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dahlsk Mar 25, 2007 12:31 PM

Hi, I'm going to be in Scottsdale in early April, and my husband and I would love to know where the best wine shops are in the area (we are staying at the Royal Palms). Someplace with knowledgeable staff, frequent tastings, and interesting choices (though not necessarily super expensive, the RP is a big splurge for us!). It would be great to have some bottles we buy to enjoy in our casita instead of paying bar prices every night. Thanks!

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    Alice Letseat RE: dahlsk Mar 25, 2007 02:44 PM

    AZ Wine sounds like it fits your bill and they have two stores...also see www.azwineco.com. They have scheduled tastings, but they do have a wine bar and have bottles available for tasting.
    Main Scottsdale Store, 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, #15, 480-423-9305
    three blocks south of Thomas in the Wilshire Plaza
    Outlet Store: 15001 N. Hayden, #109

    There's also Epicurean Wine at 7101 E. Thunderbird Road(SW corner at Scottsdale Road; behind Arrivederci Restaurant)480.998.7800 (www.epicureanwine.com

    )

    Also the Wine Studio (although I think they're a little pricey) 7337 E. Shea Blvd., #105 480.443.9463 or www.thewinestudio.com

    And just for fun, go to Tapino one evening. Tapino is a wine bar at 7000 E Shea Blvd # 1010 (480) 991-6887 _ they have a terrific little tapas menu and they will let you taste anything you like. www.tapino.com
    Have fun!

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      ciaogal RE: Alice Letseat Mar 25, 2007 03:16 PM

      2 suggestions close to your hotel w/ a great wine selection are:

      A.J.'S Fine Foods on Camelback and 44th st. (great wine selection, prepared foods, groceries, munchies etc.) A local Gourmet Grocer
      http://www.ajsfinefoods.com/

      and

      Sportsmans Fine Wines on 32nd Street and Camelback
      http://www.sportsmans4wine.com/

      http://www.ajsfinefoods.com/

    2. Bill Hunt RE: dahlsk Mar 25, 2007 07:54 PM

      Though I am not a fan, personally, of Sportsman's (long story), based on your criteria, I think they fit the bill. Epicurian, up the road (Scottsdale Rd) would also work. They have new ownership, but I hear that they are doing some good things, and are expanding their tasting program. It was good before, but sounds like it's getting better.

      I used to like AZ Wines, but, it too, underwent an ownership change some years ago. I have been less impressed since then.

      A J's, either Camelback @ Central, or Lincoln @ Scottsdale Rd (have not been to the one at Camelback & 44th) are also good choices. I frequent the store in North-Central PHX (7th St @ Thunderbird), and they have a nice, albeit limited, tasting area.

      Hunt

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        azhotdish RE: Bill Hunt Mar 25, 2007 08:32 PM

        All the above are great recommendations, and I would add another:

        Arcadia Fine Wine
        4251 N Brown Ave
        Scottsdale, AZ 85251-3927
        480-970-0646
        http://www.arcadiafinewine.com

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          themis RE: Bill Hunt Mar 26, 2007 08:36 AM

          That's funny, I am also not a fan of Sportsman's, and it's another long story.

          It's a ways north of you, dahlsk, as you're actually in Phoenix rather than Scottsdale (so the Arcadia shop linked below is the closest, I believe) but I'd send you to Uncorked, the Unpretentious Wine bar. It's in the Scottsdale Promenade at Frank Lloyd Wright & Scottsdale Blvd.

          Also close to you, and one of my faves for nice weather (although everyone will chime in about how the parking is such a nightmare; just go during off hours, an early afternoon stop, is my advice) is Postino, at 40th and Campbell. It's a converted post office where they roll up the big doors to let the outside in.

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            mitchgx RE: Bill Hunt Mar 26, 2007 07:33 PM

            I think Az Wine Co. still gets big points for selection and price...I do think their service is spotty.

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              brandonhofmann RE: Bill Hunt Mar 27, 2007 05:17 PM

              AZ Wine Co has never undergone an ownership change. It is still owned and operated by Ray Klemp, however, Ted Powell was brought on to more actively manage the stores. They also now have a third store up by the Costco on Frank Lloyd Wright. If you have any problems with the store you should most certainly voice them to either Ted or Ray.

              Brandon

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                Bill Hunt RE: brandonhofmann Mar 28, 2007 05:34 PM

                Interesting. When we moved to the Valley, in '98, we shopped there quite a bit. In about '00, I'd guess, we were told that it had been sold, and the selection and the prices really changed. I guess that I had been misinformed and the changes reflected something else, entirely.

                Sorry for the bad info.

                Hunt

            2. silverbear RE: dahlsk Mar 26, 2007 08:44 AM

              Sportsman's in the nearest obvious choice. It is located on the east side of Phoenix, just like the Royal Palms. Note: The Royal Palms is actually about two miles west of the border with Scottsdale and well within Phoenix City Limits. I point this out because if you Google "Sportsman's Scottsdale," you'll probably end up at the North Scottsdale location, which is not near at all to the Royal Palms. Stick with the original 32nd St. and Camelback location in Phoenix in order to remain close to your hotel.

              Sportsman's has recently been acquired by Basha's, so I'm not sure what effect -- if any -- there has been on quality. AJ's is also owned by Basha's, so I'm not sure if there will be some standardization of inventory among the stores as a result of the acquisition.

              http://www.sportsmans4wine.com/

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                barry RE: silverbear Mar 26, 2007 10:12 AM

                Bashas bought Sportsman's?!? I had no idea. Sportsmen's is the closest and probably best choice for what you're looking for near Royal Palms. We went to another place I'd never heard of last week called Terrior on Scottsdale Rd. and Indian Bend (about 5 miles from Royal Palm). Nice patio and interior. They have a good cheese selection and you can pick out your cheese, pay the retail price plus $3 and they will set it up for with a baguette. Huge 10oz pours for their wines by the glass (which is ridiculous), but they will do a flight with three 3oz pours for same price. Nice little place for a glass of wine.

                Barry

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                  silverbear RE: barry Mar 26, 2007 10:15 AM

                  More on the Basha's acquisition of Sportsman's:

                  http://www.bashas.com/docs/press_rele...

                  I've been meaning to get to Terroir for a while. It sounds great.

                  http://www.terroirwinepub.com/index.html

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                    mamamia RE: silverbear Mar 29, 2007 04:37 PM

                    If anyone was going to buy them, I guess Bashas' is a good choice. At least they're local.

                    Sportsman's can be a bit snooty, but I do like their selection of high-end liquor. They have a great selection of Scotch.

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                    Bill Hunt RE: barry Mar 26, 2007 07:54 PM

                    Barry,

                    Is Terrior the old House Wines? Seems that it was located just north of the kitchen supply shop, not far from the entrance of that center (can't recall the exact name, right now).

                    From your descripton, I'll have to check it out.

                    Thanks,
                    Hunt

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                      barry RE: Bill Hunt Mar 28, 2007 10:34 AM

                      I'm not sure, Hunt. I don't recall ever visiting House Wines. I believe Terrior has been there for a couple of years, if that helps.

                      Barry

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                        Bill Hunt RE: barry Mar 28, 2007 05:37 PM

                        House Wines goes back to the late '90s. Their premise was to sell true "value" wines. Seems that the owners were from NW Phoenix. Soon after, several other shops opened in the Metro-Area, with the concept of "value" wines, Baccus, for instance.

                        I'll have to check out Terrior for myself.

                        I also like the little wine shop in the Gainey Ranch Center, but they do not have a tasting room, that I recall.

                        Thanks for the info,
                        Hunt

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                      ccl1111 RE: barry Mar 27, 2007 09:50 AM

                      We got to Terroir all the time as it's very mellow & has very little "scene".

                      When you're there, try the Fromage d’Affinois. Soft ripened cheese kind of like Brie. With bread & the cranberries they plate, superyum.

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                      blur RE: silverbear Mar 29, 2007 04:53 PM

                      another spot to check out is backstreet wine salon behind the shopping center at 36th and indian school - it's decorated very ornately so might seem pretentious or intimidating but the owner is super down-to-earth, they have a little bistro with different meals every night and just seem like really nice folks.

                      http://www.backstreetwine.com/bistro/...

                    4. IamJacksBrain RE: dahlsk Mar 26, 2007 05:28 PM

                      As others have replied Sportsman's is close by and fits the bill. I'm a fan of Village Wine Cellar (http://www.vwcaz.com) so I'd make the drive to north Scottsdale, but they don't have a wine bar like Sportsman's does though.

                      1. 1wino RE: dahlsk Mar 29, 2007 01:46 PM

                        Terroir Wine Pub at Indian Bend Road and Scottsdale Road is not to be missed. I enjoy the friendly service, unlike what you get at several of the other suggestions posted here. (The staff at Sportsmans in particular has been very condescending to me.) I'd suggest staying for a glass as long as you're there; the atmosphere is 100 times better than most of the others, too: Contemporary yet casual decor, comfy chairs, beautiful patio. They don't have as big a selection as AZ Wine or Sportsmans, but you can find something you like from all the major regions.

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                          mamamia RE: 1wino Mar 29, 2007 04:34 PM

                          Terroir is Mr. Mamamia's shop of choice for a glass with co-workers. I've been there once and enjoyed the laidback atmosphere. No question is a dumb question there.

                          It'was the same day I discovered The Grotto, which was a great lunch.

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                            Alice Letseat RE: mamamia Mar 29, 2007 07:54 PM

                            Uncorked. Very intersting place, hidden in the office buildings next to (ugh) Maggiano's and (ok, not so ugh) Capital Grill at Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Rd. Only had a quick glass before a dinner at one of the other restaurants - Daphne's is in the same plaze - but this looks like an intersting, also laid back wine bar. And Backstreet's just nifty - the staff is so friendly.

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                          cucinaqueen RE: dahlsk May 6, 2007 09:30 AM

                          You have to try Epicurean wine on the corner (SW) of Scottsdale Rd. and Thunderbird. It has a fantastic selection, best I have seen in the valley, and I have looked believe me.
                          Changed ownership last Summer and has been totally renovated and reinvented. Vert cool and a real hot spot on Friday nights...great cheeseboards too..

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                            cucinaqueen RE: dahlsk Jan 20, 2008 09:02 AM

                            Epicurean wine used to be a great place to buy wine but since the old owners sold in October it has gone down hill. The new owners are pretty clueless about wine. Stick to Az wine.

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