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Arizona Trip Suggestions

Hello, other Guildees, 

In celebration of graduating with my bachelor's degree in August, I'm planning to take a trip to Arizona in September or October. 

I will be flying into Pheonix, and have planned on going North towards Cottonwood/Jerome in the Verde Valley. The plan is to stop at the Merkin Osteria tasting room in Scottsdale, followed by the Merkin Osteria tasting room in Cottonwood along with both the Caduceus Cellars and Four Eight Wineworks tasting room in Jerome. 

The purpose of this message is to ask what other vineyards/winery tours along with tasting rooms would you all recommend? 

Thank you in advance, 


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  • I love FnB... but their program is not 100% Arizona. They are a complete champion of great AZ wines... but Pavle makes sure the best of the world's wines are available. He is one of the top destinations for AZ wines though to go with lights out food. Chef Charleen Badman is a finalist for a Beard again this year, and FnB was nominated on the long list for best Wine program a couple years ago.

    He also just started his own winery and vineyard. Los Milics, super exciting stuff!

  • While in Scottsdale, check out the Scottsdale Wine Trail (  There are 4 Willcox Vineyard Tasting Rooms within walking distance of each other, as well as in the area of Merkin and F&B.  They are Aridus, LDV, Salvatore and Carlson Creek Vineyard.