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Keeping Opened Wine Fresh

Posted on: August 20th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Can’t finish a bottle in one sitting? Have a bunch of partial bottles left over from a tasting party? Unfortunately, you can’t just put the corks back in and expect the wine to be as good later as it is right now. This is because exposure to oxygen in the air can ruin wine... Read More

Deal of the Week: Half Off at Blue Martini on Local Dines

Posted on: August 17th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

At Blue Martini, located in North Phoenix near Desert Ridge, enjoy a menu that boasts modern tapas-style dishes and an extensive selection of specialty martinis. Head over to to purchase a gift certificate. For $20, enjoy $40 worth of food and drinks! Open daily from 3pm-2am, the food menu features light fare including... Read More

Caiden’s Vineyards: “Block Nine” Pinot Noir

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

One of the trends recently noted by West Coast winemakers is that the consistently high demand for Pinot Noir is finally being matched by increased production of wines from this varietal. Much to a wine drinker’s delight, the result is lower prices and higher quality for Pinots. The days of being forced to shell... Read More

Wine Tour Cornville: Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

First there was Stag’s Leap, then there was Frog’s Leap, and now we have Javelina Leap. All that leaping could drive one to drink! You betcha’. Fortunately, this leap is just up the road in the Verde Valley, no plane ticket, just a ride in the car. Cornville’s third winery along North Page Springs... Read More

Wine Tour Cornville: Page Springs Cellars

Posted on: July 29th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

If you want to enjoy lunch at a winery, Page Springs Cellars is your best choice in Cornville. They have the perfect patio with a good variety on the menu with wine to go with it, of course. Simply order lunch in the tasting room at the beginning of your visit and they will... Read More

Wine Tour Cornville: Oak Creek Vineyards

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As more vineyards become established in the Verde Valley, the practicality of devoting an entire day exclusively to tasting wine at actual estate wineries is here. Just pick from the wide variety of hotels in the Verde Valley to spend the night and taste wine from 10am to 6pm! It’s an easy route. Just... Read More

Chardonnay from the Livermore Valley

Posted on: July 18th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

When you think of Livermore, California, what comes to mind?  High-tech atom-smashing laboratories? Quantum physics? Microcircuits? Wine? If you picked the last choice, you’re in luck, because there is always a Livermore Valley wine just around the corner at Fry’s and other wine shops. Livermore’s Wente Vineyards’ 2009 “Morning Fog” Chardonnay, ($14.99 at Fry’s)... Read More

Cool Off with New Summer Drinks at Fogo de Chao

Posted on: July 15th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

The summer heat is on! The folks at Fogo de Chão have created three new refreshing cocktails for guests to take a brisk respite from the ubiquitous Valley heat. The new beverages include the Tarragon Pineapple Tini and two batidas (paying homage to Fogo’s heritage, batidas are the most famous blended frozen drink of the... Read More

Summer Wine Specials: Plenty to Pick From

Posted on: July 12th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Finally, most of the Valley bottle shops running their summer specials. Now the browsing for new creations and vintage years begins. Time to add some welcome additions to our own racks! It’s hard work, sure. But browse and haul we must. In a continuation of last season’s non-inflationary trend, reasonably-priced offerings abound with many... Read More

When the Good Stuff’s in Your Glass

Posted on: July 5th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

This summer, it is quite possible that many of us will be honored with the opportunity to taste an “expensive” wine, courtesy of friends and family.  When this happens it’s tempting to assume an attitude of indifference by thinking “I can’t really appreciate this anyway” or “I could never afford this no matter how... Read More

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