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Napa Sauvignon Blancs: Excellence

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Over the past several years, the Napa Valley vintners struck back at worldwide competition in several white wine varietals with beautiful results.  And of course, we all benefit.  But this year’s huge inventory of Sauvignon Blancs can make any shopper’s head spin.  However, there’s a bonus, many are excellent!  So take advantage of the... Read More

The Beefy Malbec

Posted on: January 30th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Now that many of the original French grape varietals are under cultivation throughout the world, some countries have started to develop reputations as “specialists” in wine made from particular grapes.  This has occurred even while many traditional vintners continue to blend wines from many varietals to achieve their flavor objectives. One of the most... Read More

Paso Robles Wine Week Brings the Grand Tasting Tour to the Valley

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

February 7th-11th, Paso Robles Wine Country brings the Paso Robles Wine Week to Scottsdale with an exciting schedule of festivities including the Grand Tasting Tour. Wine enthusiasts are invited to experience a series of events spotlighting over 30 California winemakers, winery owners and representatives. The Paso Robles Wine Week events will include a wide... Read More

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

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