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On Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22, 2017, Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona welcomed guests for a special two-day celebration of wines from the acclaimed portfolio of the Jackson Family. Nestled in Boynton Canyon and surrounded by stunning vistas, this luxurious 70-acre resort was the perfect setting for a decadent weekend.
The festivities kicked off on Friday night with the Welcome Wine Tasting and Foods of the Season Reception at Che Ah Chi, the resort's signature restaurant, with mesmerizing views of the red rocks from its elevated perch. We gathered in The Wine Bar and snacked on delicious grazing platters such as bacon-wrapped dates, crisp lettuce boats filled with creamy burrata and sweet cherry tomatoes, and cheese and charcuterie boards accompanied by tangy vegetables harvested locally and pickled in-house.
We explored a variety of Jackson Family wines as we sipped and savored six selections from rosé to cabernet. This included the newly-released Cambria Santa Maria Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay (a magical pairing with aged cheddar!), Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, and the elusive Cambria Clone 4 Pinot Noir.
Mingling with our group of wine-lovers were some very special guests - Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and Kendall-Jackson Executive Chef Justin Wangler. Gregarious Michael Jordan is one of only 15 people in the world to be awarded diplomas from both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Certified Wine Educator program, and his knowledge was evident as he described the characteristics and growing region of each wine poured. Affable Chef Wangler whet our appetites as he spoke about his cooking philosophy, the menu he had planned for the next evening's wine dinner, and the organic bounty he brought from the Kendall-Jackson Estate Gardens (tip: follow master gardener Tucker Taylor's artful photos on Instagram here). We also learned that the Jackson Family has wineries all over the world including Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, Chile, and the U.S., about their core belief and focus on sustainability, and that throughout the weekend we would be treated to hard-to-find wines, including allocated wines and those only available at their tasting rooms.
On Saturday afternoon, we met again at Che Ah Chi, this time in the dining room, for Master Sommelier Jordan's Taste with the Master. His breadth of knowledge, enthusiastic teaching style, and sense of humor made soaking up 90 minutes of wine education fun and effortless.
In our blind tasting of four wines, we were taught how to identify varietals and characteristics such as acidity, tannins, and fruit level through color, aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. I learned a green hue in white wine hints of a cool growing region or a young wine, how extraction methods affect the intensity of color, to differentiate between descriptors such as baked apple, ripe yellow apple, and tart green apple, the nuances of oak with young wines ("nutmeg and clove") or older ("more cinnamon as the wine ages"), how pineapple notes and acidity identify a chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley and more, much more.
That evening, our amazing vacation culminated with a fantastic Sonoma to Sedona Wine Dinner that began with passed appetizers perfectly paired with Cenyth Rosé of Cabernet Franc (Sonoma County). Dinner was a collaboration between Kendall-Jackson Chef Wangler and Enchantment's skilled culinary and wine team of Executive Sous Chef Lindsey Dale, Sous Chef Al-Hakin ShaBazz, Executive Pastry Chef Morgan Gurney, and Resort Sommelier Michael Robb. Follow along on our wonderful menu and wine pairings, starting with Chef Wangler's salad showcasing unique vegetables from the Kendall-Jackson garden, including a tangy succulent I fell in love with called ice lettuce or ficoïde glaciale in French.
Thank you to Enchantment and their wonderful team and the special guests from Jackson Family Wine for a truly memorable experience. Here's hoping this becomes an annual event!
I was hosted by Enchantment Resort and my experience was complimentary
Summer is in full swing and Arcadia’s charming neighborhood eatery, North Italia, is making these sunny days even sweeter with the launch of their all-day happy hour! Through September 15, North Italia in Arcadia will have happy hour Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM, in addition to their all day happy hour on Sunday. Enjoy popular happy hour items such as $3 Zucca Chips or an $8 Margherita Pizza, and then cool down with a glass of $4 Sangria. Summer afternoons will now be flying by much faster with the help of a mid-day libation and some Italian bites.
North Italia in Arcadia is located at: 925 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Every Tuesday-Thursday this summer, Coup Des Tartes is offering a special “Summer Prixe-Fixe” menu for $44 per person. Tax & Gratuity will be added. Substitutions politely declined. Vegetarian/Vegan options available upon request.
Three Onion Tarte: Sweet crust, shallots, leeks, onions, bacon, Gruyere & mixed greens
Heirloom Beet Salad: Roasted heirloom beets, goat cheese mousse, toasted pistachios, arugula, balsamic vinaigrette
Entrée (choice of):
Salmon atop Curry Mango Risotto, sautéed asparagus
Pork Tenderloin: Herb Marinated tenderloin and Chipotle BBQ Sauce served with roasted sweet potatoes, housemade coleslaw.
Filet with Paris Butter, truffle Mac & Cheese, garlic roasted broccoli
Dessert: 4th Course (optional) $6.00
Additions $9.00: Curry Mango Risotto; Truffle-Bacon Mac & Cheese; Shrimp; Escargot
Visit Cafe Bink in Carefree for these summer specials:
Perk Eatery is offering "Local Love” breakfast and lunch specials. Every Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., guests can enjoy a breakfast burrito or breakfast sandwich along with a coffee or tea for $5.99. For lunch, the special includes a half sandwich and soup or salad for just $7.99.
6501 E Greenway Pkwy #159, Scottsdale
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month this July with Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and an array of ice cream offerings to cater to every taste.
Scoop it, shake it or spike it at the old fashioned Proof soda fountain, where ice cream treats are “buy one, get the second half off” all summer long. A rotating variety of daily flavors might include coconut rum, mint chocolate chip, fudge ripple or even “peanut butter and jelly.” For the ultimate indulgence, order the new Gutter Sundae, a towering confection meant to share and featuring five housemade flavors of ice cream, sliced bananas, cookies, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, waffle cone, sprinkles and whipped cream. The Gutter Sundae is not included in the summer promotional pricing.
The Three-Course Culinary Countdown Menu at J&G Steakhouse: This summer through September 14th, The Culinary Countdown Menu at J&G Steakhouse gives Valley residents the opportunity to indulge in the signature dishes of this award-winning steakhouse, with prices that won't melt your budget. This three-course special menu offers the choice of appetizer, dinner and dessert course. Appetizer options include an Endive and Sugar Snap Pea Salad, Watermelon Gazpacho or Charred Corn Ravioli. The main course features a choice of Slowly Cooked Salmon, Parmesan Crusted Chicken or Marinated Prime Flat Iron Steak. And a sweet ending will be enjoyed with J&G's signature Warm Chocolate Cake and Caramel Ice Cream; fresh Strawberries with Crisp Meringue and Sour Cream Poppy Seed Sorbet; or an assortment of Sorbets and Ice Cream.
50% Off the Purchase of Any Bottle of Wine Under $100: Celebrate the summer months with amazing deals from the J&G wine cellar. Cool off with refreshing bottles, including Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV; J Vineyards Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley NV; and Pouilly-Fuissé, Joseph Drouhin 2014 or enjoy a gorgeous bottle of red, including Arizona Stronghold Nachise; Cochise County 2014; Laetitia, Arroyo Grande 2014 Pinot Noir; Stag's Leap Winery 2013 Petite Sirah; Chianti Classico Riserva, Terreno 1997; and a variety of others. 50% off bottles of wine under $100 can be enjoyed in the dining room, through September 14, with the purchase of an entrée.
About J&G Steakhouse: J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician offers a sophisticated menu of steakhouse classics as interpreted by Michelin starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain, J&G pairs award-winning premium meats and a global selection of seafood with the finest local ingredients and worldly spices, all masterfully executed by Chef de Cuisine, Jacques Qualin. Join us nightly for craft cocktails in the lounge, dine under the stars on our scenic sunset patio, or host a stunning event in our stylish private dining rooms.
J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Take advantage of Bourbon and Bones special summer menu. Bourbon and Bones is located at 4200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
Visit The Gladly for extended happy hour and cocktails on draft.
Cool off with some delicious drink specials at Thirsty Lion Gastropub. Now through Labor Day Weekend, when the temperature reaches over 105 degrees, Moscow mules and margaritas will be half price. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is located at 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1041 in Tempe, 7014 East Camelback Road, Suite 1423 in Scottsdale and 2212 East Williams Field Road in Gilbert. For more information visit www.thirstyliongastropub.com.
At Bottega Pizzeria Ristorante in Glendale, get one pizza and a pitcher of beer or bottle of wine for just $20: Choose from any pizzas on the menu, any draft beers or selected red/white wines. Valid Sun, Tue, Wed or Thu. Plus Sunday is all day Happy Hour and kids eat free day!
Join Rusconi's every Sunday and Monday through September for a 3-course menu featuring Osso Bucco and other delicious dishes. $29/PP++ (No splitting or sharing please). Make a reservation by calling Rusconi's American Kitchen at 480-483-0009. rusconiskitchen.com is located at 10637 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028
chilled avocado soup with key west shrimp, coconut and tomato essence
baby field greens with pear tomatoes with cucumbers, shaved san joaquin gold, toasted pine nuts and herb pesto
Entrée (choice of)
apple cider glazed pork osso bucco with roasted garlic herb spaetzle, prickly pear braised red cabbage, asparagus
roasted chicken with roasted corn and herbed farro salad, grape tomatoes, green beans, sherry jus
wood roasted corn and grilled vegetable bread pudding with goat cheese, wilted spinach, chef's whim vegetables
Dessert (available upon request)
trio of house made Ice cream and sorbet with sticky bun, root beer float and watermelon sorbet
Hash Kitchen: Summer specials include $3 craft mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys (normally $11) at the famous build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, from Monday through Friday all summer long. On “Mom Mondays,” moms can get a breakfast break while kids eat free. Special kids meals include short stack pancakes and grilled cheese paninis.
Shops at Gainey Village: 8777 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; (480) 947-3214
North Scottsdale: 14838 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; (480) 361-5228
CRUjiente Tacos released new summer specials for every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Taco Tuesdays, taco mavens can save a $1 on all happy hour tacos including the Korean Fried Chicken Taco, Pork Belly and Kimchi Taco, Beef Short Rib Taco, and all Tacos CRUjientes (beef, pork or lamb). Happy hour pricing is available all day on Wednesdays. On Thirsty Thursdays, guests receive $1 off all beer, wine and handcrafted CRU cocktails.
3961 E. Camelback Rd.; (602) 687-7777; www.crutacos.com
Visit ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale for summer specials.
- All summer long, enjoy half-off any wine by the bottle, Sunday to Thursday. Join us in the lounge or the restaurant anytime. Available June through September.
- Summer prixe-fix: Choose four courses for $39 per person. For menu, visit this link.
- In addition to the regular Mon-Fri Happy Hour from 4-7, stopy by late night for a new summer 3-5-7 Reverse Happy Hour.
Celebrate summer with a special $29.95 three-course prime rib dinner. For full menu and details, visit this link: https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/landing-pages/prime-rib-sundaymonday-2995/
Visit Stock and Stable for their $10 burger and brew special on Sundays. For additional summer food and drink specials (11 am to 6 pm M-F), click on this link.
From now through August 31, Pomelo is unveiling its Summer Sippin’ Special! All specialty cocktails (including top shelf spirits) are only $5, all day seven days a week!
Enjoy cocktails such as Pomelo’s signature drink, the Bellissimo, made with Pomelo Vodka, blackberry thyme syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling wine. Feeling like something a little more tropical? Indulge in the 12th & Barbados, made with Plantation 5-year Rum, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, fresh lime juice and Mango Reàl. One sip and you’re transported to a sandy white beach without a care in the world!
Come enjoy drinks, food and atmosphere at this historic property at The Orchard Phoenix. Pomelo is located on an old citrus farm from the early 1900s. Visit PomeloPHX.com for more information or like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/PomeloPHX.