Vino lovers can rejoice because Scottsdale has great options when it comes to places to drink wine in the Valley. There are places for all occasions, whether you are looking for a special restaurant to celebrate a milestone, or just want a casual spot to enjoy a really good glass of Chardonnay.
While Scottsdale is not quite the same as Napa Valley, Arizona actually does have some wine-growing regions of its own in both Southern and Northern Arizona. The great news is that several of those local vineyards have tasting rooms in Scottsdale, so you can experience local wine without having to take a trip out of town to the Verde Valley.
Visit Talavera at the Four Seasons
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When you want to pretend you are on vacation, have a glass of wine with dinner at Talavera at the Four Seasons Troon. This steakhouse has truly unparalleled views of Pinnacle Peak and is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal while unwinding.
You can pair their top-of-the-line wine offerings with their signature dish, De Mariscos, which Is a clam, mussel, and lobster seafood paella medley. The rest of the menu features modern Spanish cuisine and Latin flavors. Definitely try to sit on the patio to enjoy the incredible views when you go!
Wine Girl Scottsdale
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As the name would suggest, Wine Girl Scottsdale is your one stop shop for a festive place to drink wine in Old Town Scottsdale. This adorable bar offers wine on tap with an extensive menu of options, including their “winetails,” which are their signature wine-based cocktails. They also offer a bar bites nibble menu so that you can make sure you are snacking while enjoying your drink.
You will want to make reservations before you head over to Wine Girl Scottsdale as it’s a very popular spot for people celebrating special events, especially on the weekends. It’s the ultimate place to throw a birthday party or host a wedding shower with it’s charming and modern decor.
If you want to experience Wine Girl Scottsdale for yourself before deciding if you want to host an event there, the best time to go is Monday-Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6 pm when they have happy hour, with $2 off all their wines.
Carlson Creek Vineyards
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Carlson Creek is a local Arizona vineyard that produces sustainable boutique wines. While the original tasting room is in Willcox, Arizona, you can get a sample of the authentic experience from visiting their Old Town tasting room location. It costs $12 per person to experience the wine tasting, and it includes your choice of 5 wines. They pride themselves on being customer service oriented, and letting guests enjoy their wine tasting at their own pace.
The Old Town location has a lot of character, as it is an art gallery that has been transformed into a tasting room. The large space has a cool copper bar and lounge area, making it a fun place to hang out with friends.
If you are new to the world of wine, Carlson Creek Wine Tasting Room is a great place to visit for those who are interested in learning more about wine. The tasting room frequently hosts community events like Wine Tasting 101 classes and holiday tasting events.
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FnB is another incredible Old Town Scottsdale gastropub that specializes in great wine. This restaurant has been a hidden gem favorite among locals for years. FnB has earned a lot of acclaim for being the first local restaurant to have a wine menu that only offers Arizona wines. While their wine menu is ever changing, they crafted their own boutique wine label called Los Milics which is grown in southern Arizona and is available year round on the FnB menu.
FnB opens up their reservation window two weeks in advance, and in order to get one of the primetime dinner spots, it’s a good idea to go ahead and book a table that far out! They offer full service dining Tuesday through Sunday each week, and on top of the good wine, you are guaranteed a delicious meal. The current FnB chef won “Best Chef of the Southwest” in 2019 from the James Beard Foundation!
Terroir Wine Pub
You know the wine at Terroir Wine Pub is going to be top notch, because Terroir has the honor of being one of the longest standing wine bars in the state of Arizona!
It’s located in central Scottsdale off of Scottsdale Road, making it a convenient spot to dine at when you are in the mood for a truly delicious glass of wine during the week. The real highlight of Terroir Wine Pub is that they offer live music on Wednesday and Thursday night from 5 pm-8 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 6 pm-9 pm. Best of all, Terroir Wine Pub is known for giving generous pours on their by the glass wine orders! When the weather is nice, their outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and it is a great spot to watch the sunset and enjoy good wine.
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The Aridus Tasting Room is one of the most beautiful tasting rooms you’ll find in Arizona. The original Aridus Winery is located in Willcox, Arizona but you have a chance to example their unique wines at the Scottsdale Tasting Room on Main Street. Currently the tasting room is open by appointment only.
When you book a wine tasting at their Scottsdale tasting room you will be blown away by the gorgeous interior design and their unique award winning wines. If you love the wines you try, join the Aridus Wine Club after you leave. Twice a year you will get a delivery of 8 new vintage bottles of Aridus wines delivered to your home.
Buy your wine at AJ’s Fine Foods
What about when you want to buy nice wine to drink at home? AJ’s Fine Foods should be on the top of your list. AJ’s is another local favorite, as they offer an upscale gourmet market with locations all over the Valley. While AJ’s is a great spot to go for their speciality groceries, their wine section is an area where they really shine. Their wine cellar offers an extensive wine selection with curated picks of domestic and imported wines. The wine cellar staff members are always very passionate about wine and are happy to offer recommendations or suggestions if you need help with your selection.
Scottsdale offers a wine experience for all moods, from a casual lowkey night sitting on the patio with friends, to an upscale tasting room experience. The wine scene in Scottsdale offers something unique because so many of the wine rooms offer exclusively local Arizona wines. When it is on the menu, a wine flight is always a great way to expand your wine palette and try new varieties of wine.