If the name 5th and Wine doesn’t give away the restaurant’s specialty, maybe the wine barrel guarding the front door might. Or possibly the selection of more than 40 wines available by the glass, including reds and whites from around the world and 5th and Wine’s very own sangria. Those libations––along with specialty cocktails such as a black-cherry manhattan or root-beer martini––complement a menu of seafood, steaks, and burgers made with beef, elk, and bison patties.
Inside the 60-seat dining space, arched beams frame the room and a chalkboard wall displays daily drink specials and upcoming sets from local musicians. In front of the floor-to-ceiling windows, comfy couches and chairs carve out a post-meal lounge area, along with a murphy bed for guests who know which window to punch. Additionally, a 40-seat tasting room indulges guests with red leather chairs and the aroma of an old-fashioned popcorn machine at work. Diners can also enjoy their meal on the courtyard patio where an awning shades meals during the day and strings of lights brighten up the night.:m]]
Italian for "your wine," Su Vino doesn't only curate a lineup of award-winning varietals, it also crafts custom wines to suit even the most discerning palates. Inside an eye-catching tasting room, Su Vino Winery pairs glasses and bottles of its vintages with a menu of light appetizers and sensuous desserts. Red wines such as the jam-flavored cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend and peppery zinfandel pour crimson into tasting glasses, whereas white wines—including the tongue-twisting gewürztraminer—immerse taste buds in crisp, off-dry tones. They also open their bottle-lined space to guests interested in hosting a birthday party, bridal shower, or scared-straight event for delinquent grapes.
This intimately outfitted hot spot specializes in an unintimidating wine list and a stellar selection of small plates and sandwiches. Grape guzzlers of all varieties will find satisfying sips with Centro's extensive wine list. Wines by the glass start at $7, and complements abound on a complete menu of plates sized for sharing. The goat cheese and slow-roasted tomatoes crustini sedates testy taste buds with a jet-setting serving of chevre, slow-roasted tomatoes, parmesan, and olive oil ($9.50), and the mixed olive bowl allots for the recommended daily dose of olives ($6). Graduate from grade-school tomato-soup soakers to Centro's sophisticated grilled cheese, which elegantly entwines fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato, and arugula ($9.50) or the lulu's press with Vermont yellow-and-white cheddar, jack cheese, and tomato ($9).
At La Bocca Urban Pizzeria, preparations for pizza crusts start a full day before they hit the brick oven. Chefs knead organic dough by hand, watch it rise for 24 hours, and then top the crusts with gourmet, locally procured ingredients such as Queen Creek Olive Mill olives, Schreiner’s Fine Sausages meat, and housemade pulled pork.
The rest of the Mediterranean-inspired menu proves equally indulgent. Chefs layer bruschetta planks with fig and smoked prosciutto and toss pastas with housemade sauces and meatballs molded from grass-fed beef. To grant molars breaks from the rigors of chewing, servers are happy to recommend pairings from the drink menu, which features handcrafted cocktails, European and Arizonan wines, and award-winning sangria.
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Armitage offers an extensive assemblage of flavorful fermentations accompanied by light, heavy, and gravity-defying fare in a sophisticated Old World environment. Armitage pours its crushed Grade A grape beverage by the glass ($9–$19), flight (trio of tastes from $15–$23), or bottle ($36+); wines are primarily California-centric, with European and South American vintages making scene-stealing cameos as brush salesmen. Linger over a blushing bottle of the Sonoma Teira zinfandel ($36) and let your mouth marvel at the red's well-balanced flavors, or indulge in a glass of the rich and velvety Duckhorn cabernet blend ($19) while reliving your most memorable mallard moments.