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First-Ever Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival Starts…Now

Yesterday began what will be an historic event in already-historic Jerome, Arizona. Jerome, formerly famous as the “Wicked-est Town in The West” and currently known as AZ’s trendiest ghost-town, is hosting their first-ever Jerome Indie Film and Musical Festival until Sunday, June 16 at various venues around town. Sponsored by local individuals and businesses to Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant and the town of Jerome itself, the festival features over forty films, from documentaries to shorts to music videos. Some of the films we’re looking forward to include Romans Road, Speak No Evil (featuring AZ Big Media’s own Cindy Johnson!) and comedy short Questions.

119357663Bands like Tryst, Threefold Fate and Two in the Chest will perform from 1 to 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Starlit Mine Theatre. Panels and Q&A’s will be hosted throughout the weekend, including Behind the Screens:  What do Film Festivals Want From Filmmakers? from 1:10 – 2:10 p.m. tomorrow at the New State Motor Co. Building.

The Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival was founded by Toni Ross, an Arizona native with a passion for Arizona and Jerome (which has “had [her] heart since she was 6″) and a love for people, adventure, the arts, the Arizona filmmaking community, VW bugs and her children. She states that she “founded this film and music festival on the wings of [her] son, Trey.”

For more information, visit http://jeromefilmfestival.com/

 

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.

 

Northern Arizona wineries grapes on the vine

Arizona Wineries: Northern Arizona

Do you have a penchant for wine and travel? Then visiting the wineries of Northern Arizona is the perfect activity for you. Below is a list of the wineries in Northern Arizona.

  1. Granite Creek Vineyards

    2515 Road 1 East – Chino Valley
    (928) 636-2003
    granitecreekvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun: 1-5

  2. Jerome Winery

    403 Clark Street – Jerome
    (928) 639-9067
    jeromewinery.com
    Mon-Thurs: 12-5 Fri-Sun: 11–5

  3. Caduceus Cellars

    158 Main Street – Jerome
    (928) 639-WINE
    caduceus.org
    Sun-Thurs: 11–6 Fri-Sat: 11–8

  4. Bitter Creek Winery

    240 Hull Street – Jerome
    (928) 634-7033
    bittercreekwinery.com
    Daily: 11-6

  5. Pillsbury Wine Company

    North 1012 N Main Street – Cottonwood
    (928) 639-0646
    pillsburywine.com
    Mon-Thurs: 11-6 Fri-Sat: 11-9 Sun: 12-6

  6. Arizona Stronghold

    1023 Main Street – Cottonwood
    (928) 639-2789
    azstronghold.com
    Mon/Thurs/Sun: 12-7 Tues/Wed: 12-5 Fri/Sat: 12-9

  7. Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

    7500 Alcantara Way – Verde Valley
    (928) 649-8463
    alcantaravineyard.com
    Daily: 11-5

  8. Page Springs Cellars

    1500 Page Springs Road – Cornville
    (928) 639-3004
    pagespringscellars.com
    Sun-Thurs: 11-6 Fri-Sat: 11-9

  9. Oak Creek Vineyards

    1555 Page Springs Road – Cornville
    (928) 649-0290
    oakcreekvineyards.net
    Daily: 11-5

  10. Javelina Leap Vineyard

    1565 Page Springs Road – Cornville
    (928) 649-2681
    javelinaleapwinery.com
    Daily: 11-5

  11. Art of Wine

    101 N. Hwy 89A #B-9 – Sedona
    (877) 903-WINE
    artowine.com
    Mon-Thurs: 10-6 Sat-Sun: 10-8

  12. San Dominique Winery

    I-17 & Cherry Road (Hwy 169) – Camp Verde
    (602) 549-9787
    garlicparadise.com
    Daily: 10-5

  13. Juniper Well Ranch

    10080 W Tough Country Trail – Skull Valley
    (928) 442-3415
    juniperwellranch.com
    By Appt Only

Source: Arizona Vines and Wines