Favorite AZ wineries?
Hey AZ hounds,
We're going to be out in Tucson in a few weeks, and are hoping to visit a few of AZ's increasingly interesting wineries.
We're especially interested in spots within a few hours of Tucson (Callaghan in Elgin and Dos Cabezas in Sonoita are definitely on the list), but seeing as I haven't seen a thread on this anytime recently, I thought it might be useful to broaden the scope to the whole state. So:
What are your favorite AZ wines and wineries? Have you visited? If so, how was the experience? At the winery, were there any specific wines you particularly liked? Anything else people should know?
Thanks in advance, looking forward to the info!
I've found the tasting mat with handscribbled notes from a flight of four AZ wines I tried in 2010 in a PHX wine bar.
Turns out, two you already know, Dos Cabezas and Callaghan. The other two, Arizona Stronghold and Pillsbury are in Cottonwood, AZ. I've not visited them so can't comment on the experience. I thought the white from Arizona Stronghold was very good. The pour of the Pillsbury rhone blend was from a bottle that had been opened two days earlier, so not its best foot forward. But apparently that's Pillsbury's strength.
People seem to have a ton of fun at Hops and Vines near Tucson. They have wacky pairing likes chocolate and cheetos with the wine.
Be sure to pay attention to days/hours open - they do vary.
If you have the time, try a local restaurant too.