Verde Valley

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Labor Day Weekend DUI Patrols: Phoenix, East Valley, West Valley, and Much More

    Drunk driving is bad. With that out of the way, here's where police will be setting up "saturation patrols" around the Valley, looking for impaired drivers this weekend:

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    5 Wine Tasting Rooms in Northern Arizona to Check Out

    I love Phoenix, there, I said it. I lived here for several years, moved away and then came back because I like it here so much. But every so often the traffic, noise, snowbirds and general "cityness" have me feeling hemmed in. If you feel the same way, and you love wine like I do, then a brief sojou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    9 Phoenix Frontmen And Frontwomen Who Will Make You Love Them

    Pop music has a proud tradition of socially awkward lead singers--the Brian Wilsons, the shoegazers, the Rivers Cuomos. They are not what this list is about. This is about the other kind of frontman and frontwoman--the one who gets inside your head, or maybe right up in your face.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Answers the Question: Why Arizona Wine?

    Why Arizona wine? In 2000 -- the year I planted my first vineyard at the end of a lonely, dusty road in Cochise County, 12 miles south of Willcox -- one of the 10 Best 'How to Lose Money' jokes on Saturday Night Live was: Plant a Vineyard In Arizona. Arizona is all Sonoran Desert, obviously suicid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Spills on the Reason He Landed in Arizona, and Launches a Wine Column for Chow Bella

    This week we introduce a new, occasional wine column by one of the best-known Arizona winemakers, Sam Pillsbury. Welcome to Spillsbury. When managing editor Amy Silverman asked me to write for Chow Bella and New Times, I had to stop and think how that was going to work. I think that will evolve. I ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Maynard James Keenan Discusses Donkey Punch the Night

    Right now, there's a Tool fan angrily venting about the lack of a new Tool album in some dark corner of the Internet. Right now, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan is most likely working on something other than a new Tool album. As detailed in this week's Phoenix New Times cover story, Keenan is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Up On The Sun's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Music Stories of 2012

    Is this year over yet? Well, close enough. So in honor of 2012 we've dug through the past 12 months of stories looking for the greatest hits. Below you'll find the stories (minus most of the newsy stuff) that people clicked on each month. And if thousands of other people clicked on these stories, yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Lonely Planet Names Winecentric Verde Valley One of the Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013

    The Verde Valley -- encompassing Sedona, Jerome, Cottonwood, and Camp Verde -- is going to experience an influx of visitors in the next year because Lonely Planet just named the Arizona vacation spot as one of the Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013. The big draw? Not only are the red rocks bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Wine Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the wine lover. See also: - Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Beer Lover - Cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Why Arizona?

    Since the New Times is moving this column to coincide with the print edition, I thought I'd take a moment to re-introduce myself and give you a peek into why I've resided in Arizona for the past 17 years. It has a little to do with the glowing gray area between synchronicity and fate. By this I mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Maynard James Keenan: These Are The "End of Days"

    See also: Maynard James Keenan: Up on the Sun's New Columnist See also: Maynard James Keenan (Puscifer, Tool, A Perfect Circle) on The Importance of Keeping It Local See also: Can Maynard James Keenan Put Arizona Wine on the Map? See also: New Film Queens of Country Has a Bizarre Vibe That Is Distin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    The Festival at The Farm and Kettle Chip Chicken in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Weekend Wine Hey Arizona wine lovers -- are you ready for the wine event of the season? This Saturday, November 19th join The Farm at South Mountain for the 3rd Annual Festival at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Blueberry Pinot Noir, Green Apple Riesling, White Chocolate Ale and Other Sips of the Kokopelli Wine Festival

    "Going once....going twice...sold!" Kokopelli winemaker Dennis Minchella auctions off one of the 1,000,000th bottles.​We spent more time (okay, all of our time) sipping at grapes rather than crushing them over the weekend at the 10th Annual Kokopelli Krush, a wine festival put on by Kok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Eric Steven Glomski, What Are You Listening To?

    Eric Steven Glomski​Eric Steven Glomski The director of winemaking at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is helping host a river trip in the Verde Valley Saturday, July 23, complete with lunch and a wine tasting. For more information, call (928) 639-3004. When you put your key in the ignition and turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Bottling Wine with Sam Pillsbury and Co.

    Nicole Whittington and James Waldron​When I went up to the Verde Valley to bottle wine with winemakers Eric Glomski, Tim White and Sam Pillsubry, I kept hearing that "wine making isn't as romantic as everyone thinks." Maybe the guys were afraid that I would find the monotonous assembly of bottl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Why Arizona Wine Isn't a Non Sequitur

    Growing grapes and making wine in Arizona? Is that even possible? Better question: Is that even drinkable? If you've been around the block to Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley, you know that the answer to both of those questions is an overwhelming affirmative... but if you're like us, we're stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Pavle Milic Pours His Heart Out at Ignite Phoenix 9

    Photo courtesy of virtualwayfarer via FlickrIgnite Phoenix 9 happened a week ago, and we at Chow Bella are still aflame about the food-related topics discussed.  As food writers and lovers of fermented liquids, we were most excited about the presentations of Maureen Basenberg, founder of the A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    This Weekend: Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room Grand Opening

    Meet winemaker Sam Pillsbury (above, center) and taste his new releases at this weekend's tasting room shindig.​Looking for a weekend road trip idea? I suggest a jaunt up to Cottonwood, where winemaker Sam Pillsbury is hosting a grand opening party for his new wine tasting room and gallery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Sunday: Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room Grand Opening

    ​Vintner Eric Glomski's Page Springs Cellars winery and tasting room, as well as winemaker/rock star Maynard Keenan's Caduceus tasting room, are two great destinations for a Verde Valley road trip. Three is a better number though, so to complete the trifecta, Glomski and Keenan are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Local Wine Wins at Whole Foods

    Lauren GilgerVoters tasting the local wines on Saturday at the Arizona Wine Consumer Choice Awards at Whole Foods Market in Chandler.Move over, Napa. Arizona's young wine industry is currently undergoing a growth-spurt akin to a 12 year-old basketball player. For proof, see Michele Laudig's cover st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    State Recycling Programs in Trouble as Economic Slowdown Hits China

    Jill McCutcheon, executive director of Sedona Recycles, says the current state of recycling is the biggest Catch-22 she's ever seen. The non-profit northern Arizona company's education division did a stellar job convincing state residents to drop off cardboard goods at 13 sites around the Verde Vall ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007
  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Solstice Retreat

    The Arizona Corporation Commission appears poised to toss solar power into the shadows

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    Born Again

    Business and environmentalists agreed for once, and a beautiful Arizona stream will return to us.

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    Teen Dispirit

    Letters from the week of April 1016, 2003

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Lost Hearts

    Arizona's organ donations are in trouble for a reason.

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    History Lessons

    Yavapai children used to call themselves "dumb Indians." Now they know better.

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    Fair to Middlin'

    State fair means music -- and the most toothless people you'll ever see

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    Revenge of the Verdes

    Natives finally glean a few reparations for a legacy of genocide

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Going to the Well Too Often

    Should boom towns like Prescott let little things like water shortages keep them from growing?

  • Dining

    August 8, 1996
  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Park Rancher

    How 84-year-old Paul Webb and a handful of cows have buffaloed the bureaucrats and trampled an Arizona national monument

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    From Dust to ... Golf?

    Phelps Dodge wants to turn a dusty plain of toxic mine tailings into what it says is an environment-friendly golf course near the Verde River. No one can be sure whether the unprecedented plan will work. But that hasn't stopped anyone from fighting abo

  • Culture

    February 22, 1996

    Webb Design

    The good, the bad and the boring of Del Webb's New River development

  • News

    November 16, 1995
  • News

    February 9, 1994