Friday, December 12, 2008

Cheers


As the theme song from the old television series “Cheers” says, “sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name”. That is exactly how I feel about Cheuvront Restaurant and Wine Bar. I can go there any time and there is always someone I know who will make me feel welcome. This eclectic wine bar, not only has great food but, great wines, delicious cheeses, and a friendly staff. The restaurant is owned by a good friend, Ken Cheuvront who along with his food and wine talents is also an Arizona State Senator.

In addition to the normal menu, Cheuvront’s offers special wine tastings and delicious wine pairing dinners. I was attending one of those wine pairing dinners when I took the photo above. It shows Hugh Davies of Schramsberg Winery a well known Napa Valley maker of fine sparkling wines, demonstrating how he is going to take the top off of a bottle of bubbly using a special, extra sharp knife. The knife is still in its wooden box on the table in the foreground. He did it in one whack and got a perfect cut along the neck of the bottle. An amazing trick that I won’t be attempting at home. I would probably take off a finger or spill all of the wine. I don’t know which would be worse.

7 comments:

Mo said...

Don't think I'll attempt that trick either. Would like to visit the wine bar though.

JM said...

It's allways so nice going to a place where you can feel at home. Cheese and wine are just my cup of tea; surely I would enjoy this restaurant too :-)

Jarart said...

I agree, the time we went there with you was very nice.

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I agree with you about Cheuvront's. In fact, I was just there for lunch on Tuesday of this week.

When I go there with people who have not been there before, their first reaction is that the place looks too hip for Phoenix.

Laurie said...

My kinda place!

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The ritual of opening the cork on a bottle of champagne reminds me of what is apparently a tradition in Argentina. When we visited recently with my son's girlfriend's family in Buenos Aires, they explained that if the cork flies out of the bottle and hits an unmarried male, that is the next person to propose marriage. They then opened a champagne bottle and threw the cork at my son. They are a delightful family, much more charming than subtle.

Sharon said...

Dave, that story made me smile. Since I had the opportunity to meet them last year, I can picture the whole thing.