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On the opposite end of the continuum are wines th reached their peak maturity, particularly if they are m 10 to 15 years old. Although it may seem counterintui expose such mature wines to oxygen (since they have since evolved past their youthful immature phase) in t instance, the process of decanting serves a different pu Over time, as a bottle of wine gradually sleeps in a cellar, i common for a deposit of sediment to form inside. While thi . completely naturalAZWINE and entirely harmless, it can impart a bitt and astringent taste, so precautions should be taken to remo sediment before consumption. “The best thing to do is to let the bottle stand upright for a f for the particles to settle, and then decant it slowly so that the is left in the bottle,” Antin says. Traditionally, it was customary decant an older wine with the neck of the bottle held above a c (although a flashlight works perfectly well), to keep an eye out sediment as the wine transfers into the decanter. Once the firs sediment enter the neck of the bottle, immediately stop pourin likely be left with a small amount of sediment-filled wine in th which should be discarded. Generally, you don’t need to wait a long time for an older w breathe in the decanter, and since excess oxygen can spoil par

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be gradually exposed to oxygen by many decades of aging in Michael Pierce — would Saeculum Cellars 36 a cellar, not everyone has the time (or patience) to wait around to and Bodega Piercedrink these impressive bottles. #1 Guide To In this way, decanting a young wine is often necessary to allow

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Sedona Winefest has new location, larger venue, and much more to do

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Feast your senses at the Seventh Annual Sedona Winefest on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, from 11a.m. to 5p.m. at Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. This year’s event will be held in a supersized, all-weather tent for attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to awaken the senses with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, including many from the nearby Verde Valley. The event also includes tasty cuisine from local restaurants, delightful music by talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition, and wine education seminars.

This year, the Winefest is expected to host some 20 wineries from all across Arizona, who will be showcasing their latest wines. In addition to tasting numerous wines, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase their favorites by the glass, bottle or case. The new venue, Posse Grounds Park, will give wine lovers the opportunity to sip wine and listen to music while enjoying vast expanses of the grass lawn of the park, as well as an outdoor seating area set up especially for the festival. Sedona Arts Center will be present with a variety of “Plein Air” art on display as well as a demonstration of “Plein Air” watercolor and oil painting – painting in the open air. A lineup of local restaurants will also be onsite, offering delicious foods to complement the wines. Throughout the tasting area, there will be displays of goods and services from vendors ranging from corkscrews to glass art made from old wine bottles. There will also be an opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes in an hourly raffle.

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Sedona Winefest has become a signature event and fall tradition in Sedona, celebrating the burgeoning Arizona wine industry. The event has grown from attendance of 700 people in 2009 to more than 2,500 guests in 2014. The wine industry in Arizona has seen robust growth in recent years, and has blossomed to produce award-winning wines.

The Sedona Winefest weekend will delight both experienced and aspiring wine connoisseurs, with wine education presentations by experts in the industry, including topics such as how wine is made, comparing wine regions, and why grapes grown in Arizona produce high-quality wines. These seminars will be offered at no additional cost. Attendees are invited to come spend the whole weekend in Sedona and stay at one of the area’s wonderful hotels, resorts or bed-andbreakfast inns. For information on lodging, go to VisitSedona. com. Visit Sedona Winefest for more information about entertainment, wine seminars, participating vendors, and to purchase tickets. Sedona Winefest | 928-301-0398 | SedonaWinefest.com.

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Trending @AZWINE Lifestyle Southwest Wine Center From Vine to Bottle

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Yavapai College Students Bottle the First Vintage at the Teaching Winery In the last few months, Enology students enrolled in Yavapai College have been working on the inaugural vintage of wine produced at the teaching winery of Southwest Wine Center. Four tons of grapes sourced from Southern Arizona vineyards were processed by students during last year’s harvest and produced five lots of juice.

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The first of the lots, Viognier, was bottled by students on April 23, 2015. In early March, students pre-filtered this wine through a plate-and-frame filter from barrels into a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank. The wine then underwent the process of cold stabilization to minimize the likelihood of potassium bi-tartrate crystals forming after bottling. A final sterile filtration took place on the day of bottling, which yielded approximately 50 cases of this crisp and floral Viognier.

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The four additional lots of red wines to be bottled in July/August have all been racked, cleaned off of their lees and put back to barrel. The process of racking separates the wine from the settled solids at the bottom of the barrel. This helps to clarify the wine and provides a small amount of oxygen exposure to promote the aging process. Students learned how to take a full analysis panel on the wines in the Southwest Wine Center lab at the time of racking. A few of the reds were acidulated to lower the pH and increase the microbial stability of the wine. There are approximately 200 cases worth of red wine in barrels

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at the teaching winery. Red wine requires more time in barrel to fully develop. Look for all of these Southwest Wine Center wines to become available later this year when the tasting room of the teaching winery opens to the public. Two Acres Added to the Campus Estate Vineyard Volunteers and students came together again last May for the 4th Annual Plant-a-Vine(yard) event, when nearly 2,000 vines were added to the estate vineyard, bringing the total number of acres to 11. The new varietals include one acre each of Grenache and Carignan (also known as Garnacha and CariĂąena). Both of these classic Rhone

varietals also are at the heart of Spanish wine production and were chosen because they represent two examples of varietals that can be cropped really high or really low. In addition to the new planting, viticulture students are monitoring the vigor of the vines planted in previous years. They also will test out a product called Bird Gard, which is an audio system that plays sounds to keep birds away and prevents them from eating the grapes. Usually, vineyard workers place netting on the grapes, and months later have to carefully remove these nets – a very time consuming process. To fully test the product, students will keep a small amount of fruit on the young 2012 vines to ensure that the system works before setting a full crop. Nikki Bagley is the Director of Viticulture at Yavapai College. Michael Pierce is the Director of Enology at Yavapai College. To learn more about the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College, visit www.yc.edu/swc. AZWINE lifestyle . com


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the Grape – A story of one vineyard’s efforts to enhance its community through the lens of sustainability. Story by Lisa Russell, LEED AP, GPAP, Yavapai College Viticulture Lab Assistant Photography by Andrews Photography

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Eric Glomski, and accompanied by members of his staff, Marissa and Luke. Located just south of Sedona within a copse of large trees and with Oak Creek running through the site, this vineyard is a gift to the senses. I listened to Eric as he described his family’s ceremony of planting native trees every year on the anniversary of the vineyard’s establishment, and I began to understand that this is much more than a grape-growing and winemaking venture – it is a practice of sustainability on many levels. Established in 2004, PSC now spans 23 acres in Cornville and has become a sanctuary where visitors can sample the wine, get a massage, attend a yoga class or simply sit by the creek while having a bite to eat. There’s a sense of place, of community, at PSC that has been nurtured throughout the years by Eric, his family and

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their employees. There is a palpable respect for community and a belief in sustaining the land not only for today, but also for future generations. As noted ecologist Aldo Leopold once said, “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that the land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethos.” PSC’s approach to sustainability is not prescribed. The staff is not viewing a checklist or pursuing an eco-label to tout their initiatives; rather, it’s their ethos, their overarching business philosophy, which strives to balance environmental stewardship, community and fair treatment of their employees. “It really comes down to being a good neighbor and member of our community,” stated Jeff Hendricks, former Director of Vineyard Operations for PSC (2011-15) and now part owner of Chateau Tumbleweed. “It’s about the little things that have long-term effects. We don’t base our decisions primarily on budget, but rather on the impacts of our decisions that increase the health and longevity of our vineyards.”

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To provide a reference point, the USDA defines sustainable agriculture as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices that will, over the long term: • “Satisfy human food and fiber needs; • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources to integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.” To encapsulate the above, sustainability and sustainable agriculture typically refers to environmental stewardship, economic viability and social equity – the “three Es.” Sustainable agriculture can, and often will, include organic or biodynamic farming practices, yet it takes a more comprehensive approach that also embraces elements beyond what is included in organic and biodynamic practices. Some of these elements are water conservation, energy conservation, air quality, social equity, fruit quality, composting, recycling and reuse, waste minimization, environmentally preferred purchasing, and economic viability. One could think of sustainable agriculture as the overarching concept wherein organic and biodynamic agricultural practices are subsets. The USDA’s National Organic Certification Program, launched

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formally in 2000, is a set of guidelines that does not allow for synthetic pesticides or nonorganic chemicals to be used, and it provides farmers (and vineyard managers) with natural alternatives to soil enrichment, weed and pest control, and disease management. This is an eco-label that is awarded to qualifying vineyards and farms by a third-party auditor, and it must be renewed annually. Biodynamic farming looks at a vineyard as a closed loop – a mini ecosystem. Developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s, this method does not allow for synthetic pesticides or nonorganic chemicals to be utilized. Additionally, biodynamic farming practices plant and prune on a schedule determined by the phases of the moon, employ the use of insectaries to control pests, and create compost teas and other natural preparations to promote microorganisms and enrich the soil. Steiner postulated that farms should exist as an integrated entity in both their physical and cosmic environments to ensure health, balance and sustainability. Soil health is a critical component of biodynamic farming.

Page Springs Cellars’ sustainability practices currently in place: Energy Efficiency and Conservation

• One of the first wineries in Arizona to install solar panels in 2014. • Generate onsite energy through their 365 panel solar array. • Total system size of 92.8 kilowatts; each panel generates 255 watts and is expected to produce 156,000 Kwh of energy per year. • Produces 85 percent of their energy needs. • Added bonus of providing customers shaded parking.

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Hendricks went on to say that PSC’s sustainability initiatives are developed and implemented through collaboration and research. When asked what resources he uses to collect data for decision-making, he indicated that he finds appropriate solutions in various methodologies such as the USDA’s National Organic Program and Rudolf Steiner’s principles of biodynamic farming. But, let’s pause here. There is a lot of confusion out there about the various terms used when talking about sustainable vineyard management and sustainable agriculture in general. What is sustainable agriculture, anyway? And, what’s the difference between the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Certification Program, the practice of biodynamic farming, and sustainable agriculture? These terms often are used synonymously and although there are some overlaps within these methodologies, there are some significant differences. Sustainability is a complex subject and if you were to ask 20 people what their definitions of sustainability were, you would get 20 different answers. This is due in part to the complex nature of sustainability and the difference of opinions as to what is sustainable or not from both NGOs (non-government organizations) and for-profit organizations alike.

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soil health, only utilizing herbicides/pesticides as a last resort. • Looks at alternative methods of amending soils and maintaining • Monitors soil characteristics through regular analysis to improve soil health, only utilizing herbicides/pesticides as a last resort. fertility while minimizing environmental impacts of any offsite • Monitors soil characteristics through regular analysis to improve movement of soil and chemicals. fertility while minimizing environmental impacts of any offsite movement of soil chemicals. Conservation andand Encouragement of Biological Diversity • Restorative verses sustainable approach to vineyard management.

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• Investigating the use of Arizona oak for barrels. •• Heavy recycling of materials when possible. Investigating theand usereuse of Arizona oak for barrels. Near the end of our tour, Glomski was describing PSC is • Heavy recycling and reuse of materials when how possible. experimenting with the use of Arizona oak in their barrels, whenishe Near the end of our tour, Glomski was describing how PSC paused and pointed theuse sky. turnedoak to see whatbarrels, was there andhe as I experimenting withtothe ofWe Arizona in their when looked up, I saw a bald eagle circling above. The beauty of that moment paused and pointed to the sky. We turned to see what was there and as I really capped off the experience and confirmed that this is a place where looked up, I saw a bald eagle circling above. The beauty of that moment flora and fauna thrive through PSC’s environmental awareness and really capped off the experience and confirmed that this is a place where stewardship efforts. flora and fauna thrive through PSC’s environmental awareness and Ultimately, Page Springs Cellars is a success story on many stewardship efforts. fronts. They have produced award-winning wines and are Ultimately, Pagevalue Springs Cellars is a success story on many continuing to add to their community. Their sustainability fronts. They have produced award-winning wines and are practices are directly connected to their desires to be a good continuing to add value to their community. Their sustainability neighbor, conserve and restore their vineyard properties, and treat practices are directly their employees fairly.connected to their desires to be a good neighbor, conserve andisrestore their what vineyard properties, and and treat Sustainable agriculture about doing we can, when we can, their employees following a path offairly. continuous improvement. As one of the pioneers Sustainable agriculture is aboutmovement, doing whatRay we can, when we can, and of the contemporary sustainability Anderson, once following a path of continuous improvement. As one of the pioneers said about businesses embarking on the journey of sustainability, they of the contemporary sustainability movement, Ray Anderson, onceis are “doing well by doing good.” I would say that Page Springs Cellars said aboutdoing businesses onSalute! the journey of sustainability, they definitely well byembarking doing good. are “doing well by doing good.” I would say that Page Springs Cellars is Lisa Russell spent 20 years in the retail design industry focused on definitely doing well by doing good. Salute!

sustainable design projects and program development. She is currently Lisa Russell spentand 20 years in the retail design industry focused on studying Viticulture Enology at Yavapai College with the hope of sustainable design projects and program development. She is currently growing a few grapes and someday making a little wine. studying Viticulture and Enology at Yavapai College with the hope of growing a few grapes and someday making a little wine. AZWINE lIfEstylE . com AZWINE lifestyle . com


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The Winemaker: Origins series is inspired by the fact that a wine begins with the fruit, and then develops over time in the barrel. Different characteristics make for different wines, and how a wine begins on the vine can largely determine how a wine ends up. To understand a winemaker, Cody seeks to understand him or her like he would one of their vintages – from the origins.

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To decant or not to decant? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is so often the question on the minds of wine lovers, for whom the time-honored practice of decanting a favorite bottle of wine can feel baffling and intimidating.

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the otherwise harsh tannins – the chemical compound found in red wines that gives them their specific grippy, mouth-puckering quality – to round out and become less severe. This is what it means to allow a wine to open up or breathe. Decanting greatly accelerates that process. The exposure to oxygen tends to soften up this tannic structure, enhance a wine’s aromatics, and allow the underlying fruit flavors of the wine to come forward, making wines that may be considered a bit shut down or closed (wine-world synonyms for too young) more immediately accessible. Again, it should be noted that this is really only necessary for young, brawny wines that will only enter their optimal drinking window after several years (or more) in the bottle. If you aren’t sure whether this applies to the example you’re planning to serve with dinner, there’s a simple solution: Pour yourself a taste. If the wine in your glass seems a bit too harsh or angular, obscured by the firm structure of its tannins, then try pouring it into a decanter. Not only are the results likely to surprise you, but it can be fascinating (not to mention a lot of fun) to taste the wine at various stages as it opens up and develops over the course of several hours.

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On the opposite end of the continuum are wines that have reached their peak maturity, particularly if they are more than 10 to 15 years old. Although it may seem counterintuitive to expose such mature wines to oxygen (since they have long since evolved past their youthful immature phase) in this instance, the process of decanting serves a different purpose. Over time, as a bottle of wine gradually sleeps in a cellar, it is common for a deposit of sediment to form inside. While this is completely natural and entirely harmless, it can impart a bitter and astringent taste, so precautions should be taken to remove the sediment before consumption. “The best thing to do is to let the bottle stand upright for a few hours for the particles to settle, and then decant it slowly so that the sediment is left in the bottle,” Antin says. Traditionally, it was customary to decant an older wine with the neck of the bottle held above a candle (although a flashlight works perfectly well), to keep an eye out for the sediment as the wine transfers into the decanter. Once the first wisps of sediment enter the neck of the bottle, immediately stop pouring. You’ll likely be left with a small amount of sediment-filled wine in the bottle, which should be discarded. Generally, you don’t need to wait a long time for an older wine to breathe in the decanter, and since excess oxygen can spoil particularly

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and spectacular regions in southern Arizona. Located in Arizona’s wine country at a cool elevation of 5,000 feet, the Sonoita plain is surrounded by breathtaking 9,000-foot mountain peaks. Considered high desert grassland, Sonoita is breathtaking with rolling hills, lush grasslands, Arizona ash and oak trees, and colorful wildflowers. No cactus here! With summer temperatures in the high 80s and 20 inches of annual precipitation, visitors will be pleasantly surprised at the cool climate change as they climb out of the desert along scenic state State Route 83, just 45 minutes south of greater Tucson.

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Originally an area devoted primarily to mining and ranching, a change has taken place in more recent years. Although cowboys and miners continue to be a part of the western community, the Sonoita-Elgin Valley has seen a move from traditional ranching to some new avenues of development. The Sonoita-Elgin region now hosts numerous year-round visitors from around the world. From adventures in outdoor activities such as hiking, bird-watching, camping and landscape photography, to the enjoyable indoor activities of shopping and wine tasting in friendly award-winning wineries, Sonoita-Elgin has something for everyone.

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Sonoita / Elgin Arizona Hops and Vines

Arizona Hops and Vines, Sonoita’s most laid-back winery, is conveniently located right on Highway 82, just a mile east of the intersection of Highways 82 and 83. It’s a small family winery that is awesome. The vineyard is the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing on the beautiful patio overlooking the vines. Sisters Shannon and Megan and their business partner Summer have worked hard to create a fun atmosphere for the whole family. Taste their passion in their craft wines, and ask about the hops. This is a must-see, find out what all the buzz is about! Find out more on Facebook or on their website at AZHopsAndVines.com.  

Callaghan Vineyards

Located in the rolling oak-dotted hills of southeastern Arizona, at an elevation of 4,800 feet, Callaghan Vineyards produces rich, complex red and white wines from its 25acre vineyard. Mediterranean and Spanish varietals—Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Grenache—are the basic building blocks for their red blends, while Viognier and Riesling are blended for the estate wine. They soon will also include Marsanne, Roussane and Malvasia Bianca. From their first vintage in 1991, their wines have received many accolades from the most respected wine writers/publications in the world. Please visit them at CallaghanVineyards.com.

Charron Vineyards

Started by Arizona wine pioneer Al Buhl in 1995, Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing Arizona wines for almost 20 years. Now owned and operated by the Bostock family, Dos Cabezas farms the 15-acre Pronghorn Vineyard in Sonoita and the 37-acre Cimarron Vineyard in Willcox. The 2009 Dos Cabezas WineWorks “El Campo” was recognized as one of the top 100 wines tasted by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2012. Visit the winery and tasting room in Sonoita or learn more about the winery at DosCabezas.com.

Flying Leap Vineyards

Flying Leap Vineyards is Arizona’s newest domestic winery. With developed acreage in both the Sonoita AVA and Cochise County, Flying Leap offers a diverse portfolio of ultra premium, carefully crafted wines from tasting rooms at its estate vineyard on Elgin Road along the Sonoita Wine Trail and in historic downtown Willcox. Flying Leap’s 2011 vintage was handcrafted by Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, one of Arizona’s most experienced and respected winemakers. Come experience the scenic beauty of southern Arizona wine country—fun and informative vineyard tours shown by appointment —call (520) 954-2935 or visit the website FlyingLeapVineyards.com.

Four Monkey Wines

Four Monkey Wines produces quality wines at reasonable prices; the four wines retail for around $19.99/bottle. The winery produced the Playful Monkey, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2007 Governor’s Choice Wine Competition Silver Medal Winner. The other three wines are the Sinful Monkey, the Naughty Monkey and the Cheeky Monkey—encompassing two reds and two whites, all representing individual personalities. For tastings visit the Village of Elgin Winery. Learn more at FourMonkeyWines.com.

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Charron Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery producing hand-crafted Arizona wines, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Tucson. Established in 1995 Charron Vineyards produces many distinctive wines including their award winning White Merlot. At 4,200 feet and surrounded by mountains, the grapes enjoy a cooler climate and fresh mountain air which helps make their awardwinning wines. Visit one of the oldest wineries in the state where you can sample an array of award-winning wines in the glass-enclosed tasting room or on the wine deck surrounded by mature vineyards and breathtaking mountain views. The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs welcome. Please visit the website for more information. CharronVineyards.com

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Sonoita / Elgin Hannah’s Hill Vineyard & Winery

Hannah’s Hill has a philosophy of being local, sustainable, and participative. Their grapes are grown and produced in Arizona within a day’s drive of your dinner table. They are sold to you directly by the people who produced them. A philosophy of holistic management of the local environment and minimal input of organic or low toxicity herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers minimizes disruption to the local flora and fauna. Quail, owls, hawks, turkey vultures, rabbits, mice, and snakes inhabit the vineyard. Outside the fences, they have cattle, deer, antelope, and coyotes, just to name a few.   Hannah’s Hill is a responsible member of the community in the broadest sense. Volunteers contribute significantly to the growth, operation and success of Hannah’s Hill. There is much to do and many more foundations to build. With continued participation (which really means hard work) from their family and friends, Hannah’s Hill Vineyard is growing every day. HannahsHill.com

Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business with 20 acres in beautiful Elgin and 40 acres in Willcox Wine Country. Our Elgin tasting room is open daily and is situated in the middle of “winery row.” Winemaker, Kief Manning pursued viticulture studies in Australia, where he earned both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology.  He practices traditional winemaking methods of minimal interference, open fermentation and barrel aging.  Inspired by the dream to sustain our vineyard for hundreds of years, Kief is determined to grow vines that are virtually free of pesticides and herbicides. Our vineyard efforts focus a holistic farming approach developed in the 1920s by the Austrian scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner. While this philosophy encompasses many principles of organic farming, it goes further, requiring close attention to the varied forces of nature influencing the vine. It also emphasizes a closed, self-sustaining ecosystem. Kief-Joshua is a winery defined by family, passion and enthusiasm. Winemaking that will exceed your expectations. KJ-Vineyards.com.

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After their first trip to Tuscany, Ron and Ann Roncone decided the wine they’d make would be based on their Italian heritage. Lightning Ridge Cellars, a small family winery, was established in 2005. It represents years of personal endeavor from the ground up. The Old World style of wines they make are simply the wines they enjoy most. Their estate wines are proudly made from classic Italian varietals: Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Malvasia and Muscat Canelli. Located at 5,100-foot elevation, their vineyard enjoys long warm summers and cool nights to provide the perfect combination for rich, full-bodied wines. They welcome you to their Tuscan-themed winery and tasting room. LightningRidgeCellars.com july

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Rancho Rossa Vineyards

Rancho Rossa Vineyards is one of the largest familyowned wineries in the Sonoita area. They specialize in Ultra-Premium varietal bottlings from their 22 acres of estate plantings, using only 100 percent estate-grown fruit in their wines, the only winery in the area to do so. Their first vines were planted in 2002 and their second vineyard was planted in 2003. Rancho Rossa donates $0.10 to the American Cancer Society for every bottle of wine sold. Please visit the website at RanchoRossa.com to learn more.

Silver Strike Winery

“Our dream of having a vineyard and making wine started back in the 90s in Northern California. We thought what a joy it would be to have a vineyard and a winery! On a cheese tour in Northern California, we met a winemaker from the Russian River who encouraged us. After talking to him, our dream was confirmed. We were inspired to say the least!” After helping in California, Florida and Texas vineyards, Jann and Hank Bengel, found that their dream was becoming a reality. In 2006, they found the Cochise County area and knew that was the area for them. It took a while, five years. Now they are having the time of their lives making their own wines and having the pleasure of serving all those who visit their tasting room in historic Tombstone on Allen Street. SilverStrikeWinery.com

Sonoita Vineyards

Dr. Gordon Dutt, owner and founder of Sonoita Vineyards, is a retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona. As part of a research project back in 1973, he established an experimental vineyard on the red, acidic clay of the Babacomari Ranch in southern Arizona. The success of that vineyard and the quality of the wines from those grapes led to the planting of a commercial vineyard in 1979, the first in the Sonoita/Elgin area. Sonoita Vineyards’ winery opened in 1983 with a first-vintage production of 300 gallons. Today, Dr. Dutt’s granddaughter Lori is following in his footsteps and serves as the winemaker. They produce nearly 4,000 cases (9,500 gallons) per year from 10 different grape varieties including Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over 90 percent of this production is sold through their beautiful and spacious tasting room. Enjoy their gift shop and special events facility with picturesque views of hillside vineyards, rolling grasslands and scenic mountain ranges. This facility is open daily (except major holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit SonoitaVineyards.com for more info.

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Sonoita / Elgin Tombstone Wine Works

Tombstone Wine Works, traditional wine making in the Old West’s Most Famous Town! Wines are aged a minimum of five years before being released to bring balance and harmony to the palate. With 10 wines to choose from, five dry and five on the sweeter side, there will be something for everyone.  Their wines are aged in both wood and stainless, helping to develop the unique character of each wine. Come experience pure Arizona in the Town Too Tough to Die! 15 North Fourth Street, right next to Schieffelin Hall off Freemont. Biker and kid friendly. TombstoneWineWorks.com

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Wilhelm Family Vineyards

In 2003, Kevin and Karyl Wilhelm bought 20 beautiful acres of rolling SonoitaElgin wine-growing land to begin their winemaking dream. Today Wilhelm Family Vineyards is planted with seven different varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Tempranillo and Albariño. Other Spanish and Rhone varietals are currently being explored. Along with their wines, the Wilhelm’s 6,000 sq. ft. winery is available for custom crush processing operations, barrel storage and small individual-lot winemaking. Karyl, their resident winemaker, has completed studies at U.C. Davis in the Winemaking Certification program. She prefers time-honored winemaking styles with patient guidance to nature’s best. Make sure you add Wilhelm Family Vineyards to your wine tour list. Come meet the family, sample their wines and perhaps even try your harvesting and winemaking skills at their facility. For the most current information about tasting hours, wine selection, and winery facility availability, visit WilhelmFamilyVineyards.com

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The Village of Elgin Winery emphasizes terroir. They stomp the grapes, use natural yeasts, hand craft and use only new wood casks. The winery accents small-lot red, white and rosé wines ranging from single varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese to traditional blended delights. Each wine is handcrafted by the winemakers/owners Gary and Kathy Reeves. The Village of Elgin Winery is home to the WORLD renowned Tombstone Red which has spawned three other wines including a seven-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon named Tombstone Gunslinger and two whites, Tombstone Rain and Tombstone Showdown. Their Dry Rosé was the Rosé category Best of Class at the Governor’s Choice. Please visit them at ElginWines.com.

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Wine enthusiasts enjoyed two fun-packed days at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Elgin, Arizona for the Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival. The celebration included food, music, and lots of Arizona wine, including many new releases. Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business with 20 acres in beautiful Elgin and 40 acres in Willcox Wine Country. Their Elgin tasting room is open daily and is situated in the middle of “winery row.” Winemaker, Kief Manning pursued viticulture studies in Australia, where he earned both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology.

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Sonoita AVA Wineries Detail What’s an AVA? AVA = American Viticulture Area

Currently Sonoita is Arizona’s only AVA, in the Sonoita basin surrounded by the Huachuca Mountains, the Santa Rita Mountains and the Whetstone Mountains.

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An AVA is a designated wine grape growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the TTB.

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6 Callaghan Vineyards 336 Elgin Road - Elgin (520) 455-5322 callaghanvineyards.com Thurs–Sun: 11-4

2 Dos Cabezas WineWorks 3248 Hwy 82Vineyards - Sonoita 1 Charron (520) 455-5141 18585 South Sonoita Hwy - Vail doscabezaswinery.com (520) 762-8585 charronvineyards.com Thurs–Sun: 10:30-4:30

7 Flying Leap Vineyards 342 Elgin Road - Elgin 6 Callaghan Vineyards (520) 455-5499 336 Elgin Road - Elgin flyingleapvineyards.com (520) 455-5322 callaghanvineyards.com Daily: 11-4

3 AZ Hops and Vines 2 Dos Cabezas WineWorks 3450 Hwy 82 - Sonoita 3248 Hwy 82 Sonoita (520) 955-4249 (520) 455-5141 azhopsandvines.com doscabezaswinery.com Thurs: 11-4 Thurs–Sun: Fri-Sun: 10-6 10:30-4:30

7 Flying 370 Elgin Leap Road Vineyards - Elgin 342 Elgin Road (520) 455-5582- Elgin (520) 455-5499 kiefjoshuavineyards.com flyingleapvineyards.com Daily: 11-5 Daily: 11-4

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WHERE TO STAY When traveling to wine country it’s a great idea to make a weekend of it and have time to enjoy the area you are visiting. Here are some great places to stay while visiting your favorite wineries in the Sonoita/Elgin region.

Sonoita/Elgin La Hacienda de Sonoita (520)455-5308 HaciendaSonoita.com Sonoita Inn (520) 455-5935 SonoitaInn.com Canelo Stone Cottage (303) 384-0471 VRBO.com/90775 Casita Dole Che (520) 455-0416 CasitaDoleChe.com Crown C Ranch (520) 455-5739 CrownCRanch.com Open Cross Ranch (520) 443-4603 OpenCrossRanchAZ.com Whisper’s Ranch Bed & Breakfast (520) 455-9246 WhispersRanch.com Xanadu Ranch Getaway Guest Ranch (520) 455-0050 XanaduRanchGetaway.com

WHERE TO EAT You’ll find everything from pizza-to-go to fine dining. Here are a few choices. Keep in mind that only a few of the wineries serve food - so plan ahead, bring some sandwiches and have a picnic!

Casita Frontera Guest Cottage (520) 604-6762 LaFronteraAZ.com/id60.html Circle Z Ranch (520) 394-2525 CircleZ.com

The Steakout Restaurant & Saloon (520) 455-5205

Dos Palmas Vacation Home (866) 394-0056 DosPalmasAZ.com

Cose Buone (520) 394-0010

The Duquesne House Bed & Breakfast (520) 394-2732 TheDuquesneHouse.com

Ranch House Restaurant (520) 455-5371

Red Mountain Guest House (520) 394-2514 RedMtnCottage.com

The Café (520) 455-5044

Stage Stop Inn (520) 394-2211 StageStopHotelPatagonia.com

Tia Nita’s Cantina (520) 308-2289

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Velvet Elvis Pizza (520) 394-2102

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa (520) 398-2211 TubacGolfResort.com

Wagon Wheel Restaurant & Saloon (520) 394-2433 Wild Horse (520) 394-2344

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Roadrunner Retreat (360) 455-0220 RoadrunnerRetreat.zoomshare.com Spirit Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast (866) 394-0121 SpiritTreeInn.com

Overland Trout (520) 455-9316

Gathering Grounds (520) 394-2009

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Premium wines from crisp & fruity to bold & complex Open daily from 10am to 4pm except major holidays Private tours, tastings, luncheons or special events in our Vintage Room may be arranged Mark your calendar for these 2015 festivals: July 25 & 26 - HARVESTFEST 2015 November 14 - St. Martin’s Sonoita AVA New Release Festival Visit our website for 2016 calendar of events

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Some might like a list of general rules for brand design. Over the past 27 years of my professional design and marketing career, I have gradually refined my style and developed a few opinions. I believe that it is dangerous for rules to become too strict or methods to devolve into formulas. Overly formulaic “textbook” design is a death knell to branding, because a brand should have some outstanding quality — something that makes it unique, a personality. If a brand exhibits a real personality, it will attract other personalities. We aren’t all close friends with the same people. Brands will connect with certain individuals and groups of like-minded people differently. So the next time a label calls out to you, try not to be too skeptical but scrutinize the label and see if it’s speaking your language. While you’re perusing the wine section, look for the labels that speak to YOU.

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hat follows are some thoughts about design using my work for Arizona beverage businesses as examples. But to start, I’ll highlight an Arizona wine brand that I love but did not develop. Chateau Tumbleweed is a winery based in Clarkdale, Arizona and is owned by two husband & wife teams. The

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It is not surprising that many wine drinkers do, because the purpose of the label is to communicate. A label might call to you from down the aisle or it might subtly nod to you as you pass. A picture or a drawing of some grand estate with classical architecture may feature prominently, giving an idea of stability and consistent quality. You may be looking for something good and cheap and the label actually says “Good Cheap Wine” in big, bold letters. Both wine makers and wine lovers often debate about the value and impact of wine labels. Some wine buyers say that design is meaningless and has no influence over what they buy, some say that they were tricked into buying a bottle by misleading design, and some credit the label art with introducing them to a favorite wine. While it is true that a good designer can dress up a bottle and make it attractive, the contents will ultimately reveal if the visual sales pitch was true. Personally, I believe that the packaging is part of the taste experience of a wine. Here in Arizona, we have many wine tasting rooms where people can sample the wines before buying. I have often observed a fellow taster ask which wine he was just served and then look at the artwork on the bottle, thereby associating a label with the taste of the wine. I like to think of it as a grown-up version of a child eating cereal while staring at the box. The tiger on the box makes the frosted flakes taste better, I swear! As both a designer and a wine drinker, I have made a game out of buying unfamiliar wines by examining only the label. I try to figure out which characteristics the wine will express based on the packaging and take the analysis to a deeper level than color or imagery: Was it designed by an owner/ winemaker? Was the designer happy or frustrated with this project? Were the logo and label designed by two different people? Is the winery owner aloof or sociable? … and so on. Basically, I psychoanalyze the label. I have a high success rate using this method, because the design style - with its consistencies and inconsistencies - tells a story. A strong but mismatched design could make a person buy the wrong wine once, and a wine lover’s perfect wine may be wrapped in an unattractive label, but the ideal synergy happens when a well-developed design introduces the right wine to the right person. The design speaks to an individual and his drinking the wine confirms what he believed. That leads to a relationship of sorts between that label and its new friend. At this point the brand is a small part of that person’s life and likely to be introduced to someone else through the best marketing vehicle of all time - conversation (enhanced by “word-of-mouth 2.0” the ever-changing variety of social media platforms available). When I use the term, ‘brand’, I’m talking about the personality projected by the company or winery. Often there is a logo - a recognizable ‘face’ for the brand. But to brand any business is a process and is part of the greater ongoing conversation that the organization has with its audience.

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When a Wine Label Speaks to You . . . wine labels have a recognizable and unique style, featuring drawings of characters with tumbleweed heads, bodies or hair. The overall feeling conveyed is that anything could happen on the next bottle. The drawings are by Kris Pothier with layout by Jeff Hendricks. Kris explains, ”The characters I draw have to do with the wine. Each wine has a new story about nature’s communication. For years I have used people as examples of characteristics I was tasting in the glass. They were a completely natural creative process and have no boundaries

so they will continue to shift and change. We all have fun sitting around and naming them, and Jeff and I have a great time working on the layout. They are the fun part of keeping things in Chateau Tumbleweed’s wine image light, meanwhile making the wine itself very serious.” Kris says that they don’t consider any “business baloney” when they make their labels, and she adds, “I draw them, Jeff and I sit and work out the coloring together, and the team names the characters in a drunken fit of fantastic energy. We love what we do, it inspires us. Creativity is our lives.”

Some thoughts about design Logos: A logo should be memorable and recognizable.

It should be as simple as possible. Note: Simple is not always easy. When developing a logo, it is a common mistake to ignore the potentially awkward, large, or tiny places that a logo might be displayed over time. Extra planning and a little more thoughtfulness can save time and money by avoiding the need for multiple versions of the logo, overly diverse color schemes, or expensive printing methods. The font that goes with the logo should be easily readable. Ideally the logo font would be unique and appropriate to the icon or mark (if there is one). (6)

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Labels can have a variety of objectives, but when brand visibility is a key goal (as it generally should be) the logo should be obvious. Thematic elements on the label should strongly hint at the contents of that bottle or the winery’s overall identity.

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eventually the perfect simplification emerged as an infinite hyphen. Even the simple sweeping line motif on the Malvasia Bianca, Rosé & Picpoul Blanc labels (5) is based on a calculus equation. (2) Sweet Adeline is a special label for the Carlson Creek Vineyards semi-sweet Riesling. This design developed through conversations with John Carlson about his grandmother, Adeline Carlson. The final label design is a modernization of the Art Nouveau style and connects well to the existing labels for CCV. (6) Rune Wines already had the geometric grape cluster logo and needed a font style that would match. I created the characters based on the shapes in the existing logo combined with the rugged elegance of letters in ancient runic writings. (7) Confident Brewer (a new homebrew/winemaking supplies/fermentables shop in Sierra Vista) - The topics of hospitality, community, big smiles, and homemade fermented products were always part of our design discussions. This friendly “smiling pint glass” in the negative space between a stylized “CB” was the happy result of these conversations.

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Silver Strike Winery and Tasting Room is located on Allen Street in the heart of historic Tombstone, AZ, just steps from the famous OK Corral. We feature Arizona wines made from Arizona grown grapes from vineyards located 50 miles east and west of Tombstone. These vineyards grow many Mediterrean grape varietals, originating from Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. We take great pride in our wine making, following the “DO AS LITTLE AS NEEDED� principal! Our wines taste of the grape, not chemicals! Consequently, our wines are both flavorful and smooth, from our Sangiovese to our Columbard, from our dry to our sweet wines!

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Willcox Arizona’s most fruitful vineyards, which produce almost 75% of the grapes grown in the state. A Willcox wine tasting experience includes visiting tasting rooms in historic downtown Willcox and sipping wine with owners and wine makers at their vineyard. These vineyards offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, which overlook miles and miles of grape vines. The Willcox climate is ideal year-round and perfectly paired with wonderful Arizona wines of the region. Willcox owes its initial existence to the Southern Pacific Railroad which first chugged through the area in 1880. The renovated historic Southern Pacific Depot is just one of the attractions in the revitalized downtown area of Willcox. The Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame pay tribute to the city’s most famous son, Rex Allen, and the ranching influence in Willcox. The Chiricahua Regional Museum houses many artifacts and exhibits of the area, as well as the Chiricahua Apache Indians, their great Chief, Cochise, and renegade Geronimo. The Marty Robbins Museum honors the music of Marty Robbins. Willcox blends rough-and-tumble country with friendly small-town attitude. From the solitude of hiking or riding a bike where wildlife roams freely, to enjoying a friendly local restaurant, art galleries, shopping, or relaxing at the town park, Willcox has a sense of community that is proud of its past and mindful of the future.

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Established in 2009, Carlson Creek Vineyard is co-owned by Robert “Bob” Carlson Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, along with their three children, Robert Carlson III, Katherine, and John.

It is one of Bob’s goals not only to grow the family business, but also to grow the Arizona wine industry along the way. As a self-professed advocate for the industry, Bob stated: “It simply comes down to educating people. Making one mention that a wine industry even exists in Arizona can be a surprise to many, and then to be able to share a glass of what Arizona wine tastes like – that truly makes an impact.” “We are one of nearly 100 bonded wineries in the state, and growing,” Bob continued. “It’s not just about Carlson Creek; for all of us working day in and day out to make a good wine, this truly is a movement within the industry to put Arizona on the map, and not just on a national level.” Did we mention their 2012 Rule of Three (a Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) was recently awarded a 90-point score and gold medal at the Affairs of the Vine’s 2014 International Rhone Shoot Out? Clearly, the Carlsons are making their mark and representing Arizona wine beyond U.S. borders. Carlson Creek Vineyard 115 Railview Avenue Willcox, AZ 85643 CarlsonCreek.com

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“family” wineries, Carlson Creek Vineyard can truly claim the title, as every member of the family plays a vital role in the company’s development and day-to-day operations. Indeed, this family dynamic has clearly led Carlson Creek Vineyard to great success thus far, with a new varietal recently released and land and real estate expansions on the horizon. Established in 2009, Carlson Creek Vineyard is co-owned by Robert “Bob” Carlson Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, along with their three children, Robert Carlson III, Katherine, and John. While they are each involved in many aspects of the business’ daily grind, Bob takes on the role of financial advisor and “day laborer;” Elizabeth handles accounting, retail merchandise and on- and off-property events; Robert oversees sales, retail operations and the vineyard’s tasting room in the historic heart of Willcox, Ariz; Katherine handles legal affairs, in addition to developing and maintaining the Carlson Creek brand image through logo and wine label design; and John oversees the vineyard’s winemaking operations. Carlson Creek Vineyard is known for producing a style of wine similar to those in the Rhone wine region of southern France: their similar terroirs allow for a wider diversity of offerings, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mouvedre, as well as their locally sourced Chenin Blanc. With the goal of sourcing every varietal from the family’s estate vineyard, the Carlsons have recently expanded their lot of land by 40 acres. That recent expansion to 160 acres of land includes two blocks of their Sweet Adeline Riesling (named after the children’s grandmother who loved to enjoy a glass of sweet wine), a 10-acre section of Cabernet Sauvignon that was planted this spring, and plans for another 10 acres of Grenache to be planted in spring of 2016. The 10-acre Cabernet expansion is “the next stage in the vineyard’s evolution, due to the increase in the size of planting,” said family winemaker and co-owner John Carlson. “It has tripled the size of any block of grapes we’ve planted in the past.” With increased production and higher inventory, this expansion also allows for wider availability statewide, and opens up distribution channels to other states across the country. “With the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon harvested – this addition brings our total amount of Cabernet to 13 and ½ acres – we will be able to make an Arizona Cab with enough volume to sell effectively out of state,” added coowner Robert Carlson. In addition to finding the brand in high-end retailers, such as AJ’s Fine Foods and Whole Foods Market, you’ll also start seeing the family name in restaurants across the state, including Beckett’s Table (Phoenix), FnB (Scottsdale), D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar (Chandler), The Parlor (Phoenix), and Kingfisher (Tucson). Another part of the vineyard’s evolution includes the recent release of their first-ever Merlot varietal, which already has received national acclaim in the highly regarded San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. As the only Arizona wine to be recognized in the Merlot category, Carlson Creek took home a silver medal for this new Merlot, along with a gold medal for their 2011 Chenin Blanc, a silver medal for their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, and bronze medals for their 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Sweet Adeline Riesling, 2012 Sangiovese, and 2012 Rule of Three wines.

A 2012 vintage, aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels, the Carlson Creek Merlot is quite robust and highlighted by flavors of plum and cracked peppers with a lasting finish; it is a perfect pairing for ribs, and it’s a wine that both serious oenophiles and the newly initiated can enjoy (as is the case for most wines within the Carlson Creek brand). While expanding their acreage (and future award-winning inventory) is one of the local vineyard’s top priorities, another is customer service and providing a new experience for their guests. Visitors to Carlson Creek Vineyard will soon be in for a treat, as the family currently is working with BAR Architects out of Napa, Calif. to design a 10,000-case winery and tasting room in the middle of the Willcox property. “This has been a long time in the making,” said Bob. “We started Carlson Creek in 2009 not only to chase a dream, but also to become one of the premier wines in the state, and this is a very exciting step in that process.” With plans to break ground by the end of this year, Carlson Creek hopes to open the doors, and pour their first glass, by summer of 2016.

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Willcox Aridus Wine Company

Aridus [air•i•dus] latin for dry or arid. Aridus Wine Company is the largest custom crush facility in Arizona. With state of the art equipment, Aridus Wine Company produces local award-winning wines for their clients, and for their own label - ARIDUS. Tasting Room is located at 145 N Railview Ave., Willcox, which is open 7 days a week, however their facility Portfolio Tasting Room is by appointment only. Aridus Tasting Room, (520) 766-9463. Aridus Portfolio Tasting Room (520) 766-2926. AridusWineCo.com

Bodega Pierce and Saeculum Cellars

Bodega Pierce highlights wines made exclusively from the 17 varieties of grapes grown at our family’s estate vineyard in Willcox, AZ. The wines are designed to express the high desert terroir of the Willcox Bench that we have found to be unsurpassed in producing spectacular world class wines. We aim to provide other Arizona wine drinkers with a consistent product that over-delivers on quality. Saeculum Cellars showcases our smaller winemaking projects. Allowing us to satisfy our own curiosity and explore the never-ending possibilities that exist in the world of wine making. Take a moment to savor the time, the place and the people around you when drinking our wines. Cheers and Salud! Bodega Pierce Tasting Room Open Thursday thru Sunday, 11AM to 5PM. or by appointment, 602-320-1722. BodegaPierce.com SaeculumCellars.com

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In the shadow of the Chiricahua Mountains at 4,300 feet, lies the fertile Kansas Settlement farmland. Oregon Pinot Noir pioneer Dick Erath chose this unique site to plant his Cimarron Vineyard. Planting traditional grapes alongside unique varietals, Erath plans to create wines to please the most discerning palate while retaining Arizona’s unique terroir. His wines are available through the tasting room at Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita and select Arizona wine stores and restaurants.

Coronado Vineyards

In the early morning shadows of the Dos Cabezas Mountains Mark and Jacque Cook planted the first vines at their El Pinito Vineyard in spring 2005. The vineyard is named for its lone, majestic pine tree, all that remains of what once was a golf course. The vines flourished and Coronado Vineyards is now proud to introduce you to their awardwinning wines. Each wine is drafted to be a unique experience. We have sweet table wines, exciting blends, including gold-medal sparkling wine Dolce Veritas, plus fine varietals including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. El Pinito vineyard and their Tapas Lounge, which offers the perfect setting to enjoy wine and appetizers with a few friends, or hold a large private event or wedding. Coronado Vineyards and their warm inviting staff can ensure that your special event will be one to remember. Come experience all that Coronado Vineyards has to offer. An adventure in wine tasting awaits you. CoronadoVineyards. com

Flying Leap Vineyards

Flying Leap Vineyards is Arizona’s newest domestic winery. With developed acreage in both the Sonoita AVA and Cochise County, Flying Leap offers a diverse portfolio of ultra premium, carefully crafted wines from tasting rooms at its estate vineyard on Elgin Road along the Sonoita Wine Trail, its tasting room in historic downtown Willcox and opening this fall is Bisbee. Flying Leap’s 2011 vintage was handcrafted by Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, one of Arizona’s most experienced and respected winemakers. Come experience the scenic beauty of southern Arizona wine country – fun and informative vineyard tours shown by appointment—call (520) 954-2935 or visit the website FlyingLeapVineyards.com.

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Carlson Creek Vineyard is dedicated to the production of fine wine from Arizona. Carlson Creek is a family owned and operated vineyard. Although a young company, they are filled with a passion for the grapevine. The vineyard’s elevation provides a perfect climate for growing wine grapes. Visit Carlson Creek Vineyard and discover this great new vineyard and stop by their Willcox tasting room located near Historic Railroad Park. Learn more by checking out the website at CarlsonCreek.com.

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Willcox Fort Bowie Vineyards

Wine, nuts, candy, gift items and more! From I-10 take exit 362 or 366 into the town of Bowie. Turn north (past the post office) on N. Jefferson Ave. Park at the corner of N. Jefferson Ave. and Kinchilla St.

Golden Rule Vineyards

Nestled near the northern tip of the Dragoon Mountains, Golden Rule Vineyards enjoys an exciting blend of quartz and limestone soils and excellent water resources in combination with a high-desert climate that provides excellent growing conditions for premium quality grapes . Owners Jim and Ruth Graham, are proud of their wines. “We believe our wines certainly represent the distinct arid terroir and our passion for excellence both in the growing of our fruit and the making of our wines.” Varietals currently in production include Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Come discover and experience the wonders of authentic Arizona premium wine and pistachios, and make genuine friendships and memories with us! Visit their tasting room, now open Thursday - Sunday 11AM - 5PM. GoldenRuleVineyards.com

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

They are committed to creating hand-crafted wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in southeastern Arizona. Their philosophy of winemaking is to select the perfect varietals and let nature do its magic with as little intervention as possible, letting the fruit speak for itself. Rhone varietals flourish in the volcanic soils of the 5,000-foot elevation estate. “Add clean air, pure water, mountain breezes and four seasons, and we have the key ingredients that create our outstanding terroir.” Visit this magical place and experience the exceptional wines of the Lawrence Dunham Vineyards. Go to LawrenceDunhamVineyards.com or call (602) 320-1485 to join the Chiricahua Circle or Sky Islander wine clubs, purchase their wines, arrange for a visit or attend an upcoming event. Wine tasting by appointment at the winery only. LawrenceDunhamVineyards.com Visit their tasting room/retail shop - The Wine Gallery - in Downtown Scottsdale. Check hours at LDVWineGallery.com.

Passion Cellars at Salvatore Vineyards

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” - Buddha. Wine is our passion! We fell in love with the culture of wine during our extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona we fortunately stumbled across an issue of Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine. We were surprised to learn of the thriving wine industry growing in our own state. Motivated by our love of wine and excited to be a part of it, our family purchased land on the Willcox Bench with the dream of having our own vineyard. Visit our new tasting room in Willcox or our Jerome location. We are a small family business that seeks to pursue our love of wines and share it with you. PassionCellars.com

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At 5,000 feet above sea level, the summer climate of warm, sunny days and cool, high desert nights combine with the unique rhyolite volcanic soils to create wine with special characteristics. They produce estate grown and bottled wine on 21 acres of vineyards located on Rock Creek on the western slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in far southeastern Arizona. They live on the estate, a little wine ranch on the side of the mountain, a quiet place far from the city, where one’s life plays out along with the wine season. Visit their tasting room in Historic Downtown Willcox. They are open Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (520) 766-0600 or KeelingSchaeferVineyards.com.

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WHERE TO STAY Willcox has some great B&Bs and guest ranches. If you enjoy meeting some great people and staying in a beautiful environment—you’ll love it! Cochise Stronghold B&B CochiseStrongholdBB.com Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat B&B DosCabezasRetreat.com Down By The River Bed & Breakfast DownByTheRiverBandB.com (St. David) Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast DreamCatcherBandB.com Muleshoe Ranch @ Nature Conservancy (520) 212-4295 Strawbale Manor Bed & Breakfast BBOnline.com/AZ/Strawbale Triangle T Guest Ranch TriangleTGuestRanch.com C

WHERE TO EAT Tapas & Wine Lounge (520) 384-2993 at Coronado Vineyards—overlooking the vines Serving during Coronado’s Tasting Room hours

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WHERE TO PLAY Apple Annie’s Orchards & Country Store AppleAnnies.com View local fine art at TRUST the gallery WillcoxTrust.com Visit Chiricahua National Monument NPS.gov/chir/ Kartchner Caverns State Park Amerind Foundation Museum

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Pillsbury Wine Company

Sam Pillsbury, noted filmmaker, first planted vines on the Willcox Bench in 2000 when he was a partner in Dos Cabezas with Al Buhl. Since then he started his personal dream project in 2006 with 100 acres of prime desert vineyard land near his original vineyard in Kansas Settlement. Sam’s dream was to celebrate the local terroir... an Arizona Chateauneuf, a sustainable Rhone vineyard producing premium quality hand-made 100 percent Arizona boutique wines. In the future, plans are to create an architecturally stunning wine village with 27 dwellings, a spa, and restaurant serving food organically grown on the land. What was once bare land is now a showpiece 100 percent Sonoita-soil vineyard. 2014 marked the opening of their on-site winery, and Pillsbury Wine Company SOUTH—their tasting room on their vineyard estate. Pillsbury wines have won stellar reviews and are in some of the best restaurants and resorts in the state. Pillsbury Wine Company NORTH is open in Old Town Cottonwood, a place where you can taste Sam’s wines, view stunning art and visit with other Arizona wine lovers. Learn more at PillsburyWine.com.

Sand-Reckoner

Located on the Willcox Bench at 4,300 feet in elevation, Rob and Sarah Hammelman tend to SandReckoner Vineyards. The vines, grown on rocky, sandy loam soil, contend with the elements to fully express Arizona’s rugged high desert. Rob’s winemaking endeavors have taken him to Australia and France, and his wines represent a synergy between New and Old World winemaking. Wines produced by this new venture include Malvasia Bianca, a rosé based on Nebbiolo, and reds from Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel. Tastings are offered at their Willcox winery location by appointment. Sand-Reckoner.com.

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Enjoy outstanding wine among the vines at Zarpara Vineyard. The vineyard, winery and tasting room are nestled beneath the Dos Cabezas Mountains on the Willcox Bench—a premier wine growing region, just a few minutes south of historic downtown Willcox. Bring along a tasty picnic to enjoy on the outdoor terrace and experience breathtaking views of the mountains while you sample exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Slow down, stroll through the vineyard, and savor the scenery of this broad valley and its sky islands. See the website at Zarpara.com for opening hours and directions.

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2 Aridus Wine Company Aridus Portfolio Tasting Room 1126 N. Haskell Avenue (520) 766-2926 ariduswineco.com By Appointment Only 3 Keeling Schaefer Tasting Room 154 N. Railroad Avenue (520) 766-0600 keelingschaefervineyards.com Thu–Sun: 11-5

9 Sand-Reckoner Vineyards 4798 E. Robbs Road (303) 931-8472 By Appointment Only 10 Pillsbury Vineyard and Winery 6450 S. Bennett Place (310) 508-3348 pillsburywine.com By Appointment Only 11 Zarpara Vineyard 6777 S. Zarpara Lane (520) 222-7114 zarpara.com Fri-Sun: 11-5 Mon-Thurs: By Appointment

4 Flying Leap Vineyards 100 N. Railroad Avenue (520) 384-6030 flyingleapvineyards.com Thu–Sun: 12-6

12 Bodega Pierce and Saeculum Cellars 4511 E. Robbs Road (602) 320-1722 bodegapierce.com Thurs-Sun: 11-5 Or By Appointment

5 Aridus Wine Company 145 N. Railview Avenue (520) 766-9463 ariduswineco.com Thurs-Sun: 12–5

13 Fort Bowie Vineyards 156 N. Jefferson Avenue, Bowie (520) 847-2593 fortbowievineyards.com Daily: 8-4

6 Carlson Creek Tasting Room 115 Railview Avenue (520) 766-3000 carlsoncreek.com Thurs-Sun: 11-5

14 Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 10277 E. Rock Creek Lane (520) 824-2500 keelingschaefervineyards.com Wine Club Events Only

7 Passion Cellars at Salvatore Vineyards 3052 N. Fort Grant Road (928) 649-9800 passioncellars.com Sat-Sun and By Appointment

15 Lawrence Dunham Vineyards 13922 S. Kuykendall Cutoff Road (602) 320-1485 lawrencedunhamvineyards.com By Appointment Only

Directions to Fort Bowie Vineyards

From I-10 take exit 362 or 366 into the town of Bowie. Turn north (past the post office) on N. Jefferson Ave. Park at the corner of N. Jefferson Ave. and Kinchilla St.

Directions to vineyard tasting rooms on the Willcox Bench Pillsbury Vineyard and Winery

From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Robbs Road. Turn left on S. Bennett Place. Just past the vineyards, turn right. Follow lane to vineyard tasting room.

Sand-Reckoner Vineyards From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Robbs Road. Turn left into the driveway just west of S. Bennett Place.

Bodega Pierce

From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Robbs Road. Turn right into the driveway past the small pecan orchard.

Zarpara Vineyard

From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Arzberger Road. Turn left on S. Lucky Lane. Turn left on Vineyard Drive. Turn right on S. Zarpara Lane. Turn left at gate and drive ahead to tasting room. lifestyle

8 Golden Rule Vineyards 3525 N. Golden Rule Rd., Cochise (520) 507-3310 goldenrulevineyards.com Thurs-Sun: 11-5 Mon-Wed: By Appointment

See urban wine tour map for location/hours at The Wine Gallery - tasting room & retail shop in Scottsdale

DETAILED DIRECTIONS

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Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite Arizona wines. The Verde Valley includes roughly 714 square miles located in the geographic center of Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Verde River runs through the valley from northwest to southeast and is augmented by flows from Sycamore Canyon, Oak Creek, Beaver Creek and West Clear Creek. The area is unsurpassed in its variety of physical beauty with the red rocks and Mogollon Rim to the north and east, and the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain dominating the western and southern portions of the valley. At 3,300 feet to 3,900 feet above sea level, the Verde Valley experiences a mild climate, and close proximity to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Williams, Chino Valley, Prescott, Camp Verde and the historic mining communities of Clarkdale and Jerome.

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We’re all in this together and we’re proud to support everyone that contributes to this amazing industry. The VVWC is a wine producers’ trade organization that promotes, enhances and connects every part of the wine community in the Verde Valley.

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Verde Valley & Beyond Alcantara Vineyards

Alcantara Vineyards is a dream venture created by owner Barbara Predmore. Barbara and her husband Bob started the vineyard to provide their family and partners the opportunity to work and develop a vineyard community, and to develop a winery that produces wines that are comparable to the best of California and Europe. Barbara spent four years of research and diligence using the best consultants from the University of Arizona and UC Davis, as well as support from her family at the noted Martin-Weyrich Vineyards in Central California. Alcantara Vineyards is perched on 87 acres of sloping terrain off the Verde River and Oak Creek. The Tuscan Farmhouse serves as the tasting room, where they host the many friends and guests that visit from around the globe. Check out their “green” winery building when you visit! Explore their website at AlcantaraVineyard.com.  

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Arizona Stronghold was formed based on the belief that the soils and climate of southeastern Arizona stand up to the finest in the world. Our goal is to bring Arizona wines to the national stage, promoting them as value and quality based. Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be pretentious; and it shouldn’t be hard to find. It just has to be great and made by people that care. Arizona Stronghold’s vineyard is located about 20 miles north of Willcox, at the foot of the Graham Mountains. The winery is located in Camp Verde and the tasting room is in Old-Town Cottonwood. The team at Arizona Stronghold tends vines planted as long ago as 1985 and as recently as 2011, in a broad mix of varietals. AZStronghold.com.

Burning Tree Cellars

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Burning Tree Cellars specializes in small batch, meticulously maintained, boutique wines utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak and patience. “Our wines will never be pushed through chain supermarkets or over-marketed, but rather built through the power of suggestion and knowledge that we are all part of something special. These wines are, and always will be, for ourselves, our families and our friends.” These handcrafted wines are available at their tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood. Sit on the patio. Listen to live music every weekend. Check them out online at BurningTreeCellars.com.

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Caduceus Cellars

Perched on the side of the South East facing slopes of Jerome, AZ, Caduceus Cellars is making high elevation wines out of predominantly Italian and Spanish varietals from 40 acres in NAZ and 80 acres in SAZ. Owners and Winemakers, Maynard & Jennifer Keenan, are producing roughly 6000 cases a year in their tiny underground cement facility known as The Bunker. Open topped 1/2 ton bin maceration, modified temp controlled carbonic maceration, and/or submerged cap fermentation for the Reds, and whole cluster pressed stainless steel cold fermentation for the Whites and Rose’s. The epitome of a boutique owner owned and operated winery. Tasting room open 365 days a year in Downtown Jerome. Twitter: @caduceuscellars, FB: www.facebook.com/caduceuscellars, Instagram: puscifer, Website: Caduceus.org.

Cellar 433

Arizona’s wine industry embodies ingenuity and innovation. Vigneron John McLoughlin doesn’t just own a winery. The Dragoon Mountain Vineyard near Willcox is meticulously attended to by John himself. Stark contrast between hot desert days and cool valley nights shape one of the world’s most unique growing regions in southeastern Arizona. With over three decades of experience from dirt to bottle, John McLoughlin’s creed has originated a family of wines ranging from approachable to esoteric. At the tasting room in beautiful, historic Jerome, savor Arizona wines while being mesmerized by breathtaking views. Cellar 433 does book private and special events, too. Cellar433.com

Cellar Dwellers

Winemaker John Scarbrough is dedicated to making delicious and unique small batch wines. With enthusiasm and a love for the craft of winemaking, he has set out to create great Arizona wines that are interesting, taste great and are made with passion. Cellar Dwellers wines are now available in restaurants and wine tasting rooms in Arizona. You can sample these great boutique wines at Fire Mountain Wines Tasting Room located in Old Town Cottonwood. FireMountainWines.com/cellarDwellers.htm

Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery

Born out of a desire to make wine, Ignacio Mesa, would have a long wait for his dreams to materialize. He took his first viticulture course in his early twenties but family and career were his immediate focus. Thirty years later, Ignacio was ready to begin his search for the right mix of terrior, water and location to plant his vineyard. Now a mature vineyard Ignacio has been harvesting grapes and aging wine for over ten years. The new winery facility was completed in 2014 and is now open for tastings by appointment. The ideal pastoral respite for you to relax in and sip our RIO CLARO WINES. RioClaroWines.com.

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Verde Valley & Beyond Echo Canyon Winery

Arizona wine pioneer, Jon Marcus is back from a long hiatus. Jon had some personal and medical issues that forced him to let the vineyard go fallow. He is currently cloning the 700 vines that managed to survive including Cabernet, Cab Franc and Syrah on his Echo Canyon vineyard in Page Springs. Also planned for the site are lots of organic fruits and vegetables too. Taste his long cellared wines at his tasting room in Jerome, across from the House of Joy.

Fire Mountain Wines

Fire Mountain symbolizes the transition between day and night, light and dark, as the circle of life ends and begins again. This Sacred universal process is also expressed by the vine as it digs into the earth and reaches to the sky, creating fruit from our ancestral lands that eventually fills the bottle for you. Our wine blends are inspired by emotion and connectivity through our spiritual ties to place. Fire Mountain offers two brands of wine. Fire Mountain Wines include Earth, Wind & Fire and Cellar Dwellers offers Cicada, Tarantula Hawk and Canvas. Learn more by visiting FireMountainWines.com.

Four Eight Wineworks

Four Eight WINEWORKS: Wine Makers Co-Operative. Incubator. Passion Vortex. Metaphorical Leg Up. Ground Zero for the infinite possibilities and paths each of our individual tenants will manifest. Current tenants include: Joseph Bechard- Chateau Tumbleweed, Tim White- The Kindred Project, Iniquus & Revelation Cellars, Michael Pierce- Saeculum Cellars, MJ Keenan- The Kindred Project & Merkin Vineyards. “When shared vision, knowledge, and perspective be our bones, no winter can take us.” Ronald P. Vincent. The Tasting Room is located in Historic downtown Clarkdale, AZ. Twitter: @four8wineworks, FB: www. facebook.com/four8wineworks, Instagram: four8wineworks, Website: Four8Wineworks.com.

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In 2002, the Petznick family purchased the D.A.Ranch in Page Springs Arizona and quickly saw the potential that the elevation and moderate climate brought for growing premium grapes. Varietals including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Tannat and Seyval Blanc were planted in the volcanic soil and now thrive producing small batch 100% estate wines. Our wine can be found at select restaurants, retail stores and wine festivals and at the D.A.Ranch by appointment only. DARanch.com.

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Freitas Vineyard

Freitas Vineyard is hidden away on the outskirts of Cottonwood. A small vineyard, it’s the dream of Ray Freitas. She planted the three-and-a-half-acre vineyard, located near the Verde River, in 2000 and has been tending her vines since. Her mission is to produce fruit-forward wines, well-balanced in flavor, color and aroma in order to stimulate and enhance your wine tasting experience. Ray calls her Malvasia “sunlight in a bottle.” Freitas Vineyard produces only estate-grown wines, utilizing the European tradition. You can taste Ray’s wines at Old Town Cooperage in Cottonwood. For more information visit FreitasVineyard.com.

Granite Creek Vineyards

From a love of the land sprang a relationship with grapes that culminated in superb, award-winning, living wines with no added sulfites. Granite Creek Vineyards was founded in 1974 when owners Kit and Robin Hoult planted grapevines and began the 40-year legacy of Arizona’s first and only Certified Organic Vineyard. Granite Creek Vineyards is a scenic location to savor the ambiance of the vineyard’s rural roots. Relax with great food provided by Block Six Catering and enjoy live music seasonally on Saturdays. This historic 100-year-old Arizona farmstead has been nurtured to become sips of the enduring pleasures of fine wine. To learn more visit their website at GraniteCreekVineyards.com

Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery

Javelina Leap is a family operated, premium boutique winery with international award winning wines and service, including the Trip Advisor award of excellence, and 6 awards from the prestigious 2015 San Francisco Chronicle out of 6,300 wines entered . Our winery is in northern Arizona’s Verde Valley, minutes away from Sedona in the small historic valley of Page Springs. When you visit us, you will be sampling wines at a fully functional vineyard and winery. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy a relaxed intimate discussion with Dr. Balda about grape growing and wine making, complimentary with your tasting. Relax in the Arizona room and private garden, where we serve artisan cheese platters, deli meats, artisan pizza and wines by the glass or bottle. During the harvest season (End of August to beginning of October) you can watch wine actually being made. Arizona grapes are picked, de-stemmed, fermented, pressed, aged, bottled and labeled at Javelina Leap. Visit us on your vacation or day trip. Whether you’re with friends and family or on a romantic getaway for two, you’ll always be welcome at Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery. Our staff is fun, knowledgeable and very familiar with the area. Regardless of your own level of experience, we’re happy to answer your questions about everything from wine and restaurants to local attractions and outdoor activities. Wine is fun! So drop by and have some! JavelinaLeapWinery.com.

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Verde Valley & Beyond Oak Creek Vineyards

Deb Wahl, owner of Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery, has heard many times that “good wine grows on gentle slopes with a river nearby,” which is why her vineyard is located near beautiful Sedona, across from Oak Creek. In the higher elevations of the property, they grow Syrah and Merlot; in the lower portion they produce Zinfandel and Chardonnay. They produce full-bodied flavorful reds and lean whites in small batches, giving individual attention to each barrel. Come in and taste them at the new bar and browse through the unique gifts on display. The outside seating is perfect to sip a glass of wine and enjoy food from a well-stocked deli case. They are open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. OakCreekVineyards.net

Page Springs Cellars

This year, Page Springs Cellars celebrates their 10th anniversary of creating award-winning wines that express the unique character of landscape. Family owned and established as a Rhone House, they have expanded beyond that definition by experimenting with new techniques both in the cellar and in the field – including ageing wines on toasted Arizona Oak.  “Our mission is to craft amazing wines that pay respect to the land we farm and the community that supports our vision.”  Tucked into the volcanic landscape just fifteen minutes south of Sedona, Page Springs Cellars sits on a breathtaking property along the banks of Oak Creek.  With a calendar full of educational and entertaining events they also offer onsite amenities including bocce, horseshoes, vineyard massage, winery tours and picnic baskets with gourmet treats.  Plus a wine club that offers members access to special events and benefits.  Come explore high elevation terroir!  PageSpringsCellars.com

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“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” - Buddha. Wine is our passion! We fell in love with the culture of wine during our extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona we fortunately stumbled across an issue of Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine. We were surprised to learn of the thriving wine industry growing in our own state. Motivated by our love of wine and excited to be a part of it, our family purchased land on the Willcox Bench with the dream of having our own vineyard. We are excited to be the newest addition to the Jerome wine tasting experience. We are a small family business that seeks to pursue our love of wines and share it with you. PassionCellars.com

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Pillsbury Wine Company

Sam Pillsbury, noted filmmaker, first planted vines on the Willcox Bench in 2000 when he was a partner in Dos Cabezas with Al Buhl. Since then he started his personal dream project in 2006 with 100 acres of prime desert vineyard land near his original vineyard in Kansas Settlement. Sam’s dream was to celebrate the local terroir... an Arizona Chateauneuf, a sustainable Rhone vineyard producing premium quality hand-made 100 percent Arizona boutique wines. In the future, plans are to create an architecturally stunning wine village with 27 dwellings, a spa, and restaurant serving food organically grown on the land. What was once bare land is now a showpiece 100 percent Sonoita-soil vineyard. 2014 marked the opening of their on-site winery, and Pillsbury Wine Company SOUTH— their tasting room on their vineyard estate. Their wines have won stellar reviews and are in some of the best restaurants and resorts in the state. Pillsbury Wine Company NORTH is open in Old Town Cottonwood, a place where you can taste Sam’s wines, view stunning art and visit with other Arizona wine lovers. Learn more at PillsburyWine.com.

The Grand Canyon Winery

The Grand Canyon Winery, proudly owned and operated by the Kennelly Family, sits in the heart of historic downtown Williams. The family has been in the hospitality industry in Northern Arizona for over twenty years. The Grand Canyon Winery is their newest project inspired by their love for Arizona and excitement over its emerging wine culture. Like most native Arizonans the Kennellys have great pride in their state and believe in supporting local communities. The AZ wine community shares the belief that if one succeeds they all succeed and the Kennellys are proud to be a part of this community. Travel Far. Drink Local. TheGrandCanyonWinery.com

Chateau Tumbleweed

Chateau Tumbleweed is a collaboration of four friends – two husband-and-wife teams – who, after working more than 30 combined years for other Arizona wineries, recently left their “day jobs” to focus on their own project. We have a great friendship, a penchant for absurdity and complementary skills in vineyard management, winemaking, wine sales and bookkeeping/ administration. Beginning as a concept dreamed up in Arizona’s beautiful White Mountains, we crafted our first wine – only three barrels – in 2011. After three vintages of making our wine at the Four-Eight Wineworks Winemaker’s Cooperative in Camp Verde (2012-2014), we took the plunge, purchased a Clarkdale building and converted it into our dream winery and tasting room. Visitors will have a window into a working winery as they taste a range of our delicious high-desert wines in our groovy tasting room or on our patio with panoramic views of the beautiful Verde Valley. Check our website for hours, information and cool events. Visit ChateauTumbleweed.com.

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Page Springs Cellars is a family owned winery tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek. Visit our Tasting Room located just 15 minutes south of Sedona for a true taste of Arizona.

something for Everyone Wine Tastings • Wines by the Bottle or Glass • Artisanal Food Pairings • Live Music • Vineyard Massage • Weekly Vineyard Tours with Barrel Samples • Outdoor Games: Bocce, Horseshoes, Chess, Cornhole • Beautiful Vineyard Property Overlooking Oak Creek

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Camp Verde, Arizona is filled with secrets. It is the only place to access Arizona’s last two wild and scenic rivers, Fossil Creek and the Verde River, and it is home to a vibrant agricultural community. Fields of corn, grape vines, alfalfa, and other staple crops grace the landscape of the valley to create a green oasis. Residents of Camp Verde know its many secrets and allure, but for others, Camp Verde is a pit stop – a place to get gas on the way to somewhere else. However, one determined, hardworking, history-loving millennial might be changing that “pit stop” image, one beer at a time. Alex Goetting, a twenty-something graduate from University of Arizona, is the owner and visionary behind Verde Brewing Company, Camp Verde’s farm-to-mug brewery. This talented, up-and-coming brew master has turned locally grown pecans, hops, barley, and prickly pear – yes prickly pear, grown on his own backyard farm – into handcrafted beers that are worth traveling for. Indeed, Alex Goetting’s inventive beers are quickly tapping out at his restaurant, Verde Brewing Company’s Burgers and Beer. But before the restaurant, and even before the first beer was brewed, Verde Brewing Company was an idea, if not a scribble between college history notes, for Alex Goetting. “In college, my brother introduced me to brewing beer, and quickly, time in the library went from studying Middle Eastern history to researching brewing techniques, equipment and business models,” Goetting recalled as we sat and talked in his bustling restaurant recently. “After I graduated, I moved back to Camp Verde to help my parents run their restaurant, The Horn, but I spent my free time trying to figure out ways to start a brewery.” At the end of summer 2012, the roof of The Horn collapsed from monsoon rains, consequently closing the restaurant for six months. For anyone in Camp Verde at the time, this was the disaster of the year, but the Goetting family took the crisis and saw opportunities. Instead of sitting back in defeat while the roof was being repaired, Alex Goetting and his friends spent their time crunching numbers and looking for funding opportunities to start a brewery that would build on the strengths of the community. “Crowdfunding was starting to take off at that time, and our goal for the brewery was to create and share our community’s strengths,” said Alex Goetting. “What better way to enter that community, than to crowd fund a brewery with our community? In the six months while the restaurant was closed, we managed to launch a Kickstarter campaign that raised roughly $15,000 to start a craft brewery.” Alex raised the money with the intention to start a nano-brewery that would harvest, produce, and distribute beer from the Verde Valley. The budget was for a small system that could produce several kegs per week, brewed from local agriculture, in order to supply the renovated Horn restaurant with beer. He raised money by offering prizes like putting contributors’ names on brewery bricks and hosting personal tapping parties. By April 2013, the Kickstarter campaign was a success, and Goetting established his nano-brewery in a small commercial space on Main Street in downtown Camp Verde, next to his parents’ restaurant. Flash forward to a recent, warm June afternoon inside his busy restaurant where local beef burgers are served with at least five beers always on tap. Alex was looking over plans to install his brewing equipment in the back of the historic Boler’s building, when a server interrupted him to say that yet another beer was out. Obviously, his

TOP: Alex Goetting brewing. BOTTOM: A tasty burger with side of onion rings and a nice cold brew from Verde Brewing Company.

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weekly newsletters. “Camp Verde is the perfect town, located right off the highway, with abundant hiking, river rafting, and Fossil Creek,” stated Steve Goetting. “We are proud of what Camp Verde has to offer, and our way of sharing it is to capture the flavors of our town in our food and beer.” Alex Goetting keeps five staple beers on tap at all times: Honey Pot Stout, made with local honey; Pecan Dunkelweizen, made with locally grown pecans; Off to Jail Ale, made with seasonal hops and honey; Red Neck Rodeo, made with local mesquite; and Gold Buckle Ale, made with local alfalfa and honey. His other taps rotate among experimental, flavored craft beers, like the Mogollon Rim ale that was brewed with prickly pear and juniper berries. Alex admits that not every beer he makes is for everyone, but most have a following with customers who fill up growlers to take home. His beers might sound unusual and his experience might be limited, but Alex Goetting is doing something right, and customers from all over are taking notice. One customer took to Facebook to describe the beer as “better beer than any other brewer in Northern Arizona.” An Untappd user described Off to Jail Ale as a “surprisingly good beer! I expected a mouth full of cascade, but this is great! Good balance, lots of malt... Great!” With its growing fan base, Verde Brewing Company has no plans to stop. “Over the next year, we look to continue bridging historic local resources into high-quality, American-made, artisanal products with our expansion into the historic Boler’s building,” said

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Alex Goetting. He continued, “Every beer will be steeped in over 75 years of Camp Verde history.” Alex is making sure that Camp Verde’s history stays alive in every beer he sells. He has plans to register the Boler’s building on the National Register of Historic Places, and grace the walls with black-and-white photographs of his parents’ house being built in the early 1900s. It is safe to say, this entrepreneurial spirit loves history, and that’s quite evident from one look around his brewpub. Alex Goetting even offers “beer for life” discounts to people who are interested in financially contributing to what he calls Camp Verde’s most important assets – beer and history. This marketing plan will help him to create the perfect destination at the historic Boler’s building, and to continue his farm-to-mug philosophy. A place for tourists and neighbors alike to enjoy burgers made from local beef, and flavorful farm-to-mug beers daily, Verde Brewing Company’s Burgers and Beer could easily be Camp Verde’s biggest and best secret. And the beer is excellent. Verde Brewing Company 325 S. Main St., Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 verdebrewing.com.

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plans for a nano-brewery did not last long and instead morphed into a microbrewery, struggling to keep up with demand. “When I launched the Kickstarter campaign, I started working at local microbreweries to see operations firsthand,” Goetting recalled. “It soon became clear that to create the kind of operation we had in mind, the kind of energy we wanted to invite people to experience and be a part of, we needed more equipment, more beers, and more crops than we had available.” In August 2013, Alex launched a second Kickstarter campaign to help local farms expand their crops to include brewing ingredients. This second crowdfunding project successfully raised $4,000, and helped to plant hops, barley, and other staple ingredients around the Verde Valley. Farmers also planted and harvested additional crops to create new beer flavors. Over the next year, Verde Brewing Company became known for its uniquely flavored beers including the Pecan Dunkelweizen, made with locally grown pecans, and Zander’s Chili Porter, made with locally grown chili peppers. “We used the renovated Horn as our tasting room and by July 2014, we occupied six of the 16 taps, garnered 60 percent of the beer sales, and The Horn was featured in that month’s Arizona Highways’ restaurant spotlight,” Goetting recalled. “Then at 7 p.m. on July 23, 2014, an electrical fire broke out at The Horn.” The electrical fire subsequently wiped out the entire electrical system at The Horn, closing it down for repairs once again. “By February 2015, after more than six months of new landlords, insurance companies, lawyers, and still no progress or timeline for the completion of The Horn; fermenters, kegs, and our walk-in filled to the brim with nowhere to sell; and employees asking for work… we had no other option but to risk it all and try to go at it on our own,” explained Alex. “We then made plans to move into the historic Boler’s building.” The historic Boler’s building is a staple in Camp Verde. Covered in red barn paint, this wooden building with an aluminum roof was built in 1933, and obtained the state’s third liquor license in 1934 to become Boler’s Bar. With a rowdy reputation across the state, Boler’s Bar was an institution within the Verde Valley until closing its doors in 2010. Due to his love for history, Alex Goetting acquired the building in 2012, and immediately rented it out to a local wine and art gallery for the next two years. After the gallery closed in fall of 2014, Alex started looking at it as the place to expand his brewery operations. And, like most things in his life, that happened sooner rather than later. “By March of 2015, we had successfully renovated the kitchen, gotten our restaurant license, and opened to the public, serving local beef burgers and handcrafted beers. Our grand opening was March 14,” Goetting said, as if that was years ago – when in reality, it was merely months ago. How did a quickly established brewery-turned-restaurant become so popular in such a short time? Alex did not have time to answer, as he rushed off to brew beer. His father, Steve Goetting, promptly answered, “It’s the beer.” Alex Goetting’s philosophy of creating flavorful craft beers out of fresh ingredients might be the secret to his success. This farmto-mug approach was intended to build on the strength of Camp Verde’s rich agricultural community, and combine it with a local way of doing business. By sourcing from Verde Valley farms, for both the beers and the menu of burgers, salads and other lunch and dinner entrees, Verde Brewing Company is directly supporting its local economy. The Goettings’ interest in their community does not stop at the economy; they support local arts and recreational activities, and even drum up reasons for people to visit Camp Verde through their

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