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When my friend and I wander into Far Away Wine and Provisions, we consider the cozy living room set-up — couch, chairs, coffee table — near the entrance but settle instead for a couple of stools at the tiny bar. We know we want to eat something and hunching over a coffee table is never a fun way to go about it. Besides, the bar seems to be where the action is. At 5:30, there...

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Sottise exterior | Photo courtesy TJ Culp   Just in time for a little holiday frivolity, TJ Culp, chef-owner of Restaurant Progress, and his partner Esther Noh have launched Sottise, a winsome wine bar and restaurant in the Roosevelt Row arts district. Its French name, which means “folly” or “foolishness,” reflects the couple’s lighthearted approach to this venture: “Yeah, we’re a French-inspired wine bar, but let’s not take ourselves too seriously here when there’s wine...

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Graze Box | Photo courtesy BlackSheep   Sometimes being the black sheep isn’t such a bad thing, especially when wine is involved. Join the herd at downtown Chandler’s newest wine bar, BlackSheep, where you’ll find an array of authentic wines from around the globe, specialty craft cocktails and light bites. The bar, which opened in July, has a sleek, modern aesthetic. The patio is home to 1940s-era streetlamps with multiple table sections, perfect for those...