Arizona’s largest Arizona wine only event grows even larger this year as the Arizona Wine Growers Association’s Grand Wine Festival spills on to 6th Street from the Heritage Square festival. This, the 9th year of showcasing Arizona wines takes place on Saturday & Sunday January 27th and 28th and grows by 15,000 square feet when 6th Street is closed off this year.
Arizona wines poured
Over 30 Arizona wineries will travel to downtown Phoenix from Elgin, Sonoita and the southern part of our state along with wineries up I-17 in Jerome, Page Springs and the Verde Valley. Dos Cabezas, LDV Winery and Burning Tree Cellars are just a few of the wineries pouring their wines at the 2 day festival while.
Winners of the AZ Central Arizona Wine Competition will be announced at the Grand Wine Gala on Friday evening which is already sold out.
In addition to tasting wine at the festival, attendees will have live music to enjoy as well as food trucks and other local vendors to visit with.
“We already have a record number of both wineries in attendance and wines being poured at this year’s festival, but now having the extra space will allow for record-breaking attendance numbers as well,” said Brian Predmore, president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association.
The festival will start both days at 11 a.m. and run until 7 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for 6 tasting samples or $20 for 10 samples can be purchased at their website.
If you crave chocolate and wine the way I do and have some time this Valentine’s Day weekend then head down to the Scottsdale Wine Trail in downtown Scottsdale for wine & chocolate pairings at the 5 tasting rooms that make up the wine trail.
Walk the wine trail Sat. & Sun. from 12 noon – 5pm for only $5 per tasting at each of the tasting rooms where guests can pair samples of Arizona wines with chocolates. This casual, no pressure tasting is great for 1st dates as well as long time lovers who want a unique and fun way to celebrate Cupid’s favorite day.
No matter what path you take along the wine trail here are the 5 tasting rooms pairing wine & chocolate this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room 7064 E. 5th Avenue
Golf courses, world-class resorts and restaurants, pretty people and shopping come to mind when you think of Scottsdale, now you can add Arizona wine to the list of things to do as 5 Arizona wineries have opened tasting rooms in downtown Scottsdale and have created the Scottsdale Wine Trail.
5 wineries Part of Scottsdale wine trail
Set among art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, all 5 tasting rooms are all a short walk from each other and include LDV Wine Gallery, Su Vino Winery, Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek and Salvatore Vineyards. Guests can taste wines currently available and can purchase bottles to take and drink later.
All tasting rooms are run by the family owned wineries and bring the bottled wine from the wineries in northern and southern Arizona. Su Vino Winery allows customers to make their own wine in addition to the wine Su Vino makes on premise.
Tasting rooms are staffed by knowledgeable staff and family members who will walk you through your tasting as if you are at the winery. If you’re at the right place at the right time you may have your wine poured by one of the owners or wine makers just back from the vineyards or winery to give even more insight to how the wine is made.
“It was time to join forces and encourage residents and visitors alike to embrace our thriving Scottsdale wine scene. With five local tasting rooms, Scottsdale has become a wine tasting destination and the Scottsdale Wine Trail will be another way to enjoy locally produced wines and experience part of our culture,” said LDV Wine Gallery Co-Owner, Peggy Fiandaca.
Whether your just being introduced to Arizona wine or have been a fan for years you can obtain a SWT Passport that offers discounts and SWAG when you complete the wine trail tasting program. For details about the SWT Passport and to sign up visit http://www.scottsdalewinetrail.com/
wine around Wednesday and events
Starting in the 1st Wednesday in January 2017 & every 1st Wednesday of the month the SWT will host Wine Around Wednesday encouraging residents and visitors to come out taste and support the tasting rooms.
December 15th the SWT will host a Santa Clause themed Wine around. Details are still being planned and updates can be found on the website.
Addresses and hours of each of the tasting rooms are
Carlson Creek Tasting Room 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 8 PM 520-766-3000
Aridus Wine Company 7173 E. Main Street, Scottsdale. Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 8 PM 520-954-2676
LDV Wine Gallery E. 1st St. Scottsdale. (west of Goldwater Blvd & south of Indian School Rd.) Wednesday, 12-7 PM; Thursday – Saturday, 12-8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM 480-664-4822
Su Vino Winery 7035 E. Main Street; Scottsdale. Tuesday – Wednesday, Noon – 8 PM; Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 10 PM; Sunday, 1 – 5 PM 480-994-VINO (8466)