My Wine Cellar, new Owner launches Wine 101 classes January 16th!

My Wine Cellar has been a staple on Warner Road in Ahwatukee for over a decade, but now under new ownership, the subtle changes seem to enhance its already intimate vibe.  Shannon Rush bought the restaurant in October of 2016.  Rush moved from South East Asia to Philadelphia, PA at 17, where she submerged herself into the food and wine industry.  Philadelphia is quite the foodie town and has received high marks from Travel & Leisure magazine regarding the new generation of young chefs.  She knew this was a fabulous place to gain restaurant experience and high-quality service skills.

She moved to Arizona six years ago and began working at House of Tricks in Tempe which has been awarded more than 20 Best of Phoenix awards by the New Times, as well as the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. “

She soon became a regular at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee, fell in love with the place, and finally enjoyed working there for three years. She positioned herself in all the right spots which helped her discover what people want in a wine scene and dining experience.  “I think it was always my plan to buy My Wine Cellar.  It needed to stay with someone who already cared about it and wanted to take it to the next level.  I feel like I am set up for success” said Rush.

My Wine Cellar has a loyal following who seem just as passionate about its future as the owner and staff.   The local neighborhood restaurant is a place where people can feel comfortable coming alone, on a date, or with a group. “I want people in Ahwatukee to know they will receive top-quality service, food, and wine in a home-like environment.  We have plans of enhancing the patio with heaters and misters so that we can use it all year long.  The golf course is an asset but it can be so much more” said Rush.  There are also some changes to the menu to include more wine-centric options and small plates.

“We are bringing wine classes back in 2017 featuring Sommelier, Darla Hoffmann.  Wine 101 will be on three consecutive Mondays beginning January 16th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. We have themed classes scheduled throughout the year to include ‘The Wines of Washington & Oregon’, ‘Bordeaux Blends’, and ‘Wines from Down Under” said Rush.  The classes are designed to be non-intimidating and a fun way to explore your palate.  Call (480) 598-WINE (9463) now to reserve your spot as limited space is available.

My Wine Cellar is located at 5030 East Warner Road, and the hours of operation are 3pm-10pm Monday through Thursday, 3pm-11pm Fridays, and 12pm-11pm Saturdays.  You can check out the website at to learn about the wine club and upcoming events.

Darla Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine & Sommelier

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