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Sauvignon Blancs From Down Under

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

The lands down under are most commonly known for red wines like Shiraz, but there are also excellent white wines offered that shouldn’t be missed. Among the best are New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blancs.  Over the past 10 years, NZ wines established such an excellent reputation that many California vintners were left scrambling to catch... Read More

Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge Now Open at Scottsdale Quarter

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge, the much-anticipated nightlife jewel of Scottsdale Quarter, has officially popped its cork ushering in a new destination for social decadence by day and glass-clinking debauchery after dark. Complete with a never-ending list of festive bubbles, tea service fit for a queen, and even a members-only social club and private... Read More

A Hungry Monk is a Thirsty Monk

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Porter & Stout Fest?  Count us in! Local Chandler eatery, Hungry Monk is featuring the fest starting today, January13th and running through the 4 day weekend.  Proprietors, Jim and Carol Lolli, will be spotlighting a diverse selection of Porter and Stout beers beginning at 4pm today with the tapping of the Firestone Walker Reserve Cask... Read More

Cheers! Ladies Beer Brunch at Talavera

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

I am a simple girl.  I may get my foodie card revoked for saying so, but I will always prefer an ice cold beer to a glass of red or white.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t enjoy wine just that in my opinion, there is nothing that compares to a... Read More

Mediterranean Diet: Wine is Included

Posted on: January 6th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many people who follow the Mediterranean Diet do not realize that wine in small to moderate amounts is also part of the mix.  This is fortunate because many of the Med Diet dishes pair really well with wine. Consider the fruit and cheese combination.  Because the Mediterranean Diet requires a low consumption of dairy... Read More

Zinfandel and Burger Warm-Up

Posted on: December 27th, 2010 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

In Southern Arizona, we cook outside all year.  When it’s hot, some people rave about the positive aspects of the heat with a comments like, “Hey, it’s great to cook out here because the grill is already almost 200 degrees, so it just takes a moment to warm up.”  When it’s cool (never really... Read More

Wine from Italy’s Heel

Posted on: December 20th, 2010 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

There can be nothing more confusing than selecting an Italian wine, simply because there are so many offered.  On top of that, the bottles are not marked the way we would expect, making it hard to figure them out without knowing the “code”. One good way around this confusion is to find a restaurant... Read More

Kobe and the Cabernet

Posted on: December 16th, 2010 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many of us give in to the allure of fine Kobe beef steaks and on impulse pick up enough for the whole gang to enjoy.  These are especially good on the grill, which adds enough smokiness to make a perfect, juicy, meaty flavor.  However, often it seems that there is not quite enough left... Read More

Pinot and Grilled Game Hens

Posted on: December 16th, 2010 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

Most wine drinkers will concur that there is no varietal that has more taste variations than Pinot Noir.  This can make selecting the right one a frustrating and expensive experience.  Although it can take many years of trial and error to get it right, there are a few basic things to note about shopping... Read More

Viva Rose

Posted on: December 7th, 2010 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

The next time you are planning a barbeque, be sure to include a good Rosè in the mix.  This is especially true here in the valley with our year-round season for cooking outside to enjoy the sun with an informal meal. Quick outdoor gatherings go perfectly when a dry Rosè is included, especially with... Read More

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