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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!

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:52

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:33

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Monday, 01 December 2014 11:26

Phoenix and Grenoble Turn 25!

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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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Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:18

French Culture and Cuisine: Membership Mixer

On February 8, the Grenoble committee held a membership reception at Sophie's restaurant in Phoenix. Approximately 25 people attended. The heavy hors d'oeuvres were superb and the wine was flavorful and terrific. The goal of such receptions is to develop camraderie and membership within the general community so as to further develop membership in Phoenix Sister Cities and the Grenoble sister city committee.

The committee plans other such events in the coming year and hopes that members of all the sister cities' committees join us for these delightful culinary and cultural events.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:16

November 2nd Soiree

The Grenoble, France committee's November 2nd Soiree was an outstanding success. The wine, cheese and jazz party was attended by over 120 guests not including staff, entertainment, volunteers and special guests. That is almost double the number of attendees from last year's event! Revenue was over three (3) times that of last year and almost equaled the amount of revenue received from the past three Soirees combined. The committee chairman, Phillip Glasscock, looks forward to planning future events, with champagne tasting and Beaujolais nouveau events being possibilities.

The setting was the outside patio of the Pueblo Grande Museum. Although there were some initial concerns regarding the location, it turned out to be the perfect setting. Tables were set for approximately seventy attendees, a number that increased soon after the event began. The sponsors and volunteers set up serving tables just outside of the conference center, allowing easy access to the wine and food storage inside the conference room. The weather was beautiful and the outside lighting created the perfect ambiance to sip wine and enjoy the temperate autumn night. The location even had convenient access to electricity to power the musician's amplifiers and a slide show of the last PSCC trip to Grenoble in 2004.

Prior to the main event, guests were greeted by staff and volunteers and were serenaded by the Paris-cafe-style French accordion music of Tony Patrino.

Once the guests paid for their entrance tickets and entered their tickets into the door prize contests, they entered the candle-lit reception area, where they sampled the vast array of wine and gourmet hors d'ouvres. Many different types of wine were available, donated by JPG Law, LLC and Leading Integrated Designs. Brigitte Tersuer provided gourmet cheeses and pate on attractive serving plates. Lufthansa flight training school chef Stan Reinhold and Maria Chapman, a former citizen of Grenoble, provided the delicious appetizers. Guests enjoyed the food and wine while mingling with friends and relaxing to the sounds of Tony Patrino and the Grenoble Quartet.

The event began with announcements and recognitions by PSCC President Tracey Uffelman and Phillip Glasscock. The main event featured live jazz music by the Grenoble Jazz Quartet. The Grenoble Quartet, made up of four ASU jazz students, John Sims, Danielle Cooke, Jeff Gutierrez, and Shaun Lowecki, traveled to Grenoble this past summer to participate in the Grenoble International Jazz Students Symposium. The Grenoble Quartet did a wonderful job of entertaining the jazz enthusiasts and are a great example of the relationships that are formed through Phoenix's various Sister City programs.

Between sets, door prizes were awarded. Included in the door prizes were a gourmet wine basket, wine, wine caddie, and wine bottle opener.

We received many favorable comments from attendees. In particular, they liked the outdoor location and open wine bar. We received feedback from many interested parties and contact information from people who would like to be part of future events! Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and staff who made this successful event possible!
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