More and more, Scottsdale wine lovers and foodies alike are discovering Richard Hinojosa, who took over as executive chef for The Wigwam Resort almost a year ago.
And while a bit of a drive from the heart of Scottsdale, with Hinojosa at the helm of all culinary activities at the iconic resort, no one seems to mind.
Locals first got to know and love him as the sous chef at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, among other acclaimed venues nationwide. He was also a standout graduate from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in the 1990s.
Given all the acclaim – and local love – Hinojosa, who is also a certified second-level sommelier, has high expectations for his recently announced Winemaker Dinner Series, which kicks off September 19 with a four-course feast paired with wines from Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa.
The Scottsdale Wine Examiner was lucky enough to recently get a sneak peek of the menu and pairings for hungry readers:
red pear | green peppercorn | golden raisin | toast
2012 Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Oak Knoll, Napa, California
potato | kohlrabi | green onion | lemon
2010 Trefethen Harmony Chardonnay, Oak Knoll, Napa, California
SEARED BERKSHIRE TENDERLOIN
bacon | black grape | frisee | parsnip | cocoa demi
2011 Double T Red Wine, Napa, California
GRILLED NEW YORK SIRLOIN
onion | spinach | rock shrimp | risotto | balsamic
2010 Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll, Napa, California
white chocolate ganache | cookie crunch
Each dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a special menu created to expertly pair and complement each wine served. Guests have the opportunity to interact with chef Hinojosa and a winery representative throughout the evening and gain insight on the art of pairing food and wine.
After the Trefethen Family Vineyards, additional upcoming wine dinners include:
· Oct. 17 & 18, 2014 – ZD Winery
· Nov. 21 & 22, 2014 – Newton Vineyards
· Dec. 19 & 20, 2014 – Chandon Champagne
· Jan. 16 & 17, 2015 – Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars
· Feb. 20 & 21, 2015 – Nickel & Nickel and Enroute Wineries
· March 20 & 21, 2015 – Caymus Vineyards
· April 17 & 18, 2015 – Heitz Cellar
The cost of each dinner event ranges from$69-$99 as it varies per winery. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 623-935-3811. Wine down with room rates starting at $99-$199 per night depending on the season with promo code WINEDINNER (subject to availability, blackout dates apply).