The Arizona Wine Growers Association’s first Arizona Wine Week celebration is now history, but the memories and photos are still being shared on facebook and among friends. Many new wines were discovered last Saturday as Arizona wine growers showcased their best in the pecan grove at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix.
Trust Yvonne Foucher of CataVinos when she says she can find you a wine that you'd like -- she got the people's choices both right!
Our Tucson contingent particularly enjoyed the People’s Choice event, where we tasted eight different wines (four reds, four whites) and voted for our personal choices, while the ‘experts’ discussed the art of wine tasting and its subtleties. My guest, Yvonne K. Foucher, owner of CataVinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room, told us she wasn’t going to vote for her favorites, she was going to select the ones she thought the most people would like best. Dang, she was right on! The People’s Choice winners were Merkin Shinola (red) and Arizona Stronghold Site Archive Bonita Springs Chardonnay (white). Next time Yvonne tells you she can help you find a wine you’ll like, trust her.
My personal favorites were Caduceus Kitsuné (red) and Callaghan’s Lisa’s Blend (white), for what it’s worth.
Award Winners – AZ Wine Week
Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan’s wines made quite a showing in the Arizona Republic Wine Competition, held in conjunction with Arizona Wine Week. The Caduceus Kitsuné 2008 took the Gold Arizona Grower’s Cup in reds; Keenan’s Merkin Vineyards’ The Diddler 2009, took the Gold in whites. A couple of Bronzes and another Silver (rosé) rounded out their take in the Growers’ Cup competition (wines produced from Arizona grown fruit).
Other wineries winning big in that competition included Arizona Stronghold (Gold in rosé with Dayden 2009) and Sonoita Vineyards (Peach Sparkles NV garnered the Gold in dessert wines). Callaghan, Dos Cabezas, Carlson Creek, Coronado, Wilhelm, and Four Monkeys also took home prizes in the Grower’s Cup.
In the Arizona Winemaker’s Medal competition that judge wines produced in Arizona (not necessarily with AZ grown grapes) saw Alcantara Vineyards take Gold honors in the red wine category with their Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. They also captured Silver and Bronzes in the same category, as well as a Silver in the white wine category. Caduceus Dos Ladrones 2009 won the white wine Gold; they also had two wines win Bronze honors in the red wine category. Page Springs also captured a Bronze in white wines.
Coronado Vineyards Anniversary Celebration
Coronado Vineyard in Willcox (just off Interstate 10 at Exit 344) will celebrate its 4th Anniversary and Release Party, November 20, 2010 10 am - 4 pm, with wine tasting, anniversary cake, and complimentary appetizers. They will also be releasing the new 2009 Coronado Vineyards Meritage (50% Cabernet Sauvignon; 50 % Merlot), a wonderful new addition to the Coronado family of wines. (They’ll begin serving this new release at dinner, Friday, November 19, at 5:00pm, if you’d like to be among the first to sample the Meritage).
Canelo Hills Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop & Wine Tasting
Join Elgin winemakers Tim and Kathryn Mueller for the Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery annual grapevine wreath-making afternoon. Make your own grapevine wreath and take a piece of Canelo Hills home with you for the holiday.
Participants will cut their own vines from the vineyard, fashion them into a wreath, and personalize with their choice of decorations – all while tasting Canelo Hills’ wines and snacking on holiday treats. Each participant will make one decorated wreath, and can make unlimited plain wreaths to adorn at home.
The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are required, call 520-455-5499, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Tempe Wine Festival / Festival of the Arts
Plan now to attend the Arizona Wine Festival of the Arts in Tempe, December 3-5, 2010, from 10:00am to dusk. This is an exciting opportunity to visit talented artists from all over the country and, of course, taste and purchase wine.
Participants will taste wines from 12 Arizona wineries. $12 buys a glass and 6 tasting tickets (additional tickets are available). Check with the Arizona Wine Growers for more details.
Did you know?
One ton of grapes will fill two oak barrels with wine. Just a bit of vine trivia from Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery.