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6 Most Lavish Food and Wine Experiences in the Valley

BY Jessica Dunham, Nora Burba Trulsson, Nick Esquer, Dena Roché, Lauren Swanson-Tyda, Taylor Transtrum and Teresa K. Traverse | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

Be it a premier concierge service, stunning new home development or unparalleled dining experience, luxury in the Valley is thriving like never before. Here's a look at the people, places and services responsible for putting Phoenix and Scottsdale in the spotlight for 2018 and beyond.
Cloth & Flame

Most Unforgettable Dinner Experience
How do you get James Beard Award-winning pizza master Chris Bianco to curate a custom dinner in the middle of nowhere? Easy. You attend a Cloth & Flame dinner. The Phoenix-based company has staged multicourse dinners in stunning wilderness settings throughout Arizona and California, many of which feature prominent chefs, winemakers and brewmasters. With your ticket, you get transportation to and from the outdoor venue, a welcome cocktail, chef-prepared fare and wine pairings with every course. Past dinners have popped up on Central Avenue—Cloth & Flame organized a street shutdown—the Superstition Wilderness, Sedona and Joshua Tree National Park. The open-to-the-public dinners are a blast, but Cloth & Flame will also customize a private event for you. If you opt for this, you’ll join the likes of Chanel, which recently hired Cloth & Flame to host its company retreat. $155 per person, 480.428.6028 –JD

Most Eclectic Wine List
At 28 pages, it’s tough to top the sheer number of wine bottles available in the striking glass wine cellar flanking the main entrance to Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Eleven certified sommeliers pour wines from more than 600 producers. Bourbon Steak diners can indulge in a variety of old- and new-World reds, whites, rosés and sweet wines. Some standout choices? A 2005 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet Grand Cru ($5,083). This old-world chardonnay is made out of grapes grown in the Burgundy region of France—an area known for producing some of the best dry white wines in the world. And from the red wine pages, Bourbon Steak offers a 2006 Amuse Bouche—a limited production ultrapremium Napa Valley winery—Merlot ($837). With fine wines like these, oenophiles and casual wine connoisseurs alike can cheers to this impressive wine list. 7575 E. Princess Drive, 480.585.4848 –TKT

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