There’s always something to celebrate here in the Valley of the Sun, and to do it up right, you’ve got to pop some bubbly. Whether you’re honoring a special date night, the closing of a major deal at work, or some other grand affair, here are the Top 5 places in Phoenix to share some Champagne.
1 Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge
The brand-new Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge in Scottsdale Quarter may have gotten off to a slightly rough start its opening week, but the place already has our seal of approval, and we have faith they'll get things sorted out sooner rather than later. The atmosphere here is unique -- pleasantly sophisticated, upscale and sexy, for sure -- complete with a mix of jazz and electronic music, Old World decor and a tantalizing menu that includes meat, cheese and veggie platters, caviar, gourmet toasts, crispy duck, beef carpaccio, albacore sashimi and a lot more. Narcisse recommends that, unless you're a legit connoisseur of Champagne, you should ask your server for suggested pairings, as each is prepared to discuss with you the various merits of Brut, Milanese, Taittinger and others. Seriously, you're going to need a little help narrowing down the more than 125 world-class Champagnes Narcisse keeps on-hand; choose from non-vintage, vintage, grower-producer, prestive cuvees, rose and sparkling wine, with bottles ranging in price from $35 to $1,500 and up to more than $65 by the glass.
15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 480.588.2244 web
2 Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Boasting what's probably the longest Champagne list anywhere around town, Kazimierz World Wine Bar has everything froma $25 NV Col di Luna rosé (Valmonte, Veneto, Italy) to a $130 NV Billecart-Salmon brut rosé (Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne, France) to a $650 1996 Salon blanc de blancs (Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne France). Or, if you're in the mood to really celebrate, the restaurant is even in possession of a $1,500 super bottle of NV Jean Laurent brut, blanc de noirs (Aube, Champagne, France) -- which means, it's an entire case's worth of Champagne in a single bottle. Just think of the merriment! Overall, Kazimierz is the premier wine bar in Old Town Scottsdale for Old World atmosphere and decor, and one seriously impressive wine list, featuring more than 3,200 to choose from. Their signature cocktails and global small plates are also first-rate -- we're fans of the three-cheese fondue.
7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 480.946.3004 web
3 Zinc Bistro
For sophisticated libations, there may be no place better in the neighborhood than Zinc Bistro, which usually offers four to five sparkling wines by the glass, as well as seven to 10 by the bottle, covering a lovely range -- for example, the $48 vintage brut, gold label, Clicquot, to the $275 Cristal, Louis Roederer, and several fine bubblies in between. At Zinc Bistro, you can lean back with your glass in hand and very nearly imagine you're at an elegant cafe in Paris, as those around you enjoy their classic martinis, cognacs, brandies or ports after enjoying Fruits de Mer, cheese boards, squab and foie gras, filet mignon or other savory dishes. Choose a table outside to take in the atmosphere at Kierland Commons, a popular shopping spot for the North Scottsdale crowd.
15034 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 480.603.0922 web
Boasting 20-plus pages of selections for true oenophiles, Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North offers a number of vintage, non-vintage, sparkling, blanc de blanc and rosé options to enjoy by the bottle. And all your favorites are here: Louis Roederer Cristal, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Perrier-Jouet, Moët et Chandon, Krug, Billecart-Salmon and others, with price tags ranging from the low $40s to $600-plus, to suit whatever mood you're in. But what is good wine without good food? Talavera's supremely talented Executive Chef Mel Mecinas and his staff create exquisite contemporary American cuisine with a southwestern flair using locally sourced olive oil, vegetables, meats and other flavorful ingredients. The restaurant's setting fills one's eyes, certainly, whether you're seated indoors near the dramatic fire element enclosed in glass, or outdoors, with views of the Scottsdale skyline and mountains.
10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 480.513.5086 web
5 Fred's inside Barneys New York
Your Barneys New York shopping bags are adding up by the time you stumble into Fred's, the restaurant on the department store's second level. With great relief, you've found a place to rest your Jimmy Choo-clad feet and indulge in something both comforting and refreshing -- for example, Fred's Chopped Chicken Salad with Bibb lettuce, avocado, onions, tomatoes, string beans and pears, tossed with Dijon mustard balsamic dressing, and hopefully, accompanied by a glass of bubbly. The wine list at Fred's, like the menu, keeps things interesting with regular updates, but examples of sparkling wines offered might include NV Carousel, Brut, France; NV Zardetto-Prosecco, Brut; 2006 Domaine Carneros, Brut; NV Taittinger Cuvee Prestige, Brut; NV Duval Leroy, Brut; NV Perrier Jouet, Grand, Brut; NV Veuve Clicquot Yellow label; NV Veuve Clicquot Rosé; and of course, a 2000 Moet, Dom Perignon. The restaurant selects its offerings with the intent of serving excellent wine available at a range of price points, as well as wines that will continue to pique guests' interest.
4500 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 602.337.6111 web