Monday, October 27, 2014

Annual Arizona Wine Festival Expects 32 Local Wineries Meet Arizona’s very own winemakers at Festival at The Farm


PHOENIX - The Arizona Wine Growers Association will host 32 local wineries/vineyards at this year’s Festival at The Farm, on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Shake hands with and drink the wine of Arizona's own winemakers in the picturesque setting of Phoenix's historic The Farm at South Mountain this fall. There will be 32 local wineries/vineyards in attendance pouring some of their finest wines. These wineries/vineyards represent growing regions from the Verde Valley in the north, Sonoita and Elgin in the south, and Willcox in southeastern Arizona.

For only $75 ($65 pre-ordered tickets), participants will receive a commemorative Festival at The Farm wine glass with the opportunity to taste as many wines as they choose from noon until 5:00 p.m. The local wineries/vineyards pouring at this year’s Festival include:

Alcantara Vineyards
Aridus Wine Company
Arizona Stronghold Vineyard
Bodega Pierce/Saeculum Cellars
Burning Tree Cellars
Caduceus Cellars
Callaghan Vineyards
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Cellar 433
Chateau Tumbleweed
Coronado Vineyards
Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Flying Leap Vineyards, Inc.
Freitas Vineyard
Golden Rule Vineyards
Grand Canyon Cellars, LLC
Hannah's Hill Vineyard
Javelina Leap Winery
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
Lightning Ridge Cellars
Oak Creek Vineyards
Page Springs Cellars
Passion Cellars
Pillsbury Wine Co.
Sand-Reckoner Vineyards
Sierra Bonita Winery
Sonoita Vineyards
Su Vino Winery
Wilhelm Family Vineyards
Zarpara Vineyard

Learn more about each of these local wineries and get your Festival at The Farm tickets by visiting our website: www.arizonawine.org and http://www.azwinefestivalatthefarm.com.

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About Arizona wine
The Arizona wine industry is one of the fastest growing value-added industries in the state creating jobs and wealth while preserving sustainable agriculture statewide. In 1980 there were less than 10 wineries in Arizona. Today there are more than 90 Licensed and bonded wineries, with more in the development phase. The number of vineyard acres has grown dramatically, and many new vineyards and wineries are planned. The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) represents these family businesses and supports grape growers and wineries statewide through education, representation, advocacy, and promotion of Arizona wine and sustainable grape growing.

Arizona wine has an estimated economic impact of $38 million and growing, according to a recent study funded by the Arizona Office of Tourism and completed by Northern Arizona University. The state’s wine is surging in popularity, earning national acclaim from Wine Spectator to Sunset Magazine to USA Today. Arizona wine also has been served at James Beard House dinners and poured at the White House. Learn more at www.arizonawine.org.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Arizona Wine Industry Celebrates 2013 Harvest

The following is a press release issued by the Arizona Wine Growers Association.  And it is great news the the AZ wine industry!  Happy Reading.

PHOENIX – Kent Callaghan, winemaker with Callaghan Vineyards and a pioneer in the Arizona wine industry, compared the 2013 harvest season to the 1992 and 2006 harvest years - wet and late but great quality potential. Harvest 2013 is more than half over for most Arizona wineries. Vineyards located at low elevations such as Charron Vineyards in Vail, Arizona (just southeast of Tucson) start bringing in their grapes in mid-August, and the higher elevation vineyards will be harvesting into October.

At Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, over 15 tons of Viognier has been harvested, and according to Curt Dunham, owner/winemaker, there is another 10-12 tons still in the vineyard for which he is trying to find buyers. “I would have never guessed that we would be harvesting this much Viognier in mid-September when we harvested Viognier in 2012 in mid-August,” said Dunham. “After last week’s hail storm, I am thrilled to have grapes to harvest.” He reported some damage to the vine canopies but not  to the grapes.

All the vineyards across Arizona have commented on the amount of rain and cloudy days that have occurred late in the season. The cloudy days have made it difficult for the grapes to ripen and caused significant bunch rot. Many of the vineyards have had to cut back the vine canopies so that the sun can penetrate the grape-filled vines to encourage increased brix (or sugar levels).

Flying Leap Vineyards is experiencing their first harvest from their vineyards in Cochise County and Elgin. Mark Beres, one of Flying Leaps owners, said they still have not harvested a single grape from their Elgin vineyard because the sugar levels have not risen to where they want them to be. “However, the story for this year’s harvest is certainly how early we picked at our vineyard in Cochise County,” Beres exclaimed. “Who would ever have imagined that we’d be harvesting Grenache at 23.6 brix levels on August 10th?”

Kief Manning, winemaker at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Sonoita, said that harvest was going well. “Our vineyard had good fruit set and the quality looks great” Manning said. “I think it is better than last year which was good and it followed two bad years with hail in 2010 and a series of spring frosts in 2011.”

Page Springs Cellars, located in the Verde Valley, reports processing 80 of an expected 125-ton harvest. Like Southeastern Arizona, it has been a wet season in Northern Arizona causing an increase in predation and rot issues over 2012. However, the monsoon weather has been very localized, and Page Springs Cellars reports that they have some amazing fruit namely Dos Padres Syrah (third leaf), Stage Stop Shiraz, and House Mountain Petite Sirah.

“We’re really excited about the potential of some of these young Northern Arizona vineyards,” said Page Springs Cellars’ winemaker Matt Rollain. “Despite the frost issues experienced earlier this year at our Colibri Vineyards in the Chiricahua Mountains, the Syrah (low yield) and Mourvedre (high yield) look amazing,” Rollain said.

Though harvest is not yet over, winemakers have their fingers crossed that it is going to be a good year both in quantity and quality of the wine grapes. Some of the vineyards will wrap up harvest in early October where efforts shift to the winery.

Arizona wines have received much recognition this past year with wines made from Arizona-grown grapes receiving high marks from nationally-respected publications and wines winning prestigious awards in competitions with the best wines in the world. The number of vineyard acres is growing, wine production is increasing, and the wine quality is being recognized. The gallons of wine being produced in Arizona more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

James Callahan, winemaker Rune Wines + Halcyon Vineyards, see a bumper crop because of the long hang time even with two major rain events. “For the first time there is a lot of fruit for sale,” he said.
Peggy Fiandaca, President of the Arizona Wine Growers Association, said “The opportunities of the Arizona wine industry are great, and there is no reason that the wine industry cannot be the next billion dollar wine region like Washington and Oregon.”  “The Arizona wine industry is excited about the 2013 growing season as well as the recognition the industry is receiving which boosts Arizona’s image as a quality winemaking region,” Fiandaca said.

The Arizona wine industry will celebrate the fruits of their labor at the annual Festival at the Farm November 15 and 16 at the Farm at South Mountain. The Arizona Republic announces the winners of the annual wine competition at a reception on Friday, November 15 at Quiessence Restaurant. The festival on Saturday is where participants can taste the award-winning wines, sample wines and talk to winemakers from around the state, attend educational seminars, listen to music, enjoy a picnic lunch under the Pecan trees, and hopefully walk away with the winning bid for an incredible live/silent wine auction packages.

To learn more and purchase tickets visit http://www.azwinefestivalatthefarm.com/tickets.html.
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About the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA)

The AWGA serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance with integrity the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona-grown wines. Arizona has over 60 licensed and bonded wineries. Several Arizona wines have been served in the White House, two wineries received 90 points Wine Spectator magazine, and more than 20 wines from eight Arizona wineries have scored at least an 88 rating. For more information visit www.ArizonaWine.org

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Arizona Wine Growers to Host Second Annual “Wine in the Pines” Festival in Pinetop, Arizona

Escape the Phoenix heat, and head east to Pinetop, for wine and cool temperatures.
 The following is a press release issued by the Arizona Wine Growers Association.

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Pinetop, Ariz.The Arizona Wine Growers Association will host the Wine in the Pines Festival June 13-14, 2014. Located at Charlie Clark’s Orchard in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, this festival will showcase the best wines of Arizona. The festival will take place in a charming and beautiful orchard beneath apple and cottonwood trees. The grand tasting of the Wine in the Pines Festival will take place on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The inaugural event was enthusiastically praised and the nearly 500 attendees expressed their strong support that the festival become an annual event.

Wine in the Pines will feature fifteen (15) Arizona wineries who will offer tastings, along with sales by the glass, bottle or case. The wine festival has an admission of $25 if purchased by April 30, and $30 pre-sale starting on May 1, which allows entry for both days. Ticket prices will be $35 at the door.  The cost of admission includes ten tastings and a commemorative Arizona Wine Growers Association wine glass. To purchase tickets please visit wineinthepines.eventbrite.com. Event is restricted to guests 21 and older. Media and trade passes are available upon request with proper credentials required. To obtain a media/trade pass please contact rob@arizonawine.org.

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About the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA)
The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) supports grape growers and wineries statewide through education, representation, advocacy, and promotion of Arizona wine and sustainable grape growing. According to a recent study funded by the Arizona Office of Tourism and completed by Northern Arizona University, the Arizona wine industry contributes an estimated economic impact of $38 million. The state’s wines are surging in popularity, earning national acclaim from Wine Spectator, Sunset Magazine and USA Today.


Arizona now has 91 licensed and bonded wineries. Several Arizona wines have been served in the White House, and more than 20 wines from eight Arizona wineries have scored at least an 88 rating from Wine Spectator. In a recent blind taste test featuring several high-profile judges, Arizona wines beat out noted wines from around the world, grabbing three of the top five spots in both the red and white competitions. For more information visit www.arizonawine.org

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Willcox Arizona, looking to establish itself as an grape growing powerhouse.

WILLCOX - Napa Valley, Sonoma, Willcox.

Willcox?

Even the most casual consumers of wine recognize the Napa and Sonoma areas of California as some of America’s most respected wine regions.


Read the whole story by clicking on the following link.  This is great news for Arizona wine.


http://m.willcoxrangenews.com/mobile/news/article_888e00b6-daea-11e3-9e6b-001a4bcf887a.html

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cheers to 2014!


Hope your new year is filled with joyous times and sweet lessons learned.  Cheers to a new year and a fresh start.  Enjoy some "new to you" wines and explore all that life has to offer!  Cheers!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Arizona Wine Industry Celebrates 2013 Harvest

The following is a press release issued by the Arizona Wine Growers Association.  Enjoy!



PHOENIX – Kent Callaghan, winemaker with Callaghan Vineyards and a pioneer in the Arizona wine industry, compared the 2013 harvest season to the 1992 and 2006 harvest years - wet and late but great quality potential. Harvest 2013 is more than half over for most Arizona wineries. Vineyards located at low elevations such as Charron Vineyards in Vail, Arizona (just southeast of Tucson) start bringing in their grapes in mid-August, and the higher elevation vineyards will be harvesting into October.

At Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, over 15 tons of Viognier has been harvested, and according to Curt Dunham, owner/winemaker, there is another 10-12 tons still in the vineyard for which he is trying to find buyers. “I would have never guessed that we would be harvesting this much Viognier in mid-September when we harvested Viognier in 2012 in mid-August,” said Dunham. “After last week’s hail storm, I am thrilled to have grapes to harvest.” He reported some damage to the vine canopies but not  to the grapes.

All the vineyards across Arizona have commented on the amount of rain and cloudy days that have occurred late in the season. The cloudy days have made it difficult for the grapes to ripen and caused significant bunch rot. Many of the vineyards have had to cut back the vine canopies so that the sun can penetrate the grape-filled vines to encourage increased brix (or sugar levels).

Flying Leap Vineyards is experiencing their first harvest from their vineyards in Cochise County and Elgin. Mark Beres, one of Flying Leaps owners, said they still have not harvested a single grape from their Elgin vineyard because the sugar levels have not risen to where they want them to be. “However, the story for this year’s harvest is certainly how early we picked at our vineyard in Cochise County,” Beres exclaimed. “Who would ever have imagined that we’d be harvesting Grenache at 23.6 brix levels on August 10th?”

Kief Manning, winemaker at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Sonoita, said that harvest was going well. “Our vineyard had good fruit set and the quality looks great” Manning said. “I think it is better than last year which was good and it followed two bad years with hail in 2010 and a series of spring frosts in 2011.”

Page Springs Cellars, located in the Verde Valley, reports processing 80 of an expected 125-ton harvest. Like Southeastern Arizona, it has been a wet season in Northern Arizona causing an increase in predation and rot issues over 2012. However, the monsoon weather has been very localized, and Page Springs Cellars reports that they have some amazing fruit namely Dos Padres Syrah (third leaf), Stage Stop Shiraz, and House Mountain Petite Sirah.

“We’re really excited about the potential of some of these young Northern Arizona vineyards,” said Page Springs Cellars’ winemaker Matt Rollain. “Despite the frost issues experienced earlier this year at our Colibri Vineyards in the Chiricahua Mountains, the Syrah (low yield) and Mourvedre (high yield) look amazing,” Rollain said.

Though harvest is not yet over, winemakers have their fingers crossed that it is going to be a good year both in quantity and quality of the wine grapes. Some of the vineyards will wrap up harvest in early October where efforts shift to the winery.

Arizona wines have received much recognition this past year with wines made from Arizona-grown grapes receiving high marks from nationally-respected publications and wines winning prestigious awards in competitions with the best wines in the world. The number of vineyard acres is growing, wine production is increasing, and the wine quality is being recognized. The gallons of wine being produced in Arizona more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

James Callahan, winemaker Rune Wines + Halcyon Vineyards, see a bumper crop because of the long hang time even with two major rain events. “For the first time there is a lot of fruit for sale,” he said.
Peggy Fiandaca, President of the Arizona Wine Growers Association, said “The opportunities of the Arizona wine industry are great, and there is no reason that the wine industry cannot be the next billion dollar wine region like Washington and Oregon.”  “The Arizona wine industry is excited about the 2013 growing season as well as the recognition the industry is receiving which boosts Arizona’s image as a quality winemaking region,” Fiandaca said.

The Arizona wine industry will celebrate the fruits of their labor at the annual Festival at the Farm November 15 and 16 at the Farm at South Mountain. The Arizona Republic announces the winners of the annual wine competition at a reception on Friday, November 15 at Quiessence Restaurant. The festival on Saturday is where participants can taste the award-winning wines, sample wines and talk to winemakers from around the state, attend educational seminars, listen to music, enjoy a picnic lunch under the Pecan trees, and hopefully walk away with the winning bid for an incredible live/silent wine auction packages.

To learn more and purchase tickets visit http://www.azwinefestivalatthefarm.com/tickets.html.
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About the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA)

The AWGA serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance with integrity the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona-grown wines. Arizona has over 60 licensed and bonded wineries. Several Arizona wines have been served in the White House, two wineries received 90 points Wine Spectator magazine, and more than 20 wines from eight Arizona wineries have scored at least an 88 rating. For more information visit www.ArizonaWine.org

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Local Northern Arizona Winery Wins Prestigious Awards In International Wine Competition


The following is a press release issued by Javelina Leap Vineyards


Cynthia Snapp, owner and winemaker at Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery has brought home the gold from the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition held in Sonoma California this past month. 36 top professional and international judges in the wine industry came together for a blind tasting of international wines made by women winemakers.
Javelina Leap’s 2012 100% Az. Merlot won a gold and took Best Of Class. Only 37 wines out of the 900 wines entered in the competition received a Best In Class Award. In addition, the Javelina Leap 100% Az. 2011 Zinfandel , Javelina Leap 100 % Az. 2012 Tempranillo and the Javelina Leap 2011 Syrah, all took silver medals  followed by the Javelina Leap 2011 Prospectors Blend taking bronze.
Cynthia’s wines ousted wines from top wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, New York and British Columbia Canada , Argentina and Italy to name a few.
Cynthia Snapp-“  I am so passionate about making wine and work very hard at it. I love my wines and the judges did too , that’s thrilling ! I’m delighted and honored to say the least that my wines showed so well amongst the wines made by so many outstanding winemakers. A big heartfelt thank you to my husband, mentor founder, owner and director of Javelina Leap , Rod Snapp whose inspiration and support allowed my inner winemaker to come shining through.   ”

Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery 1565 Page Springs Road ,Cornville, Arizona 86325
Contact : GM Christina Hemingson (714) 642-5391
www.javelinaleapwinery.com  Open Daily 11am  - m5pm Saturdays 11am - 6pm

About the Competition
The women Winemakers Competition is put on by Women for WineSense and Vineyard & Winery Management. Women for WineSense is in it’s 25th year of operation. It’s mission to educate and empower women in their careers and purchasing decisions. Memberships range from wine enthusiasts to those actively employed in or seeking to enter the wine industry, and boasts some of the most famous, and soon to be famous, names in the wine world . womenforwinesense.org.
According to a recent article 4/12/13 from rielsen.com , Women have tremendous spending power in America today . Markets estimate  anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually. Compelling insight for those curious about who's keeping the economy going these days.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

4th Annual Grape to Glass Wine Symposium & After Party

The following is a press release issued by my wine friends at Lawrence-Dunham Vineyard just outside of the city of Willcox.  Enjoy!




Explore the “Grape to Glass” journey at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ Wine Symposium

PEARCE, AZ –Vineyards are lush with grapes and it is time to party before the harvest frenzy begins. Escape to the cool mountain area in Southeastern Arizona with two events, one great day August 3rd as the vineyards’ gates swing open at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.

The grape journey from the vineyard into wine will be celebrated at the 4rd annual Grape to Glass Wine Symposium from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards 13922 S. Kuykendall Cutoff Road, Pearce, AZ. Following the Symposium the After Party Vineyard Concert and Dancing kicks the celebration into high gear. Registration for the Symposium is required and attendance limited. The After Party is included in your registration of $65.00.

No registration is required for the After Party Concert from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fee at the gate is $10.00 per person which includes three wine tasting tickets. The After Party features the blues and funky soul sounds of Buzz and the Soul Senders. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy the music. LDV wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

 “Harvest is a critical point in the journey from grape to glass as it culminates the growing season and begins the transition to the winemaking process,” said Curt Dunham owner/winemaker at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.

The Symposium includes a tour of the vineyard/winery with the winemaker and gourmet lunch paired with Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ wines. Featuring locally-grown vegetables, cheeses and produce as well as mesquite grilled beef and salmon paired with the winery’s highly-rated wines. Unique to this event is the state’s largest tasting panel. Participants taste and evaluate different barrel blends by the winemaker.


Register for the Grape to Glass Symposium at 602/320-1485 or pay online at http://www.lawrencedunhamvineyards.com/Symposium-PayOnline.html. Learn more about the winery visit www.LawrenceDunhamVineyards.com

Saturday, July 13, 2013

More Press about Arizona earning a 90 point wine score for two of it's Arizona Syrahs.

Below is the Arizona Republic article about Page Springs Cellars and Burning Tree Cellars earning 90 points from Wine Spectator.  Includes quotes from both winemakers, Mitch Levy and Eric Glomski.

Enjoy!

http://www.azcentral.com/food/articles/20130717-arizona-wine-syrahs-wine-spectator-rating.html

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Barriers are meant to be broken and Arizona wine has finally broken through the 90 point Wine Spectator barrier!!


Wine makers and Arizona wine lovers have been waiting very, very patiently for this well deserved day.  The day Wine Spectator finally awards this oh so fabulous wine from the great state of Arizona, a score in the 90's.

And I can say, it is here, it is here, Wine Spectator 90s for Arizona. Yay!  Hip Hip Hooray!  Page Springs Cellars and Burning Tree Cellars both scored 90 for their 2010 Colibri vineyard wines. Colibri is located in the heart of the Chihuahua Mountains just south of Willcox.  PSC: 2010 Colibri Vineyard Syrah Clone 174 Cochise County and Burning Tree: 2010 Colibri Vineyard Syrah Clone 99 Arizona are the two 90 point winners.  

Two fabulous winemakers and wineries, who not only deserve this score but earned it!  And I hope this is only the beginning and more yummy Arizona wine earns 90's scores because I have tasted more than my fair share of Arizona wine and the list should and will be longer.  This is a huge, wait, massive step to legitimize Arizona wine as a real deal wine crafting region to the world.  We Arizona wine fans, naturally knew the wine was amazing, yet we have been waiting for those all too important critics to agree with us.

Nice work and congratulations go to Eric Glomski and company (Page Springs Cellars) and Mitch Levy and Cory Turnbull (Burning Tree Cellars).

The future is wide open and I can just taste the excitement now!  Plus, I have heard a number of Arizona wine makers will be featured in the late August issue of Wine Spectator.  Very cool indeed.

If you would like to learn more about these two wineries please click on the following links below.  


Thank you and enjoy.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

“Meet and Greet” Arizona Winemakers at “Wine in the Pines” Festival in Pinetop, Arizona

The following is a press release issued by the Arizona Wine Growers Association:
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Festival goers can shake hands with Arizona Winemakers

Pinetop, Ariz. – The Arizona Wine Growers Association will host the Wine in the Pines Festival June 15-16, 2013. Located at Charlie Clark’s Orchard in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, this festival will showcase the best wines of Arizona. The festival will take place in a charming and beautiful orchard beneath apple and cottonwood trees. The event will also feature exclusive opportunities for attendees to sample Arizona wines at various off-site locations leading up to the event on Friday, June 14. The grand tasting of the Wine in the Pines Festival will take place on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

This event will offer the exclusive chance for attendees to meet the following winemakers:
-          Robert Carlson, Carlson Creek Vineyards
-          Mark Beres, Flying Leap Vineyards
-          Gavin & Iryln Gallifant, Gallifant Cellars
-          Ann Gardner, Hannah’s Hill
-          Curt Dunham, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
-          Sam Pillsbury, Pillsbury Wine Company
-          Jim & Marie Petroff, Pleasant Valley Winery
-          Dan & Barb Pierce, Saeculum Cellars
-          Lori Reynolds, Sonoita Vineyards
-          Corey Whalin, Su Vino Winery
-          Karyl Wilhelm, Wilhelm Family Vineyards
-          Mark & Rhona Jorve, Zarpara Vineyards

Wine in the Pines will feature eighteen (18) Arizona wineries who will offer tastings, along with sales by the glass, bottle or case. The wine festival has an admission of $30 and allows entry both days. Ticket prices will be $35.00 at the door.  The cost of admission includes ten tastings and a commemorative Arizona Wine Growers Association wine glass. To purchase tickets please visit https://wineinthepines.chirrpy.com/. Event is restricted to guests 21 and older. Media and trade passes are available upon request with proper credentials required. To obtain a media/trade pass please contact pking@arizonawine.org.

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About the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA)
The AWGA serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona-grown wines.

Arizona now has 77 licensed and bonded wineries. Several Arizona wines have been served in the White House, and more than 20 wines from eight Arizona wineries have scored at least an 88 rating from Wine Spectator. In a recent blind taste test featuring several high-profile judges, Arizona wines beat out noted wines from around the world, grabbing three of the top five spots in both the red and white competitions. For more information visit www.arizonawine.org.