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, and of course, wine tastings.
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The festival will kick off on Friday, November 14 with a Celebration of the Arizona Wine Growers Winemaker Reception. The reception is open to the public but space is limited. The event will include an awards ceremony followed by appetizers from Quiessence Restaurant and Santa Barbara Catering. Guests will be able to meet the Arizona Grower's Cup and Winemaker's Medal award winners, while sampling the top scoring wines from the 2014 competition. Saturday, November 15 will be the main event, a day-long celebration of Arizona wine. The festival will begin at noon and includes a full schedule of outdoor activities. You can view the full schedule of events online but highlights include:
- Arizona Terroir panel featuring Michael Pierce of Bodega Pierce/Saeculum Cellars, James Callahan of Rune Wines, Lori and Rob Reynolds of Sonoita Vineyards, Todd Bostock of Dos Cabezas WineWorks, and Joe Bechard of Chateau Tumbleweed.
- People's Choice Competition
- Live and silent auctions
- Picnic Lunch in The Grove from The Farm Kitchen
Attendees will also get to participate in the Grand Wine Tasting, which will feature hundreds of wines from wineries across the state.
Tickets to the festival cost $65 in advance and include wine tastings, lunch, seminars, and entertainment. Tickets will cost $75 at the door. The event is 21 and over only.
To purchase tickets or for more information visit the Arizona Wine Growers Festival website.