Arizona Wine: A History of Perseverance and Passion

Arizona Wine: A History of Perseverance and Passion


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Arizona's flourishing wine industry may surprise those who think of the Grand Canyon State as a desert landscape dotted with cacti. From the high-country vineyards of the Verde Valley to the rolling plateaus of Sonoita and Willcox, pioneering winemakers are producing nationally acclaimed, award-winning wines. While the 1970s are recognized as launching the modern-day industry, Arizona's viticulture dates back much further. The Spanish and Jesuit missionaries introduced European winemaking to the Southwest, and the 1800s saw the introduction of Arizona's first wineries. Join author Christina Barrueta on this fascinating journey and meet the pioneers and visionaries who are forging their own paths to build America's newest wine region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467140843
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Series: American Palate
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,195,885
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Christina Barrueta is a freelance food, beverage and travel writer based in Phoenix. She contributed to the state's premier wine magazine, AZ Wine Lifestyle, from 2008 to 2015 and was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2016. An avid supporter of the talented and driven people who are shaping the Grand Canyon State's thriving wine industry, she hopes to share their passionate voices and shine a spotlight on the world-class wines being produced in the vineyards of Arizona.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mark Tarbell 9

Acknowledgements 11

1 The Vineyards of Arizona 13

Arizona's Wine Regions 14

Wine Industry Challenges 17

2 Southern Arizona's Early History 21

The Spanish Colonial Era 21

The Territorial Southwest 25

3 Sonoita's Rebirth 27

Sonoita Vineyards 27

The Modern-Day Wine Industry Is Launched 32

Callaghan Vineyards 34

Sonoita's Wine Region Grows 37

Dos Cabezas WineWorks 39

A Legacy Continues 42

A New Vineyard Takes Root 44

4 Wine Industry Rebirth: Willcox 49

Robert Webb 50

Al Buhl and Dos Cabezas 52

Pillsbury Wine Company 55

Cellar 433 58

Lightning Ridge Cellars 61

Sand-Reckoner Vineyards 63

Carlson Creek Vineyard 66

5 The Chiricahua Foothills 73

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 73

LDV Winery 77

Four Tails Vineyard 81

6 The Verde Valley 87

Henry Schuerman's Red Rock Wine 89

Verde Valley Rebirth 92

Page Springs Cellars 96

Caduceus Cellars 101

Four Eight Wineworks 107

The Oddity Wine Collective 109

Chateau Tumbleweed 114

The Tasting Rooms of Cottonwood 118

7 Arizona Wine Looks to the Future 123

Yavapai College 124

The Southwest Wine Center 128

The Arizona Vignerons Alliance 134

Experimentation and Defining Varietals 136

Changes Needed in the Industry 140

Community Support 142

Wine Festivals Celebrate Arizona 151

Raising a Glass to the Future 155

Bibliography 157

About the Author 159

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