Escape the searing summer desert this weekend in Pinetop Lakeside, AZ, and enjoy the remarkable Arizona produced wines at Wine in the Pines. This is an Arizona Wine Growers Association gathering at Charlie Clark’s Orchard, where winemakers from Arizona’s three wine regions—Verde Valley, Sonoita/Elgin, and Willcox— will be showcasing their juices on June 14, 15, and 16, noon till 5:00 p.m.
This AWGA event features the best wines from Arizona’s thriving wine scene and it promises to be a classic, held at the Charlie Clark Orchard at 1701 W. White Mountain Blvd., part of an original homestead.
Participating wineries include Alcantara Vineyards, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Flying Leap Vineyards, Gallifant Cellars, Grand Canyon Cellars, Hannah’s Hill Vineyard, Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Page Spring Cellars, Pillsbury Wine Company, Pleasant Valley Winery, Saeculum Cellars, Sonoita Vineyards, Studo Vino Winery, Su Vino Winery, Wilhelm Family Vineyards, and Zarpara Vineyards.
Regular priced tickets are $30, if purchased by June 13, and $35 at the door. This gets you a commemorative tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Event is restricted to guests 21 and older; proper ID is required.
Chilling with music in Sonoita
If music is your passion, head down to Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Elgin, AZ, for the summer concert series, every other Saturday, all summer long. Musicians will typically perform from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and food prepared by Chef Stephen will be available. Of course, there will be plenty KJV wines, too.
Last weekend, Blaine Long of Phoenix entertained a fine crowd with his original guitar music. The rest of the schedule looks like this:
June 22, Carlo, a sweetie with a voice like Elvis
July 6, Sage Gentle-wing performing many originals—known as one of the best jazz-style guitarists around
July 20, Tucson’s own AmoSphere jamming the vineyards
August 3, Bryan Dean Trio—original blues band, listed in the Arizona Blues and Tucson Musicians Hall of Fame
August 17, Gram & Krieger, also Arizona Blues Hall of Famers, playing originals and other music in the Americana style—Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, old-time Rock-n-Roll, Beatles, and more
August 24, the annual Magdalena bash will feature many of the above performers returning to celebrate Magdalena, Kief’s grandmother, turning 94—and you know she’s got a wine named for her…
CURRENTS connect arts and wines
TRUST Art & Design has pulled out all of the stops preparing for CURRENTS, a progressive event, Saturday, June 22, 2013. If you’ve ever been curious about the wine and/or the art scene in Willcox, this is the perfect weekend to check it all out.
This event is designed as a drifting, wafting, flowing summer art show. TRUST shows work by exceptional local artists in wine-tasting rooms and vineyards. CURRENTS opening day features three special events in three different Willcox Wine Country locations (Zarpara Vineyards, Flying Leap Vineyards’ Willcox tasting room, and Keeling Schaefer Vineyards’ tasting room). Meet the artists and learn about their work while enjoying a day in wine country, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
CURRENTS will feature new work by TRUST artists in each location. Many of the artists will be available to answer questions about their work. Thomas Ale Johnson and Kim Johnson, owners of TRUST Art & Design, will be the hosts at each space. Guests are invited to “choose their own adventure” and join the party at one, two, or all three locations. Winemakers/winery owners will be at each venue to talk about their wines and offer wine tastings.
Special hotel deals are available from Holiday Inn Express-Willcox and Quality Inn-Willcox. Stay the whole weekend and plan to check out the other Willcox area tasting rooms—Carlson Creek Vineyards, Coronado Vineyards, and Pillsbury Wines Vineyard. You’ll also want to assess those amazing pies and other items at the new Apple Annie’s Country Store.
Yum… and cheers!