AJ’s annual summer wine tasting event to benefit the arts

A photo from the 2015 AJ's Summer Wine Tasting event (submitted photo)

A photo from the 2015 AJ’s Summer Wine Tasting event (submitted photo)

AJ’s Fine Foods will present its annual Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 21.

AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event is the ideal opportunity to discover new wines with friends in a fun, entertaining setting while supporting the arts.

The annual celebration features tastings of more than 40 exceptional wines of value, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters, who will be available to provide their expert recommendations for wine and food pairings, according to a press release. To complement the wines, AJ’s will be serving gourmet samples and specialties including artisan cheeses and breads, shrimp cocktail, sushi, sweets and more.

Guests will enjoy live music and a silent auction offering wines and other items from AJ’s and its partners.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Scottsdale Cultural Council for this highly-anticipated wine tasting event that benefits the arts,” stated Jayson Mead, director of operations for AJ’s Fine Foods, in the release. “Our entire AJ’s Fine Foods team will share the Valley’s greatest selections of wine that were specially chosen by our Cellar Masters. All of the wines will be at a price point that makes it perfect for building your wine collection without breaking the bank.”

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

General admission tickets for entry between 2 and 4:30 p.m. are $40 for the general public and $35 for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts members beginning April 1.  Tickets are available for purchase through ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or by calling the box office at 480-499-8587.

A very limited number of VIP tickets granting early access from 1 to 2 p.m. are $50 for the general public beginning April 16.  Advance tickets are required as no tickets will be sold on the day of the event, the release stated.

All proceeds from the AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event will benefit the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council which provides arts and education programs for the community through Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art.

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