February 20, 2022 by Arden Montgomery

Barolo Birthday Bash – From Our Co-Founders

It’s our birthday weekend – We’re turning 30 and we can’t believe it! As many of you know who have been with Argaux since the beginning, this company is about more than wine. Our story starts with friendship…

We met in college at the University of Arizona where we bonded over a shared passion and love for cooking. We became known as “dinner party enthusiasts” and our appetite for all things food and cooking fostered a newfound interest in wine. Various wine bars around campus became our library where we’d ponder the possibilities and dream up a business plan for what once was a passion project, and now a budding business. By our senior year in college friends called us Argaux and we were off to The International Culinary Center to become Certified Sommeliers. 

We discovered early on in our friendship that we share the exact same birthday which gets us every year! So, every year on our birthday, we are reminded of this strange coincidence and always reflect on both our friendship and what we’ve created here at Argaux…

When Argaux first started 7 years ago, Margaux was the Chef and Arden was the Sommelier – Together we hosted private dinner parties throughout Southern California. Every week we met in the kitchen for a brainstorming session where we’d dream up and test original recipes, menus, and pairings for upcoming dinner parties. ⁠Cooking is Argaux’s first love and what opened the door for us to the world of wine. When asked what our favorite wines are, the unanimous answer, “…it depends on what we’re eating,” typically follows. ⁠

Our product is wine, but it’s our mission to inspire and connect people from all walks of life through food & wine, and the power that those two things have on our intellectual and emotional health. Wine is a catalyst for so much more than the glass in front of you. Paired with food, it brings people together around a table where ideas are born and connections are made. When that happens, anything is possible. 

So, as we celebrate the end of a decade, a decade where Argaux was born and realized, we’re in the kitchen – celebrating the only way we know how! The recipes we are featuring this weekend are inspired by quality ingredients and the art of pairing wine with food…

The Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza is has a touch of heat that is complemented in contrast by the Castelvetrano olives from Sicily are buttery, sweet, and crisp!

The Chicken Marsala was a hit! We created a Marsala x Milanese situation that just WORKED! This dish is at once crunchy, savory, fresh, and a perfect pairing with Barolo.

Tonight we’ll be whipping up Rigatoni alla Cauliflower…

Italian food & wine holds a near and dear place in our hearts. We’ve traveled to Italy together, and so much of the culture there naturally bleeds into the culture here at Argaux given our obsession with quality ingredients. Some of our most memorable and favored meals/pairings have been with Italian food & wine.

We hope you were able to snag a bottle of the 2016 Eraldo Barolo we featured this weekend so you can toast with us to the next decade of Argaux with a classic wine that only gets better with age. The best is yet to come. Thank you for joining us on this journey as we continue to build a brand that reflects the simple pleasure in life and exists for the moments that matter most.


Arden + Margaux

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