beckett's Table Makes Wine Spectator's World's Best Wine Lists

    See also: Beckett's Table Resurrects the Grownups Table for Summer: Three Courses Wine for $39 Many may be familiar with chef Justin Beckett's seasonal American food at his restaurant, Beckett's Table, in east Phoenix, but fewer may know about the establishment's stellar wine selection -- until n ... 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 8, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    This weekend, we're trading in our pint glasses for stems of red and white. We'll be making a trip to Cave Creek for a couple of glasses of wine and a plate of grilled duck or we'll be hittin' the road for a not-to-be-missed wine festival in the pines and we'll also be whipping up a beautiful batch ... 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 >>

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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

    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 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    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. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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

    May 9, 2012

    Five Ways Not to Buy Wine

    Vine Geek Brian Reeder co-owns AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale. Wine is subjective. Every wine is different. It all depends on your taste. Price doesn't equal quality. It's all the same anyway. Just drink what you like. Blah. Blah. Blah. We've all heard the nomenclatures. The bullshit lines that e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Meet the Vine Geek (Part Two)

    On Tuesday, you met Brian Reeder, co-owner of AZ Wine Merchants and one of our new wine columnists. Today, his story continues. When we left off, Pavle Milic (in the photo above, from left, it's Reeder and Milic) had opened a little restaurant in Scottsdale and Brian had decided resort life at the M ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Are Women Better Winemakers?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: "Are women better winemakers than men?" was our question of the night during AZ Wine Co. Winemaking Ladies tasting last Thursday. On the tasting menu at the South store were wines crafted by famed female winemakers Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch and Kathryn Hall. SPILL THE JU ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 20, 2011

    Why Arizona Wine Isn't a Non Sequitur

    Growing grapes and making wine in Arizona? Is that even possible? Better question: Is that even drinkable? If you've been around the block to Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley, you know that the answer to both of those questions is an overwhelming affirmative... but if you're like us, we're stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Wine, Winemakers and Winos: What You Missed at the Paso Robles Winemaker Dinner

    Where there is wine and winemakers, you can be damn sure there will be winos, which is why we hit the trifecta at the Paso Robles winemaker dinner at Petite Maison this Monday. The winemakers of Paso Robles showcased their signature Rhône varietal blends with a five-course meal Chef James Porter s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Noca's Italian Wine Dinner and Mexican Pizzas in Today's Eater's Digest

    www.acouplecooks.com​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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    What Wine Should I Give My Boss for the Holidays?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: What wine should I give my boss for the holidays? SPILL THE JUICE: "It depends on who your boss is and what he or she likes," says Stephanie Caraway, the southwestern regional manager at Terlato Wines International. We press her for a wine gift guide broken down by industry... we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 24, 2010

    A Wine Breakfast with David Mirassou: What's it like to be part of America's oldest winemaking family?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: We meet David Mirassou for breakfast and an early morning wine tasting at Vincent's Market Bistro and ask him, "What's it like to be part of America's oldest winemaking family?" School's so much more fun with food and wine involved... SPILL THE JUICE: "It's tough because I have so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 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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    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 13, 2010

    Charles Shaw "Two Buck Chuck" Sauvignon Blanc

    inhisgrace- Flickr Nine bottles of Two Buck Chuck will have you smiling like this, too.​Anyone that 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 ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Wine Talk: David Johnson of Oakville Grocery Co.

    David Johnson, the wine director at Oakville Grocery Co., dispenses unpretentious wine advice as a bonus to this week's Chef Talk with his business partner, Chef Walter Sterling.

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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

    The Most Expensive Hot Dog, Matanzas Wine Dinner and Walking Tacos in Today's Eater's Digest

    dineanddish.ne​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Matanzas Wine DinnerTonight, downtown restaurant Cheuvront will host a four-course Wine Dinner with pairings from Sonoma County Winery Matanzas Creek. Dinner will start with vichyssoise fol ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    June 3, 2010

    AZ Wines Impress at FnB's Arizona Judgment

    Caffe Boa chef Payton Curry (left) joins FnB's Pavle Milic on the Arizona Judgment tasting panel.​Even though you'd never know it to look at his jovial expression, FnB owner Pavle Milic was a ball of nerves leading up to yesterday's Arizona Judgment, a by-invite-only blind tasting of wines that we ... More >>

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