The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is amping up its wine program with the launch of two initiatives aimed at visitors and downtown regulars alike.

The new Sheraton Social Hour takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Park Lounge Lobby and offers guests a comparative tasting of two wines highly rated by Wine Spectator. For $5 you get two 2-oz. pours of wines of the same varietal (i.e. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc vs. a Sauvignon Blanc from Washington), and the wines available will change weekly.

Additionally, the Sheraton is introducing its Sheraton Selects menu of premium wines by the glass. All wines in the program have been rated 85 or higher by Wine Spectator with at least four coming in at 90 or greater.

The spacious Park Lounge Lobby features plenty of comfortable seating and the bar along the wall has three televisions tuned to a variety of sporting events. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar offers selections such as Schreiner’s Bacon Wrapped Dates, Baked Macaroni and Cheese and their All American Burger in the Lounge, so there’s plenty to attract those hoping to stick around Downtown and avoid the rush hour traffic.

If you go

What: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s new Sheraton Social Hour

Where: 340 N. 3rd St. (3rd St. & Van Buren)

When: Monday-Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m.

Parking: Free parking in Sheraton self-parking garage off of 3rd St. with District American Kitchen and Wine Bar validation.