Vineyards and Winemakers

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    October 29, 2014

    Tickets to the Arizona Wine Growers Festival at The Farm Are on Sale Now

    Whether your a hardcore wine aficionado or just beginning to foster a love of the stuff, there should be plenty to learn and taste at the 6th annual Arizona Wine Growers Festival. The event will be held at The Farm at South Mountain and will offer educational seminars, live music, a picnic lunch, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Matt Carter to Launch Weekly Tasting Menus at The House Brasserie With Opus One Paired Dinner on Friday, October 3

    If you've been to California's wine-making regions then chances are you've heard the name Opus One. Chances are much slimmer, however, that you've actually been inside the landmark, white limestone winery. After all a tasting will set you back $45 for just the current vintage and if you actually wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Old Bisbee Salut! After Thousands of Beers, This One Is Unique

    Beer: Salut! Brewery: Old Bisbee Brewing Co. Style: ? ABV: 4.9 percent Not to be braggadocious, but I drink a lot of beer. Probably more than a reasonable and healthy person should, but that's an intervention I'd rather have later. Through putting together these columns, attending beer festivals, p ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Arizona Wines Make A Splash

    It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Unsung Art of Blending Wine

    It is de rigueur these days to talk about terroir driven wines, wines that evoke a sense of place based on the geographical sites that give certain characteristics based on microclimate and soil type. It's also trendy to talk about "non-interventionist" winemaking, letting the wine make itself with ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    How to Help Your Local Winery

    A couple of years ago, my future husband and I were gifted with a bottle of wine from a small Arizona winery. It was delicious, and we were very impressed. About a month ago, my husband contacted the winery to join its wine club and ask whether we could visit. We secured an invite to the winery's pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    State Senate Passes Liquor Omnibus Bill

    It's no secret that I'm a big supporter of Arizona wine. I feel like we are in the neonatal ICU in terms of birthing a vibrant wine industry here. There are currently almost 90 licensed and bonded wineries in Arizona, some of which buy grapes and make wine; others grow grapes and sell to winemakers; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2014

    15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    After the first day of the Devoured Food Wine Classic, we're stuffed. The overcast skies and intermittent rain didn't keep crowds of Valley food lovers from drinking and dining the day away at the Phoenix Art Museum. With nearly 50 restaurants and more than 30 wineries at the first of the two-da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Maynard James Keenan Backs Chateau Tumbleweed, a New Arizona Wine

    There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    A Look Back on the World of Wine in 2013

    The end of the year is nigh -- presents are unwrapped, recycle bins are overflowing, bellies are bulging. I'm jumping on the bandwagon of ubiquitous end-of-year reflections. It's as good a time as any to take a look at 2013 in the world of wine. Some really great things happened and some pretty terr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    An Ode to White Zinfandel

    Thank you, pink zin. If you are still reading you are probably looking for some seriously sarcastic snark. Sorry, that's not what's coming. Those of us who make a living in and around the wine world, and those of you who enjoy the gigantic selection of really great wines available today, owe a tre ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013
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    October 31, 2013

    Forget About Sriracha, We're Facing A Global Wine Shortage

    With residents in a southern California town suing the company that makes Sriracha hot sauce, saying the plant's smell are burning their throats and noses, spicy food lovers have been up in arms about possible price hikes should the production facility have to shut down. Will there be enough hot sau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2013

    Arizona Wine Gets a Shout Out from SF Chronicle

    In this occasional series, FnB's Pavle Milic spills about his current mission to learn how wine is made, literally, from the Southern Arizona ground up. I have lived in Arizona on and off for twenty-four years. In that time I've seen a lot of growth and change especially and the food and wine scene ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013
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    May 29, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Turns on New Zealand Wine -- Sort of

    I watched the chef swirl and sniff as I opened the rest of the bottles. I had learned not to expect too much from resorts, and this was one of them. We have really nice relationships with some, but they tend to be too big, run by out-of-state corporations, and not know or care about local wines.... ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Arizona WIne at Devoured 2013

    Pavle Milic knows his way around a bottle of Arizona wine, so when he graciously offered to give us the rundown on the local wine showcased last weekend at Devoured, we jumped at the chance. Full disclosure: As co-owner of FnB in Scottsdale, Milic serves AZ wine and he's in the process of making his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    New Online Wine Retailer Cuts Out the Middleman for Savings on Top-Notch Wine

    The folks at, a British online wine retailer that recently launched in the United States, say they have some bad news for wine lovers. "When you spend $50 on a bottle of delicious Napa Cab, you are spending about $7 on wine," the website says. "And $43 on sales, marketing and other s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Yavapai College Launches Associates Degree in Enology -- the Science of Wine

    Love wine? You can get a degree in it for real here in Arizona. Did you know enology is the science and study of wine and wine making while viticulture is a subfield specializing in vine-growing and harvesting? If you're looking for a new career or are just really into learning more about wine, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Maynard Keenan, Sam Pillsbury, Todd Bostock and other Wine Experts Give Pavle Milic Advice on Designing Wine Labels -- and Pavle Finally Names His Wine

    "Los Milics" In this occasional series, Pavle Milic (co-owner of FnB, Baratin, Bodega and AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale) will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is made -- literally from the Southern Arizona ground up. Today: What's in a name? And some advice from the pros on label ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012 Will Start Selling Wine

    The internet's monolithic online retailer,, is poised to begin selling wine through their Marketplace sometime later this month. See Also: --Pavle Milic's Wine-Making Adventure --5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine (Without a Corkscrew) We can only imagine how handy's customer r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Pavle Milic Harvests the Grapes for His Still Unnamed Wine

    In this occasional series, Pavle Milic (co-owner of FnB, Baratin, Bodega and AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale) will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is made -- literally from the Southern Arizona ground up. Today: the harvest. Momentary Suspension of Reality I have made the drive t ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    AZ Hops & Vines in Sonoita Grows Arizona's First Commercial Hops Crop

    See also: Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine and Beer Lovers Nowadays, the rolling grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin are better known for wineries than big cattle ranches. But apparently, grapes aren't destined to be the only gold in them thar hills. Shannon Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit?

    Earlier this spring, we launched Vine Geeks -- in which AZ Wine Merchants' Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic share advice, news and a little levity from the world of wine. Today, we bring you Romancing the Grape. In this occasional series, Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Five Ways Not to Buy Wine

    Vine Geek Brian Reeder co-owns AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale. Wine is subjective. Every wine is different. It all depends on your taste. Price doesn't equal quality. It's all the same anyway. Just drink what you like. Blah. Blah. Blah. We've all heard the nomenclatures. The bullshit lines that e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Meet the Vine Geek (Part Two)

    On Tuesday, you met Brian Reeder, co-owner of AZ Wine Merchants and one of our new wine columnists. Today, his story continues. When we left off, Pavle Milic (in the photo above, from left, it's Reeder and Milic) had opened a little restaurant in Scottsdale and Brian had decided resort life at the M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Drink Wine with NPR's Peter Sagal and Support KJZZ's Youth Media Center

    ​First Press Arizona is throwing its 10th live fine wine auction and dinner on February 11 at Kierland Resort and Spa to benefit KJZZ's Youth Media Center. The smart and witty Peter Sagal, of NPR's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, will be the evening's host. Guests will live it up with liv ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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    May 18, 2011

    Are Women Better Winemakers?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: "Are women better winemakers than men?" was our question of the night during AZ Wine Co. Winemaking Ladies tasting last Thursday. On the tasting menu at the South store were wines crafted by famed female winemakers Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch and Kathryn Hall. SPILL THE JU ... 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 >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    March 7, 2011

    Caffe Boa Winemaker Dinner and Blondies in Today's Eater's Digest

    Bakergirl​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Winemaker DinnerGet naked with Caffe Boa and winemakers Tony Coturri from Coturri wines and Olivier Cousin from France for a special evening of naked food and wine Saturday March 12. The Naked Winemake ... 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

    February 9, 2011

    Wine, Winemakers and Winos: What You Missed at the Paso Robles Winemaker Dinner

    Where there is wine and winemakers, you can be damn sure there will be winos, which is why we hit the trifecta at the Paso Robles winemaker dinner at Petite Maison this Monday. The winemakers of Paso Robles showcased their signature Rhône varietal blends with a five-course meal Chef James Porter s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    FnB Wine Dinner and BBQ Chicken Tacos in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?FnB Wine DinnerNeed a post holiday pick me up? Treat yourself to FnB's Javelina Leap Winemakers Dinner Tuesday, January 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Enjoy a four-course dinner specially pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Winemakers Dinner, Udder Delights, and Mummy Meatloaf in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wine Dinner at The BouldersLatilla at The Boulders Resort is hosting a Winemakers Dinner this Thursday, October 14. The recently overhauled restaurant's Executive Chef, Michael Pieton will ... More >>

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    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

    August 13, 2010

    Wine Talk: David Johnson of Oakville Grocery Co.

    David Johnson, the wine director at Oakville Grocery Co., dispenses unpretentious wine advice as a bonus to this week's Chef Talk with his business partner, Chef Walter Sterling.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Book Week: The Battle for Wine and Love

    ​Wine writer Alice Feiring's The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Save the World From Parkerization, my food-centric book club's latest pick, was a fitting summer read, serving up a lot of insider wine world info in the form of a personal narrative that sees the author visiting winemak ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    Feast of Love

    Food freaks unite in central Phoenix

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    January 26, 2010

    Make Your Own Wine, Quick & Easy!

    ​ ​Famed director Francis Ford Coppola did it. So did Sam Neill and Olivia Newton-John and Tool's Maynard James Keenan. If they can get into the wine business, so can you! All you need is a large grape arbor, some vats, processing equipment, oak barrels, bottles, massive amounts of tim ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Camelback Inn Launches Meet the Winemaker Series

    Joy Sterling​If you've ever loved a wine so much that you wanted to meet the crafter of the spirit, now's your chance to get a little closer to the people who make tasty vino. Rita's Kitchen at the Camelback Inn is hosting a montly series of "Meet the Winemaker" events, where patrons may sa ... 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 >>

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