Collaborative Craft Beer Raises $10,000 For Women’s Shelters In Arizona


Last month, an all-female crew of the state’s best craft brewers convened at Barrio Brewing Company in Tucson to create The State Bird, a commemorative double IPA that would benefit women’s shelters in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Prescott. The brew team had a goal of donating $10,000, and they easily achieved it within the first […]

Carlson Creek Vineyard Releasing 2015 Grenache February 16 – Wine release parties planned


Carlson Creek Vineyard will be releasing its 2015 Grenache with wine release parties at their Scottsdale and Willcox tasting rooms Thursday, February 16. “This is only the second time in our nine-year history that we’ve released a Grenache, as it is always allocated to our flagship wine and only blend, the Rule of Three (made […]

About Arizona Wine: Vintage 95 In Downtown Chandler Celebrates Five Year Anniversary


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine As owner of About Wine and a wine columnist, I frequent a lot of wine bars.  I guess you could say I do this for love or money, but it’s mostly because wine gives me an eccentric supply of energy.  My latest vino victims were the […]

About Arizona Wine: Chateau Tumbleweed Wines Are On A Roll


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine The voyage of life can be much like that of a Tumbleweed.   We break away from our roots and go where the wind takes us.  We might get stuck when there are obstacles in our way, but when we come across wide-open spaces, we can’t be […]

Celebrate The New Year With Indian Comfort Food – Whether A Night In Or Out On The Town


Those considering a cozy night at home to celebrate New Year’s may want to check out Phoenix’s award-winning Indian restaurant, Marigold Maison. The restaurant is making it easy to enjoy their modern Indian menu in the comfort of one’s own home – whether it’s an intimate evening for two or a celebration with family and […]

About Arizona Wine: Hidden Track Bottle Shop


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine   If I had to use only two words to describe what appeals to me in a restaurant, cabin, retail shop or even a concert hall, I would say small and intimate.  It’s always those off the beaten path spots that just have a way of […]

Bodega 13 Opens Second Restaurant In North Scottsdale


Bodega 13, an international tapas kitchen, opened its first restaurant last November in Carefree, and now has opened a second location in North Scottsdale.  The new Bodega 13 is located at the northeast corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads in the La Mirada Center, directly across from Mastros.  They will be open for lunch […]

Kitchen Insider: Market Street Kitchen’s Chef Michael Hunn


A Chicago native, Chef Michael Hunn learned to cook at his Italian grandmother’s knee, while his father taught him the ins and outs of the food service industry while working for Oscar Meyer and Kraft. Starting his culinary journey in “old school” Chicago kitchens such as the original Weber Grill, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago […]

About Arizona Wine: I’ll See You At Pillsbury Winery


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine The movies have a lot in common with a good bottle of wine. For starters they both require a producer that is powerful enough to create an outstanding finished product for our personal enjoyment. This extraordinary finesse is what ultimately allows us to disconnect from reality […]

About Arizona Wine: Pomelo


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine Pomelo, a three month old, locally owned restaurant that serves classic American food, is my featured establishment of the month for wine and spirits in Arizona. I chose this ‘twist’ to my traditional winery theme, for several reasons. One, to let people in the Valley know […]