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Winter Wines To Please The Palate

A change in seasons means a change in a lot of things — from the weather to your wardrobe. But it also means it’s time to change what pleases the pallet, and in this case, we’re talking wines. No longer are the airy, sweet notes of summer an appropriate pairing to bring out the best of your meal, but full-flavored, hearty flavors to warm you from the inside.

As the temperature drops, there are several selections of bottles bold enough to withstand the winter months. Wines that are perfect for cold weather cuisine included the 2006 St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon — an excellent vintage and perfectly balanced Cabernet from Napa. The wine is concentrated with black cherry and currant fruit notes with a little spiciness from white pepper, anise and even some spearmint. Complex and forward without being over bearing, the Dollarhide Estate Cabernet is a wonderful compliment to rich, complex dishes and will not overpower the flavors.

Other notable winter wines include:

  • 2011 Wild Horse Pinot Noir Central Coast

    Aromas of raspberry and cherry blend with the flavors of pomegranate and black cherry in this smooth and supple choice. Structure and depth created by French oak aging, this wine compliments earthy dishes like mushrooms and roasted pork loins.

  • 2010 Qupe Syrah Central Coast

    With an emphasis on a Syrah’s spicy and mineral aspects and a strong, savory component, the big and bold flavors of the 2010 Qupe Syrah Central Coast is less fruity than most Central Coast wines.

  • 2010 Folie a Deux Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

    A blend of zinfandel and petite Syrah, the deep plumb flavors are complemented by black pepper spice tones. A small amount of petite Syrah enhances the wine’s complexity as well as adding depth to the color.

  • 2010 Massimo Malbec Mendoza

    A light whiff of oak, gentle spice notes, this Malbec is a succulent selection that finishes with spicy, cedar and floral tones. Pairs well with hearty beef entrées that are popular in the winter months.

  • 2009 Freemark Abbey Merlot Nappa Valley

    Spicy and sweet, the dominating oak flavor is layered with black cherry, raspberry, dark plum and dark chocolate notes. Spices like cinnamon, cloves and vanilla warm the palate, and the velvety textured paired with the rich flavor makes this a strong wine with a long finish, perfect as a standalone winter night-cap.

Don’t be alarmed, white wine lovers, as winter wines will not leave you high and dry.

Although the name sounds warm, a 2011 Summerland Bien Nacido Chardonnay is the special kind of white wine that pairs with winter’s traditional heavier meals. This golden Chardonnay is very food friendly with a nice minerality that compliments the lighter flavors of dishes without overpowering more savory dishes. This is a small production wine whose winery we have an exclusive arrangement with. Fresh, muttled peach and honeysuckle blossoms highlight the bouquet and flavors allude to baked and Asian pear.

If you are looking to try some of these wines, visit Sapporo Scottsdale during Wine Down Wednesdays when select bottles of wine are half-off all day on Wednesdays, giving you a chance to experience some new note and tones at a discounted price.

In addition to these cool-weather collections, certain spirits can help those looking for refuge from the cold and mundane. Sapporo Scottsdale’s winter liquid market includes Ginger & Beer using Tio’s Handmade Vodka, Domaine de Canton, Fever Tree, orange bitters and beer foam; Rye Knot made with Rittenhouse Rye, Disarrono, Carpano Antica and orange bitters. And, of course, nothing can warm your core as well as hot sake, which comes in a variety of flavors for your choosing, perfect for that quick warm-me-up while still upholding the integrity of a fine Japanese meal.

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For a full list of cocktails and wines available at Sapporo Scottsdale, please visit sapporoscottsdale.com.

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Sapporo's For The Holidays: 'Pink' Menu, Wine Wednesdays And More

October is a busy month for Valley chefs!

Many of us are unveiling our fall menus while conceptualizing potential winter recipes as well as spending most of our evenings and weekends speaking about and sampling our newest creations and all of the amazing taste events leading up to the holidays. In between, we are also working with our mixology teams in creating new cocktails and testing innovative seasonal wine pairings then hooking up with our GMs and event teams to prep for holiday party season.

It’s an organized – and delicious – chaos.

And, I am so pleased to announce that this year the chaos has paid off like never before. All in the same week, we’ve been able to launch our fall menu as well as an October-only pink menu in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and kick-off a new wine option in-house. As such, I wanted to take some time to give details on each, as well as ask that if any other community organizations have great ideas for ways we can improve our menus or get involved with their special events or fundraisers, we are all ears.

Breast of Scottsdale October Menu

Throughout October, guests can eat for a cause via our “Breast of Scottsdale” menu, which includes pink-themed food and drink options with a portion of the proceeds from all items benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission to offer Arizona women diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on their treatment options, completely free of charge.

The Breast of Scottsdale menu, available through October 31, includes:

  • The Flirtini – Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, cranberry juice, lime juice
  • The Pink Geisha – Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, black raspberry liqueur, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, cranberry juice
  • Hollywood Cocktail – Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, fresh grapefruit juice, grenadine, egg white
  • Pink Panang Chicken Skewers
  • Pink-fin Ahi Tuna Poke
  • Pink Velvet Cake Pops

New Wednesday Wine Offering

Come wind down with us each Wednesday through the end of the year! During our new, all-day “Wine Down Wednesdays,” we are offering  guests half off ALL bottles of wine with no strings attached.

“What’s better than celebrating the half-way point to the weekend than uncorking a half-off bottle of wine on our world-famous patio?” asks Mike Hanley, beverage manager at Sapporo. “Just like that, Wednesdays will go from ‘hump days’ to ‘happy days’.”

We currently carry more than 40 wine selections, ranging from $24 to $400 per bottle, and includes varietals from Australia, California, France and Washington. Among the notable wineries represented at the restaurant are Caymus, Dominus, Duckhord, Jordan, La Crema, Plumjack, Silkwood, Stag’s Leap and many more.

Community Happenings

To be a leader in the community, one must serve the community.

We are taking this to heart. As such, in addition to our partnership with the Arizona Institute for Breast Health, we are also taking an active role in fundraising and social events for organizations, including:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
  • The Auxiliary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
  • Junior League of Phoenix
  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter
  • Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America

Have an idea for a unique partnership or interested in having us sample at one of your fundraising events? Simply email our team at abailin@hmapr.com, and we will see how we can help.

For more information about Sapporo, visit sapporoscottsdale.com.