This past week I had one of my amazing friends come and visit me here in Arizona. She and I have been friends for going on 13 years now and I could not be more thankful to have her in my life.

girl friends

Of course while she was here, we had to go on adventures and spend plenty of time out getting in our girl time. There were so many more places that we went to that I would’ve loved to include in this post but… sometimes things happen when you drink wine. You forget to take pictures, you forget what things are called, who knows!

Here are wines from three of the restaurants we went to. If you have any of these restaurants near you and get a chance to try them out, let me know what you think in the comments!

cheers to ladies night

Melville “Fox Block 9” Pinot Noir at Culinary Dropout

melville fox block 9

This was the one place I knew I had to take her because the food is SO GOOD! I’ve tried a number of things on the menu at Culinary Dropout and I doubt that they could ever disappointed.

This Pinot Noir is actually the baby made from a collaboration between Melville winery and Fox Restaurant Concepts, which owns Culinary Dropout.

This was recommended to me by one of the bartenders there after he told me that they weren’t carrying the “Crush” Red Blend that is my absolute favorite! But,¬† I was not disappointed. It’s slightly lighter in flavor than a lot of other wines of the same type. But it paired beautifully with the meal that I got which was slightly on the heavier side.

Taste: It carries notes of raspberry and cherry with a hint or floral and oak. The finish is short, sweet and light, which is how I enjoy mine!

This wine is available to purchase at Olive & Ivy and is being offered at the Fox Restaurant Concept’s many different establishments¬† here in Arizona at $15 a glass. I would highly recommend to try it if you can get your hands on a glass, or a bottle:)

Copperidge Cabernet Sauvignon at Kabuki

Another favorite restaurant of mine is Kabuki. Although I am not usually a fan of larger chain restaurants when it kabukicomes to sushi, this one got my attention. I have yet to find a sushi restaurant in Arizona that I enjoy more.

I ordered their house red, which was the Cabernet Sauvignon from Copperidge. At $5.50 a glass, I really wasn’t expecting too much out of it. We were there for lunch, so I was looking for an overly bold or heavy wine. I will say right now that this is not going to be a wine for the sophisticated palate.

Taste: Smooth and a little sweet too me for being a Cab. It’s almost reminiscent of the flavors that Sangria has. Flavors of blackberry and plum in combination with an extremely light hint of spice. It’s a cheap, smooth and easy wine to drink.

The wine… I wouldn’t say run out and find a bottle right this second. It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t that great either. However, if you have a Kabuki close to you, absolutely go and try the food!


The Prisoner Red Blend at Kona Grill

We stopped in Kona Grill for a quick drink before we went to dinner one night. I, of course, went for another red wine. I was going to try their house white but… what can I say? I am just a red wine gal.

kona grill This wine smelled like cherries and rich, delicious coffee. Love.

Taste: There was a slight tartness to this blend, in combination with raspberry and other intense berry notes. The cocoa and slight vanilla flavor in addition to the tannins at the end make for an extremely smooth wine with a rich and lingering finish. It had a really interesting flavor profile that I quite enjoyed.

I can’t remember exactly how much per glass this wine was going for, but I know it is one you can find at a lot of local wine stores for around $40 a bottle.





What restaurant carries your favorite glass of wine?

*Cheers to friends, good times, and good wines*

joanna at motherhood and merlot