Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro

Our member, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro will be hosting their 8th annual Italian American Celebration January 25-27: 

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro hosts 8th annual Italian American Celebration.
            Kokopelli Winery and Bistro is saluting all Italian Americans on January 25 – 27. The festival will include: Italian food and desserts co-created this year with our chef and the Executive Chef of Crust Pizza & Wine of Scottsdale & Phoenix, special Kokopelli Italian wine tasting, live Italian music all weekend, and bocce ball indoors for fun. Kokopelli will introduce some of their new Italian inspired wines which they will feature for tasting all weekend.
Dennis Minchella, Kokopelli’s owner, learned to cook from his Italian-born grandmother Josephine, which helped to inspire many of the weekend’s dishes. But for a new twist this year Dennis contacted his friend Michael Merendino of Crust Pizza & Wine who agreed to show off some of his incredible Italian dishes. Some of our entrees will include Lasagna, Michelangelo Pasta, Chicken or veal Marsala, Chicken Parmesan and Antipasto and Mediterranean Salads. Our desert menu will feature Cannoli ala Sinatra and Coliseum Chocolate Cake, and Italian Cookies and Cream.

            We will also have live bands and accordion players rendering Italian tunes all weekend.    “This is our 8th annual Italian American Festival at Kokopelli Winery & Bistro in Chandler to celebrate our family’s Italian American heritage. We are very excited to prepare for next weekend’s Super Bowl festivities by celebrating with Italian Wine & Food,” said Dennis Minchella, CEO of Kokopelli Winery.
Kokopelli Winery is a local family owned winery and restaurant. Don and Carol Minchella founded the winery in 1992. Kokopelli Winery is celebrating their twenty first year in operation producing over 20 wines, which collectively have won over 100 medals to date. Kokopelli wine is distributed in over 600 retail accounts, in addition to their two bistros. Dennis Minchella, Chief Wine-O, has furthered his father’s legacy by creating themed festivals, like the Italian American Festival, to show guests that wine can be easily paired with all cuisines.

For more information please contact Dennis Minchella, (602) 330-4674,

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