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Livin’ The Dream

Livin’ the Dream, Part One…
There are nearly 100 licensed wineries in Arizona. The impetus to set up shop and live the winemaking dream utilizing the state’s Series 13 license is a seductive notion that could have easily been the design of Morpheus and Dionysis themselves. This license does however come with a great deal of responsibility and obligations to not only the governing bodies that regulate the industry, but to the purchasing public as well.



For its thirty odd years, our industry is still in its infancy and is feeling some expected growing pains. The governing bodies are only now beginning to address the previously unforeseen needs of a rapidly progressing industry. Arizona’s Farm Wineries and vineyards moving into their second, third and even fourth decades of growing are experiencing challenges and expressing a desire to create legitimacy and integrity within the industry.

Dragoon Mountian Vineyard

Dragoon Mountain Vineyard

In this two part article, we will describe first, the privileges given to Arizona grape growers and Arizona wine producers. Recent legislation mandates that these privileges are contingent upon a licensed winery’s commitment to grow grapes in Arizona soil and or produce Arizona wine in house. The second article will describe a licensed winery’s responsibilities, its obligations and how the new legislation will play a key role in the preservation and strengthening of a legitimate state wine industry.
To retain the privileges of Farm Winery, production must stay below 20,000 gallons, (8,400 cases) annually. Comparatively speaking, a single tank sitting at a Mondavi tank farm will hold 2-3 times this amount. Because we produce a limited amount, we are given privileges that allow AZ winemakers to compete in the wine industry on a more level playing field.
For example, an AZ winery has the unique privilege to self-distribute. This enables sales to be made directly to restaurants, liquor stores, wine bars, box stores, and each other.
Wineries are allowed to participate in wine festivals and sell directly to the public at events such as art festivals, county fairs and charity events.
AZ farm wineries can have a tasting room and retail location separate from the production facility. This is a key privilege because generally the grapes aren’t grown in highly populated or well trafficked areas.

Lovely ladies from Leisure World in Mesa

Tasting Room in Jerome

A winery may custom crush and ferment wines for another winery that may not have the ability at its start-up to process grapes and produce wine for itself.
Wine clubs are an essential component to a winery’s sustainability with in-state shipments occurring two to four times per year. Another unique privilege. However, shipping out of state requires the permission of 49 other state agencies which in itself is a logistical and licensing conundrum.
A winery may obtain a restaurant license which allows beer and spirits to be sold, yet its percentage of alcohol sales must stay within the allowable percentage of liquor to food sales percentages allowed by the state.
Most recently, wineries were granted the privilege to distill grape products, ie Grappa, brandy and grape spirit. This opens a new door for Arizona wineries to produce products such as vodka, herbed spirit, (gin, agave, rum-spiced spirit, whiskey style products, etc.)
Arizona wineries have a comfortable set of privileges that allow healthy competition, sustainable growth and that encourage future investment in the industry. With privilege comes great responsibility and accountability. In April, we will describe in detail some of the challenges and the cost of accountability.


100 % AZ Chardonnay



Name: Bouquet

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 13.2%

Single Varietal Chardonnay

Description: This luscious chardonnay has aromas of soft white florals with cool flavors of stone fruit and soft citrus. Well balanced, yet crisp and fruit forward with a long tropical fruit finish.

Winemaker’s Notes: A stunning expression of Arizona’s

potential. 100% stainless steel fermentation, racked three times prior to bottling, Aged 18 months, primarily in French oak. Small percentages were aged in Hungarian as well as American oak for additional complexity.

Pairings: Pair with a moment of reflection, but if you must have food try richer fish, chicken with creamy mushroom sauce or a plate of apples, pears provolone & brie

Where to Buy Dribble Creek Wines

Where To Buy Dribble Creek Wines

-Up North-

Suzie Q.s Market and Texaco Station-Cottonwood

Verde Lea Market- Cottonwood

Cellar 433 – Jerome

Hotel Vandame- Prescott

Park Plaza Liquors- Prescott

Vintages Grille – Rimrock

Art of Wine- Sedona

Relics Restaurant – Downtown Sedona

Sedona Liquors-Sedona (corner 89A and 179)

Vino Loco – Historic District Flagstaff


Fired Up Grill

Phoenix Area

D’Vine Gourmet

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

Maize’s Cafe & Bistro

Mother Bunch Brewing

The Parlor

Sundevil Liquors

Timo Wine Bar

Tops Liquors


AZ Wine Company

Posh Improvisational Cuisine

Roaring Fork

Sphinx Date Co & Palm Pantry Gourmet Market

Wine Warehouse


House Of Tricks


Cata Vino’s

In Accordance: 2nd Bottling

In Accordance, 2nd bottling

In Accordance, 2nd bottling

Wine Name: In Accordance, 2nd Bottling


Appellation: Arizona


Alcohol Content: 14.14%


Blend: 35% Tempranillo 35%Barbera 10% Zinfandel 10%Pinotage 10% Alicante Bouschet


Description: As is appropriate, Alicante Bouschet bestows ripe fruit and caramel aromas. Smooth,  balanced tannin and acidity let flavors of dark berries and bramble. Less conformity, more harmony.


Winemaker’s Notes: Alicante Bouschet is a teinturier, a grape whose flesh and juice are red. enhancing this wine’s color wasn’t the reason for the addition.On its own, there are no real stand out distinctions and is often coarse, but in this flavorful, savory red blend it brings complexity and depth.


Pairings: Meaty lasagna or tapas menu of grilled vegetables and cured meats and aged sheep’s milk cheeses.