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Arizona wines get all the attention at 9th Annual Grand Wine Festival

Arizona’s largest Arizona wine only event grows even larger this year as the Arizona Wine Growers Association’s Grand Wine Festival spills on to 6th Street from the Heritage Square festival. This, the 9th year of showcasing Arizona wines takes place on Saturday & Sunday January 27th and 28th and grows by 15,000 square feet when 6th Street is closed off this year.

Arizona wines poured

Over 30 Arizona wineries will travel to downtown Phoenix from Elgin, Sonoita and the southern part of our state along with wineries up I-17 in Jerome, Page Springs and the Verde Valley. Dos Cabezas, LDV Winery and Burning Tree Cellars are just a few of the wineries pouring their wines at the 2 day festival while.

Winners of the AZ Central Arizona Wine Competition will be announced at the Grand Wine Gala on Friday evening which is already sold out.

In addition to tasting wine at the festival, attendees will have live music to  enjoy as well as food trucks and other local vendors to visit with.

“We already have a record number of both wineries in attendance and wines being poured at this year’s festival, but now having the extra space will allow for record-breaking attendance numbers as well,” said Brian Predmore, president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association.

Arizona wines
Kurt Dunham owner/winemaker of LDV Winery

Purchase tickets

The festival will start both days at 11 a.m. and run until 7 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for 6 tasting samples or $20 for 10 samples can be purchased at their website.

 

 

Wine Tip Wednesday for Wine Tasting Party from LDV Wine Gallery

Wine tasting parties are a fun and popular way to get together with friends and learn a bit about wine. Peggy Fiadaca, co-owner of LDV Wine Gallery in Scottsdale offers up 5 tips to host a successful wine tasting party.

Below are her tips or you can watch Peggy’s Wine Tip Wednesday Youtube video

  1. Set a structure or theme for the evening
    1. Determine how many people you’re going to invite
    2. Set a price point for the wine
  2. Basic guidelines to the party
    1. Make sure each person gets at least a 2 oz pour
    2. Have a dump bucket and a pitcher of water
    3. Have neutral goodies such as crackers to clear the palette
  3. Have a good scoring sheet
    1. Find online or on LDV website
    2. Fun to have a prize for winner who brings the best wine
  4. Think about the order you’re going to pour each wine
    1. White wine before red wine
  5. Learn about the theme if you are the host                                                       1. Understand characteristics of the wine you are using as the theme

To learn more about LDV  Wine Gallery check out their website

17th annual St. Martin’s Sonoita AVA New Release Festival

One of the most anticipated times of year in the wine world is the annual release of new wines. After harvesting the grapes, fermenting the juice to wine and aging the wine,  drinkers get to see what each winery has been able to achieve for any give vintage.  It’s like giving birth to a new child and is worthy of a celebration and Saturday November 11th will be the 17th Annual St. Martin’s Sonoita AVA New Release Festival.

The festival will be host by Sonoita Vineyards and will also celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Sonoita AVA.

St. Martin’s Sonoita AVA Festival wineries

15 wineries from the Sonoita AVA(American Viticulture Area) in southern Arizona will gather and pour their latest creation for festival goers. A few of the wineries pouring include Callaghan Vineyards, Dos Cabezas, Village of Elgin Winery, AZ Hops & Vines and more.

The festival kicks off bright and early at 10 a.m. and concludes after the sun goes down at 5 p.m. with the blessing of the new vintage at noon.

Things to do

In addition to tasting wine Sonoita Vineyards will offer barrel tastings of yet to be released wines, discussions with wine makers, winery tours and a free souvenir to the first 100 guests.

Vendors will be on hand for guest to purchase gifts and souvenirs, activities for children will be available and food can be purchased from Luke’s Pizza and The Steak Out.

Tickets for the festival are $35 and include 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. Tickets can purchased in advance at http://www.sonoitavineyards.com/

Sonoita Vineyards is at 290 Elgin -Canelo Rd. in Elgin.

 

 

$10 off tickets for next weekends AZCentral.com Food & Wine Experience

Hopefully those that are reading this bought their tickets for next weekends AZCentral.com Food & Wine Experience since I posted the announcement back in July. If not, now is the time as my readers can save $10 off tickets for the 3rd annual AZCentral. com Food & Wine Experience presented by Cadillac using the promo code at the bottom of this post.

Since the announcement Martha Stewart confirmed she will be in attendance at the popular event.

Schedule of food and wine events.

First a quick review of schedule events of the 2-day food festival on November 4th & 5th at Salt River Fields.

  • Grand Tasting.  Tickets in advance are $85 and offer unlimited sampling of chef creations; access to chef demonstrations and panels; and tastings of fine wines, craft beers and distinctive spirits. Saturday or Sunday
  • VIP Grand Tasting.  Tickets in advance are $120 and guests enjoy all the benefits of the Grand Tasting, plus entry at noon, access to the VIP Lounge, and private tastings from wineries and distillers. Preferred parking and VIP restrooms
  • The Cellar.  A $20 upgrade to any ticket above, the wine seminar offers special tastings and an insider’s knowledge of wines sampled; led by the winemaker or wine ambassador.
  • The Chef’s Package.  A $180 ticket, a private meet & greet with a special guest chef of national renown.  Details coming soon
  • Private Dining ‘Experiences.’ A schedule of separately ticketed private dining Experiences created by popular chefs and restaurateurs will be announced soon.  Experiences can occur within the event footprint or at participating restaurants.

Participating restaurants

During the Grand Tasting over 60 local restaurants will be sharing tastes of their cuisine that have put them on the culinary map. Here are a few of the restaurants and chefs that will be serving up their special dishes.

  • Jennifer Russo, The Market by Jennifer Russo
  • Aaron Poole, Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
  • Paul Haworth, Cartel Coffee Lab
  • Charles Wiley, Hearth `61 at Mountain Shadows Resort
  • Russell LaCasce, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
  • George Frasher, Frasher’s Smokehouse
  • Chef Joshua James “Chef J” Amonson, Bourbon & Bones Chophouse | Bar

$10 off tickets

To get your $10 off your tickets click here and enter the promo code “Insta10“.

See you there.

 

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale hosts annual “Live & Local” event

If you attend charity events around the Phoenix area you’ve probably been to “Live & Local” event hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale.

Always a favorite on the charity circuit and one of the biggest fund-raisers of the year for BGCS, 2017’s event will be on Sunday Nov. 12th at The District at Desert Ridge in north Phoenix.

“It’s an honor to bring recognition to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, an organization we’ve passionately supported for many years,” said Stacy Bennett, GoDaddy Corporate Responsibility Lead. “Beyond supporting a worthy cause, we’re looking forward to getting the community together to enjoy local food, libations and entertainment.”

Food and entertainment

The red carpet dining and entertainment event starts at 6 p.m and honors Arizona’s dining, cocktail and live music communities.

Presented by GoDaddy and co-sponsored with the Arizona Restaurant Association this years event includes delicious bites to eat from local restaurants such as Tryst Cafe, The Thumb, Chef Wade’s Bistro on Wheels, Chase’s Diner, The Melting Pot, Postino, Bertha’s, Taste of New Mexico, and The Dhaba.

Under the stars, guests can dance to live entertainment from local bands that will take the stage from 6p.m. – 9p.m.

Get your Live & Local tickets

General Admission tickets are $65 and give guests access to live entertainment, beer garden, wine tasting and 20 samples from restaurants.

VIP tickets are $150 with cocktail bar with drinks crafted by mixologists, upgraded wines, 10 additional restaurants for VIP’s and the after party from 9p.m.-11p.m.

“We are grateful for the partners and sponsors who come together, work hard and put on such an amazing event to help us continue to serve children and teens in need throughout Greater Scottsdale,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS CEO.

Tickets and information can be found here.

 

 

LDV Wine Gallery’s Calendar of Events

If your calendar of events is filing up as quick as mine then you’ll appreciate as much notice as possible. If Arizona wine is in your future plans then Peggy & Kurt at LDV Wine Gallery in old town Scottsdale have planned events for the rest of 2017 and you can circle the dates of any of the 10 events on your calendar so you don’t double book yourself.

All events are at LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. 1st Street, Scottsdale 85251 with reservations made by calling 480-664-4822 unless otherwise noted.

September Wine Appreciation – Wine + Cheese                                    Visit LDV Winery on Sunday, September 10 for a wine and cheese themed wine appreciation gathering. The event is part of a monthly series of fun, interactive get-togethers to discuss “All About Wine.” Registration includes expert-led discussions, little bites and wine, and take-away materials

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. $35/person; $65/couple (includes wine tasting, nibbles, and materials). Payment is required in advance.

Vineyard to Table Supper Club                                                                           LDV Winery’s monthly dinner is on Tuesday, September 12. This is a wine inspired casual dining experience that celebrates the vineyard to table journey. It includes courses paired with three LDV wines with recipes and great conversations. LDV Winery owners will host and cook.

Reservations can be made for Oct. 3rd, Nov. 7th and Dec. 5th dinners.

6:00 p.m. $65++ (tax & gratuity). Space is limited to 20 & payment is required to reserve seats.

October Wine Appreciation – Making Sense of Wine Scents                Join LDV Winery on Sunday, October 15 for a “Making Sense of Wine Scents” themed wine appreciation gathering. The event is part of a monthly series of fun, interactive get-togethers to discuss “All About Wine.” Registration includes expert-led discussions, little bites and wine, and take-away materials.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. $35/person; $65/couple (includes wine tasting, nibbles, and materials). Payment is required in advance.

LDV Winery Sky Islander Wine Club Pick Up Party                                 Wine Club members can head over to LDV  on Sunday, October 22 for the Sky Islander Wine Club Pick Up Party. Sky Islander Wine Club members can pick up their wine club packages and taste through the new wines. Guests are welcome with a special guest tasting fee. Wine club packages will be charged to credit card on file the beginning of March.

Call Peggy 602-320-1485 to update any club member information

12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free for Wine Club Members (includes wine tasting + nibbles), $10 for guests.

OCTOBER 28 LDV WINERY HARVEST FEST 2017.                            Saturday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., attendees can join LDV Winery in celebrating the completion of the 2017 harvest.

Guests will enjoy a glass of wine of choice, as well as an LDV logo wine glass. Additional wine by the glass or bottle will be available for purchase. Those who attend can also participate in grape stomping! There will be a BBQ from 12-5, as well as live music all day on the patio at LDV Wine Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale.

The cost to attend is $40 for early registration for the general public and $45 on the day of the festival. LDV Sky Islander Wine Club members can purchase tickets for $35.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/ldv-winery-harvest-festival-tickets-36724595253.

November Wine Appreciation – Winemaking 101                                      LDV Winery on Sunday, November 19 for a “Winemaking 101” themed wine appreciation gathering. The monthly event is a series of fun, interactive get-togethers to discuss “All About Wine.” Registration includes expert-led discussions, little bites and wine, and take-away materials.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. $35/person; $65/couple (includes wine tasting, nibbles, and materials). Payment is required in advance.

SAVE THE DATE: DECEMBER 2, SANTA WINE AROUND ON THE SCOTTSDALE WINE TRAIL AS PART OF SCOTTSDAZZLE 2017. DETAILS COMING SOON!

Wine, Crafts & Fun                                                                                                       Saturday December 2 and 9 are for wine, crafts and fun. Bring your glue guns and glue sticks to create wine cork crafts (wreaths, cork trees, or ornaments). Sip wine, nibble on snacks and create wine cork crafts.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $10 includes a glass of wine.

 

 

 

 

Sonoita Vineyards celebrates the harvest with Harvestfest

Right around the end of July is when wineries in the northern hemisphere roll up their sleeves, wake up before the sun rises and work til the sunsets. It’s harvest time when the 2-3 month process of picking the grapes when they are just right so they can be turned into wine. Some celebrate the harvest at the end  in October or November with a festival for employees and friends but Elgin’s Sonoita Vineyards starts the harvest with their annual Harvestfest.

Harvestfest events

This years Harvestfest will take place on Saturday July 29th at 10 a.m. Throughout the day their will be winery tours given by the winemaker, food and wine pairings, vineyard tours in a  wagon and a good ol grape stomp at 1;00 p.m. which you must sign up for when you arrive.

Sonoita Vineyards
Photos courtesy of Sonoita Vineyards

Purchase tickets

No reservations are required but tickets do need to be purchased. 250 General Admission tickets are available on-line for $25 and $30 at the door. GA ticket holders get to enjoy the above events and get a souvenir glass and for the first 100 people a souvenir giveaway.

Lunch can be purchased on-site from local restaurants The Steak Out and The Daily Bread Bistro along with wines by the glass.

50 VIP tickets are available for $85 per person and in addition to all of the above will enjoy a climate controlled room with a balcony, private bar, after hours party from 4-6 p.m., a lunch voucher and more.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sonoitavineyards.com/

What else is going on at Sonoita Vineyards

Mark your calendars for the 17th Annual St. Martin’s Sonoita AVA New Release Festival with other Sonoita wineries on Nov. 11th  Tentatively scheduled for April 7th , 2018 is the 40th Annual Blessing of Sonoita Vineyards.

Take Hwy 83 south from I-10.  Sonoita Vineyards is located 3 miles south of Elgin at 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, Elgin, AZ 85611 520-455-5893