Black Lives Matter

I grew up as one of four privileged white children of two privileged white parents. My family was always open-minded. We learned to respect people whose lives were not like our own. We gave to organizations that supported people whose lives were not like our own. We gave jobs to people whose lives were not…

Uncork a Bottle of Fine Local Wine

While you’re hunkering down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, support local wines and local wine shops. Arizonans, do you need a place to start? Organized by region, here’s a list of Arizona wineries and local Arizona wine shops with links to each company’s website. At a few of these places, you can still pick…

Trump Administration Threatens 100% Tariffs on Wine

Were you looking forward to a lovely glass of French Burgundy to pair with roasted rosemary chicken? Or, perhaps you thought you’d take a simple break after a day of hard work by pairing that beautiful Pinot Noir with chèvre and crackers instead? While you planned this lovely pairing, it’s possible that you turned off…

Willcox and the Worldwide War on Water

Bubbling underneath Arizona’s thriving wine industry lies enormous aquifers filled with water. Thousands of years ago, this water began its journey in clouds above Arizona’s mountains, then fell as snow and rain, eventually flowing downward into the valleys below. In southeastern Arizona, rain has fallen for millennium on the ring of mountains surrounding the Sulphur Springs…

A Day in the Life of Jerome

A central Arizona mining town with a population of 458 people, charming Jerome is perched on the dramatic Black Hills giving residents and visitors a spectacular view of the Verde Valley and the red cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon. And, there is no better way to relish this view than by touring art galleries, shopping for…

Arizona’s Quixotic Quest

With just a few quiet words, Pavle Milic of FnB, purveyor of Arizona food and wine, twice launched my life onto a completely new trajectory. The first time was in late 2009 when I visited his brand new restaurant in Scottsdale’s Old Town, along with friends AJ Reynolds, Jessica Catlin, and her father, Steve Catlin….

How a California Engineer Became an Arizona Wine Pioneer

When Ann Roncone began working as a mechanical engineer, it never occurred to her that engineering was a man’s field. It was the 1980s, and for the next 21 years, Ann successfully navigated engineering in the San Francisco Bay Area as “one of the guys.” When Ann next began working in wineries, using her tiny…

Zinfandel: The Story of the (Not Quite) First American Grape

The story of Zinfandel has been called both a historical romance and a Horatio Alger story. This story starts with the history of early American wine, quietly stretches across the world to Croatia, and closes with a sampling of luscious Zinfandel wines from Arizona and California.

A Unique Experience of Arizona’s Terroir with Sand-Reckoner Vineyard

When Amy and I bid on a vineyard tasting with Sand-Reckoner, a winery and vineyard located in the Kansas Settlement region south of Willcox, Arizona, we had little idea what “vineyard tasting” actually meant. Lucky for us, we won our bid, and we embarked together on this new adventure.

The Unexpected History of Arizona Wine, Part III

While there are many fine winemakers in Arizona who we’ll talk about over time, next we’ll explore the history of the Arizona wine industry through the eyes of four key figures – a philosopher, an ecologist, a rock star and a filmmaker.