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Top 5 Arizona Wineries (Spring-Summer 2012)

Stronghold Founder Assumes Control of Winery

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, the top producer of high quality wines in Arizona, has gone public in a deal finalized yesterday​ outlining the return of one of the label’s co-founders, Eric Glomski. The founder and owner of Page Springs Cellars and co-founder and owner of Arizona Stronghold, Glomski has now obtained full operating control of the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards business.​ ​Following a two-year hiatus from the day-to-day operations at ASV, Glomski returns as the general manager and director of winegrowing at Arizona Stronghold, overseeing the business as well as the growing and winemaking for the label.

Glomski enters in to the agreement with plans to right the label by putting improved accessibility and affordability at the center of its business strategy, putting an even stronger focus on Arizona and the Southwest as the label’s target markets while still supporting the national and international markets.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last ten years about running vineyards and wineries efficiently, and I know that we have a real opportunity to continue making the high quality wines that our customers have grown to expect coming from the ASV label. With improvements made to the way that we manage the business and how our wines are distributed, we’re presented with an opportunity to make our wines available at a more affordable price point – both by the glass and per bottle,” said Glomski.

Looking ahead, the label will return to making Custom Crush and Winemaking a focus again for other winemakers and brands in Arizona, while continuing to promote the thriving statewide industry as a whole by making its wines more readily available to a larger demographic.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to rebuild Stronghold and guide it back toward its original, founding mission – which was to bring Arizona wines to as many people as possible.”

Glomski and now former partner and co-founder, Maynard James Keenan mutually agreed on the dissolution of their partnership. The deal outlines Glomski’s full rights to retain the winery, brand and all current inventory, in addition to the 160-acre Bonita Springs property that the label has held control of, with more than 40 additional acres of vineyard. Glomski will hold a 5-year contract on key blocks from the former Arizona Stronghold vineyard, now the Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard and will maintain contracts with other important growers.

As the original winemaker for Arizona Stronghold, Glomski has been the mastermind behind many of the multi-award-winning wines that the label is now famous for, including flagship blends like Tazi, Mangus and Nachise.

Corey Turnbull, current tasting room manager at Page Spring Cellars and co-owner of Burning Tree Cellars, is joining Eric Glomski, Joseph Ranallo and Niles Johnson as the newest member of the Winemaking Team at Arizona Stronghold.

Wine Cork Bulletin Board Kit, $34.95, homewetbar.com

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For The Home

Whether your goal is to impress your guests, spend lavishly on others or spoil your pooch, here are some fantastic gifts for this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Guide:

Holiday Gift Guide - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012


1. Shirley Fintz Table Lamp, $249, westelm.com; 2. Crystorama’s Harper Collection, $798, wayfair.com; 3. Wine Cork Bulletin Board Kit, $34.95, homewetbar.com; 4. Arizona Stronghold’s 2010 Dala Cabernet Sauvignon, $18, azstronghold.com; 5. Sprinkles JOY box, $39/dozen, sprinkles.com; 6. Sniff Pet Candles, $38-$150, sniffpetcandles.com; 7. Hurom Slow Juicer from Williams-Sonoma, $359.95, williams-sonoma.com; 8. ECO P.L.A.Y. Bones, $8.90-10.90, petplay.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

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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Arizona Stronghold Vineyard

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Wins Awards, Heads On Tour

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, a winery located in Cottonwood, is changing the wine industry one prestigious award at a time. The San Francisco International Wine Competition awarded Arizona Stronghold’s 2010 Dala Cabernet Sauvignon a Double Gold medal.

Arizona Stronghold’s Double Gold was one of only 27 Double Gold medals awarded out of the 4,556 wines that were entered into the competition. The submitted wines hailed from more than 29 countries.

Arizona Stronghold took home six other awards in addition to its Double Gold and has won more than 20 awards for its wines just this year.

Since the label’s inception, Paula Woolsey, director of sales, says her two favorite awards to date include the Double Gold from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, co-chaired by Tasting Panel Magazine, and a Gold medal awarded to Tazi 2010 by Sunset Magazine.

“The quality of judging is unsurpassed,” Woolsey says, “and I respect both of these publications immensely.”

Due to its numerous awards from local and international competitions, Arizona Stronghold is making quite an impact on Arizona’s wine industry, according to the Arizona’s Wine Tourism Industry Survey conducted by Northern Arizona University’s Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center.

According to the survey, the wine industry is boosting Arizona’s economy by creating jobs and bringing money into the economy through wine tourism — with Arizona Stronghold a major player. Because the brand distributes its wines on an international level, this helps build a reputation for Arizona wine across the globe. The winery’s tasting room is also the third most popular in northern Arizona.

Woolsey says that the wine industry is a great business to get into in Arizona because the climate is extremely conducive to both growing grapes and making wine. She adds that she has nothing but high hopes for the wine industry.

“It’s a real deal here; a whole big cultural movement,” Woolsey adds.

And the movement doesn’t stop there. Arizona Stronghold and its winning 2010 Dala Cabernet Sauvignon are heading on a Grand Tasting Tour across the country. Its first stop? The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Thursday, September 6.

During the tour, attendees are able to participate in a grand tasting in which they were able to taste all the Double Gold winning wines. They will also have the opportunity to attend wine seminars, a mixology seminar and a cooking demonstration.

Arizona Stronghold wines are currently available in 40 states, four provinces and in Australia. For more information about Arizona Stronghold, and to learn more about its tasting rooms, visit azstronghold.com.

Arizona Stronghold
1023 N. Main St., Cottonwood
(928) 639-2789