My sister Blair & I arrived yesterday in Arizona to check out the wine scene here. Being from Virginia (and its amazing underground wine scene) we've been interested in domestic wine outside of the usual California/ Oregon/ Washington regions for a while now. We've heard a lot of buzz about Arizona, so here we are!
First things first, this is a desert, and there are gigantic cacti at every turn. The diurnal temperature difference between night and day is stunning- we were sweating at noon and freezing by 10pm: a great situation for grapes to keep their acidity while ripening.
We flew into Phoenix and then headed north to Cottonwood. There, we checked out some of the tasting rooms on Main Street. Then it was off to historic Jerome-- an old copper mining town-- and a gorgeous view of the desert. We went to the tasting rooms in Jerome and also saw some of the famous red schist up close.
We finished up in Sedona for dinner (at Elote) and today we will visit Page Springs.