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Kokopelli Krunch

Wine, Stomp Competitions And Family-Friendly Events At Kokopelli Krush

Who knew you could combine wine, beer and plenty of family-friendly events? Now in its 11th year, Kokopelli Krush is an event suitable for the entire family — featuring live entertainment, games, a kid’s play area, the Krush stomp competitions and wine and beer.

The longest running wine event in the state, Kokopelli Krush offers wine from a dozen local wineries in the Arizona Wine Gallery. Aside from Kokopilli Winery, wineries include:

  • Alcantara
  • Lawrence Dunham
  • Javelina Leap
  • Arizona Stronghold
  • Kief-Joshual
  • Kieling Schaffer
  • Su Vino
  • Studio Vino
  • Carlson Creek
  • Page Springs
  • Callaghan Vineyards

As for the Krush stomp competition, teams of two will compete daily for prizes. The winner of the championship round will have the chance to choose from: a five day/four night Carnival cruise for two, round-trip tickets for two on Southwest Airlines, or a two-night trip for two to Las Vegas with flights and hotel included. Sound like something you’d like to do? Register in advance online for $15 per team or at the door for $20.

A percentage of the proceeds from Kokopelli Krush, sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Chandler, San Tan Sun News and the Chandler Hilton, will go to the American Cancer Society.

For more information about Kokopelli Krush, visit kokopelliwinery.net.

Daily schedule for Kokopelli Krush:

Friday, October 19

5 p.m. Doors open; Visit Krush Arena, AZ Wine & Beer Gallery & kids play area
5-7 p.m. Live entertainment
7-7:15 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
7:15-8:30 p.m. Krush Heat 1
8:30-11:30 p.m. Live entertainment
11:30-11:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
11:45 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Krush Heat 2 & last call
12:30 a.m. Kokopelli Krush closed for the night

Saturday, October 20

11 a.m. Doors open; Visit Krush Arena, AZ Wine & Beer Gallery & kids play area
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Live entertainment
2:30-2:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
2:45-3:30 p.m. Krush Heat 3
3:30-6:30 p.m. Live entertainment
6:30-6:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
6:45-8:30 p.m. Krush Heat 4
8:30-11:30 p.m. Live entertainment
11:30-11:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
11:45 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Krush Heat 5 & last call
12:30 a.m. Kokopelli Krush closed for the night.

Sunday, October 21

11 a.m. Doors open; Visit Krush Arena, AZ Wine & Beer Gallery & kids play area
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Live entertainment
2-2:15 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
2:15-3 p.m. Krush Heat 6
3-3:30 p.m. Krush check in, all heat winners
3:30-4:30 p.m. Championship Krush Off
5 p.m. Kokopelli Krush closed until next year

If You Go: Kokopelli Krush

Where: 35 W. Boston St., Chandler
When: October 19-21, 2012
Tickets: $15, includes one drink ticket or an Arizona wine tasting
Contact: (480) 792-6927
Web: kokopelliwinery.net
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Alcantara Vineyard and Winery

Northern Arizona Wineries: Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

Alcantara Vineyard & Winery is nestled in the hills outside of Cottonwood. The warm days and cooler nights allow for the creation of delicious wines and the perfect atmosphere to go on the vineyard tour.

Alcantara Vineyard & WineryBefore you even step inside the modern stucco house that serves as Alcantara’s tasting room and gift shop, you will hear the crooning of Frank Sinatra. The foyer of the house is bustling as is the sitting room and the kitchen. It feels more like a casual cocktail party where you can make yourself at home.

I pulled up a seat at the tasting bar and acquainted myself with the wine tasting list. With 16 wines to choose from, I read the descriptions carefully. It was difficult as the majority of the wine list catered to reds, and I love reds. Check out the wine list by visiting Alcantara’s website.

I tasted the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, and for a white wine I enjoyed it. It was a crisp, medium-bodied wine with hints of nectarine and pears.

Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

But I couldn’t wait to taste the reds! I tasted nearly the whole list, so I’ll just list my favorites.

The 2008 Syrah was clean with a taste of black berry and rose hips, a hint of violet and pepper. It was soft, yet weighty and definitely delicious.

The 2007 Meritage, a Bordeaux blend, was very dark, bold and spicy. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes create a wine that exhibits dark cassis and currant flavors with hints of baking spices, lavender and soft tannins. This wine is blended beautifully.

But now I introduce you to the 2008 Petite Sirah, this wine was absolutely perfect to my palate. It was opaque, almost like ink. It was weighty and consumed the tongue in flavors of lavender, blackberry and spice combined with big tannins. All I wrote in the note box next to this wine on my tasting sheet was, “AMAZING!”

It had been quite a tour for my palette, but I still had the dessert wines to try. Normally dessert wines are not my favorite. They usually end up being too much like semi-sweetened white wine, but I fell in love with a dessert wine at Alcantara vineyards. The 2006 Late Harvest Semillon was sweet liquid gold as it flowed down my throat. It was sweet, but it was balanced with a crisp acidity and the flavors of orange blossom, honeycomb, honeysuckle and peach. It was a wonderful finish to a superb day of wine tasting.

Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

It is $10 for five tastings, including a souvenir wine glass, $15 for the VIP tasting that comes with a crystal goblet, and if you are lucky enough to make it to Alcantara Vineyard on Friday or Saturday you can opt to go on the vineyard tour for $18 which includes the tasting.

After the tasting, I spent some time on the outdoor patio enjoying the cool Cottonwood air and then walked around the vineyard looking at the bunches of grapes on the vine ripening for this year’s harvest. I happened to visit on a Sunday, so I missed out on the wine tour, but Alcantara Vineyard has a list of events coming up this fall and both at the vineyard and in Northern Arizona.

If You Go:

Alcantara Vineyard
7500 Alcantara Way, Verde Valley
(928) 649-8463
Daily: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.