Riesling is a white wine that can either be bone dry or fairly sweet; excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet. Whether from Alsace, Germany or Washington – Riesling wines are a top pick for a white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot and honey and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat, and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.
Nothing like a great story to go with a great wine…Dave Phinney is the winemaker behind Prisoner and the Orin Swift brand. When Dave sold Prisoner, he signed an 8 year non-compete clause where he wasn’t allowed to produce another Zinfandel-based wine. This release is Dave’s return to Zinfandel. Like Prisoner, this is a red blend that is mainly Zinfandel. The reason I like this so much for Thanksgiving is due to the use of Petite Sirah and Syrah in the wine. For those guests who prefer a red wine to pair with the spices used in the traditional side dishes.
Winemaker Joe Wagner made a name for himself with the release of Meiomi Pinot Noir. Meiomi was a blend of pinot grapes from 3 different regions in California. For this higher end pinot, Joe sources grapes from the famous vineyard in the Russian River section of Sonoma County. I think that Pinot Noir is the likely favorite red wine for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s earthy characteristics, balanced with red fruit undertones, always pair well with turkey, stuffing and cranberry.
I know that there are some families that go turkey-less for Thanksgiving. If you go in a different direction and serve an entrée like beef wellington or perhaps short ribs, try this amazing cabernet-based Bordeaux blend from the Napa Valley.
Best Traditional Sushi in the Valley at Nearby Hiro Sushi Hiro Sushi tops many of the Best Sushi Lists for Scottsdale and Phoenix Areas. It is a small traditional sushi restaurant with an amazingly broad and deep menu plus exciting daily creations. Luncheon specials are great values and avoid the crowded dinner hours. Located just south of Shea on 90th Street near the 101 and convenient to FireRock. You can easily drive by and miss it, but please keep a sharp eye and enjoy Hiro’s great sushi, sashimi and special creations. 9393 N 90th Street Scottsdale, AZ 480-314-4215
Best BBQ in the Valley at Little Miss BBQConsistently rated the Best BBQ in the Valley, Little Miss BBQ is about 30 minutes away going towards Phoenix Skyharbor Airport. South on Route 143 as you approach the Airport. Exit at University Drive and take right. Little Miss BBQ is a few blocks on the left. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm OR UNTIL SOLD OUT! You have been warned! The line starts at 9am and early closures are common. The BBQ is that good! Little Miss BBQ specializes in Central Texas Style BBQ. Food is the focus and dining tables are crude, outdoors and wooden. There are some tables inside but very few. Plan to order big and take it out. You will not be disappointed. Take a few small pecan pies and their grits.4301 E University DrivePhoenix, AZ602-437-1177Tues-Sat 11am – 4pm or sold out.Closed for smoking Sunday and Monday.
FireRock Country Club recently earned designation as “Best in Valley – Private Club” for 2018 by Desert Foothills Magazine. FireRock Country Club has selected Cambridge Properties to operate the FireRock Sales Center for the benefit of current and future property owners and club members to spread this good news throughout the real estate community. Cambridge Properties is Arizona’s original boutique real estate services firm and consistently ranks as one of the “ Top Ten Teams “ in the Valley.
At various tour meetings, Realtors report that more and more Californians are buying luxury real estate in the Valley of the Sun. Evidently, the combination of high state taxes, excessive regulation, hostile business environment and absurdly high housing costs have sent many Californians packing for other states. Arizona will get its fair share advertising itself as the “Silicon Desert” and its close proximity to West Coast beaches. We expect this trend to continue into the fall and 2019. Consequently, despite rising interest rates, the real estate market should remain positive.
As the market for golf community properties in Northern Scottsdale has improved, many of these Sellers relocate closer to downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. Urban living in high rise condominiums, such as Kierland, is very popular as are new communities like Mountain Shadows and around the planned Ritz Carleton Hotel in Paradise Valley. Many more gravitate to down Valley golf communities like DC Ranch and Silverleaf. Record prices for resales have occurred in both golf communities. Others want to be closer to cultural activities, stores and schools. We expect this trend to continue as the baby boomers decide to migrate and downsize. FireRock should get its fair share of such migration, but has not done so as of this date.
We have a bifurcated market in the Valley. The market for new homes, contemporary designs and recently updated older homes is active and improving. Older more traditional homes seem to struggle. Mountain, golf course and city light views are major positives, all of which FireRock possesses in great abundance. Older Buyers prefer one level living and as few steps as possible while active middle age Buyers can handle multi-level homes with stairs. Private golf clubs and good schools are very important. We expect spec and custom home building to increase where contemporary designs are very popular. Overall, the weighted average says the market is getting better but many Sellers would strongly disagree. We have two different markets.