After weeks of holiday parties and a fun-filled New Year’s Eve, you might be celebrated-out. If not, head to Bomberos Café & Wine Bar in north central Phoenix as the first Monday of each month features guided Latin wine tastings paired with appetizers for $25 per person.
Every First Monday, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., the South American restaurant and wine bar will welcome notable Latin wine expert, Kim Hartleroad, to take Bomberos guests on a journey of Latin flavors with four wine pairings of South American varietals. The experience, designed to be fun and lighthearted in a casual setting, includes appetizer pairings from the restaurant’s gourmet menu of artisanal meats, cheeses and bruschettas and also provides take-away tasting notes.
Hartleroad is a trained winemaker and wine enthusiast, educator and a published wine author. He is world traveled, and tasted his first “serious wine” in Lima Peru before earning his certification in winemaking through the University of California at Davis extension Winemaking for Distance Learner’s Viticulture program. He themes each week to keep it interesting for repeat guests and delights in providing educational and engaging presentations that combine his passions for wine and Latin cultures. “We recognized that we’re the only Latin American wine bar in the Valley, so providing this type of tasting allows our guests the opportunity to expand their wine knowledge on this lesser known region,” said Bomberos owner, Oscar Mastrantuono. “Being Uruguayan, I love sharing my culture with our guest through delicious food and drink, especially at affordable prices in a relaxed, neighborhood atmosphere.”
The First Monday wine tastings are offered at only $25 per person. Guests can arrive any time between 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and enjoy four tastings, paired appetizers, the guided presentation and tasting notes. Reservations are requested, but not required.
About Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar
The mastermind of Oscar and Kristi Mastrantuono, bomberos is Spanish for “firemen” and is located in what used to be a Sunnyslope fire station on Central Avenue just north of Northern. Offering ample indoor and patio seating, Bomberos provides an impressive list of South American wines, Latin American beers, specialty coffees and teas as well as a food menu with assorted pastries, omelets and breakfast wraps, bruschetta, panini and artisan cheese and meat platters. Perfect for an early morning breakfast retreat, a light lunch stop or an after-hours gathering spot, Bomberos is open seven days a week and is located at 8801 N. Central Ave., Suite 104 in Phoenix. 602.687.8466, www.bomberoswinebar.com.
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