Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Grape harvest is done & now its time to celebrate. Spend the day with LDV Winery, enjoy live music, food/wine tasting seminars, grape stomping, lunch prepared by Chef Adam Allison, Food Network Chopped Winner, outdoor games, & award-winning LDV wines.

Registration $65.00 and Includes: wine country lunch, glass of wine, wine samples during seminar, LDV logo wine glass, music, & a day of fun activities on the Marshall Way Bridge/Southbridge near the Canal Waterfront & adjacent to the LDV Winery Tasting Room in Old Town Scottsdale (7134 E. Stetson Drive; B-110).

Must be 21 years or age or older to attend. Festival will be held rain or shine.

Register Early -Tickets are limited.


LDV Winery is an estate winery growing Rhone varietal grapes in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in Southeastern Arizona. LDV has brought a “piece of the vineyard” opening a tasting room/retail shop in Old Town Scottsdale on Stetson Drive near the Waterfront. The LDV Winery Tasting Room is the place to taste, purchase, and enjoy LDV wines. It is the local neighborhood hang-out and a great event venue. For more information about the winery/vineyard, visit www.LDVWinery.com

FLAVOR – Northern Arizona Food & Wine Festival

FLAVOR, Northern Arizona Food and Wine Festival, was conceived from the comparable Local First Arizona festivals – DEVOUR, in Phoenix, and SAVOR, in Tucson. Focusing on bringing awareness to Arizona vintners, restaurateurs, retail vendors, and Northern Arizona, FLAVOR encourages the community to enjoy and support the libations of Arizona, all in one place.

VIP Admission tickets include 10 tasting tickets and a commemorative tasting glass, plus a reusable water bottle.

General Admission tickets include 6 tasting tickets and commemorative tasting glass and a free reusable water bottle.

Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at the ‘ticket booth’ for $1 per ticket and used for tastings/samplings or glasses of wine/small plates from any winery or restaurant.

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Arizona beer drinkers have new home-grown option

Arizona Light Lager

There’s a new market segment for craft beer in Arizona – light beer.

Huss Brewing Co. started by tinkering with a classic American light lager recipe and then testing the light, low-carb beer at Arizona locations of Buffalo Wild Wings. Restaurant guests who tried “XP” and responded to a point-of-sale QR code survey drew taste comparisons to national brands.

Eighty-four percent of respondents said the term “locally brewed” was somewhat or very important to them. This reaffirmed the decision to create a light beer made in Arizona. That’s how we got to the new beer: Arizona Light.

– Leah Huss, Huss Brewing Co.

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The Phoenician launches Champagne Saturdays

Champagne Saturdays

On the first and third Saturday of each month, The Phoenician is transforming its Tea Room into an after-dark experience with Champagne Saturdays.

During each event, held after sunset at 7 p.m. and also featuring live music, locals and guests alike can choose from three tiers of champagne: Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or Dom Perignon. The Champagne of the guest’s choosing is then paired with four courses: an artisan cheese board, cold canapés, warm canapés and a sumptuous dessert tray.

Prices range from $89 to $199 per person, based on Champagne selection.

– Denise Seomin, The Phoenician

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Ocean 44 opens in Scottsdale

seafood restaurant

After a year of anticipation, Ocean 44 opened its doors Dec. 4. The 12,000-square-foot ultra-grade seafood restaurant is owned by the lauded Mastro brand, and all items are sourced from sustainable fisheries when available.

Much of the menu is served a la carte, which is by design so guests can mix and match. To start, there is a raw bar menu as well as shellfish and appetizer menus. For main courses, there is an a la carte fresh fish menu and a lobster/crab menu. For meat lovers, there are also nearly a dozen steak options.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations

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Shop local when it comes to holiday wine

wine bottles

Seeking something special to gift this holiday season? Here are some of our favorite local wines to make everyone in your life’s season a little more merry and bright:

Carlson Creek 2015 Syrah: recently released and bursting with flavors of vanilla, black cherry, cherry cola and candied cherries.

LDV Wines 2014 Sky Island Syrah: known for its flavors of black fruit and soft tannins.

Page Springs Cellars 201 Vino de la Familia: a medium-bodied, velvety red blend.

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2012 Three Sisters Syrah: its flagship wine, with bold flavors of blackberry, fig and plum fruit with licorice notes.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations

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2018 Foodist Awards honor Arizona culinary elite

award winner

The Foodist Awards, which recognize and highlight the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage, have been awarded. Among them:

• Best Beverage Program: UnderTow

• Best Cocktail: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

• Best Food Writer: Christina Barrueta

• Outstanding Food Truck: Aioli Gourmet Burgers

• Emerging Restaurant: Roland’s Café Market Bar

• Uniquely Arizona: Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine

• Best Signature Dish: LON’s at the Hermosa Inn

• Restaurant Employee: Bill Parker, Prado at Omni Montelucia

• Top Chef: Lisa Dahl, Dahl Restaurant Group

• Good Neighbor: Joy Bus Diner

• Food Pioneer: Christopher Gross, Wrigley Mansion

The full list of 2018 Foodist winners is available here.

– Brynn Beam, Arizona Restaurant Association

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Breakthru Beverage Arizona sets standard for spirit excellence

Breakthru Beverage Arizona

Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits and a key producer of beer, has awarded Breakthru Beverage Arizona, one of the largest distributors of wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages statewide, with three Golden Bar Awards.

Breakthru earned national Golden Bar Awards, the highest honor given by Diageo, for its excellence in marketing both Tanqueray gin and Bulleit Bourbon, as well as for its efforts to advance responsible drinking across Arizona.

Joining Arizona in major national honors is Breakthru South Carolina, which was named Distributor of the Year and took home an award for excellence in marketing Ketel One vodka.

– Supreet Singh, Breakthru Beverage Arizona