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Starting ‘er up: Zarpara Vineyard

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Zarpara Vineyards Mark Jorve says that to be in the wine business you need to run a vineyard, a tasting room and a winery.  Hey, sounds reasonable, but when he adds, “If you are running any two of these yourself, you’re ‘certifiable’!”  Now it really comes into focus.  Of course, he and his partner... Read More
Franciscan Napa Chardonnay

Franciscan Chardonnay: More value than ever

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When big Napa Valley name-brand estate wines start getting close to the $10 level, it is grounds for a double-take.  One of those consistently on the value watch list is Franciscan’s Estate Chardonnay.  That’s right, a well-known estate wine on the cheap. Total Wine is now offering it for $11.99 at the Tempe store... Read More
Bink's Scottsdale Beer For Brains Dinner

Weekend Bites: The Best Places to Fill Your Belly Now Until Next Weekend

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Bring on the cardigans and outdoor events. Arizona weather has reached its sweet spot and now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the climate along with all the great events that are happening all around the Valley. Here are just the highlights of what you can get into this weekend! Friday,... Read More
La Carraia Sangiovese

La Carraia’s Umbria Sangiovese: An Italian value

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Over past year or so, there has been an increased migration in the wine offerings at our larger Phoenix area wine outlets (especially Total Wine, Bevmo, and Costco) from shelf displays to large pallets.  Not that the shelf displays have disappeared, they have simply gotten smaller.  Now most of the wine (by volume) is... Read More
2010 Montoya Napa Cab

Montoya Napa Cab: Whatcha’ call dusty

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When tasting Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, there is one important thing to keep in mind, get ready to mentally sort through the relative merits of all kinds of dark fruit combinations.  Well maybe, because with wine tasting generalities and stereotypes, there are always exceptions. Yep, as the many examples of vintners’ work coping with nature’s... Read More
Tikal Patriota

Forward pass: Tikal Patriota for steaks, burgers & weenies

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Partying during the 2013-2014 football season has never been better thanks to this red wine that is a sure crowd pleaser.  Even its slightly offbeat “tango” label sets the mood to root for the side that will surely prevail. But as always, there’s the hidden meaning, especially for New England fans who may still... Read More
Quintessa Red Blend

Quintessa: Reasons to celebrate

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Setting aside expensive bottles of wine for special occasions is something we all can relate to. And serving a top quality wine, or fine Champagne, will always remain recognizable symbols for celebrations. We do this for a variety of reasons, but in a practical sense, it’s really too expensive to bring out $100 bottles... Read More
Franciscan Cabernet

Franciscan Cabernet: Bold yet refined

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Recently, Franciscan released the their first bottles of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon into distribution.  With excellent weather conditions in Northern California and a wonderful grape crop, the rest is left to the senses. One taste of the latest rendition of Franciscan’s Cabernet is proof enough that a skilled winemaker can make the best of a... Read More
Wright's at The Biltmore

Arizona Biltmore WineMaker Dinner Goes Silver

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The Arizona Biltmore has introduced the line up for the 25th Winemaker Dinners. There will be 11 over the top culinary evenings scheduled this year. The dinners are help in their historic restaurant, Wright’s at The Biltmore and will combine an exclusive dining experience, education from the featured winemakers as well as contests and... Read More
La Crema Pinot Noir

La Crema: A continuing Pinot Noir value

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As more vineyards appear in the cool coastal areas of Northern California, the price of a good bottle of Pinot continues to be quite reasonable.  In fact, many good Pinot Noirs are now available for less than similarly rated Cabernet Sauvignons.  This even includes well respected brands. And one of the most well-known producers... Read More

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