Arizona Restaurant Week: Wine Etiquette 101

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Arizona Restaurant Week not only gives you the chance to try some of the best restaurants in the Valley, it also provides a great opportunity to try some of the amazing wines those restaurants serve.

Brian Schwartztrauber of The Capital Grille Scottsdale gave 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley and Javier Soto the basics of wine etiquette.

  • Ensure appropriate tasting conditions -- appropriate glassware, wine temperature, as neutral surroundings as possible
  • Evaluate the wine visually.  Clarity, brightness, color, "legs"
  • Evaluate the "nose" or aromas of the wine.  Look for flaws, intensity, age, fruit and non-fruit aromas, the presence of earthiness and wood.
  • Evaluate the taste of the wine. Should pick up right where visual and aroma evaluation left off and confirm/complete your overall conclusions about the wine.
  • Most importantly, enjoy the process and journey of tasting wine! There are an infinite number of variations in each wine you taste.  Taste new wines whenever possible and enjoy the journey to finding and learning what are your favorites.

Arizona Restaurant week, which is twice a year, is Sept. 19-28. Nearly 200 restaurants throughout the Valley have put together special three-course meals for $33 or $44 per person. Some restaurants include a glass of wine in that price.

To see the participating restaurants and their offerings, check out