In support for those Sonoita/Elgin wineries hit hard by the hail and gale force winds last Sunday night, the Moses Anshell Wine Bar in Phoenix is hosting Wine Aid 2010. Friday happy hour (4:00pm-to-6:00pm), participants can partake of free Anshell-made appetizers and nibbles as well as Arizona wine samples from the Sonoita/Elgin area. Donations collected will be sent to the wineries who suffered from the storm. The Moses Anshell Wine Bar is located at 20 W. Jackson St. in Phoenix, 602-254-7312.
Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K heads to Verde Valley
The next leg of the Arizona Wine Growers Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5k Fun Run is the Verde Valley. The 5K race will begin and end in the eclectic and historic Old Town Cottonwood community on Saturday, August 28th, beginning at 7:00am. Racers will head south on Main Street to 10th Street. The race will continue toward Dead Horse State Park, and return to Old Town Cottonwood to finish up in front of Arizona Stronghold and Pillsbury Wine Co. tasting rooms.
After the race, participants receive a special Arizona Wine Growers wine glass to enjoy discounts at the local member wineries. The weather is always about 10-15 degrees cooler in the Verde Valley, so dress accordingly. For those of you who don’t run, come on down and walk, stroll or skip! For those of you who are serious racers, we have some special prizes for the winners. Snacks and water will be provided at the finish line.
Making a weekend of it? Here are some local favorites to help you plan your itinerary. For more information and to register, go to http://www.arizonawine.org/grapestomp-verdevalley.html.
What is red, green, and feels great squished between your toes? Grapes, of course
Want to know what it was like to stomp around in a barrel of grapes? Your time has come; no stomping experience necessary. The Coronado Vineyards fourth annual Grape Stomp is happening August 28. This festive family-oriented Italian tradition features live music, food, and, of course, wine tasting. It’s your chance for a firsthand experience in winemaking.
The price is $10 for adults, and includes a souvenir wine glass, all the grapes you can stomp, and a tasting of all the vineyards current releases. While you’re sipping on fine wine, get a taste of fresh, local, delicious cuisine from Coronado’s vineyard-view restaurant.
Local Tucson band “The Grind’ will perform live for more stomping fun. They play a wide variety of music featuring classic rock, funk with undertones of alternative, and country; something for everyone.
The grape stomping kicks off at 10am on August 28 and ends at 4pm, but the party continues with a special dinner served from 5-to-8pm. For more information on the event visit http://www.coronadovineyards.com/ or call 520. 384.2993
Coronado Vineyards is nestled between the majestic Mt. Graham and Dos Cabezas Mountains, less than one mile off Interstate 10 in Willcox at exit 344. The vineyard, tasting room, and restaurant features delicious dining and 11 unique wines created from Arizona grapes. Coronado boasts an award winning Riesling, Two Heads Red, and Dolce Veritas Sparkling wine. Tasters will discover a wide variety of wines from red to white and sweet to dry.
Ronald McDonald loves wine too
Please support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona in its 8th Annual Grape Expectations Wine Tasting & Silent Auction event, at La Encantada Shopping Center Courtyard on Friday, September 24, 2010 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The event will feature wine and beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres from premier Tucson restaurants, and a number of terrific silent auction items. Tickets are $75 each for unlimited tasting of food, wine, and beer.
The proceeds from Grape Expectations will go directly to the operations of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona. For more information on tickets or sponsorship, please contact Anne Rounds at 326-0060 or via e-mail: email@example.com.