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Urban Wine and Jazz Walk 2018 Brings All Our Favorite Things Together

May 4, 2018 by Fara Illich

Photo: Zee Peralta

Nothing goes together quite like fine wine and food, besides adding some great jazz in there too.

On Saturday, May 12 from 1-6 p.m., Urban Wine & Jazz Walk returns, encouraging participants to explore local bars and restaurants, sample fabulous wines, and experience great music along the way.

Live Jazz

Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) created Wine Walk in 2010 to showcase Phoenix’s beautiful, walkable urban center. But for the second year in row, DPI will be supporting live jazz performers in a number of venues, made possible through a partnership with Keven Peart of K.A.Aptivate Music. A number of venues have also programmed their own stages, making for a great mix of live music options.

Check out live, local music at the following locations:

Crescent Ballroom
Carly’s Bistro
DeSoto Central Market
Short Leash Hotdogs
GenuWine Arizona
Monroe’s – the lobby bar at Hilton Garden Inn
The Park Street Food Bar
The Whining Pig

Who’s new

The Downtown Ambassadors are always available for questions and recommendations, but this pedestrian-friendly tour of downtown dining establishments is completely self-guided — meaning people are encouraged to wander, take their time, and explore. With 92 net new restaurants in the last 10 years, there’s a lot to discover.

New to Wine Walk:

Crescent Ballroom
Deli Tavern
Monroe’s – the lobby bar at Hilton Garden Inn
GenuWine Arizona
The Whining Pig
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

New to Downtown:

The Park Street Food Bar – Opened 2017
The Whining Pig – Opened 2017
GenuWine Arizona – Opened 2018
Deli Tavern – Opened 2017
Chico Malo – Opened 2017
Hidden Track Café – Opened 2017
Cornish Pasty Co. – Opened 2017

Unique Finds

From 1-6 p.m., 30 different locations will offer at least three wine samples for $2-3 each, accompanied by a complimentary snack. Between the food, wine and live music — there’s a little something interesting for everyone.

Here are some top wine picks:

Hidden Track Café: Rivani Blanc de Blancs Spumante
A dry sparkling wine from Italy, it has strong lemon and mineral notes with a sweet finish. Try this paired with the dried pineapple and smoked goat cheese crostini.

Noodle Bar: La Pepica Monastrell
Made with 100 percent Monastrell grapes, this is a fresh and fruity Spanish red with just the right amount of spice.

The Strand Urban Italian: White Pear Sangria
The perfect springtime drink, this homemade concoction is sweet, citrusy and super refreshing.

Cornish Pasty Co.: Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rosé
From the Côtes du Rhône region of France, this rosé has strong mineral notes with a nice balance of berries, white pepper and cherries.

Hard Rock Café: Save Me San Francisco Pinot Noir
A super smooth pinot from the Central Coast of California known as “Soul Sister,” it has flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries with just a hint of vanilla.

Squid Ink Sushi Bar: Arizona Stronghold Provisioner White
A local favorite, this is a fruit-forward blend with a smooth, dry finish hailing from Arizona’s Verde Valley.

Short Leash Hot Dogs: Guenoc Sauvignon Blanc / Bacon fries
Who knew wine in a can could be this good? It’s a surprisingly good vessel for light, fresh and fruity wines like this one. Paired with Short Leash’s bacon fries, this duo is a Wine Walk win.

Getting Around

There are a number of public surface lots and garages, including one at CityScape Phoenix, where the first 300 people at Chico Malo will receive a commemorative wine glass. Just remember to plan for a cab, rideshare or designated driver.

There are also light rail park-and-ride locations at Washington and 38th streets to the east, and one at Camelback Road and Central Avenue, just north of downtown. Once here, everything is walkable, bikeable or a short light rail ride away — making it a cinch to get around. Another fun option: try hailing a pedicab, usually $5-$20 depending on the destination.