Wine out and aboutby Bonnie Lewis on Oct. 08, 2010, under Vineyard, Wine Events, Wine General
Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5k Fun Run in PHOENIX
The final stop in the Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K in Phoenix on Saturday, October 30, 2010, beginning at 8:00am. The race kicks off the first-ever Arizona Wine Week. The run starts at Parkway Church, 1751 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix, in North Central Phoenix, and will take place along the Arizona Canal. Runners will receive a free wine glass that can be used for discounted wine tasting at two after parties – The Duce and the Phoenix Public Market, both in downtown Phoenix. Bring your friends and family for a good time! Sign up online or print the entry form and mail with payment before October 25, 2010.
Buy wine, support Breast Cancer Research
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time to raise awareness for a disease that takes the lives of an estimated 500,000 people each year. Several vineyards have taken extra steps to support the cause, offering a portion of their wine sales to the cure.
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is not only run by rock star Maynard James Keenan, lead man of Tool. They also feature a rock-star quality promotion, donating a portion of all proceeds from sales of their Dayden Rosé during the month of October to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® organization.
ONEHOPE wine is a result of college buddies uniting to craft a cause-brand after their fellow friend was diagnosed with cancer. The company partnered with Robert Mondavi Wines to craft the ONEHOPE Chardonnay, with 50% of its profits dedicated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. During the month of October, ONEHOPE has a goal of raising over $100,000, covering the costs of 1,000 mammograms for women in need.
Budge Brown is a man who was devastated after losing his wife to breast cancer back in 2005, but he turned his grief into producing a very benevolent wine. His Cleavage Creek brand out of Napa Valley dedicates a portion of all proceeds to the fight against breast cancer all year long. To date, Cleavage Creek has donated over $72,000 to various breast cancer research groups. Each of their wine labels features a different woman that has fought and won a battle against breast cancer.
Pour yourself a glass of rosé and don’t forget to flaunt a pink ribbon in support. Know it’s going to a worthy cause.
6th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival
The Certified Local Festival, is set for Saturday, November 13, 10:00am – 4:00pm. It will feature food from some of the Phoenix valley’s best restaurants, over 40 vendors, live music, and a bounce house and obstacle course for kids. The fun takes place on the grounds of Duck and Decanter, 1651 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. Local First Arizona will host hourly raffles for prizes including free dinners at locally owned restaurants. An auction with tons of items from Local First Arizona’s members will be held. The first 500 people to arrive will receive free gift bags.
Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary hosts Wine and Dine Gala
The fourth annual Equine Voices Wine and Dine Gala is scheduled for November 7, 2010, at the historic Arizona Inn, Tucson, Arizona. The event sells out each year and is among one of the prestigious wine tasting events in the Southern Arizona region. The event will consist of a live auction hosted by Cowboy Bob with live music by Becky Reyes, wine tasting from local wineries and micro brews, hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, as well as a three-course sit-down dinner.
Located in Green Valley, Arizona, Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary has been dedicated to rescuing mares and foals used in the production of the drug Premarin, a hormone-replacement drug made from pregnant mare’s urine (PMU). Over the past three years alone, Equine Voices has saved 49 PMU mares and foals from Ranch One, a Canadian Premarin farm that is no longer in business because they lost their contract with the pharmaceutical company.
This year, Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary hopes to raise much-needed funds to purchase a security surveillance system to help protect and monitor their land. Green Valley is only 30 miles from the Mexico border, and with horses being stolen at a rapid rate by Mexican drug runners the system is needed to protect the horses and staff.
Sponsors and auction donation items are being requested from local Arizona businesses, as well as national corporations, for the gala. For information, call Sarah Workman at 602-692-8456, or Karen Pomroy at 520-398-2814.
Celebration of the Arizona Growers Reception
At the Celebration of the Arizona Growers Reception, Friday, November 5, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, guests can meet and mingle with winemakers from across the state, including Arizona Grower’s Cup and Winemaker’s Medal award winners. The casual celebration takes place at Quiessence Restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, Ariz. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Executive Chef Greg LaPrad, and sample the top scoring wines from the 2010 competition. This event is part of Arizona Wine Week.