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Dave Johnson takes care of the wine department at Oakville Grocery in North Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Store is located directly across the street from P.F. Chang’s restaurant at the Kierland Shopping Center. Dave is a warm and friendly fellow, he is well-traveled in addition to being a Level III Sommelier. He has worked with and trained with some of the worlds most famous wineries, wine makers, he’s been there and done that, so to speak. He now calls Arizona home, and has lived here for the past 10 years.
This is a video of my visit. In it Dave tells us about a wine he had a hand in creating, he has actually made 6 vintages of wine.
3,200 wines! Seriously! Kazimierz is not that easy to find, you have to look for it. The only signage reads “The Truth is Inside” There are no windows. Inside, the walls are all stone, it’s made to feel like you are inside a wine cellar. Get ready to spend some money if you want the full experience. Wine flights, chocolate fondue, mozzarella salads for 4 could easily end up over $300. Although if you’re more frugal you can get by without breaking the bank. They have live jazz too. But mainly it’s all about the wine. This is a serious wine drinkers wine bar. Kazimierz has been awarded the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence 7 years in a row.
7137 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale Arizona
480 946 3004