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Wine for an ASU Party or Tailgate? Try a Velvet Devil

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

From Charles Smith wines, comes a budget-priced ($11-$18) Merlot you may want to stock up on for any upcoming ASU parties or tailgates. It is branded the “Velvet Devil”, and with its pitchfork on the label, it is sure to be a good match with your “Sparky” table decorations that come out to celebrate... Read More

A Cabernet to Know

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

From time to time it is always good to take a look at vintners who consistently do an excellent job with their product and make a concerted effort to keep their wines in choice spots of your rack to grab for that special occasion.  Of course, it is a matter of personal opinion as... Read More

Oregon Pinot Gris: More Versatile Than Expected

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many Oregon wine producers have the advantage of a long growing season moderated by their proximity to the rugged Oregon Coast.  They actually share many of the cool coastal growing conditions enjoyed by the Northern California producers, making their Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines top flight. A prime example of a wine from... Read More

Crown Imports Brings Victoria Beer to Phoenix

Posted on: February 21st, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

Last week, Mexico’s oldest beer – Victoria Beer– arrived in Phoenix just in time for Arizona Beer Week (February 19-26). Crown Imports, a U.S. importer of international beer brands (Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo and Pacifico) announced the expansion of this popular Mexican beer at select on- and off-premise retail accounts to... Read More

Celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22

Posted on: February 19th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

A whole day to celebrate margaritas? That sounds like a party and February 22nd will be just that. Now, there is much speculation as to how originally invented the margarita, but all we are concerned with is that there’s plenty to go around. As one of the most popular cocktails ordered, if not the... Read More

Rocks on the Nose: Pouilly Fuissè

Posted on: February 16th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When it comes to celebrating a change in the weather, wine isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind.  But, believe it or not, some wines actually have flavors that remind of “wet rocks” or “fresh flowery earth” enhanced by an approaching storm. However, achieving earthy bouquets and flavors without tasting moldy or... Read More

You Didn’t Stand a Chance, Kid.

Posted on: February 16th, 2011 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

View Rodney’s original article on Adventures in Cuisine “O.M.G. So Tasty. There your article is done.”  This was the advice I was given by my cousin when we were trying out the new Sin City Smashburger. And I considered that being the entirety of my writing. Why not? Then I thought, what the hell, why... Read More

Cupcake Love-In Hosts Cupcakes & Cocktails Benefit on Thursday

Posted on: February 16th, 2011 by Amy Martin 2 Comments

Keep the love going this week!  Cupcake Love-In is at it again hosting a special Cupcakes + Cocktails event tomorrow, February 17th from 5pm-7pm at Citizen Public House in Scottsdale – a perfect post-Valentine’s day celebration with you and your cuppycake (yeah, we’re cheesy – but it’s Valentine’s Day week!) The event will benefit... Read More

Wine Glasses in the Dishwasher

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

When it comes to cleaning wine glasses, we’ve always been told to hand wash and keep them out of the dishwasher.  Oh yeah, the dishwasher can do terrible things to wine glasses, including slimy films, soapy smells, and nasty little spots or rings!  And don’t forget that those fragile wine glasses can’t possibly win... Read More

A Very Reasonable Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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

Whenever a good Pinot Noir is affordably priced, it’s worth a second look, especially from a small operation with an excellent reputation.  Specifically, AJs just happens to have a good supply of Witness Tree Vineyard’s 2008 Pinot Noir on hand.  This Pinot definitely should be on your buy list, especially if a Salmon, Game... Read More

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