Wine Dinner Worth the Trip

More and more, Scottsdale wine lovers and foodies alike are knowing Richard Hinojosa, that took over as executive chef for The Wigwam Resort practically a year ago.

And while a little a drive from the heart of Scottsdale, along with Hinojosa at the helm of all of culinary tasks at the iconic resort, no one appears to mind.

Locals initial got to understand and like your man as the sous chef at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, among others acclaimed venues nationwide. He was additionally a standout graduate from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in the 1990s.

Given all of the acclaim – and Regional like – Hinojosa, that is additionally a certified second-degree sommelier, has actually higher expectations for his just recently announced Winemaker Supper Series, which kicks off September 19 along with a four-road feast paired along with wines from Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa.

The Scottsdale Wine Examiner was lucky sufficient to just recently grab a sneak peek of the menu and pairings for famished readers:



red pear | green peppercorn | golden raisin | toast

Paired with:

2012 Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Oak Knoll, Napa, California



potato | kohlrabi | green onion | lemon

Paired with:

2010 Trefethen Harmony Chardonnay, Oak Knoll, Napa, California



bacon | black grape | frisee | parsnip | cocoa demi

Paired with:

2011 Double T Red Wine, Napa, California



onion | spinach | rock shrimp | risotto | balsamic

Paired with:

2010 Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll, Napa, California


white chocolate ganache | cookie crunch

Each Supper begins along with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a special menu developed to expertly pair and complement each wine served. Guests have actually the opportunity to interact along with chef Hinojosa and a winery representative throughout the evening and obtain guidance on the art of pairing meals and wine.

After the Trefethen Family Vineyards, extra upcoming wine dinners include:

· Oct. 17 & 18, 2014 – ZD Winery

· Nov. 21 & 22, 2014 – Newton Vineyards

· Dec. 19 & 20, 2014 – Chandon Champagne

· Jan. 16 & 17, 2015 – Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars

· Feb. twenty & 21, 2015 – Nickel & Nickel and Enroute Wineries

· March twenty & 21, 2015 – Caymus Vineyards

· April 17 & 18, 2015 – Heitz Cellar

The expenditure of each Supper event ranges from$69-$99 as it varies per winery. Reservations are called for and can easily be earned by calling 623-935-3811. Wine down along with area speeds beginning at $99-$199 per night depending on the season along with promo code WINEDINNER (subject to availability, blackout dates apply).

Fountain Hills Market Statistics – November 2013

Fountain Hills Promote Statistics – November 2013

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Single Family Homes Sales Trends in Fountain Hills, November 2013

Single Family members Houses Sales Fads in Fountain Hills, November 2013

November 2012 October 2013 November 2013 Monthly Modification in % Annual Modification in %
Asking Price $430,079 $428,123 $481,392 12.44% 11.93%
Sale Price $414,489 $417,995 $463,774 10.95% 11.89%
% of Asking Price 96.37% 97.63% 96.34% -1.32% -0.03%
Price/SqFt $161 $185 $193 4.32% 19.88%
DOM* 92 56 109 94.64% 18.48%
Total Transactions 43 26 25 -3.85% -41.86%

Condos/Townhouses Sales Trends in Fountain Hills, November 2013

Condos/Townhouses Sales Fads in Fountain Hills, November 2013

November 2012 October 2013 November 2013 Monthly Modification in % Annual Modification in %
Asking Price $139,567 $179,508 $185,089 3.11% 32.62%
Sale Price $134,283 $171,250 $180,321 5.3% 34.28%
% of Asking Price 96.21% 95.4% 97.42% 2.12% 1.26%
Price/SqFt $116 $138 $150 8.7% 29.31%
DOM* 64 164 101 -38.41% 57.81%
Total Transactions 15 12 14 16.67% -6.67%

Single Family members Houses Sales in Fountain Hills by Variety of Bedrooms and by Zip Code

Bedrooms Zip Code Average Asking Price Avergage Sale Price % of Asking Price Sold Average DOM Average SqFt Average Rate every SqFt
2 85268 $307,200 $297,288 96.77% 4 38 1,600 $186
3 85268 $425,700 $410,317 96.39% 12 104 2,156 $190
4 85268 $618,575 $594,549 96.12% 8 141 2,992 $199
5 85268 $749,000 $725,000 96.8% 1 197 3,800 $191

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Arizona Restaurant Week Again Offers Wine, Beer Pairing Option to Guests

Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) will certainly return this fall along with 10 nights of fantastic edibles, commencing for the initial time on a Friday night. Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall Edition will certainly be held Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 28.

During Fall ARW, over 150 Phoenix dining establishments will certainly supply specialty prix-fixe dinner menus for $33 and $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

“Arizonans can easily be proud of the wide expansion of neighborhood eating choices and culinary genius the state has actually endured Throughout the past couple of years,” said Arizona Restaurant Association President and CEO Steve Chucri. “Poised for continued growth, Arizona dining establishments will certainly gross sales simply under 11 billion dollars, outpacing the country in brand-new jobs, and employing over 265,000 individuals this year.”

Restaurant Week gives a twice-annual raise to these numbers as foodies grab set to spend their dollars and celebrate the craft that is booming in our state.

Social Media will certainly play an added role this season, as diners will certainly curate their own eating experiences through interactive promotions, contests and more.

Look for a special Instagram scavenger hunt and contest in partnership along with Buick that will certainly encourage diners to dine out at as lots of neighborhood locations as feasible and to capture their adventures using #TourARW.

This year Arizona favorites adore Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Posh and Roaring Fork will certainly join newcomers adore Paul Martin’s, Southern Rail and Barrio Queen for this celebrated line up to savor. A complete list of participating dining establishments and menus will certainly be featured on along with an easy-to-usage interface for searching for a favored neighborhood chef, kind of cuisine or restaurant wish list.

With a neighborhood meals culture rich in tradition, James Beard Award-winning chefs, and the most effective cities in the West, Arizona is rich along with home-grown flavors, top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers and meals enthusiasts.

“Arizona’s meals scene is thriving, thanks in no small section to trailblazing culinary chefs, mixologists, entrepreneurs, and restaurateurs that make sure that it never ever gets stale,” said Chucri.

But, exactly what concerning the wine??

The Scottsdale Wine Examiner is happy to confirm that, at press time, a dozen neighborhood dining establishments have actually currently signed on to consist of wine, beer and or cocktails as section of their prix fixe menus. Among them: Crudo, Kazimierz, Kelly’s at Southbridge, Pane e Vino, Relish Burger Bar, Remington’s and the Arrogant Butcher.

North Scottsdale Market Statistics – December 2013

North Scottsdale Demographic Statistics – December 2013

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Single Family Homes Sales Trends in North Scottsdale, December 2013

Single Family members Residences Sales Fads in North Scottsdale, December 2013

December 2012 November 2013 December 2013 Monthly Adjustment in % Annual Adjustment in %
Asking Price $680,237 $687,203 $724,689 5.45% 6.53%
Sale Price $647,002 $660,206 $694,295 5.16% 7.31%
% of Asking Price 95.11% 96.07% 95.81% -0.27% 0.74%
Price/SqFt $217 $224 $233 4.02% 7.37%
DOM* 99 91 103 13.19% 4.04%
Total Transactions 348 244 264 8.2% -24.14%

Condos/Townhouses Sales Trends in North Scottsdale, December 2013

Condos/Townhouses Sales Fads in North Scottsdale, December 2013

December 2012 November 2013 December 2013 Monthly Adjustment in % Annual Adjustment in %
Asking Price $262,926 $300,622 $320,902 6.75% 22.05%
Sale Price $253,197 $289,169 $310,766 7.47% 22.74%
% of Asking Price 96.3% 96.19% 96.84% 0.68% 0.56%
Price/SqFt $176 $199 $210 5.53% 19.32%
DOM* 103 81 72 -11.11% -30.1%
Total Transactions 80 77 74 -3.9% -7.5%

Single Family members Residences Sales in North Scottsdale – December 2013
3 and four bedroom properties by zip code

85250 Asking Price $548,950
Sale Price $533,725
% of Asking Price 97.23%
Days on Market 142
Total Transactions 2
85254 Asking Price $385,805
Sale Price $376,618
% of Asking Price 97.62%
Days on Market 65
Total Transactions 38
85255 Asking Price $738,853
Sale Price $710,773
% of Asking Price 96.2%
Days on Market 94
Total Transactions 47
85258 Asking Price $743,338
Sale Price $706,265
% of Asking Price 95.01%
Days on Market 98
Total Transactions 26
85259 Asking Price $512,773
Sale Price $496,473
% of Asking Price 96.82%
Days on Market 97
Total Transactions 26
85260 Asking Price $481,922
Sale Price $467,513
% of Asking Price 97.01%
Days on Market 72
Total Transactions 30
85262 Asking Price $1,127,490
Sale Price $1,076,358
% of Asking Price 95.46%
Days on Market 183
Total Transactions 25
85266 Asking Price $1,069,931
Sale Price $1,013,655
% of Asking Price 94.74%
Days on Market 102
Total Transactions 19

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TGen Receives Approval for Patient Enrollment in Brain Cancer Clinical Trial

Glioblastoma (GBM) Pilot Trial funded by Ivy Foundation

In 2012, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation awarded $10 million in grants for two groundbreaking brain cancer research projects at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). One of those projects has actually officially received the last regulatory approval from University of California, San Francisco, which means patient enrollment for the trial can easily begin.

In the $5-million-project, “Genomics Enabled Medicine in Glioblastoma Trial,” TGen and its clinical partners will certainly lead first-in-patient clinical trial studies that will certainly test promising brand-new drugs that may extend the survival of GBM patients. This multi-portion study will certainly take place in clinics across the country and TGen laboratories.

“GBM is one of the top three fastest-killing cancers out there and it affects individuals of all ages,” said Catherine (Bracken) Ivy, founder and president of The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation. “It is critical that we fund research that will certainly assistance patients live longer so we can easily study and treat brain cancer.”

The project begins along with a pilot study of 15 patients, using whole genome sequencing to study their tumor samples to assistance physicians find out just what drugs could be most beneficial.

To support molecularly informed clinical decisions, TGen labs additionally will certainly examine genomic data from at least 536 past cases of glioblastoma, as well as tumor samples from brand-new cases, producing tools that will certainly make a lot more recommendations in to exactly how glioblastoma tumors grow and survive. TGen additionally will certainly conduct a collection of pioneering lab examinations to measure cell-by-cell responses to various drugs.

“GBM is a disease that requires answers now, and we strongly believe those answers will certainly be found in the genome,” said Dr. David Craig, TGen’s Deputy Director of Bioinformatics, Director of TGen’s Neurogenomics Division, and one of the projects principal investigators. “Recognizing the genes that contribute to the survival of glioblastoma will certainly offer practical guide on exactly how to treat it, and might additionally lead to an improved understanding of just what drives others cancers as well.”

To get hold of brand-new treatments to patients as soon as possible, this five-year study will certainly include a feasibility study involving up to 30 patients, followed by Phase II clinical trials along with as numerous as 70 patients. TGen is teaming along with the Ivy Early Phase Clinical Trials Consortium that includes: University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Los Angeles; the MD Anderson Cancer Center; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; University of Utah; and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

The results of these clinical trials ought to not only assistance the patients that join them, however additionally offer the data called for for FDA approval and availability of brand-new drugs that could benefit tens of thousands of brain cancer patients in the future.

“Working along with physicians, the project will certainly aim to understand treatment in the context of the tumor’s molecular profile. We will certainly have actually the opportunity to find out as quickly as combinations of drugs could be a lot more effective compared to using a single drug, rapidly identify which therapies don’t work, and accelerate discovery of ones that may prove promising for future development,” said Dr. John Carpten, TGen’s Deputy Director of Easy Science, Director of TGen’s Integrated Cancer Genomics Division, and an additional of the project’s principal investigators.

In addition to aiding patients as soon as possible, the project ought to significantly expand Arizona’s network of brain cancer experts.

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About The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation
The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 2005, as quickly as Ben Ivy lost his battle along with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Due to the fact that then, the Foundation has actually contributed a lot more compared to $50 million to research in gliomas within the United States and Canada, along with the objective of much better diagnostics and treatments that offer long-term survival and a higher quality of life for patients along with brain tumors. The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation is the largest privately funded foundation of its kind in the United States. For a lot more information, visit We have actually regular updates via social media – please discover us on:
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About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research along with life changing results. Research at TGen is focused on aiding patients along with diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. TGen is on the cutting edge of translational research where investigators are able to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Working along with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen believes it can easily make a substantial supplement to the efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For a lot more information, visit: