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Wine | New at Hillside Spot Restaurant: Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

Posted on: March 13th, 2019 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

Oh yeah, the “Wine Wednesday” experience just received another excellent option in the Ahwatukee Foothills.   Namely, it was a pleasant surprise to see that Hillside Spot just added Baileyana’s Firepeak Pinot to their wine list.  This is a prime example of the wines of the San Luis Obispo (SLO) region also is a perfect complement to Hillside’s cuisine.

Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

SLO wines (especially the Edna Valley ones) have been steadily improving over the last 10 years, so to see this item pop up on another wine list is not too surprising.  There has been a steady increase in the acceptance of SLO’s hard work and the decision keep releasing reasonably priced SLO Pinot Noirs is starting to pay off.  The addition of this one to Hillside’s menu is well founded!

With a fuller body and more lingering finish than others, Firepeak pairs very well with most of Hillside’s Southwestern and Mexican influenced menu.  This also adds a little more complementary spice to just about any item you can select from their extensive repertoire.  We tried it with Fish Tacos, and also with Chicken Cacciatore, and found it to be flexible and savory.

This is a prime example of what a good Pinot is supposed to be, simply work with a plethora of menu selections.  Sure, a Pinot that is a little lighter may be a better choice with fish, but the Firepeak is just balanced enough to keep the Pinot promise, “Be a nice match to the widest selection of cuisine”.  With their 2017 vintage it’s a wrap.

Hillside has it on the wine list for $50 a bottle.  That is why the half-price wine Wednesday option is perfect.  Being able to experience this selection for $25 simply adds to the treat, even if it is the middle of the week.

A Thank You goes out to Hillside.  A well-thought-out addition to the wine list.  Hope it stays on there for a good run.  We’ll be back!

About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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One Response

  1. Greg Zyn says:

    The Baileyana Firepeak is magnificent, and the name describes the wine in the most perfect way possible. When I recommended this wine to my mates, they were a bit skeptical, but now they love drinking this.

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