One item that separates Sedona Wine and Beers Tours from other companies is that we offer Door-to-Door Service. We travel anywhere in the Verde Valley to pick up our clients and Deliver them back safely. It’s one way we help insure the safety of our customers. We also carry plenty of water and snacks, so that our guests can have a little something in their stomachs. Since the Verde Valley is at a higher altitude, it’s so important that anyone drinking alcoholic beverages keep well hydrated with water.
Upon special request, we will pick up clients in Flagstaff or Prescott for an additional fee. When booking a private, customized wine and microbrewery tour, remember, Sedona Delivers!
Last week I embarked upon a new challenge… to become a CSW, a Certified Specialist of Wine. I’m taking preparation classes at Yavapai College and I'm in very distinguished company including many enology and viticulture graduates, students, and even a professor from the college. The amount of information to learn is staggering. The depth of information goes way beyond what’s in my Sommelier preparation course. Ironically, most people are not even familiar with the CSW certification, yet it’s difficulty is renowned among the wine professionals. The preparation for the test will be at least a year, so it’s a very long haul. Wine is so unique because if I studied every day for the next 50 years, I would only have scratched the surface on what there is to know.
Since I’m frequently taking guests on tours, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to try many of the new wine and beer releases. Yesterday, I had a break and decided to visit the Southwest Wine Center, which offers a Viticulture and Enology degree program in Clarkdale, AZ and has a lovely tasting room.
Their recently released 2016 Sunlight is 100% estate grown and is comprised of 62% Malvasia Bianca and 38% Viognier. It has 13.2% alcohol and was fermented in neutral oak for 8 months. This is the first 100% estate grown white blend that the Center has released, and a real gem. It has very pleasant, bright acids with a touch of floral, kiwi and butterscotch. The bottle also states tropical fruits and key lime notes. The price is $25 and with only 24 cases produced, you don’t have much time left to grab up this wine.
Other new estate releases slated to be released soon are Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.
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Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.