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Wine and Chocolate Pairing

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wine and chocolateWine and Chocolate Pairing 101:

  1. Think red. One of the best things about red wine is that it can stand on its own when paired with the decadent taste of chocolate.
  2. Dark chocolate works best with the richness of Cabernet Sauvignon, while the fruitiness of full-bodied Shiraz complements both bittersweet and dark chocolate.
  3. Milk chocolate pairs well with a fortified wine like port.
  4. For sweeter varieties of chocolate, the wine should be at least as sweet, if not a touch sweeter, than the chocolate you are serving.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, champagne apparently fairs better with fruit than chocolate. The bubbly fruit notes tend to clash with the dark cocoa flavours.
  6. To maximize your wine and chocolate pairing, first swirl, sniff and sip your wine and let it coat your mouth. Grab a piece of chocolate, sniff, bite (quality chocolate has a good snap) and let the chocolate melt on your tongue. Resist the temptation to chomp down (I know easier said than done). To finish take another sip of wine.


Tilted Earth Festival

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Join us for the third annual Tilted Earth Festival celebrating Arizona wine, music, craft beer and local artisans. The two-day festival will feature Fire Mountain plus twelve other wineries, two breweries; Four Peaks Brewery and That Brewery, seven food trucks from the Phoenix Food Truck Coalition, plus an impressive lineup of musical performances including Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Jamie n Commons, Taj Mahal and many others. Shuttle service will be provided by the CAT/Verde Lynx transit systems. The shuttle is free on the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase on the Tilted Earth website ( . Advance adult general admission tickets are available for $48, $52 two weeks in advance and day $58. Adult admission includes a reusable Govino wine glass and five free wine tastings (beer will be sold for  cash). Additional tastings will be available for purchase, as will bottles from all wineries. Tickets for young adults and youth (13-20) can be purchased for $18 in advance and $20 day of. Children under 13 are welcome for free. VIP tickets, which include free parking, exclusive tent seating, wine, food and band meet-and-greet are available for purchase for $165 in advance and $200 day of. 

Camping – both tent and RV will also be available this year for festival goers at the Riverfront park.

Wine Tasting Etiquette

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Are you new to wine-tasting? Arizona is jam-packed with wine and food tasting opportunities. If you haven’t been wine tasting, we have a few tips that will make your experience more enjoyable.

  1. Don’t wear Cologne or Perfume. It seems obvious, but scents can ruin the tasting experience for everyone within nose-shot. Also avoid smoking if possible as non-smokers tend to have a much stronger sense of smell and it will likely offend the taster next to you.
  2. Tasting rooms can be really small, so make room. Everyone wants to get a taste, so don’t let your group hold the wine server hostage. Share the space so everyone can get a taste!
  3. Start with a fresh palate. Crackers or bread right before will help do so.
  4. Pace yourself. It’s smart to have something in your stomach before a tasting. Alcohol is absorbed slower when absorbed by a full stomach, allowing you to take your time and enjoy the wine without being overly intoxicated. Keep your body fueled and hydrated – water and food are wine tasting essentials. Remember, 5 tastes = one glass of wine. 5 glasses equal a bottle. Everything in moderation.
  5. Gum and breath mints alter the taste of wine. Avoid using them when attending a wine tasting.
  6. Go ahead and swallow. You don’t have to spit. It’s okay to drink a little and have some fun.
  7. But spit if you’re visiting a lot of tasting rooms, moderate your intake.
  8. Do buy wine.Wineries hope that once you have tasted their wines, you will want to purchase bottles of their wine. Support these hard working, local wineries by purchasing a bottle (or more) of your favorite!
  9. But don’t haggle. It’s not a car deal. It’s just wine.
  10. Tips? Depends. If you went to a winery and enjoyed the wine tasting experience, it is perfectly acceptable to leave a tip for the wine pourer.

These are the rules of the wine road. Pace yourself. Wine tasting is your unique opportunity to taste and learn about the wines and then buy the ones you’ve enjoyed.


How Long Wine Lasts Open

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New Wine

One of the biggest questions to wine makers is how long does wine last after it has been uncorked. Clearly, the ideal answer is “Why is there leftover wine?”
HOWEVER…… Should you be asking yourself this, we have a quick guide for you!
  • Sparking Wine: 1-3 days with a sparkling wine stopper
  • Light Wine and Rose Wine: 5-7 days while in the fridge with a cork in the bottle
  • Full-Bodied White Wine: 3-5 days in the fridge with a cork in the bottle
  • Red Wine: 3-5 days in a cool dark place with a cork
  • Fortified Wine: 28 days in a cool dark place with a cork
  • Bag in a Box Wine: 28 days in the fridge
So should you find yourself needing to save your fabulous Fire Mountain Wine and use it for another day, follow the above rules.