Hot Winemakers – Valentine’s Day Blog

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Here at Monsoon Market, we’re always talking about what’s hot. The hottest items are what excites us, what tantalizes our taste buds, what stimulates our senses and visually stuns us. What we haven’t told you, is that some of our hottest bottles of natural wine are made by even hotter winemakers. This Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be good fun to highlight the people behind these wines, the hotties behind the bottle. Grab a glass, you’ll be thirsty after this one.  The Lovebirds Winemaker(s): Alanna LaGamba, Martin Otto Wörner Wine Label(s): Vin de LaGamba, Marto Location: Reinhessen, Germany Alanna…

10 gifts for Valentines Day from Monsoon Market

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‘Tis the season for pink and red candy foils and heart-shaped love notes written in inky black. Valentine’s Day originated as a feast day honoring a martyr named Valentine and has since become a significant landmark as a single day focused on celebrating your loved ones. Often, Valentine’s Day is commercialized as a holiday that only applies if you have a romantic partner to share it with. This downplays the love we get to bear witness to and partake in every single day – in fleetingly shared moments with strangers, in laughing so hard with your friends it feels like…

Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks of 2024

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It’s Dry January at Monsoon Market What is Dry January? Last year Misch participated in Dry January, or “Damp Jan” as we sometimes called her (it’s hard to cut out alcohol entirely when you own a natural wine shop). Being dry in January essentially means saying “no thanks” to alcohol for the entire month. While the impact varies from person to person, some typical advantages include: It’s really important to note that these benefits are not universal, and everyone can respond differently. Additionally, if someone has concerns about their relationship with alcohol or experiences withdrawal symptoms, it’s cool to seek…

Monsoon Market 2024 ins & outs

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Without further ado, here is the official 2024 Monsoon Market Ins & Outs list! It’s been a long and eventful year, and making this list was a fun way for us to get excited about what’s to come. This list reflects the ways we have learned from past mistakes (e.g., forgetting to drink enough water, wearing clothes with faulty zippers to work) and the things we would like to do more of (e.g., supporting our friends’ businesses, dreaming big, supporting the scene).  It’s important to note this list is quite silly and unserious. We certainly don’t mean to suggest that…

Vanessa Hudgens at Monsoon Market: Koral’s Birthday Wish

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December 9th, 1993… Koral was born. December 9th, 2023… Vanessa Hudgens strolls into Monsoon Market! This past Saturday (Koral’s B-day) Misch was holding down the market when none other than Vanessa Hudgens walks in. We all know her, most notably from High School Musical and the cinematic masterpiece that is Spring Breakers, and probably would have freaked out seeing her IRL. But not Misch, the super cool cat she is, didn’t even bug out. She welcomed her into the market and let Vanessa wander throughout the market in peace, keeping it low-key dressed in a furry bucket hat and the…

Shop Monsoon Market this Small Business Saturday 2023

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Where to shop small in Phoenix, AZ Hey Phoenix, happy November! It’s our favorite month! Not only do we celebrate our store anniversary/2nd birthday in November, we also get to welcome in the holiday season with Black Friday, and – more importantly – Small Business Saturday! As the holiday season approaches, we invite you support local and embrace the joy of giving in a way that directly nourishes our Phoenix community. We’re kicking off the season with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25th. Supporting small business is perfect opportunity to shop thoughtful gifts for loved ones, indulge in treats for…

Where do I find gluten free snacks in Phoenix?

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Monsoon Market is your one-stop shop for the tastiest natural wines, delicious snacks (many that are gluten free), and must-have gifts in central Phoenix! We’re excited to share with you our curation of gluten-free snack offerings, pantry staples and beverages that are perfect for satisfying your cravings while maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle. In this post, we’ll introduce you to a variety of mouthwatering treats that not only cater to those with gluten sensitivities but also delight the taste buds of all snack enthusiasts. So, whether you’re on a strict gluten-free diet or simply exploring new snack options, Monsoon Market is…

Best Place to Buy Something You Don’t Actually Need

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Damn, it feels awesome to see some more Monsoon Market love! Last week we won ‘Best Place to Buy Something You Don’t Actually Need’ in Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix 2023. Thank you Phoenix New Times, it’s an honor to have been chosen for one of the best places to shop in the Valley! “This small, charming store is full to the brim with beautiful things that no one could possibly need. There is, for example, a purple psychedelic-patterned oven mitt. A candle shaped like an artichoke. Dice with butterflies etched into the sides. A magazine called Mushroom People…

Saint Pasta x Monsoon Market

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SAINT PASTA DROP 004 Vodka Sauce & Fresh Pasta 👅 Orders go live Friday, 9/22 ‼️ Pickup at Monsoon Market Monday, 10/2 🛒 Fresh Baguettes from @noblebread 🥖 Fall Bouquets from @petalnmetal 🥀 Wine Tasting by Monsoon Market 🍷 We had so much fun creating this collaborative shoot to announce Saint Pasta’s upcoming DROP 004! The concept was, a date with Saint Pasta. Racan pulled together a Saint Pasta suit, we recruited our friend and goth babe Liz from The Back Alley Gallery and we staged the scene at Camp Nemo (a catch all space for creatives and our friend…

Monsoon Market named Best of Phoenix!

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Wow – it feels so good to see some market love! Last week, Monsoon Market won ‘Best Bodega’ in Phoenix Magazine’s Best of 2023. “Go to Monsoon Market for the rad selection of natural wine, stay for the buzzy snacks (TBH hazelnut-cocoa spread, Momofuku noodles), hip pantry staples (Graza olive oil), vintage home goods, quirky greeting cards and even new and used vinyl. More millennial catnip: Its website is designed to look like a MySpace page.” Thank you Phoenix Magazine, it’s an honor to have been chosen for one of the best places to shop in the Valley! If you…
Monsoon Market owners take over Avanti with friends from Wonderwerk LA with natural wine release party

Event Recap – Marinara Wine Premiere at Avanti!

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When our friends Andy and Issamu from Wonderwerk LA called upon us to throw them an epic release party for their new wine, Marinara! … we answered in a big way. By taking over one of the most iconic PHX restaurants located right on McDowell and 28th St, Avanti! It’s a classic Italian joint that’s been around since 1974 and has hosted some of the biggest stars that have rolled through our city. Countless framed photos fill the walls showcasing the many actors, musicians, and presidents shaking hands with the owner Angelo. This place is rock n’ roll! Ask your…