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 shows to car auctions, there's always something to do. And the fun isn't stopping anytime soon. Grab a pen, we've got two more events for your calendar hosted by Rancho Pinot in Scottsdale, both of which promise plenty of wine and local eats.
Winery owner and founder Daniel Patz will help host the Patz & Hall Winemaker Dinner on Sunday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $100 a person. Patz will also bring some older library selections from the winery collection to share at the event. The dinner will include four courses with wine pairings and a welcome cocktail to kick the event off on the right foot.
The menu for the event is still in the works, but it will include a seafood course for pairing with the Chardonnay and duck, and pork and lamb courses for the Pinots, in addition to a light dessert.
The featured wines will be:
- 2010 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
- 2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
- 2009 Pinot Noir Carneros 'Hyde Vineyard'
- 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River 'Chenoweth Vineyard' IN MAGNUM
(In addition to any library selections)
Seating for the event will be a large community tables, though there will be some smaller tables available at a first come, first served basis.
The second event carries out the boozy theme but with a lunar twist.
Rancho Pinot's joining forces with Maya's Farm to celebrate a mutual love of the outdoors, local and simply prepared foods, copious amounts of wine, and the full moon for the Lunar Lamb Fest. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Maya's Farm in Phoenix. Tickets will cost $85 a person.
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The menu for the event includes grilled and roasted organic lamb from northern Maine, produce from Maya's Farm and Arizona wines. There will also be music by "Trio Rio" and a bonfire (weather permitting), giving the perfect setting to enjoy the full moon.
Space for the event is very limited and pre-payment is required.
For more information on either event or to reserve a spot call or email Rancho Pinot at 480-367-8030 or Ranchopinot@hotmail.com.