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Jan 14, 2008 02:08 PM

Has anyone been to Rancho Rossa vineyards in Sonoita?

I am going to the Sonoita wineries with some friends next weekend... Callaghan we have been to and is definitely on our list. Dos Cabezas is on the list too, last time we were down there they were by appointment only but we have tried their wines and love them! I have read a little about Rancho Rossa, but do not know anyone that has been there. We are wondering if the wines are any good. We like the two places I mentioned but the other wineries down there have wines that are way too sweet for our tastes... The Rancho Rossa website shows they have some wines that look good on paper, but I was wondering if anyone had first hand experience?

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  1. I would definitely add Rancho Rossa to the list! I was charmed beyond belief by the winemaking husband-wife duo and their wines were solid. I didn't like any of their white wines, but bought reds.

    It's a must-do, along with Callaghan and Dos Cabezas. All three participate in a tasting co-op so you can re-use your glass at each place and save a bit on the tasting fee.

    Have fun!!

    1. Is Dos Cabezas still around? I was under the impression that Page Springs Cellars had purchased Dos Cabezas a few months back and was going to be changing the name (I believe to Arizona Stronghold).

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      1. re: boingo2000

        Thanks for the heads up, I will be sure to call them first. Their website appears as if it's business as usual, but I don't know how often they update it...

        1. re: jcoz23

          I checked their website as well. From what I could tell, and from what I've read before, here's my guess: Page Springs bought up all of the Dos Cabezas vineyards and will be producing wines from there under the "Arizona Stronghold" label. Meanwhile, it looks like new owners (unrelated to Page Springs) bought the Dos Cabezas *winery* and moved it to the Elgin/Sonoita area where they owned vineyards.

          Makes sense because I think the actual Dos Cabezas vineyards and what used to be the winery were in the SE part of the state, not in the Sonoita area.

          1. re: boingo2000

            Dos Cabezas is there they may have sold off vineyards but have vineyards in Sonoita and they have a tasting room right on the main street in Sonoita, next to Cabela's (try it for dinner)

            1. re: travelchow

              I've been to their tasting room in Sonoita I think right after they opened. They were one of the wineries my wife and I truly enjoyed in the area. Plus the people were very friendly.