About Arizona Wine: Central Wine On Central Avenue


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine It’s no secret that Downtown Phoenix has been kissed by welcomed urbanization and significant transformation. The use of Adaptive Reuse Projects is plentiful and it is becoming a big draw for people to move downtown. Businesses are also gaining exposure from people in the suburbs. This […]

Three-Day Feast For The Senses: Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival


Photos: Dan & Joi LaChaussee, glass artists, are featured artists at the 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. The streets of Downtown Carefree will close March 17-19, making room for more than 165 artists and an excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art at the 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine […]

Delicious Event To Benefit Botanical Garden: 15th Annual Agave on the Rocks


Enjoy a refreshing margarita in a signature glowing glass while sampling gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers at Desert Botanical Garden’s 15th Annual Agave on the Rocks. Proceeds from this event benefit the Garden’s education, research and conservation programs. Guests can dance under the stars to the vibrant beats of live musical […]

English Rose Hosts Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea Party


Just in time for the launch of Disney’s newest live action, big screen adaptation, the English Rose Tea Room invites residents to “be their guest” at a Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea Party, Sunday, April 2, from 3-5pm. Guests of all ages are encouraged to get into character, don costumes and celebrate the classic […]

About Arizona Wine: My Wine Cellar, Ahwatukee’s ‘Wine Hub’


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine I’ve been a wine lover for the better part of my life so when I moved to Phoenix from Cleveland 17 years ago, I was in search of that perfect wine bar, where I could peacefully explore exceptional and regional choices of beautiful wines. I bought […]

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 […]