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Get Ready For Take-Off: Wine Tasting Flight School at ACI

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Arizona Culinary Institute 1 Comment

You’re invited to eat, drink and be merry with Arizona Culinary Institute (ACI) Chefs and Culinarians as they present the next in a series of Wine Tasting Flight School Classes: Wines of Spain and Portugal. This wine lover’s event features one seating at 6:30 p.m. promptly on Thursday, September 17, at ACI’s du Jour Restaurant, 10585 North 114th Street in Scottsdale (116thStreet & Shea).Wine Tasting Flight School

This cheery evening class, featuring a four-course wine tasting menu, is only $55 (Tax and gratuity included) and open to anyone 21 or older, but space is limited and participants must register online.

Featured wines will include: Broadbent Vinho Verde Rose; Castro Martin A20 Albarino; Beronia Rioja Crianza; and Quinta la Rosa White Port. Each special wine will be paired with superb food (tasting size portions) prepared by ACI Chefs and Students.

“For this next installment of our wine education and tasting events,  we have hand selected four exceptional wines from Spain and Portugal that you don’t come across every day, and we will be pairing them with four small courses of exquisite food,” notes Arizona Culinary Institute Executive Chef Christopher Wolf who will be personally cooking during this magical evening. “You will learn a little bit about each of the wines, and the last time we did this, it sold out pretty quick, so don’t hesitate to sign up for this one. It’s a steal of a deal.”

Wine Tasting Menu for Thursday, September 17 at ACI

Menu and Wines subject to minor changes

— Please no substitutions —

First TasteManchego, Garlic custard, Dried apricots, Olive, Olive oil powder, Almonds, Almond puree, Grissini and Mache paired with Broadbent Vinho Verde Rose

Second Taste| Seared Halibut, Shrimp, Saffron cream, Stewed peppers and onions, Roasted Tomato, Bacon chip and Cilantro oil paired with Castro Martin A20 Albarino

Third Taste| Grilled Beef Hanger steak, Perfect egg yolk, Roasted fingerlings, Dried Cherry Demi-glace and Fried parsley paired with Beronia Rioja Crianza

Fourth TasteVanilla/Orange-zest Panna Cotta, Oranges, Dates, Pate Sucre and Tuile garnish paired with Quinta la Rosa White Port

And wine and food lovers who already have plans for Thursday, September 17, no need to despair as ACI’s next Wine Flight School takes place on Wednesday evening, October 14. Menu and wines will be announced soon, but you can register now online.


About the Author - Arizona Culinary Institute

The Arizona Culinary Institute’s founding principles are traditional, proven French Method cooking skills combined with the best of modern techniques. ACI prepares students for careers in Culinary Arts & Hospitality covering a broad range of areas. Du Jour is the culinary laboratory that the advanced students of the school operate as a French fine dining experience. For more information, please contact the Arizona Culinary Institute at (480) 603-1066 or

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