Approximately $75 will get you quite a bit of wine this spring in the Phoenix area. If you're willing to plunk down the funds, there are three unique wine events coming just as warmer weather rolls in. Whether you're looking for something large with a "scene" or a more intimate affair you'll want to make plans now because spring is around the corner. From local wines and boutique wines to chef's favorites and well known names, we bet one of these is worth your while.
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For this first event, you may need sunscreen. Arizona Stronghold Vineyards' 2nd Annual Spring Palate Training is March 10 at Salt River Fields. "ASV" is moving into a party deck at the park where wine educator Justin Ove will lead guests through an hour-long palate training with ﬁve of ASV's wines. Then, you'll have lunch and can stay to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Colorado Rockies from VIP seating. Cost is $70 for ASV wine club members $85, non-members $85. Tickets can be purchased at azstronghold.com.
FnB's "Whole Hog Dinner," on March 12 at their new location, features a whole hog (obviously in a "Caja China" given to FnB by their "good friend" Jose Antonio Menendez served with some of rosès and pinot noirs. Chances are you haven't been to a classier pig roast. The cost is $75++ and you can make reservations by calling 480-425-9463.
If you enjoy the North Scottsdale scene be sure to hit the 2nd annual AZ Wine & Dine (Formerly Forks & Corks) on April 4 at Scottsdale Quarter. The first annual event under the news was well received last year, and with a great local focus it features food from Arizona's premier chefs, restaurants, resorts, fine wines and craft beer. The outdoor features jazz bands and according to their website, the event " is designed to raise the awareness of the quality of life benefits that Arizona's tourism industry provides its residents and a portion of the proceeds benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association." Not exactly a charity, but a good cause all the same. Word is wine from Young's Market, Fire Mountain and the "bigs" like Alliance beverage. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 the day of the event. (Slightly higher than before.) The website AZWineAndDine.com has more information.
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