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Diageo Takes Over Scottsdale – Drink Lovers, Rejoice!

Arizona Cocktail Week
Arizona Cocktail Week
Arizona Cocktail Week

I am interrupting my usual musings on all things wine to share some big news happening in the next week or so for all drink lovers, wine and otherwise – Arizona Cocktail Week starts February 14!

Now in its third year, Arizona Cocktail Week is a primarily Scottsdale-based celebration of all things “libation” – and no one does it better than Diageo, the world’s premier adult beverage business (wine lovers will know them for these popular brands all over the Valley).

The Scottsdale Wine Examiner was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at what Diageo has planned for 2014 AZ Cocktail Week, and every one of their events is NOT to be missed.

Here is a taste of their biggest “tastes:”

Artisanal Spirit Cocktail Market

Date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Ballroom Two at the Hotel Valley Ho, which is 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale About: Akin to a Farmer’s Market, but more cocktail centric, this sampling event features boutique spirits, craft spirits and micro-distillers as well as bitters, syrups, sodas, purees – anything and everything cocktail-related.

Last Slinger Standing Competition

Date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Red Revolver Lounge, which is at 7316 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale

About: It’s X Factor meets NCAA meets Iron Chef America! A fast-paced, high-energy cocktail competition like no other, this year, Arizona goes head-to-head with Nevada. Don’t miss this epic event to see whose cocktail reigns supreme! Also, Smugglers Cove (tiki bar from San Francisco) will be doing a pop-up. Come and enjoy some tiki libations, food drinks and watch the competition!

High-End Hillbilly Dinner

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Mabel’s on Main, which is at 7018 E. Main Street in Scottsdale

About: This Kentucky-inspired celebration hosted by Hollis Bulliet will feature five sumptuous courses prepared by Chef Chris McKinley, perfectly paired with cocktails. “Welcome punch” is served at 7 p.m. and entertainment will be provided by Scottsdale’s own Psychobilly Rodeo Bank.

A Light Rail Toast to Gatsby

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Location: Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, which is a 2 East Jefferson in Phoenix

About: Flapper dresses, pearls and bow ties are more than welcome at this Roaring 20s-themed bar crawl along the Phoenix light rail, starting with a punch reception at the Blue Hound and continuing on late into the evening, capping with a champagne toast to the evening’s best dressed guests. Bulleit Bourbon, Tanqueray and Stellina Prosecco will all be in store!

Whiskeys of the World Dinner, hosted by Diageo Master of Whiskey Dr. Tom Turner

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: The House Brasserie, which is at 6936 East Main Street in Scottsdale

About: This eye-popping five-course dinner will feature perfectly paired whiskey cocktails with such brands as Bulleit Bourbon, Dickel Rye, Crown Royal, Oban and Bushmills.

Tickets for each event are limited and reservations are required. For more information on all Arizona Cocktail Week events, please visit arizonacocktailweek.com.