I always enjoy wine tastings paired with good food. Tonight’s event was at Farmboy in Chandler. It was a reception-style evening that hosted James Callahan of Rune wines and was paired with Hors D’oeuvres from Chef Dennis Bagnasco. I just recently visited Farmboy for the first time for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Rune Wines (Rune means a mark or letter of mysterious or magical significance) was founded by Arizona native James Callahan in 2013 and is located in Sonoita – the heart of southern Arizona wine country. Tonight we got to sample four of his Arizona wines that were paired with samples of locally sourced cheeses, meats, and vegetables. Farmboy is all about using and highlighting local Arizona ingredients and was the perfect place to host this event. Both Oren Molovinsky of Farmboy (who owns Molovin Farm in South Chandler, AZ) and James Callahan of Rune wines were on hand to talk about their lasted endeavors.
Smoked Chicken, Goat Cheese & Grilled Tenderloin
Flourless Chocolate Cake & Rune Wild Syrah
Our first wine was the Rune 2015 Viogner paired with goat cheese and a rice cracker. Our second pairing was the Rune 2016 Rosé paired with a smoked chicken breast with arugula and topped with a aioli. Their third pairing was the Rune 2015 Grenache paired with a Mesquite grilled tenderloin with mushrooms. And the final pairing was the Rune 2015 Wild Syrah paired with a flourless chocolate cake topped with a raspberry. I really love the artwork on the wines and the story on the back of the bottles. The food was delicious and paired nicely with the wine samples. My favorite was the Wild Syrah – Rune’s flagship wine. Tonight was an enjoyable evening of meeting new people and supporting local businesses.
BLD (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) serves made-from-scratch, farm-fresh food. It was opened by Cork’s Robert and Danielle Morris and executive chef Brian Peterson. The Shops at Pecos Ranch is a fairly new upscale retail strip in Chandler and features a variety of restaurants and local business. BLD is one their newest tenants and has a “virtually everything” concept that includes a drive-thru window. From the drive-thru you can order barista-made beverages, protein shakes, juices, smoothies and some foods. The interior is upscale casual contemporary and features an indoor/outdoor bar. Dinner includes a wide variety of choices that includes comfort foods like fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, burgers and pork chops. Lunch includes sandwiches, burgers, salads and tacos. Breakfast includes Eggs Benedict, hashes, waffles, burritos (including the BLD) and Hawaiian French Toast Captain Crunch style. I came here with my son for a wine tasting during happy hour. I sampled some wines and we ate light appetizers for our first visit here. It’s nice to have something so close to home.