Scottsdale Airpark News - September 2019

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EXPECTATIONS Winery experiences beyond traditional tastings

and private winemaker lunches. Inspired by their visits to France and Italy, during this four-course epicurean extravaganza, guests will experience local ingredients and perfect wine pairings, all with views of Alexander Valley beyond your wildest imagination. bluerockvineyard.com

WILSON EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCE

Mendocino and Sonoma counties

It’s harvest season across the United States, especially in California — the fourth largest wine producing region in the world on its own. (Photo credit Blue Rock)

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By Alison Bailin Batz eptember is California Wine Month. In honor of all things red, white and rosé, we wanted to share special experiences one can indulge in while in wine country. These are tours and epicurean experiences of a lifetime and less than a 90-minute flight away.

THE BLUE ROCK VINTNER’S TABLE WINEMAKER LUNCH Cloverdale, California

Not to be too obvious, but Blue Rock rocks. The vineyard’s history dates back to the 1800s, when Italian immigrants migrated to the area because the landscape looked

like home (Tuscany). After closing its doors thanks to prohibition, the magical setting fell into disarray until the late 1980s, when Kenny and Cheryl Kahn acquired it and set out to painstakingly bring it back to life. Thirty years later — and back to its full splendor — the Kahns offer tastings by appointment at their slice of heaven high atop the mountainside. Beyond that, they host these amazing

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More than 25 years ago, the husband and wife team of Ken and Diane Wilson invested in a shuttered 100-year-old winery in Northern California with the dream of making wine. Over the past three decades, the couple has grown this once seemingly impossible dream to Wilson Artisan Wines. They and their partners oversee 650 acres of planted vineyards and 11 wine brands. And, thanks to this exclusive experience — hosted by Ken and Diane’s son, Sawyer — guests can swirl, sip and savor their way through several their award-winning wines from across Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. VIPs

Have fun with the actual Wilson Family during their intimate, family led wine tours. (Photo courtesy Wilson Family)