20 Wine Bars Around The Valley
It's no secret that Baby Boomers hold the purchase power for the wine industry. It may not always be that way, but it is for now and will be for the near future. The Silicon Valley Bank Wine Report for 2014 indicates Baby Boomers will continue to occupy the industry's dominant buying demographic for at least the next five years, until they hand the long-stemmed glass to the Millennials. Wine-loving Boomers have seemingly endless options for cork popping and wine drinking throughout the Valley. Here are a few favorite spots:
Fired Up Grill! What's cool about Fired Up Grill! is it allows wine lovers to not only eat local but drink local, too. The restaurant's extensive wine list includes several Arizona wines. For those looking for a deal, house wines are priced at $4.50 during daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
Details: 7131 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-940-4040, firedupgrill.com.
Olive & Ivy Ever notice the large cellar room filled with wines at Olive & Ivy? Those beautiful bottles are for drinking. Honored as a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner, the impressive cellar room holds more than 2,000 bottles of wine. And to ensure the best quality, reds are stored at 58 degrees while whites are stored at 48.
Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480-751-2200, foxrc.com.
Caffe Boa is serious about its wines. And, its food, for that matter. The bistro features more than 50 wines by the glass and hundreds by the bottle, and cuts "by the glass" prices in half at happy hour on glasses that are $10 or less. The restaurant's husband-wife ownership team holds prestigious sommelier certifications.
Details: 398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-968-9112, cafeboa.com.
Tarbell's has an impressive selection of wines in stock.(Photo: Michael Schennum / The Republic)
Mark Tarbell has established himself as the Valley's celebrity wine enthusiast and informant, and as such, offers about two dozen wines by the glass at Tarbell's. The restaurant's list of red is too long to count, and add that to the whites, the roses, the odd bins, the half bottles and the big bottles, and you're happily drowning in vino paradise. Have something to celebrate? Tarbell's houses more than a dozen varieties of sparkling wine and Champagnes.
Details: 3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-955-8100, tarbells.com.
gets extra points for being a double agent. The cafe acts as a coffee shop by day and transforms into a wine bar at night. Happy hour features $5 wine by the glass. To up its good karma, the Refuge features art made by international refugees; proceeds benefit community social services.
Details: 4727 N. SeventhAve., Phoenix. 602-265-1725, therefugeaz.com.
Cibo e Vino:
No hiding the loyalties of Cibo e Vino. The locally owned Italian eatery offers a nice selection of reds and whites and features half bottles all day Sundays and Mondays. Schedule important stuff for Tuesday.
Details: 34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-595-6600, ciboevinoaz.com.
Kazimierz World Wine BarA dark, cool, comfortable spot, Kazimierz is the go-to place for a chilled (or warmer, depending on the variety) glass or bottle of wine. Known as Kazbar, it bills itself as the Disneyland of wine, and it's hard to argue. The bar's wine list features more than 3,200 bottles.
Details: 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. 480-946-3004, kazbar.net.
For the love of wine-enthusiasts across the Valley, Postino has branched out in recent years beyond its beloved Campbell location. The indoor-outdoor restaurant regularly updates its wine menu and always offers wines for $5 a glass before 5 p.m. Its bruschettas and snacky small plates encourage wine consumption.Details: 3939 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix; 5144 E. Central Ave., Phoenix; 302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. postinowinecafe.com.
The Living Room:
Dubbed as a wine cafe and lounge, the Living Room offers wines from Sangiovese and Tempranillo to Shiraz and Chardonnay. Throw in the comfy sofas, small plates, and locally sourced produce, and the evening is complete.
Details: 2475 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler. 480-855-2848, livingroomwinebar.com.
5th and Wine:
Tasty and affordable go together at 5th and Wine. The Old Town restaurant keeps its wine list fresh, offers house white and red sangria, and cuts the cost of pricier glasses to $8 before 6 p.m. And then there's the burger bar. Enough said.
Details: 7051 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale. 480-699-8001, 5thandwine.com.
Salut Kitchen BarFresh off its one-year anniversary, Salut makes no secret about its love of wine by twisting the "T" in Salut into a curly corkscrew. During happy hour, house wines dip to $5 a glass, and bottles of wine are $5 with the purchase of any other bottle. Choose from a nice variety of wines, and compliment them with the tapas, bruschettas and the Malbec burger.Details: 1435 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-625-3600, salutkitchenbar.com.
La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar:
La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar on Mill Ave. in Tempe.(Photo: Uriel Padilla/Special for azcentral)
Hand-tossed pizzas mingle with planks of bruschetta and other Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to easily compliment La Bocca's wine list, which includes house-made sangrias. The bar features more than two dozen wines by the glass and more by the bottle.
Details: 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-967-5244, laboccapiezzeria.com.
Don't know what to order at Uncorked? Just try a flight. The "unpretentious" wine bar offers flights of whites, reds and bubbly wines. Mondays and Wednesdays are indulgent days at Uncorked, when glasses are half-off from 3:30 to close and bottles are $5 off from 3:30 to close.
Details: 16427 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-699-9230, uncorkedwinebar.com.
Ciao Grazie Pizzeria:
Brick-oven pizza graces the menu at Grazie along with salads, calzones and chicken Parmesan. Wine goes great with all of it. Choose from a selection of whites and reds to add the finishing touch to any meal.
Details: 21051 E. Main St., Buckeye. 623-853-1717; 18835 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. 480-685-3884, ciaograzie.us.
One of the newer wine bars and gastropubs on the scene, Nosh Arizona is Chandler's only bonded winery. The bar features a wide selection of hand-picked wines and offers them alongside bruschetta, pizzettes, bacon grilled cheese and a shank of elk.
Details: 4080 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-838-6674, nosharizona.com.
Twisted Rose Winery:
Flights of wine at Twisted Rose Winery are served with a handy cheat sheet so drinkers can take notes and remember what they liked and what they didn't. For larger pours, the restaurant features more than 70 wines from all over the world.Details: 15040 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-398-7700, twistedrosewinery.com.
Exterior of 32 Shea in Phoenix. Mike Rideout, of Phoenix, left, sits inside 32 Shea during a late Monday afternoon.(Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)
It's not that day drinking is necessarily encouraged at 32 Shea, but they don't make it easy to turn it down. Wines are $5 on happy hour, every day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from five whites and six reds — whichever goes best with the OMG or Juicy Roast Beef sandwiches.Details: 10626 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. 602-867-7432, 32shea.com.
My Wine Cellar
: Here is where wine lovers get serious. My Wine Cellar has wine classes and a wine club, which offers discounts to members on bottles, events and cases. Until 6 p.m. every day, MWC offers a selection of wines by the glass for $5 and includes sake on its wine list.
Details: 5030 E. Warner Road, Ahwatukee. 480-598-9463, mywinecellarphx.com.
sipped overlooking a body of water, is exponentially more relaxing. Right? Grapeables Wine Bar and Lounge sits lakeside in Fountain Hills with views of the fountain and dog walkers. Grapeables offers retail wines by the bottle that can be sipped on site or at home and offers a wide variety of wines by the glass.Details: 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. 480-816-5959, grapeableswinebar.com.
Is it a wine bar? Is it a store? It's both. Brix Wines combines retail and bar, keeping prices by the bottle down and creating an atmosphere for casual conversation. The market also offers gourmet snacks and chocolates. In addition, Brix offers temperature-controlled private lockers so wine enthusiasts can keep their stash comfortable.Details: 37636 N. Tom Darlington Road, Carefree. 480-595-2749, brixwinesaz.com.
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Author: Future Client
May 29th 2014
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