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Shula’s Steak House Earns Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence

For the second consecutive year, Shula’s Steak House located inside Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has been honored by Wine Spectator Magazine with their Award of Excellence.  The 2013 Restaurant Wine List Award winners span all 50 states and 76 other countries and territories, along with 11 cruise ships. This year, 2,870 restaurants earned the Award of Excellence. These winners offer an interesting and diverse selection of 100 or more wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant cuisine.  Shula’s Steak House at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino offers an extensive wine collection of 3,750 wines with 315 labels.

Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture. It publishes 15 issues per year with content that includes news, articles, profiles, and general entertainment pieces. Each issue also includes from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews, which consist of wine ratings and tasting notes.

Shula’s Steak House is located in the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. One of the Top Five Steak Houses in America, Shula’s Steak House serves The Best Beef Money Can Buy, also known as The SHULA CUT™. Shula’s provides fine dining with an award-winning menu and exceptional team service. The restaurant is themed after the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ “Perfect Season”—the only team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated. Shula’s can also accommodate private group functions and dinners.

Phoenix Cooks Winemakers

Phoenix Cooks Winemakers: Concha y Toro & Sledgehammer

Leading up to Phoenix Cooks — which is a colorful landscape of ingredients, products, talents and passions designed to intrigue the palette and zest for culinary experiences put on to support the Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale — we are pleased to bring you interviews with two of the specialty winemakers planning to pour at the event:

Phoenix Cooks: Concha y Toro Marques de Concha

How did the winery make its mark? What is your story?

Concha y Toro is one of Chile’s most respected producers with a wide array of offerings. In addition to wines at different price tiers, Concha y Toro is a leading “green” producer. Concha y Toro believes that minimizing environmental impact and having sustainable production processes is key to new generations of wine growers. Marques de Concha wines are of premium quality and price and regularly receive scores above 90 points from publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits and others. The 2009 Marques de Concha Chardonnay was rated 90 points from Wine Spectator.

Where is it currently available in Scottsdale?

You can currently find us at the Westin Kierland, Sportsman’s Fine Wines, Total Wine and Bashas’. The wines can also be special ordered from Safeway at the Phoenix Cooks event.

What is the best Scottsdale-area event the winery has participated in?

For us, Phoenix Cooks is far and away the biggest wine event we have been a part of in all of Arizona. This is our second year!

How would you describe some of your best-selling varietals?

Concha y Toro Marques wines are world class wines within reach in a bold yet balanced style. The wines are elegant and intense and always true representations of the varietals. The Chardonnay is fermented on the lees and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. It has aromas of pear, fig and toasty hazelnut, layers of ripe fruit and mineral flavors and a long, vibrant finish.

What will you be pouring at Phoenix Cooks?

Marques Chardonnay will be sampled at the event as well as the following Concha y Toro Wines: Casillero Cabernet, Carmemere and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc.

What are some of your personal favorite wines and wineries – besides your own?

Any well-made wine that is true to its place of origin but also fresh and exciting is of interest. The Torrontes and Malbecs from Trivento, in Argentina, especially from Amado Sur are favorites.

Phoenix Cooks: Sledgehammer Wine

How did the winery make its mark? What is your story?

Sledgehammer is a bold wine, in flavor and personality. We make wine because we like drinking wine, not because we want to talk about it! Our motto is “No Sipping. No Swirling.”

Where is it currently available in Scottsdale?

Fine wine shops and smart restaurants that like to showcase good wines without all the muss and fuss. If you can’t find it in your favorite locale, ask for it by name!

How would you describe some of your best-selling varietals?

We have a Cab so big we had a hard time fitting it in a bottle. We are also proud of developing a new style of big Zin — bold and complex. Our winemaker took no prisoners.

What will you be pouring at Phoenix Cooks?

It’s only fair we offer our Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel!

What are some of your personal favorite wines and wineries – besides your own?

We love Etude Carneros Pinot Noir – sublime and elegant. We also like Emma Pearl Chardonnay.

For more information about the Phoenix Cooks event, visit phoenixcooks.com.

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Best of the Best Awards 2011: Entertainment

Winner: Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

Donovan's Steak & Chop House - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Located in the heart of the Camelback Corridor, Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Cordially friendly. Donovan’s is a place where you can celebrate with friends, family and associates. Delectable market seafood is available for those non-steak moments, as well as mouth-watering steakhouse fare. A depth of wine variety has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Uniquely designed private dining rooms that may accommodate 10-120 guests are the perfect venue for business events and personal celebrations. Donovan’s dedicated sales manager will help you plan a most memorable occasion.
Year Est: 2005
Principal(s): WND
Exec Chef: Robert Nixon
Donovan's Logo - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 20113101 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-955-3666
www.donovanssteakhouse.com



Finalist: Vincent’s on Camelback

Vincent's on Camelback - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011For 25 years, Vincent Guerithault has been combining his expertise in classic French cooking with Southwestern ingredients to create his signature blend of flavors. Guerithault’s career began in France. In 1976, he came to the U.S. to work at Chicago’s Le Français, and within 10 years opened his own restaurant that helped put Phoenix on the culinary map. Guerithault was the first chef ever to receive a Citation of Excellence from the International Food & Wine Society. He has received a James Beard award and the prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre du Merite Agricole on behalf of the Republic of France.Zagat, Gourmet, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel Holiday all have lauded Guerithault and his restaurant.
Year Est: 1986
Principal(s): Vincent Guerithault
Exec Chef: Vincent Guerithault
Vincent logo - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 20113930 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-224-0225
www.vincentsoncamelback.com



Finalist: T. Cook’s at Royal Palms

T. Cooks at Royal Palms - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Under the direction of Executive Chef Lee Hillson, Royal Palms offers the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant. T. Cook’s boasts rustic and tempting menus featuring an array of artistic and intriguing dishes from the Mediterranean and exotic surrounding regions, with rotisserie specialties prepared at the restaurant’s centerpiece 1930s fireplace. Pastry creations are exquisitely prepared by a T. Cook’s Pastry Shop. T. Cook’s location in the original 1929 mansion creates a residential dining experience — comfortable yet elegant. Lending to the unique ambience and intimate surroundings, T. Cook’s Lounge, located just off the courtyard, is marked by rich cherry wood and hand-painted Italian frescos.
Year Est: 1997
Principal(s): Pete Ells
Exec Chef: Lee Hillson
T. Cook's Logo - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 20115200 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-808-0766
www.royalpalmshotel.com


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