scottsdale wine tasting

Fleming’s 46 Diamonds Debut, October 26th 2011

Fleming’s Steakhouse has long been a supporter of breast cancer awareness in the month of October (and year round).   I met with Darrin Visser, managing partner of the Fleming’s on Scottsdale road and he gave me a brief rundown of some of the events and specials.

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46 Diamonds Debut
An Evening of Exclusive Wine, Small Plates and High Fashion
Benefiting the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Wednesday, October 26
6 – 9 pm
$40

Fleming’s at DC Ranch
20753 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

Join Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar as it debuts its new private label wine – Forty-Six Diamonds, Toscana 2009. Enjoy a Arizona sunset on the DC Ranch patio while sipping this exclusive red blend created with Salvatore Ferragamo and the Il Borro estate all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Guests will be able to sample the Forty-Six Diamonds, Cline Cellar’s Cashmere wine, and Fleming’s newest low-calorie cocktail – The Stiletto. Fleming’s newest Small Plates will be passed for noshing and the latest luxury handbags and shoes will be on display.

A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

RSVP with Fleming’s at 480-538-8000.

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Original Taste to benefit Arizona charities April 2nd 2011

Original taste scottsdaleThis Saturday night the Scottsdale Waterfront will play host to one of valley’s signature charity events.

“The Original Taste,” will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, and other children’s based charities supported by Executive Council Charities.

Attendees of “The Original Taste” will have the opportunity to discover flavors from around the globe that are available at some of Metropolitan Phoenix’s finest dining establishments. Over 40 of the Valley’s most recognizable restaurants will be showcasing their talents and over 70 varieties of wine and spirits from around the world will be available to sample.

Tickets are priced at $100 (General Admission) and $200 (VIP access) if purchased before March 1, or $150 (General Admission) and $250 (VIP access) between March 1 and the evening of the event.  Information regarding sponsorship opportunities is also available on “The Original Taste” website.

In addition, the after party, known as “Late Night” will be held immediately following “The Original Taste.”  Pricing for “Late Night” will be $25 (General Admission) or $100 (VIP access) and can also be purchased (independently of The Original Taste tickets) on The Original Taste website.

scottsdale wine tasting“We’re incredibly excited to hold this event on a Saturday night at the Scottsdale Waterfront as it allows us to draw from the thousands of individuals who head to Old Town Scottsdale each weekend,” said EC70’s Dane Fernandes, Chairman of The Original Taste.  “Those who would typically dine at a nearby restaurant can experience a vast array of food and beverage options.  Plus, ‘Late Night’ will present a unique, one-of-a-kind experience.  Ultimately, these events give us an opportunity to raise more money for the children of Arizona.”

For tickets and more information regarding “The Original Taste” and “Late Night,” visit the Original Taste WEBSITE

Updated LIST of participating restaurants

Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour | Scottsdale 2011

Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour Hits Scottsdale, February 7-11, 2011Paso Robles Tasting tour

Signature Event Series with Marquee Grand Tasting, Featuring 30 California Winemakers.

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Thanks to a growing number of sophisticated wine enthusiasts in the Valley, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance has targeted Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix metro area to kick-off its 2011 Grand Tasting Tour. Part and parcel of a fiercely expanding local culinary scene in the Valley, the group of Paso Robles, Calif, winemakers will showcase their wines through a series of winemaker dinners, a marquee Grand Tasting event, and special tasting opportunities at area retailers. This ‘Paso Robles Wine Week’ is set for February 7-11, when over 30 winemakers, winery owners, and tourism representatives converge on the Valley to express the flavor and personality of the Paso Robles wine region.

red wine colorThe most attended event will take place on Wednesday, February 9, with a marquee Grand Tasting at El Chorro Lodge from 6 – 8 p.m.  This is a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with all of the traveling winemakers under one roof – the likes of winemaking legends Robert Hall, Gary Eberle, and Vic Roberts of the acclaimed Victor Hugo Winery, as well as many more, are all scheduled to attend. El Chorro Lodge will showcase their culinary delights alongside unlimited tastes of over 100 wines. Tickets are $55 per person and include unlimited tastings and an array of gourmet appetizers that include pork sliders, a bruschetta bar, and imported meats. Wine enthusiasts are encouraged to visit www.pasowine.com for a list of participating wineries and to purchase tickets.

Prior to the Grand Tasting, two nights of wine dinners will showcase multiple Paso Robles brands along with meals prepared by local chefs. On Monday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 8, multi-course, wine-paired dinners will take place at restaurants 5th & Wine, Rancho Pinot, Petite Maison, and Cowboy Ciao. During each dinner, the celebrity winemakers and chefs will explain the inspiration behind the pairings. Rancho Pinot Chef/Owner Chrysa Robertson, for instance, is looking forward to complementing her simple, comfort food style of cooking with these elegant and often non-traditional wines. One other dinner, on Tuesday, February 8, will come with a twist—taking place at Big Daddy’s BBQ, Paso Robles wine will be paired with platters of smoky barbecue and served on picnic tables in the backyard-themed restaurant.

“There’s an event for every budget and level of wine enthusiasm,” says Wine Alliance Executive Director Stacie Jacob. “We want everyone to experience these wines and meet the personalities behind the label. Enthusiasts can join Paso Robles in a variety of places: an intimate restaurant setting, at your local retailers, or a walk around tasting showcasing all that Paso Robles has to offer.”

Paso Robles Wine Week continues on the evening of Thursday, February 10 when Chef James Porter of French bistro, Petite Maison, plugs the region’s wines into his popular “Staff Meal” (a late-night menu of fun, often lower-brow fare). Chef Porter is planning a “wine late-night” where he plans on “inviting a few of the winemakers into the kitchen to see if they can plate tartar as well as they grow grapes,” Porter quipped.

To purchase tickets for the Grand Tasting on Wednesday, February 9, visit www.pasowine.com or call
800-549-WINE. Wine dinner reservations can be made directly at each individual restaurant.

Visit to AZ Wine Company, Scottsdale Arizona

I recently dropped by AZ Wine Company and visited with Kelly, the manager.  He took me on a tour of the store, as well as pointed out a few of the exclusive wines.  These are wines that are not sold anywhere else outside of the vineyard.  The great thing about AZ Wine company on Scottsdale road in sunny Scottsdale Arizona, is there is the Atlas restaurant right next door.  There is a doorway between the two places.  You can buy your wine and go next door to the restaurant, or if you attending a wine tasting you can have the food brought into the wine store.  What a great combination!