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Upcoming Events

April 9, 2016

AwesomeFest!

at Eastmark Great Park

Fiddlebender Wines at AwesomeFest

Join us in the wine garden with Fiddlebender Wines!

Enjoy Circus Master with Acts, Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Zip Line, Neon Face Paint, Interactive Trapeze, Aerials, Ground Aerobatics, Velocity Circus Roaming Acts, Food Truck Delights, Beer and Wine Gardens, and more! Fiddlebender Wines will be featured in the wine garden, hop in for delicious AZ Wine!

April 16 &17, 2016

Southeast AZ Winegrowers Festival

at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

370 Elgin Road Elgin, AZ

In celebration of the 32th anniversary of Arizona’s original and only American Viticulture Area (AVA), Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be hosting the Fifth Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 20 Arizona Wineries in one location, on April 16th and 16th, 2016, from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.winegrowers.eventbrite.com

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a professional two-day chili cook-off and live music.

 

May 7 & 8, 2016, Mother’s Day Weekend

30th Annual Prescott Fine Art & Wine

30th Annual Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival

Prescott Fine Art & Wine

The Festival is held on Mother’s Day Weekend every year, which makes it a wonderful destination event for Mother’s Day! Come experience a beautiful weekend under the shade of the big trees of Prescott’s Courthouse Square.

In addition to spectacular collectors’ artwork, the Festival presents an Arizona wine garden and marketplace featuring ten of Arizona’s finest Vineyards & Wineries. Each day guests can purchase their wine tasting tickets for $12 and receive their souvenir wine glass. Over the two day festival, Mountain Artists Guild is hosting a silent auction of two distinct lots of Arizona wines, each valued at over $500. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Mountain Artists Guild. There is also a variety of delicious food, packaged cottage edibles and prepared gourmet delights from surrounding restaurants. Located along Montezuma Street and Prescott’s infamous Whiskey Row, haunt of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, the Festival site is within easy walking distance of restaurants, parking and both modern and historic hotels. This event attracts people from all over the country who enjoy fine art and wines.

Set your GPS to 120 S. Cortez Street-Prescott for the Festival and to 135 S. Granite Street-Prescott  for parking!

For questions please call Cellar 433 at 928.634.7033

 

February Vino

Arizona Angel Wines

Arizona Angel Aritage Red

Arizona Angel Wines

Arizona Angel Aritage Red

“IT’S ALL IN THE LABEL”

By Marge Graziano

Easy to pick up most anything today at the store, especially if we are familiar with what we are buying. A bottle of wine is no different than a box of cereal. Corn Flakes are corn flakes, right? Do you even wonder where the corn was grown or how it got into the box on the shelf? The name of the grape, or the trade name, or familiar name of the wine is what we see right off. However, behind the name of the grape is only the “cover of the book” The wine label is the introduction to what is beneath the cork. That mysterious liquid, that unless it is Champagne, will not explode and throw liquid all over you, walls and the floor like soda pop will, if you turn the bottle over, shake it a little and even up-end it! Wine is patient and understanding and can hardly wait to flow with slippery legs to the bottom of your waiting glass. As you swirl the glass to aerate the wine, especially reds, do you ever wonder: “Just what the heck is in this stuff, anyhow?” Along the journey the grape has made over centuries, the juice has spent time in clay containers, wooden barrels, glass bottles, boda bags (I am sure somewhere along the way someone on a camel carried his juice in a leather bag), plastic, stainless steel, maybe canvas bags, and even in the individual grape on the wine, which containing natural wild yeast, will ferment itself. The Label on the bottle is the map to the liquid inside. I will briefly take you down the label road. If you like the road I have mapped for you, pick up “WINE FOR DUMMIES”, 2nd Edition by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan. So, rev your engines, here we go!

EVERY bottle of wine must have a label. The label tells us where we start and finish, the legal rules, mile markers, the pit stops, the terrain, road conditions, speed limits, rest areas, vegetation, and the good and bad stuff along the way, such as legalities we must be aware of, to name only a bit of the info we get. When we encounter detours, it all gets very complicated, so we need the map and a compass.

The BACK LABEL is the name of the wine and is meant to attract attention with color, drawings, photos, logos, fancy names, etc., kinda like a book cover. The FRONT LABEL is the meat of the book. The government has yet to define front label from back label. Certain stuff must appear on the front label, however, will the real front label please step forward. Truly, the front label is the info on the wine, legalities and all, but the back label, with all the pretties, is what we see facing us on the shelf. Confused? Remember, the front label, now facing backward, is where the ability to read comes in. Mandatory is the following: a brand name, indication of class or type, (is it table wine, dessert or sparkling), percentage of alcohol by volume, (Table Wine can be less than 14%), name and address of the bottler, net contents in milliliters, (standard is 750 ml,-=25.6 ounces), the phrase CONTAINS SULFITES, and of course the blessing of the government warning us of not drinking while pregnant, or some such notice, that most people ignore. If that bottle comes from outside the US and is sold in the US, it must have the phrase “imported by”. Wines made in Canada, Europe, and other wine producing areas all have their own sets of Government rulings regarding labels. The EU wines fall into a European category called QWPSE (Quality Wine Produced in a Specific Region), known as an Appellation of Origin, (and that my wine loving friends is fodder for another article another time). Wording on Labels is, at times, meaningless, ambiguous and confusing. The year, with vintage or not), is optional. Reserve, a favorite meaningless word appearing on many American labels, is a shell game conveying prestige that the wine inside the bottle is special! (It may not be). In some countries it means extra aging. Estate Bottled is a sweetheart word that says the company that bottled also grew the grapes and made the wine. It does not mean that the wine is exceptional, good, bad or a bargain or over-priced. The Vineyard name can define the Terroir of that vineyard as unique. If labels interest you, start collecting them! Lots and lots of people buy the bottle not for the wine, but for the label. Most every wine we make has its own label, unique to that wine. Label making and assigning that label to a particular wine is an art that requires creativity, originality, artistic ability, a good eye, a graffic designer, knowledge of what is inside the bottle, where the wine will be marketed and sold, and a lot of money and luck. Labels can be in-expensive, where you see the same label on every bottle and just a different wine name, or each bottle can own its own label, (that is where they get pricey). Labels can define if that wine is feminine or masculine. Most reds tend to be masculine, however, Sultry Cellars are all red wines and they are all feminine. Go figure!

As our short trip on the wine bottle labels comes to an end, in another article, I will invite you along as we conceive, design, and submit to the Government, wait for approval, (there are some words, pictures, and sayings, etc., that are not acceptable to the folks that approve or reject your label submission). These folks are the LABEL GODS that determine if you re-do or un-do or scrap that label and start over. We then shop pricing upon approval, and await arrival of printed labels that show up in huge rolls, alternating front and back labels. Ever wonder how the label gets on the bottle? I will take you on that circuitous day trip next month. Be sure you bring along your bottle opener, ‘cause corks and capsules are another interesting story.

QUINFO: The labels matter if you are not familiar with that wine. Once you find what you like, enjoy it every time you buy and drink wine. Want to have a wine life full of adventure and risk? Hit the Verde Valley Wine Trail in Northern Arizona; take an overnight trip to Sonoita in SW Arizona, or Willcox in SE Arizona. Grab danger by the throat and try wines at tasting rooms that you are afraid of or have never tried before. That is the fun of tasting rooms where the Soms are full of knowledge about their wines. And, buy AzLo (Arizona Local). Yes, Arizona does grow grapes and our Arizona Growers and Winemakers produce World Class Wines.

Questions, comments? Call me. 480-518-3844.

Out of Sight

100% Verdelho

Out Of Sight

 Name: Out Of Sight

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 14.23%

Blend: 100% Verdelho

Description: Wistfully floral on the nose with aromas of warm honey and lime peel; A citrus introduction gives way to a smooth body with flavors of stonefruits with a crisp finish.

Winemaker’s Notes:  Verdelho grapes are thick, yellow-skinned grapes that produce dimensional wines offering

layers of flavor of dryness paired with sweetness, Verdelho is also known for its racy acidity, but can be made into very dry wines.

Pairings: Char-grilled pork or chicken, linguine with pesto and clams, roasted vegetables or a true Garrotxa cheese

imported from spain.