2010 Arizona Wine Awards: Your Chance to Drink and Vote!

Have you ever wanted to go to the voting booths completely sloshed -- if nothing else, just to forget how lousy your choices are? We're pretty sure there's some sort of legal issue there, so don't bother. You can, however, enjoy some vino with your voting at the 2010 Arizona Wine Awards sponsored by Whole Foods.

Twenty-two Arizona wines (11 red and 11 white) were submitted by vineyards across the state. Now the folks at Whole Foods are putting it to a public vote to determine the best red and the best white in Arizona.

Sample each of the nominated wines and vote for your favorite from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at the Whole Foods store at 7111 E. Mayo Blvd. in Scottsdale. Cost is $10. 

See the list of wines after the jump...

Alcantara Vineyard:
2008 Pinot Grigio
2008 Merlot

Callaghan Vineyards:
2009 Ann's white blend
2008 Backlot red blend

Dos Cabezas Wineworks:
2009 Meskeoli
2008 El Campo

Kief Joshua Vineyards & Winery:
2009 Chenin Blanc
2008 Tempranillo

Oak Creek Vineyard & Winery:
2008 Viognier
2007 Zinfandel

Pillsbury Wine Company:
2009 Chardonnay
2008 Roan Red

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards:
2008 Grenache
2008 Syrah

Kokopelli Winery:
Pinot Grigio
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Javelina Leap Winery:
2007 Merlot
2008 Red Canyon Cuvee

Canello Hills Vineyard & Winery:
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
2008 Sunrise

Granite Creek Vineyards:
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Zinfandel

Winemakers and growers will be on-hand to discuss their wines and presumably try to convince you why theirs is a winner (We can just imagine the campaign buttons -- "Vote for Pillsbury: It's not about the dough, boy!" or "I've got a krush on Kokopelli!"). 

Head over to the new Scottsdale store at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 for a preview of the awards, with 5 wine samples from among the finalists. Cost is $5. Visit the Whole Foods website to register.

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