Cheers to pets — I’ll drink to that!by Bonnie Lewis on Sep. 17, 2010, under Vineyard, Wine Events, Wine General, Wines
Wine is the fashionable way to celebrate just about everything these days, and I ask, why not? This time we’re celebrating Pawsh, a new adoption center and pet boutique located at La Encantada, introduced by the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
The event will run from 4pm – 8pm, this Saturday, September 18. Wine tasting will be sponsored by Pastiche, live music by Chavez, Hallowell, & Long, a book signing with the author of Am I Boring my Dog, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, adoption specials, and more! This event is FREE, pet-friendly, and open to the public.
Pawsh is located on the second level above Crate & Barrel. The shop will be featuring amazingly low adoption ‘specials’ all week long at all three locations. To celebrate the open house at Pawsh, the HSSA will have adoption specials all week long at all 3 locations. For more information on HSSA or Pawsh, visit The Humane Society website or call 327-6088.
Arizona Wine Growers Association Hosts Arizona Wine Week
Remember when Arizona’s surging wine industry was a well-kept secret? Well the cork is out on how good these wines really are. National acclaim continues to flow as Arizona wines get nod after nod of acceptance. The Arizona Wine Growers Association will celebrate with the first-ever Arizona Wine Week beginning Saturday, October 30 through Saturday, November 6, with The Festival at The Farm, the association’s signature event.
Set among the pecan groves of The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, the festival offers wine lovers an opportunity to sample the best from across the state, all in one place. More than 20 local wineries are expected to attend, representing growing regions from northern Arizona’s Verde Valley, southern Arizona’s Sonoita and Elgin, and southeastern Arizona’s Willcox.
The festival will include tasting wines from more than 20 Arizona wineries, a picnic lunch, live auction, live music, and seminars.
The festival is preceded by the Celebration of the Arizona Growers Reception on Friday, November 5. Guests can mingle and meet with winemakers from across the state, including Arizona Grower’s Cup and Winemaker’s Medal award winners. There will also be an opportunity to sample top scoring wines from the 2010 competition. The event takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Quiessence Restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain.
Tickets for each event are $65, or $120 for both.
Favorite Things wine/dinner at The Dish
The Dish bistro-bar, located inside Rum Runners, 3131 E. 1st Street (just off Speedway), is hosting “A Few of Our Favorite Things” wine pairing dinner, Sunday, September 19, at 6:00pm. The cost is $85 per person (inclusive) and pre-paid reservation are required; call (520)326-0121.
Run through the vineyards
Come run a 5K with us this Saturday, September 18. This will be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime chance to run through the vines at Keeling Schaefer Vineyards in Willcox, AZ. The third leg of the Great Arizona 5K Grape Stomp in Willcox will go start at 8:00am. Registration begins at 7:00am. If you’re not yet registered, you can print the entry form and bring it with you on Saturday.
Each participant in the race receives a nice quality wine glass from the Arizona Wine Growers Association following the race, which can be used at the local Willcox wineries to receive discounts.
Northwest US wines delight
The Northwest United States, specifically Washington State and Oregon, produce some mighty fine wines, particularly Pinot Noirs, a grape that grows very well in that terroir. CataVinos is serving up six of these to taste-testers this weekend, so drop by and try them out. Wine tasting September 17 and Saturday, September 18, from 4:00-8:00pm. Cost is $10 per person. You receive $2 discount when you buy $10 worth of wines or more in the shoppe; free if you purchase a case. All wines at CataVinos are $15 or less per bottle. Stop by and check this great little niche out, 3063 N Alvernon Way, just one block south of Ft. Lowell.