Southern Arizona winemakers started harvesting their red wine grapes this week after waiting out heavy late monsoon rains that threatened to kill the fruit’s sugar levels and wreck havoc with bunch rot.
The circa 1915 popcorn wagon sold for $374,000 in a recent Gooding and Company auction at Pebble Beach, CA.
WILLCOX - Arizona's newest custom crush facility will process between 170 and 200 tons of grapes this fall, making it one of the largest commercial winemaking facilities in the state.
Vintner Rob Hammelman, who owns Sand-Reckoner Vineyards in Willcox, will be lead winemaker at the Aridus Wine Company, above. Aridus owner Scott Dahmer says he expects to process some 200 tons of fruit this year from at least 10 Willcox-area wineries.
Above, the hand-cranked wine press that Hammelman uses in his own Sand-Reckoner winery.
An exterior shot of the Aridus Wine Company in Willcox. It's a re-purposed apple warehouse. Inside, the Diemme crusher-destemmer set up on the crush pad can process as much as 4 tons of fruit at a time.
Scott Dahmer and his wife, Joan, invested $5 million to renovate and equip a 32,000-square-foot apple warehouse in Willcox into a state-of-the-art crush facility and a special bottling machine.
Arizona has seen grape plantings surge across the state. Above, Eric Glomski, who makes his Arizona Stronghold Winery wines in Cottonwood, prepares to harvest the grapes at his Willcox vineyards in 2010.
At Sonoita Vineyard, barrels and vats are part of the wine-production process. Arizona currently has 80 bonded wineries.
The Arizona Wine Growers Association is rolling out a plan to bolster the state's burgeoning wine industry with the help of the University of Arizona.
Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave., will open in space that was once home to a sash and door company and an art gallery.
Tasting room and bottle shop Tap & Bottle is set to open next week - as early as Monday. Owners Scott and Rebecca Safford plan a space to share beers and wines.
After months of delay and anticipation, the Tucson tasting room and bottle shop known as Tap & Bottle will open next week at 403 N. Sixth Ave., just north of downtown.
Deal is good through Aug. 25,
Hilton El Conquistor's Epazote wants to highlight Arizona products.
Enoteca adds steaks to the lineup.
Bear Track Bistro and Winery also hosts Martini Thursday.
Three of Tucson's 99 Cents Only Stores have applied for beer and wine liquor licenses.
Three of Tucson’s 99 Cents Only Stores have applied for beer and wine liquor licenses.