Wine-pairing events to celebrate Valentine’s Day are everywhere this week, so there’s no excuse for not planning ahead.
Winemaker Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards, producers of exceptional Pinot Noir and Syrah wines from Sonoma County, will interact with guests at an evening reception and a specially prepared meal with wine pairings at the Ritz-Carlton CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar at Dove Mountain, Marana, on Thursday, February 10 from 6:00pm -10pm. The remarkable menu includes shaved duck prosciutto, pan-seared bronzini, buffalo short ribs, and more delightful dishes. Call for reservations, 520-572-3000.
Pink & pig at Canela Bistro
Dos Cabezas Wineworks and Canela Bistro, located on Highway 82 in Sonoita, have teamed up for several events featuring new wines all Valentine weekend. On Friday, February 11, Canela Bistro will create some tasty piggy treats to accompany Dos Cabezas latest release, the 2009 “Pink!” Choose from a 3-course menu or wine pairings. On Saturday, February 12, a serious sit-down to celebrate love with Canela Bistro chef/owners John Hall and Joy Vargo, will feature Dos Cabezas wines. Contact Canela Bistro, 520-455-5873 for more information and to make your reservations today.
Keeling Schaeffer Vineyards and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards have teamed up with Sunglow Guest Ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains for this event of great food and Arizona wines on Saturday February 12, beginning at 6:00pm. Chef Colleen will present a four-course dinner featuring pork tenderloin, paired with Keeling Schaefer wines poured by winemakers Rod Keeling and Jan Schaeffer. The Arizona Stronghold wines of winemakers Eric Glomski and Maynard Keenan will be paired with the salad and soup course. Space is limited, reservations required, call Beth at 520-824-3334. Rooms are still available for overnight guests.
Valentine wines & chocolate tasting
Slow Food Tucson is hosting a very special Valentine Tasting of Wine & Chocolate, featuring CataVinos Wine Shoppe wines paired with chocolate tastes from Tucson Creative Catering on Sunday, February 13, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The mouth-watering menu will include such pairings as Gruet Sparkling Rosé with chocolate-covered strawberries, Torres Vina Esmeralde with mini-chocolate chili cupcakes with chocolate chilli ganache, and Vinho Madeira with chocolate hazelnut torte squares. And there is more; check the Tucson Creative Catering website for the full fare.
The event will take place at CataVinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room, 3063 N. Alvernon Way. Please make reservations by February 10; you can make them online at the Slow Food Tucson website.
Charron Vineyards has updated its Valentine’s weekend plans by extending the wine and chocolate pairings Friday through Monday this coming weekend. Best known for its White Merlot, Charron now offers a 2010 Dry White Merlot that is fantastic paired with grilled salmon, and most importantly, goes well with dark chocolate. A win-win situation.
For other Valentine options at Canelo Hills Vineyards, elle Wine Bistro, Kokopelli Winery, and Pastiche Modern Eatery, please check my POUR ME SOME GRAPES February 1, 2011 blog; and for the perfect wine to present your Valentine, consider the choices in my POUR ME SOME GRAPES February 5, 2011 blog.
Valentine’s Wine Meet-up
Don’t have a specific Valentine yet? No problem! The Old Pueblo Wine Club welcomes you to its Saturday, February 12 meet-up. This month they will be celebrating the holiday of love by tasting wines from South America. Bread, crackers, fruit provided. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite cheese, fruit, or olives to share. For location and more information, you must be a member; membership in the group is free (sign up online). The event, hosted by Keith Figgins, is $15/person.
Cheers to your very special wine-fulfilled Valentine’s Day!