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Arizona Wine Growers Festival 2009

October 3, 2009

This is a first annual event, November 22, 2009

“Shake hands and drink the juice of Arizona’s own wine grape farmers and wine producers in the picturesque setting of Phoenix’s historic Farm at South Mountain this fall. For the first time, nearly all of the state’s top wine growers will gather to showcase their finest wines at an interactive event where guests will learn about Arizona wine production, walk through exhibits of the state’s wine growing regions, taste dozens of wines and ultimately vote for their favorite vino!”
The experience is set to include:
• Interactive, walk-though exhibits
• Live, educational seminars (wine tasting 101, food & wine pairing, etc)
• Wine tasting with dozens of Arizona wineries
• Participation in Arizona’s “People’s Choice Awards”
• Live music by local musicians
• Professional tasting award ceremony

Now doesn’t that sound like a ton of fun? Check out the Farm at South Mountain for more info on this event or all offerings at The Farm.

November 22, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm: General Admission Events
5:00pm – 9:00pm: Exclusive Awards Dinner
Located at The Farm at South Mountain

Tickets:
$65 – General Admission ($50 presale)
$125 – Awards Dinner (available soon)

The Farm at South Mountain is located just 8 minutes from downtown Phoenix at 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85042.

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Arizona Restaurant Week is here!

September 18, 2009

The second annual Arizona Restaurant Week kicks off a highly anticipated Arizona culinary event, a boon for local foodies or those lucky visitors in the valley during the week-long event. Partake in Arizona’s finest fare at a very special discount price. Each restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu of signature dishes for $29 per person or $58 per couple, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Visit the Arizona Restaurant Week site for a list of participating restaurants in Phoenix. Or see a list of restaurants in the Tucson event. At this great price you best make reservations early!

There is a great list of restaurants with every part of the valley represented, in Scottsdale by the contemporary American coastal cuisine of  Avalon. Their main course menu choices will include Shrimp Corbonara, a Flat Iron Sterak Salad, Stuffed Free Range Chicken Breast, or a Crispy Pacific Northwest Salmon Fillet. Makes us hungry just to mention it. Fuego Bistro’s Latin Southwestern fusion represent Central Phoenix. Their selections; Southwestern Crabcake with mango habenero chutney, second  is Crispy coconut shrimp with a thai chile dipping sauce, third is House specialty empenadas with ground beef, cumin, garlic, and peppers. Fuego’s menu goes on with fun and spicy dishes, and the list of great restaurants participating is nearly endless.

Arizona Restaurant Week runs September 19th through the 26th, 2009.

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Annual Corks & Chords Event Kicks Off Fall Season

September 9, 2009

The annual Corks & Chords event is coming up next week here in the Valley and later this month in Tucson. September 12, 2009 the event takes place at the Mayo Clinic’s beautiful reception area among the scenic Scottsdale foothills. September 26, 2009 Corks & Cords is at the Arizona Historical Society’s Arizona History Museum in Tucson.

Live music will accompany chefs representing Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Aiello’s East Coast Italian, Hurry 4 Curry, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, First Watch, Mayo Clinic, M Catering by Michael’s, Cake Café, and Arizona Cheesecake Company. Great wines are sure to be part of the festivities and the Silent Auction includes a wine dinner for four in Wright’s Wrigley Wine Cellar.

The evening features a chance of learning about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona Chapter, the progression of MS care and medications over 50 years of the Society’s great work.

Tickets are $75. The Mayo Clinic is located at 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-968-2488. the National Multiple Sclerosis Society site has more info.

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Turn Wine into Cash. Become a SC&W Associate

August 21, 2009

wines_front2a_09_03-1So, you know a little something about wine. Maybe you know a lot of something about wine! If you’re constantly recommending and suggesting wines to your friends and family, why not put your passion for wine to work on your behalf?

Specialty coffee and Wines Consultants LLC seeks wine sales Associates. We are affiliated with major on-line wine retailers and we are offering a commission program to Associates capable of directing shoppers to those affiliated wine vendors. Commissions for wine sales generated through the program range between 2% and 25%! For joining the program SC&W will host an Associate Page (see Sample Page.) Associates will benefit from on-going marketing and promotion assistance, guidance, and Associate page updates. Our affiliate wine vendors have a huge range of wines, from collectors wines to super-discounted limited-time offers, all delivered to your client’s doorstep!

Find out more about our program, start earning a commission for your wine knowledge today!

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VinArte Wine Tasting at Phoenix Art Museum

August 15, 2009

If strolling the downtown Phoenix streets hopping from gallery to gallery and rubbing elbows with chain-smoking hipsters is not quite your thing, the Phoenix Art Museum may have upped the anti. At least for those that prefer a little bit more sophistication in your First Fridays arts ventures, the Museum hosts the VinArte Wine Tasting series. A wine tasting and art viewing event open to all levels of wine connoisseur, from novice to expert. Premium wines and appetizers are presented by co-host Arcadia Farms, with proceeds benefiting PhxArtKids Gallery.

ArtLink’s First Fridays features over 100 art venues every first Friday of the month, as it has for since 1994, and may be the largest “art walk” in the country.

VinArte schedule:

  • Friday, September 11 * note, second Friday due to holiday
  • Friday, October 2
  • Friday, November 6
  • Friday, December 4

Visit the Men’s Arts Council web site for details. VinArte Wine Tasting price is $30, with wines available for sale at discounted prices. Also look for Men’s Art Council’s annual Wine Party in the Spring.

Arcadia Farms operates the Phoenix Art Museun Cafe

Arcadia Farms operates the Phoenix Art Museum Cafe

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Mark Your Calendars! Phoenix Cooks, September 5, 2009

August 2, 2009

The date is set for this year’s Phoenix Cooks. The 5th annual event will be held Saturday, September 5, 2009, 10am – 3pm at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale.

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“INDULGE in delectable restaurant specialties from over 50 fabulous restaurants and resorts! LEARN in an interactive, intimate environment about how to cook like a Top Chef, healthy variations of your favorite dishes, pairing food with beer and wine, and much more…hosted by Phoenix Cooks! chefs and experts. DRINK a sip or two from boutique wineries, Alaska beer and spirits. MINGLE with Top Valley Chefs from some of the valley’s hottest restaurants! WATCH demonstrations on three Performance Kitchen Stages showcasing your favorite chefs strutting their unique and creative cooking styles. SHOP for the ultimate kitchen equipment, glassware, knives, the latest in cooking gadgets and more! WIN exciting “foodie” raffle prizes, 100% benefiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

Visit the event’s web site for more information, this year’s line-up of chefs, sponsors and celebrity guests. http://phoenixcooks.com

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Complexity and Elegance from an Australian Shiraz

July 19, 2009

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grennpoint_shiraz_95903lGreen Point Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz

from Victoria, Australia

The dense, rich color with complexity and elegance the truly distinguishing characters of this wine. Bright blackberry, maraschino cherry and satsuma plum aromas are enriched with anise, liquorice and subtle roasted spice. Succulent texture and supple tannins extend throughout the palate, and red liquorice flavors provide a long, distinctive finish.

Special Price: $12.99 When you purchase at Specialty Coffee and Wines

Regular Price: $18.00, that’s a 28% Savings!