Arizona Biltmore's 23rd Season of 'Winemaker Dinners' Will Be the Grandest Ever with 10 Epicurean Events
PHOENIX, Arizona, – The Arizona Biltmore (www.arizonabiltmore.com) is preparing 10 incredible epicurean evenings, combined with jewelry showings, for the resort's 23rd season of Winemaker Dinners.
The Winemaker Dinners will feature original menus paired with specially selected wines, spending time with the creators of the wines, after-dinner drinks and cigars, and a jewelry showing by Hyde Park Jewelers (www.hydeparkjewelers.com). The Arizona Biltmore pioneered the concept of making the wine dinners chic lifestyle events by adding displays and presentations of luxury products. This season the concept will be taken an additional step with Hyde Park also allowing guests to wear the jewelry during dinner.
For each dinner, Arizona Biltmore Executive Chef Todd Sicolo and Executive Sous Chef Conor Favre will create a unique, ingredient-centric menu of four-to-six courses, each paired with an appropriate wine of the evening's featured winery. The winemaker or other representative of the winery will participate, talking about the wines, answering questions and socializing with guests.
The dinners are extremely popular with food lovers and gourmands, and generally sell out. To accommodate the demand, this season two additional Winemaker Dinners will be offered than the usual eight in past years. They will be held monthly from September 20, 2012 through May 2, 2013, with the March 6 dinner repeated on March 7.
A reception with the jewelry showing starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. After the dinner, enjoy complimentary Port and cigars. The Hyde Park jewelry will be available to view throughout the evening.
The cost is $95 per person. A season ticket, for $760 per person, offers nine dinners for the price of eight. Tax and 18 percent gratuity will be added. Reservations are required; please call 602-381-7632
The 23nd season of Winemaker Dinners will feature the following wineries:
September 20, 2012: Twomey-Silver Oak Cellars, Napa Valley, Russian River and Alexander Valley, California
October 4, 2012: ZD Wines, Napa Valley
November 1, 2012: Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley
December 6, 2012: Domaine Carneros Winery by Taittinger, Napa Valley
January 3, 2013: Heitz Cellars, Napa Valley
February 7, 2013: Rombauer Vineyards, Napa Valley
March 6 & 7, 2013: Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley
April 4, 2013: Frog's Leap Winery, Napa Valley
May 2, 2013: St. Francis Winery, Sonoma Valley, California
For the first Winemaker Dinner of the 2012-2013 season, on September 20, 2012, the menu and wine pairings will be:
Reception: Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley; Melon Terrine with prosciutto, balsamic ice, pepperoncini; Foie Pop with candied pineapple, mint, blueberry; and Fried Green Tomato with local goat cheese, basil, pepper jam.
1st Course: Twomey Pinot Noir, Russian River; Smoked Halibut with fava bean, pork hock, sweet corn, fennel, paprika.
2nd Course: Twomey Merlot, Napa Valley; Grilled Lamb T-bone with summer squash capellini, balsamic eggplant, toasted garlic, parsley pesto.
3rd Course: Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley; Beef Callote with onion jam, roasted marrow, pommes anna, thyme jus.
4th Course: Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Pan Pardue with chocolate brioche, macerated plums, rosemary caramel, vanilla butter
About the Arizona Biltmore
The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since opening in 1929, when it was crowned the "Jewel of the Desert." The legendary Grand Dame remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous. Nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the legendary resort offers: 740 guest accommodations; full-service Spa, Salon and Fitness Center; two 18-hole golf courses; six restaurants and lounges including Wright's at The Biltmore, preparing classic dishes updated with today's culinary perspective, and Frank & Albert's serving Arizona comfort food; eight swimming pools including the Paradise Pool with a 90-foot waterslide and swim-up bar; and seven tennis courts. The Arizona Biltmore is a Waldorf Astoria Resort®.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide's luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand's namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide's ten market-leading brands.
About Hyde Park Jewelers
Founded in 1976 in Denver, Colorado, Hyde Park Jewelers is continually recognized as one of the nation's top 25 independent jewelers. The company made its debut in Arizona in 2003 with the opening of its Phoenix location at Biltmore Fashion Park. In 2008, Hyde Park unveiled an expansion of the Phoenix location to approximately 5,000 square feet, and was recently named one of the Top Coolest Stores in the Nation by Instore Magazine. Hyde Park Jewelers is a lifestyle jeweler, providing exclusive and unique styles for the cultivated customer. In addition to offering exclusive brands, the finest quality gems, couture jewelry and Swiss timepieces, the Phoenix location is home to a full customer service center specializing in jewelry and watch repair, insurance replacement, appraisals, and custom design. Hyde Park also offers a unique customer loyalty program called Platinum Rewards. Hyde Park is involved in multiple philanthropic events supporting local communities, and hosts the yearly Diamonds in the Rough Celebrity Golf Tournament, which has raised over $3 million for more than 50 charitable organizations. Hyde Park has a third location in the Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.hpjewels.com.