15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food + Wine Classic 2014

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Evie Carpenter
Grand Canyon Winery's wines feature hand drawn labels.
We also quite enjoyed the 2012 Voyager Red from Grand Canyon Winery in Willams. The Rhone River-style red blends Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Syrah grapes to create a medium bodied wine with a fruity and peppery profile. Ariozna Stronghold's Dala Chardonnay was a surprise favorite, too. Though we've been fans of the winery's Tazi white blend for a while, we hadn't previously tried the Dala, a 100 percent Chardonnay aged in neutral oak, giving the wine a clean profile and notes of apple and citrus.

From Pillsbury Wine Company, we tasted a lineup of wines, but most enjoyed the Diva, a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Syrah grapes that create a fragrant, fruit forward wine that's hard not to enjoy.

Evie Carpenter
The Old Fashioned-inspired punch from Scott and Co. in Tucson.
Lastly, we caught the Old Fashioned-inspired punch featuring Arizona Distilling Company's Copper City Bourbon. The cocktail, served by Scott and Co. in Tucson, was one of only hard liquor offerings of the day, which was fine considering how great it was. Blending bourbon, Demarara syrup, Angostura bitters, and smoked bitters, the cocktail managed to highlight the Arizona-made whiskey and deliver a semi-sweet profile.

The lineup of restaurants will be different tomorrow (Sunday), but if it's as good as the offerings today, Sunday's attendees are in for a great event. We're particularly excited to see what Barrio Queen, Citizen Public House/The Gladly, Crudo, Hana, Petite Maison, Kai at Wild Horse Pass, and Posh have planned.

Be sure to check back for our coverage of Devoured day two.

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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Devoured completely lived up to the hype...and it sure had a lot of hype. My wife and I had an absolute blast on Saturday. The weather turned out to be perfect. The real treat for us (which was unexpected as we had not been before) was the wine! We walked away with  a pretty healthy amount. The Habit wine was our favorite and I knew I recognized that guy from somewhere....he's the voice and inspiration for the character Jeff in American Dad....funny stuff. We thought Bootleggers and T Cooks were most impressive but everyone put out really quality stuff. I don't think we ever waited more than 30 seconds for bites either. Just a very well run event.....we will be back next year. Might even join the Art Museum....great venue!


Ugh, the shrimp patty thing from Clever Koi was disgusting. It was one of the grosser things I've put in my mouth in a long time and the texture was like cold seafood jellow. I spat it out immediately. They also tried to leave way early and were very rude immature divas to the people running the event. I've noticed the rudest, most insecure chefs are often the worst at their jobs. I will never eat at that restaurant.

The punch was absurdly delicious and worth the price of admission. I want to try to recreate it at home. 

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