Arizona is renowned for having some of the best mead in the world! What is Mead? It’s a fermented beverage made from honey and one of the oldest fermented beverages in the world. In areas of Northern Europe, were it was too cold to grow grapes, mead was made instead. Superstition Meadery, located in Prescott Arizona has won numerous Gold and other medals at the Mazer Cup, since their founding in 2012. Some of my favorite of their Meads include the Tahitian Honeymoon. (the word Honeymoon, originated in England where the newlyweds would get a full supply of mead to last for a moon cycle) Marion, Date Night, and PBJ; yes, Peanut Butter and Jelly! Meads like wines, can be fermented from dry to sweet.
In addition to offering custom wine and beer tours, I frequently include mead tasting. On Wednesday, I took guests to the State Bar in Cottonwood and they were thrilled with their Mead tasting. In Sedona, I take guests to the Art of wine which has a fabulous Mead flight also.
Yesterday, while touring the Southwest Wine Center, at Yavapai College, I was surprised to see that they are also making a mead. Theirs will be fermented dry. This is their first attempt at this new endeavor and I look forward to sampling it.
So, when you are taking our private, customized wine and or beer tour, we’re thrilled to also have you experience the best mead in the world.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.