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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:29

2015 Grenoble Committee Beaujolais Nouveau

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:02

Catania-Grenoble Wine Tasting Event


Vive la France or Viva l'Italia? In the end, it was a tie! 

Everyone had a great time at the recent wine-tasting event organized by the Catania and Grenoble committees. It was held on Saturday evening, September 12, 2015, at the Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown.

Eight excellent wines from both countries competed by pair in a blind-tasting exquisitely led by Tom Rustwick and Lorenzo Mattoni of Alliance Beverage Distributing Company.

The winners of each comparison were:

1. Domaine de Pouy, IGP Cotes de Gascogne (France)

2. Villa Ponciago Fleurie, Beaujolais Burgundy (France)

3. Firriato Branciforti, Nero D’Avola Sicily (Italy)

4. La Maialina Gertrude, Super Tuscan Blend (Italy)


In between tasting delightful wines and voting for their favorites, the guests enjoyed delicious French and Italian cheeses, olives and bread; they networked with each other; and they admired the beautiful paintings of Italian artist Giorgio Satta. Two rich baskets -- one with French wine and food, the other with Italian liqueur, music and books -- were raffled at the end of the evening, benefiting the programs of Phoenix Sister Cities. The basket winners were very excited!


It was a wonderful night of great enjoyment for all, just as the organizers from the two committees had hoped. Cheers to Italia and France! 

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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:10

Fete de la Musique


Fete de la Musique, Happening


June 19, 2015!


Guitar Photo for Fete de la Musique


The Phoenix Sister Cities and Grenoble Committee and the Nash Jazz Club and educational center present Fete de la Musique! This French music festival will take place at the Nash (110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix) on June 19 from 7pm to 10pm.

Fête de la Musique began in Paris as a musical celebration to kick off the summer and is now held in over 700 cities. Join us for an evening featuring an array of local musicians performing a variety of styles!

For more information, visit thenash.org


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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:52

Grenoble News and Happenings

View video highlights from the 2014 Youth Ambassador Exchange program!



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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:33

The Daughter of the Regiment

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Monday, 01 December 2014 11:26

Phoenix and Grenoble Turn 25!

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Friday, 05 September 2014 09:45

Grenoble Beaujolais Nouveau 2014


Online Registration is now closed. 

Admission may be purchased at the door.




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Cinéma Paradis at FilmBar

The Red Balloon, Breathless

Tue, October 7, 2014

7:00 pm

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 17:00

Beaujolais Nouveau a Success!

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On Saturday November 23rd, 2013, the Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble Committee tied again with the tradition and held its Beaujolais Nouveau event this time on the second floor of the beautiful and well-known Herberger Theater Center, a perfect venue.

I am very happy to include the Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix as co-sponsor of this highly anticipated and successful event.

The success of the evening was, of course, largely due to the attendence of our guests who despite of the rain and cold weather were close to 100.

We were very honored to have among us, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Willis, Honorary Consul of France Mr. Gerrit Steenblik and Honorary Consul of Poland and Mrs. Bogumil Horchem.

We received countless compliments from the attendees who enjoyed every aspect of the evening: the delicious food, the music, the silent auction displays, the elegant and joyful atmosphere and the year's Beaujolais harvest.

As you probably know, Beaujolais is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular "vin de primeur", fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale, all over the world, on the third Thursday of November.

Our guests enjoyed Georges Duboeuf's 2013 Beaujolais, a very fruity, slightly tart wine with a pleasing aroma of a deep rich dark ruby color served in a commemorative souvenir glass.

As the evening unfolded, the guests had the opportunity to gather around the generous buffet campagnard, visit the silent auction, and enjoy the music of Cecile Hortensia, French Indie Folk singer, orginally from Grenoble - France. One of the highlights of the evening was the prize drawing of the 8 beautiful Beaujolais baskets.

I am very grateful to the 10 volunteers from Phoenix Sister Cities and Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix who assisted and helped us throughout the evening, by greeting and directing the guests, at the registration tables, at the silent auction and during the drawing.

It was an opportunity for the attendees to make new friends and a great occasion to foster understanding between American and French cultures.

Pictured (left to right): Honorary Consul of France Mr. Geritt Steenblick, Janine Bobin, Claude Bobin Grenoble Committee Chair

Pictured (left to right): Honorary Consul of Poland Mrs. Bogumil Horchem, Honorary Consul of France Mr. Geritt Steenblick, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles Mrs. Ruth-Elizabeth Willis, Janine Bobin, Claude Bobin Grenoble Committee Chair.

Pictured: Cecile hortensia, French singer-songwriter

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Alex Sipes, Christopher Kontos and Collin Sleasman, local Phoenix musicians, will participate in the fourth annual Grenoble Music Festival in France from June 11 to June 22.

The festival committee invites musicians from its international sister cities to attend the week-long festival.  Grenoble is one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities.

The three teens will attend several music workshops during the week, staying in a local youth hostel along with the other international musicians.  The festival ends with a concert at the local St. Andre Square.

“We are pleased to be invited to participate in this international music festival,” said Sipes.  “I’m looking forward to collaborating with so many musicians from around the world.”

In 2010, Sipes visited Catania, Italy, as a participant in the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange program while he was a student at Desert Vista High School. Currently a freshman at Arizona State University, he hopes to continue with his music and receive a Ph.D. in psychology.  Kontos will be a senior next year at Desert Vista High School, and Sleasman is a junior at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Listen to their music

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