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,
you've got it covered with Caduceus... Maynard makes some cool stuff and his involvement with AZVA is truly impressive.
The property at Paige Springs is really nice and worth going. Something about sitting on the edge of Oak Creek, Drinking Rose and throwing horse shoes is pretty dope.
If you do decide to go south, go the ones Troy suggested, along with Bodega Pierce.
If you need an in, message me.
Jason, did you make it to the AZVA Wine Symposium and Grand Tasting in January?
The Symposium is on my bucket list along with the Verde Valley Wine Festival.
I've heard nothing but nice things about Paige Springs
One Google Map search, and I already adore this area! I agree with Jason that a glass of rose with a game of horseshoes sounds like a spectacular time. It's even better that it's only 15 minutes away from Cottonwood!
No I didn't this year... I've been putting everything on hold for the MS exam so I wasn't able to make the Tasting Panel last time either. That in itself is something amazing that Arizona is doing. If you get a chance, look up the Arizona Vignerons Alliance; Really genius way to advance and elevate Arizona's wines.
Congratulations on being an MS candidate and best of wishes in your endeavors!
I follow the AZVA on Twitter but will be adding the alliance to my study list.