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June 11, 2016 – Kagie Wine Party

Another year and another summer tradition of the Kagie Wine Party! We missed seeing some of our DDs because of summer vacation travels, but we also introduced some new friends to “wineapalooza”.

Great food was there as usual with all the guests making some really tasty dishes to share to support Pat’s super secret and tasty meatballs. 😉 I especially loved Ann’s caprese on a stick. It was a toothpick with bite size mozarella, cherry tomato, and basil leaf all drizzled with balsamic. Perfect little bite size and refreshing as well.

This year there was a good representation of Australian Shiraz along with the regular tastings of Cab Sauv, Merlot, and white varietals. Cheese selection was extensive with lots of choices including the delectable Brilliant Savann.  

Until next year,

Salute!

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Posted by on 06/11/2016 in theme party, Wine Bar

 

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November 21, 2015 – Moore Wine Party

After a nice holiday/winter slumber, I am back. Looks like I owe a few updates.

In November, we celebrated with friends as we do every year at the Moore Wine Party! It was a chilly evening but Tony and Kelly make it so easy to warm up with wine, BBQ meatballs, a smorgasbord of cheeses, and a decadent table of desserts.  My drink of choice this evening was a Cabernet Sauvignon by Cult out of Napa Valley.

Bill and I took on some fun rounds of pool with Ann, Karna, and Fred, but I had left my game back at the house. 🙂 Lucky for me you don’t need game to have a bundle of fun with friends.

Even so, it was a great evening of old friends, meeting new ones, and ringing in the holiday season. Oh and wine!

Cheers!

 

 
 

June 13, 2015 – Kagie Wine Party

Kagie Wine Party

Hosted by Fred and Pat

It’s not June without another amazing round of wine tasting and friends at the Kagie Wine Party! This year was a very special treat with a cameo appearance of wines from Mollydooker, out of the McLaren Vale area of Australia. Wine fans got to savor the Carnival of Love (Shiraz) and Enchanted Path (Shiraz/Cabernet) among some other really great wines too! Naturally, we soaked up the wine with yummy appetizers brought by the guests, Pat’s magical meatballs, desserts galore, and cheese. Oh sweet delicious cheese…especially Pat and Sarah’s favorite, Brillat-Savarin. This triple cream brie is so creamy and delicious it is like a nectar from the cheese gods.

Wine, cheese, and friends is a great way to celebrate June.

Until next year!

 
 

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November 22, 2014 – Moore Wine Party

Moore Wine Party

Time for the annual holiday festivus-ness that is the Moore Wine Party! Kelly made sure that her screen was protected from injury by installing a large duct tape X over each one. Good thinking Kelly!

Weather was great, food was a plenty, and friends were all around for a good time.

 
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Posted by on 11/22/2014 in theme party, Wine Bar

 

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June 28, 2014 – Kagie Wine Pairing Dinner

June 28, 2014 – Kagie Wine Pairing Dinner
Kagie Wine Pairing Dinner
 
Organized by: Fred and Pat

The DDs have got some mad culinary skillz, yo! For the second time, we gathered together to put our foodie adventure lessons to use and made some scrumptious treats to share with everyone.

Hosted again by the amazing wine- and beer-pairing duo of Fred and Pat, we devoured our way through a four course meal with each course sporting its own beer and wine pairing! My personal favorite was the Mollydooker, but that was an unfair advantage. Mollydooker always seems to be a winner in my book.

One of the fun standouts was Jenn’s deconstructed lasagna served with mascarpone cheese in addition to ricotta. She learned this little trick from our neighbors in the North and it provided a nice escape from the expected.

Ann and Jay, Don and Jen, and Kelly and Tony outdid themselves with the appetizers. Don and Jen’s salmon ceviche was light and refreshing but not fishy. Delicious! Ann and Jay brought the crostinis with sun-dried tomato jam, baked shrimp scampi and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Tony and Kelly treated us to a caprese salad and blue cheese stuffed mushrooms poised on a crunchy pedestal for the perfect mix of flavor and crunch.

With so much goodness, we were almost stuffed by the time dinner came around. The Buccatini alla Amatriciana was light for a summer dinner but with some spice from the chili flake to wake up the taste buds.

Tony and Kelly’s two options of spicy and sweet Italian sausage were tender and juicy after cooking all day in a flavorful sauce. What a nice addition to Jenn’s lasagna.

We were so happy Karna and Fred made it to the smorgasbord even after a super long flight home from frolicking through Europe. The Black Forest Cake didn’t make it to the table but we did wrap up dinner with a sampling of rich and decadent cheesecake flavors.

Again we had such an amazing dinner and it was a fun departure from our normal routine to have a delectable dinner at “home”.

Cheers to all!

 

 
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Posted by on 06/28/2014 in theme party

 

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Kagie Wine Party

Kagie Wine Party

It’s amazing how quickly the year goes by! It seems like it was just a couple months ago that we were getting to sample the vast array of offerings at the annual Wine Fest de Kagie. As in typical Kagie fashion, the event was classy but casual, tasty but unpretentious, and comfortable but not sloppy. They again opened their wine cellar – that’s right…wine cellar, not cabinet – and provided their many, many guests with a chance to sample possibly over a hundred wines. There was also a sampling of a massive variety of cheeses excellently paired with each wine variety. A new shining cheese star for me this year was the Brilliant Savant (a soft French sheep’s cheese) which was paired with the Shiraz. So delicious and creamy! Each cheese is specifically designed to bring out the absolute best in each wine, or is just delicious on its own. The wine bar upstairs is completely finished in beautiful detail and becomes quite a gathering place. Or you can choose to play a game of pool or darts (if you can find the elbow room).

Also featured upstairs was a large selection from the Darioush Winery out of Napa which offers Bordeaux style wines. This evening we sampled the Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Dual, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Always a fan of a great Cab, that one was my favorite and had me coming back for another wee taste a few times!

In addition to the sacrifices to the cheese gods, each guest brings a small appetizer to share and naturally there is always Pat’s famous “secret” meatballs. There is never a shortage of tasty food – that is for sure!

Since we all come and go at different times during the evening, we sometimes only get fleeting moments with the other DDs but it’s also a chance to meet and mingle with other people and make some new friends.

Cheers to another great night of wine, cheese, and friends. Prost!

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Posted by on 06/08/2013 in theme party, Wine Bar

 

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Let’s Get Devoured

Today some of the DDs made it out to Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic 2013 held at the Phoenix Art Museum. There was a bazillion different restaurants and wineries providing tastes of their creative culinary skill. The event is organized by Local First Arizona, which is a non-profit designed to promote the benefits of buying locally and strengthening our local communities. Through this organization we have uncovered an amazing community of restaurants and an emerging gastronomic culture that is putting Phoenix on the culinary map.

Being held at the Phoenix Art Museum is a nice treat because once you are finished eating and drinking your way through the event, you can walk it off by perusing the museum exhibits.  

A word of warning, it seems like ALL of Phoenix comes out to this event and it is wall to wall people. The beer tent opened 30 minutes prior to the food tasting so naturally everyone piles in there and begins with the marathon drinking. Thankfully they did have some desserts available to sample or else we probably would all be a little closer to hammered before we even hit the food.

Below are some of the great places we experienced:

JJ’s Brownies: Chili and Cinnamon fudgy brownies topped with sea salt and caramel drizzle – decadent taste with a spicy kick that hits you in the back of the throat later. http://jjsbrownies.com/
Citizen Public House offered a duckling ham but be careful about asking what that is, they may respond with “it’s a duckling that’s been hamed”. oh yeah? well this is a dish that is just ok http://citizenpublichouse.com/
Tuck Shop (with next door neighbor Astor House) never fails to deliver and today they had a TuckRib which is a boneless rib sandwich on a soft roll topped with red onion and pickle. Delish! http://www.tuckinphx.com/
The Windsor (which is a new place for me) served a beer braised pork with chorizo hash. O.M.G. can i have another?! This is definately a place we are going to have to try. http://www.windsoraz.com/
Federal Pizza (part of the North Phoenix restaurants corridor with Postino’s and Windsor) served a refreshing cocktail of grapefruit and ginger beer as well as a short rib ravioli topped with a mushroom au jus. Definately a winner with many and another place on the list to try. http://federalpizzaphx.com/
Caduceus Cellars was on site and we sampled both the (unavailable) 2009 Nagual de la Naga which is a fantastic blend of Cab and Sangiovese and the Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra, which is a red blend of Petite Syrah, Syrah, Cab, and Viognier. https://caduceus.org/frontpage/
House of Tricks (one of our local favorites in Tempe) offered a foie gras taco, which I am told was very tasty, and duck pasole that had a delicious green chile flavor that was not overpowered by duck. http://www.houseoftricks.com/
Pig and Pickle is a new player in town just recently opening in Scottsdale and serving an amazing pork shoulder tostada with ginger aioli and topped with an unexpected homemade kimchi. The spice of the kimchi was not too overpowering for the port and instead gave is a nice punch. There was also an Elvis dessert of peanut butter with chocolate which was okay, but why eat that when you can just savor the pork tostada a little while longer. http://pigandpickle.com/
Bliss Re-Bar had a bacon meatloaf which I was told was quite good but it takes a lot for me to try a meatloaf. Maybe next year I will take the plunge. http://blissonfourth.com/
Short Leash Dogs was an unexpected treat for me. I have longed to try this mobile gourmet hot dog eatery but can never seem to be in the right place at the right time. Apparently today was my day because I was able to sample their bratwurst on a pretzel roll with saurkraut and german mustard. They also offered a crispy dog made from Schreiner’s jalapeno cheese brat and served in a crispy tortilla. yum! The food truck revival is on a roll! (get it..heh heh) http://shortleashhotdogs.com/
Atlas Bistro is a local BYOB with an intimate dining room but a staff that is passionate about what they do. Today they treated us to blistered watermelon radishes from Duncan Farms with a triple brie with peppercorn crust and raisin mostarda. So good it required a double visit! http://www.atlasbistrobyob.com/
District Kitchen offered a mac n’ cheese chorizo with snack cheese puffs on top. The cheese puffs were a little strange but the mac n’ cheese was good. http://www.districtrestaurant.com/
Gallo Blanco Cafe was a special treat since I have heard rave reviews of this local gem. We were treated to very tender goat tacos. http://galloblancocafe.com/
Beckett’s Table served up a super delicious deep fried deviled egg with a spicy aioli sauce. Not something that sounded tasty but ended up being a hit (with most of us). http://beckettstable.com/
Relish Burger Bistro which is located in the Phoenician had a winner with deviled eggs served with pork belly on a skewer, which will find their way to the menu this spring and tacos in a crispy shell that I was told were very good  http://www.thephoenician.com/relish-burger-bistro/
Santa Barbara Catering hosted some samples inside the museum’s cafe Palette such as the sausage and peppers (I’ve had better), a Dulce de Leche Twix Bar that was really too sweet, and a pork belly ruben with ale mustard. The pork belly sandwhich was good but their offerings today were a little disappointing as we have been at events catered by Santa Barbara before and the food has been fantastic. http://www.santabarbaracatering.com/
The event was packed and I am sure I missed some of the places we tried but with so many options, it is to be expected! We walked, ate, and drank our way through everything and ended up stuffed, tipsy, and slightly overdone from the sun. Even so this is a terrific sampling for the burgeoning foodies in AZ and not an event to be missed!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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