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Summer Wine Specials: Plenty to Pick From

Posted on: July 12th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Finally, most of the Valley bottle shops running their summer specials. Now the browsing for new creations and vintage years begins. Time to add some welcome additions to our own racks! It’s hard work, sure. But browse and haul we must. In a continuation of last season’s non-inflationary trend, reasonably-priced offerings abound with many... Read More

When the Good Stuff’s in Your Glass

Posted on: July 5th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

This summer, it is quite possible that many of us will be honored with the opportunity to taste an “expensive” wine, courtesy of friends and family.  When this happens it’s tempting to assume an attitude of indifference by thinking “I can’t really appreciate this anyway” or “I could never afford this no matter how... Read More

Mark Grace’s Favorite Winery: Fleury

Posted on: June 29th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

According to owner Brain Fleury, the Fleury Estate Winery is “Mark Grace’s favorite”.  Yep, Brian says our own Arizona Diamondbacks announcer ‘Gracie’ and his family have been coming to Fleury for years! And who can blame him? This boutique winery in the heart of the Napa valley is something special.  All of their wines... Read More

Wine Tour Cottonwood: Alcantara

Posted on: June 23rd, 2011 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Take a large swath of volcanically-coated Verde Valley land near two flowing bodies of water, with a deep rock underlayment of limestone, add irrigation, plant grapes, work really hard, spend beaucoup bucks, and you have conditions that “a French winemaker would die for”, says owner Barbara Predmore.  This is Alcantara Vineyards. Situated at the... Read More

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

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