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Wine Tour Cottonwood: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Posted on: June 20th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Arizona Stronghold is one of the more widely distributed of the S.E. Arizona vintners.  Their labels, with the red flaming sun, are familiar to many who shop Whole Foods or AJs.  As a bonus to the fine bar, their Old Town Cottonwood tasting room is full of things to admire.  The walls are covered... Read More

Wine Tour Cottonwood: Pillsbury Wine Company

Posted on: June 8th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Nope, no “dough boys” on North Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, but there is plenty of wine tasting.  With more wineries adding tasting rooms every year, the attraction of the old town just keeps getting better. In the Pillsbury Wine Company’s well-appointed tasting room that opened in 2010, there is something on the... Read More

Put a Wolf in the Cellar

Posted on: May 30th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Throughout the year most bottle shops have certain wines that go on sale and then tend to vanish.  If you’ve tried them and like what you taste, they can be really good buys. But there are others that get selected for the “standard restocking cycle” and those are always available at the store to... Read More

Wine Tour Jerome: Bitter Creek Winery

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Located in a spacious room along with a fabulous art gallery and boutique, the Bitter Creek Winery tasting room is the perfect setting to browse.  Look not only at the art and other items, but also at the artistically appointed wine bottles carefully racked up on the wall behind the bar. From the ample... Read More

Wine Tour Jerome: Jerome Winery

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Walking up the hill, via the concrete staircase from Main Street, catch your breath and check out the Jerome Winery (403 Clark St).  The view is even better from up here and the wine selection is sure to delight. Because the Jerome Winery features single-varietal selections, this is the perfect opportunity to compare straight... Read More

Wine Tour Jerome: Caduceus Cellars

Posted on: May 11th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

During the past several years, something has changed in Jerome, AZ to make the visit that much more enjoyable for wine lovers. Yep, you guessed it, wine tasting and winery-direct to boot! Now, you can skip the brew and taste the grape in our not so deserted ghost town. One of these is just... Read More

Titus Cabernet Franc: Napa ’07 is right there

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

There’s a lot to look forward to as the Napa Valley 2007 red wines continue to unfold their “true colors” to buyers, much to their tasting delight.  Sure, there will be some duds, but the wines based on the red Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot) are really looking fantastic. One... Read More

Wine Club Shipments to Arizona

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

Here in Arizona, it is possible to regularly receive direct shipments from both in-state and out-of-state wineries. Over the past 10 years or so, changes in state laws have made it easier for wine club members to receive these shipments without involving a liquor distributor. However, the law creates differences in the way each... Read More

Zinfandel Blends for an Interesting Effect

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many who have experienced a good Zinfandel will attest to the fact that “Zin” is at its best when it’s chasing after a big plate of barbequed whatever.  But drink a Zinfandel by itself or with non-barbeque entrée, then the big jammy finish, spiciness, and alcohol heat can be a little much. So unless... Read More

When School’s Out and “They’re Here”: It’s L’Ecole

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

When the family “cats and dogs” show up “on holiday” (as they say in the U.K.), why not serve something that goes well with just about everything on the grill?  Not too heavy, not too tart, not too “catty”, and not too wimpy, L’Ecole (French for The School) Cabernet from Walla Walla Washington is... Read More

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