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Review | Arizona Wine Grower’s Festival on the Farm 2010

The 2nd annual Arizona Wine Grower’s Association Festival on the Farm was place to be in the Valley of the Sun this past weekend.  The Pecan tree groves at The Farm at South Mountain provided a beautifully serene and intimate setting for an afternoon featuring dozens of Arizona wineries and winemakers.  Over 700 guests were given the opportunity to sample award winning wine from over 20 of Arizona’s best vineyards and wineries and also meet and mingle with the wine makers themselves.

In addition to sampling wines, guests were also given the opportunity to participate in wine seminars and also judge wines in the People’s Choice wine contest.  Guests were given blind samples to rate  while listening to panelists discussions led by moderator Richard Ruelas of the Arizona Republic.  Panelists included FnB’s Pavle Milic, Dos Cabeza’s Patty Coughlin and Arizona wine broker Jim Wiskerchen. The People’s Choice winners were  Merkin Vineyards Shinola and  Arizona Stronghold Site Archive Bonita Springs Chardonnay.

The highlight of my day was a nice stroll through the Pecan groves talking with wine maker Eric Glomski.  Click here to see the videos

Check out photos from this event on The Weekly Wine Journal’s Facebook page

Complete list of Award Winners HERE

Arizona Wine Week 2010

On November 1st, 2010 governor Jan Brewer is set to proclaim the week of October 30 to November 6th as “Arizona Wine Week”.  There are a number of events planned for the week including a 5K run on October 30th in Phoenix.  On November 5th  Quiessence Restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain will host the Arizona Grower’s reception.  This event will provide guests with a special opportunity to meet and mingle with wine makers in a casual but intimate setting.  The event will feature Hors d’ouevres by Executive Chef Greg LaPrad.

Then on Saturday November 6th the big celebration starts, the Festival on the Farm.  The festival will feature live educational seminars, wine tasting with more than 20 Arizona wines, a picnic lunch prepared by The Farm kitchen, Live music from internationally renowned singer song writer Paris James and a silent live auction of wine.

Throughout the week there will events held at various locations  you can check back right here with The Weekly Wine Journal for updates on those events.

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