What better way to catch up with friends than over great food and a sumptuous sip of wine? And with the Valley busting at the seams with gourmet eateries, AZFoothills.com though it would pay homage to those showcasing a different craft—wine. Here are five Phoenix wine bars to check out.
Postino Winecafe With two locations—one located on Central Avenue the other on East Campbell in Phoenix—this sleek wine bar caters to the corporate hustlers and weekend warriors who enjoy fine wine. Serving scrumptious appetizers like assorted bruschetta, warm pressed paninis and decedent desserts, every entrée pairs perfectly with the vast selection of wines and beers served. www.postinowinecafe.com.
Armitage Wine Lounge Open daily (with a can’t-miss happy hour every day but Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close), this Scottsdale hot spot is located in DC Ranch’s Market Street. The intimate establishment boasts an in-depth selection of wines suitable for any aficionado. Complement the wine by sampling some of Armitage’s many menu options which include bite-size toasted ravioli and crisp caprese salad as well as heartier selections like tenderloin medallions. www.armitagewine.com.
Kazimierz Wine Bar With more than 2,000 wines and growing, this wine bar is a gourmet gem within Scottsdale quant Old Town district; cozy seating and dimly lit candles help set the mood and adds to the private wine-tasting experience. Opened until 2 a.m., guests can also nibble on assorted cheeses, gourmet flatbreads and sweet savory treats that pair perfectly with their choice wines. www.kazbar.net.
Terroir Wine Pub Whether riding your bike or walking your pup, this Scottsdale neighborhood bar welcomes all—Terroir Wine Pub event shows its eco-conscious gratitude by offering bike riders discounted $8 glasses of wine. Highlighting a daily rotating wine list, this pub encourages its guests to meet and mingle over wine. With events almost every night like Monday Night Networking, Tuesday Night Trivia and Wednesday Night Open Mic Night, guests are guaranteed to have fun while meeting new friends. www.terroirwinepub.com.
Rare Earth Pizza and Wine Bar Aside from the gorgeous North Scottsdale mountain views seen from the second-story balcony, which leaves patrons breathless, so will the distinct selection of wine found at Rare Earth Pizza and Wine Bar. With all wines, red and white, offered by the glass, guests can enjoy varietals 2007 and newer. In addition to bottles to flights, the food is just as yummy. We recommend the simple starters and artisan pizzas. www.rareearthwine.com. -Christine Whitton, assistant editor