The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has been offering ‘Winemaker Dinners’ for more than a quarter of a century, evolving sophisticated culinary events like a wine being perfectly aged. For the 26th season of Winemaker Dinners, running from October 2015 through June 2016, 11 extravagant epicurean evenings are on the calendar at the legendary hotel.

Wright’s at The Biltmore, the resort’s signature restaurant, is the historic venue for the dinners that combine innovative gourmet dining and acclaimed wines – with the winemakers there to discuss their vintages – followed by after-dinner drinks and cigars.

At each Winemaker Dinner, guests dine on an original multi-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Gordon Maybury paired with specially selected wines of a noted vintner. The 26th season will feature wineries in California from Napa and Sonoma counties. In addition to savoring gourmet dishes and sipping fine wines, diners will learn about the wines from representatives of the wineries, and enjoy cigars and Port or other favorite after-dinner drinks on Wright’s patio.

The 2015-2016 season of Winemaker Dinners will feature the following wineries and wines:

October 1, 2015  – Jackson Family Wines, featuring Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon

November 5, 2015 – Robert Craig Winery, featuring Mountain Reds (Howell, Mt. Veeder, Affinity)

December 3, 2015 – Taittinger/Domaine Carneros, featuring Celebration Bubbles

January 7, 2016 – Justin/Landmark, featuring Isosceles

February 3, 2016 – Cakebread Winery, featuring Reserve Chardonnay and Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon

February 4, 2016 – Cakebread Winery, featuring Reserve Chardonnay and Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon

March 3, 2016 – ZD Wines, featuring Reserve Chardonnay, Reserve Pinot Noir and Abacus XVII

March 24, 2016 – Huneeus Vintners, featuring Faust Cabernet and Quintessa

April 7, 2016 – Robert Mondavi, featuring Reserve selections and 50th Anniversary Maestro

May 5, 2016 – Truchard Vineyards, featuring Roussane and Cabernet Franc

June 2, 2016 – Sequoia Grove, featuring Cambium Cabernet Sauvignon

Reservations must be made in advance and the dinners prepaid. Each Winemaker Dinner is $120, plus tax and 18 percent gratuity. Prepay nine dinners and get one dinner free. The dinners start with a reception at 6:30 p.m. For reservations and more information please call 602-955-6600.