Tag: Taggia Scottsdale

Bike with a Chef and Learn the Secrets to Cooking

November 12, 2013 | 12:01 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Firesky 081412-0058This sounds like a perfect day in the Italian countryside. Imagine it. It’s you and the love of your life, taking a stroll on bicycles with a local and exquisite chef to the farmer’s market. You pick out the freshest ingredients for that day’s lunch. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Starting Nov. 30, it’ll be a reality. Every last Saturday of the month, Taggia Scottsdale will offer hotel guests and local diners the chance to bike to Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market with their one and only Chef Massimo De Francesca. You’ll learn how to pick out fresh produce and all other necessary gourmet items. Chef Massimo will then use these ingredients to make a delicious meal that will include Arizona wine. In order to enjoy these Saturdays, reservations are a must and can be made by clicking here or calling 480-424-6095. The price is $60 per couple. These Saturdays will go through April.

Our Resident Wino Spills It: Balance Your Bottles

January 11, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Bars | By Staff

Introducing our Resident Wino, wine master, Derek Lewis of Taggia inside Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Growing up, Derek had a mother who was a great cook and a father who was a wine collector, the combination of which fueled his passion to enter the wining and dining business in 1997 – where he’s been ever since. This month, Derek’s spills it on keeping your bottles in balance.

It’s a New Year… Many of us will drink to that, and already have. We could also raise a glass to what’s actually in the glass – wine. One of the many great things about wine is that there are many occasions to enjoy it. While some of us have known this, some are now discovering it. Oenophiles are toasting everything from just a good day at work to their most important lifetime achievements; meanwhile, neophytes are learning that running to the store every time they want a glass of wine is tedious and time consuming.

To ensure all are prepared to fete any given feat, it’s best to keep a balance of bottles on hand. Just as it is essential for health and wellness, balance behooves the collections of longtime and budding connoisseurs alike. While personal taste drives most purchases, the following five suggestions help ensure a fit foundation for both countertop and cellar-kept collections. »READ MORE

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