Experience AZ: Orange Sky earns Wine Spectator 2014 Award of Excellence
by Experience AZ -- AZ Big Media
Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is proud to announce that its signature restaurant, Orange Sky, has once again been the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. This marks the fourth consecutive year the restaurant has been recognized for its impressive wine list.
“We consider Orange Sky to be Talking Stick Resort’s culinary jewel so we’re ecstatic Wine Spectator has acknowledged our premier wine offerings,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “To be recognized with an Award of Excellence once is significant, but to be recognized four years straight is a great source of pride.”
Wine Spectator is widely considered the insider’s guide to wine and fine dining. It evaluates wine lists at restaurants in consideration for three awards. In addition to the Award of Excellence, awards giving by the publication annually include, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award. This year, Orange Sky was one among more than 2,000 restaurants to receive the Award of Excellence accolade in 2014. As an award recipient, the upscale eatery will be featured in Wine Spectator’s Aug. 31 edition.
To qualify for an award from Wine Spectator, the restaurant’s wine list must showcase complete, accurate information, including appellations and vintages for all selections. The complete producer names and correct spellings are required. The overall presentation of the wine list is also reviewed. For the Award of Excellence, selected restaurants must offer at least 100 wine selections complementary to their menu.
The wine list at Orange Sky features a selection of over 300 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. A dramatic, glass wine room displays more than 100 of its white wine selections in a temperature controlled environment of 42 degrees, while red wines are stored at 56 degrees in hand-crafted, cedar wood wine racks enclosing the Sommelier table. All of Orange Sky’s wines are served in lead crystal glassware, fitting to the varietal.
Nestled on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, the fine-dining restaurant features fresh seafood, flavorful steaks and just-harvested vegetables. With its 360-degree views of the valley’s signature orange sunsets, Orange Sky has a versatile menu that will satisfy all tastes.
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