Being in the wine touring business, it’s not always easy to catch up on all of the new wines and varietals that are being offered in the Verde Valley and Arizona. Therefore, I’m thrilled to be attending the Arizona Vignerons Alliance Symposium and Grand Tasting in Phoenix this weekend.
The first exciting event on Sunday will be the symposium on wild grapes. No, we’re not talking about those wild grapes known as Vitis Arizonica that grow along our riverbanks in the Verde Valley, but unique, indigenous varietals from around the world that we are growing in Arizona including Mourvedre, Vermentino, Petit Manseng, Aglianico, Graciano, Sagrantino, Tannat and Vranac. I’ve had the opportunity to try most of these, but am looking forward to learning more about each one.
Next on the panel is an Arizona wine competition, with our varietals being compared to the same wine varietals from other areas around the world. I’ve done some of these comparisons on my own, but I’m very interested to see which National and International wines will be placed against ours, and which Arizona wines will be chosen.
Finally, a beautiful Rose’ lunch catered by The Farm at South Mountain followed by a lively auction and a Grand Tasting of Arizona Wines and Wine Sale.
What could be better?
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.