Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

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Arizona Vignerons Alliance Symposium and Grand Tasting

  • The Farm at South Mountain (map)

Come enjoy and learn all about Arizona wines at this full day (or half day!) event at The Farm At South Mountain. Featuring two morning symposiums lead by a panel of winemakers and industry professionals. Afterwards, a wine-paired lunch will begin followed by a live auction with Auctioneer Todd Ventura and will be featuring wine lots that restaurateurs and collectors won't want to miss! The Grand Tasting will kickoff at 2:00 pm* and guests will enjoy 100% Arizona grown and produced wines from around the state. This event is 21 and older, rain or shine.

10:00 am Symposium 1: We are the Malvasia
Join Dr José Vouillamoz & Todd of Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Pavle of Los Milics and Sarah of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards as they explore the family of grapes known as Malvasia. Malvasia Bianca is one of the stars of Arizona viticulture - and many of the grapes from the Malvasia family, derived from this selection are cultivated widely around the world.

11:15 am Symposium 2: A Tale of Two Varieties: Grenache & Tempranillo
Patrick Comiskey & Maynard of Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, Kent of Callaghan Vineyards and Kris of Chateau Tumbleweed enlist grenache & tempranillo to tell the stories of the Verde Valley, Willcox & Sonoita. Six delicious perspectives from these three distinct winegrowing regions highlight the diversity and complexity of how Arizona tastes.

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Live auction begins with auctioneer Todd Ventura

2:00 pm Grand Tasting

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit this link.

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