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.

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