Cheers to a Safe & Happy Holidayby Bonnie Lewis on Dec. 24, 2010, under Champagne, Sparklies, Vineyard, Wine General, Wine Tasting, Wines
CataVinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room will be open today, offering over 350 wine selections, all priced under $15 per bottle. Yvonne K. Foucher, shoppe owner, says she’ll be pouring holiday feast wines for tasting all day, starting at noon. Stop by for a tasting, pick up those last minute gifts, and don’t forget the wine gift certificates too.
Most Arizona wineries will also be open today for tastings and wine purchases. There’s nothing like an Arizona wine for the gift that says “I buy local.” These wineries will be open today and Sunday, but most will be closed on Christmas Day.
Next weekend, several are scheduled to be open on New Year’s Day, so visiting the Arizona wine countries (Willcox region, Verde Valley region, and Sonoita/Elgin region) will be the perfect way to entertain those out-of-town relatives and guests. Call ahead for tasting schedules—contact information for all Arizona wineries can be found on the Arizona Wine Growers Association website.
My holiday wish is that you choose your grapes wisely, pour those grapes freely, savor the flavor fully — and please be careful out there! May your celebration be fun-filled and full of fellowship and goodwill.