The stress of the upcoming holiday and the extra family time might make you feel like you need a drink, so perhaps it's no coincidence that most of the events on our December list include some alcohol. Don't worry, there's some good food planned, too, like a chocolate class, a grain-to-farm-to-table dinner, and a three-course dinner with wine pairings under the stars. All of it adds up to a fun last month of 2021. Have a good one!
Thursday, December 2
Wrigley Mansion is home to more than 12,000 bottles of wine, so it's only fitting that guests can enjoy monthly wine dinners curated by wine director Paola Embry. December's dinner will be hosted by Hartford Family Winery and includes a five-course meal paired with select wines. Master sommelier Michael Jordan will serve as the guest speaker for the evening, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $125 per person.
Thursday, December 2
Making Chocolate for the Home Cook Class
Saturday, December 4
Desert Sage Herbs
1728 North Alma School Road, Chandler
Did you know chocolate is actually good for you? Learn how to make homemade chocolate for you and your family in this class presented by aromatic specialist Vicki Greener at Desert Sage Herbs. The cost of the class is $50 and includes supplies, lots of samples, and handouts. All recipes are dairy, gluten, and egg-free.
Sunday, December 5
Tuesdays, December 7 and 14
4166 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Whiskey lovers are invited to select from two seasonal tasting events with a brand ambassador at Second Story Liquor Bar and Restaurant. Get four tastes on December 7 and five on December 14. These include a welcome barrel-aged cocktail, Makers Mark Barrel Select, and more. It's $75 to $125 per person depending on which event, plus tax and gratuity.
Match Guide to Wine Class and Tasting
Wednesday, December 8
Match Market and Bar at Found:RE Phoenix
1100 North Central Avenue
Saturday, December 11
Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows
5445 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
Learn all about drinks with bubbles during this class at Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows. You'll get both a history lesson and a taste test at the same time during this 30- to 45-minute class. Space is limited to 20 guests, with a maximum party size of eight people, and it's $39 to attend.
Wednesday, December 15
Thursday, December 16
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
Get a jump start on 2022 with Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho's annual champagne dinner. Food includes starters like Wagyu beef empanadas and steak tartar with caviar followed by Nantucket Bay scallops; Argentine New York strip steak "Oscar"; and strawberry cheesecake, all paired with Veuve Clicquot champagnes.The dinner is $149 per person plus gratuity and tax.
Ugly Sweater Holiday Party
Saturday, December 18
Kelly's at SouthBridge
7117 East Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale
Eat, drink, and be merry at Kelly's at SouthBridge's Ugly Sweater Holiday. DJ Rolemodel will be playing music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Try one of the limited edition holiday cocktails — a Caramel Apple Martini, Apple Cider Whiskey Mule, or an Espresso Martini. Don your ugliest holiday sweater too for the chance to win a $150 gift card.
Friday, December 31
25002 South 206th Street, Queen Creek