tempe festival of the arts

Lizbeth Congiusti, aka The Sassy Somellier, tastes some Arizona Wine

I first met Lizbeth Congiusti over a year ago at a Cameron Hughes Wine tasting event. I found her to be extremely knowledgable and friendly. We arranged to meet at the Arizona Wine Grower’s tasting event. She tasted and talked about the wines, and I held the flipcam. Lizbeth is a level II Sommelier, and has published her own book: Sip Swirl Savor. For more info on Lizbeth click on the link below the video.

In this first video she talks with Rod Keeling of Keeling-Shaefer Vineyards, and tries out “His Best Wine!”

In the second video Lizbeth tastes Kief-Joshua Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Click here for Lizbeth Congiusti’s Website

Tempe Festival of the Arts Wine Tasting, March 27th, 2010

The Arizona Wine Grower’s Association put on a wine tasting at the Tempe Festival of the arts this year featuring 12 Arizona vineyards. I was fortunate

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Mill Avenue

enough to be taken on a tour by the Executive Director of the AWGA, Rhonni Boss-Moffit. Rhonni also publishes Arizona Vines and Wines, a magazine about Arizona Wine Country. I arrived at 10am before the wine tasting officially opened to try and get some wine maker interviews, and it’s a good thing I did because by 11am there was already a lot of people there, and by 1pm the event was crammed with eager and adventurous wine drinkers! Right next to the wine tasting area was a stage with live Jazz music by Renee Patrick and Margo Reed.

It was a beautiful warm spring day and a perfect setting for sampling the wines from the emerging Arizona Wine Industry. Arizona now has 39 licensed and permitted wine producers, which is significantly more than there were just a few years ago.

Arizona Wine Grower’s Association website

Arizona Vines and Wines