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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.

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Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2nd Annual Spring Palate Training

Wine and baseball, anyone?

The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards team will be heading down to Scottsdale to host its 2nd annual Spring Palate Training on Sunday, March 10 at Salt River Fields.

SpringPalateTraining2013.inddThe award-winning brand will be taking over one of the ballpark’s party decks for an hour-long palate training, beginning at 11 a.m. Ambassador of Wine Education Justin Ove will lead the group through a tasting featuring five of ASV’s wines.

After the tasting, everyone will be treated to lunch and invited to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies from VIP seating.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.azstronghold.com. Tickets for ASV wine club members are $70 and non-members are $85 (this includes the tasting, lunch and game).

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed in 2007 by Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan. ASV helped put Arizona on the map for fine wines. The vineyards are located in Cochise County, its winery in Camp Verde and tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood.

Please contact wineclub@azstronghold.com or 928-639-2789 (ext.214) with questions.

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

ARIZONA STRONGHOLD VINEYARDS 2ND ANNUAL SPRING PALATE TRAINING

Wine and baseball, anyone?

The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards team will be heading down to Scottsdale to host its 2nd Annual Spring Palate Training on Sunday, March 10 at Salt River Fields.

SpringPalateTraining2013.inddThe award-winning brand will be taking over one of the ballpark’s party decks for an hour-long palate training, beginning at 11 a.m. Ambassador of Wine Education Justin Ove will lead the group through a tasting featuring five of ASV’s wines.

After the tasting, everyone will be treated to lunch and invited to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies from VIP seating.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.azstronghold.com. Tickets for ASV wine club members are $70 and non-members are $85 (this includes the tasting, lunch and game).

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed in 2007 by Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan. ASV helped put Arizona on the map for fine wines. The vineyards are located in Cochise County, its winery in Camp Verde and tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood.

Please contact wineclub@azstronghold.com or 928-639-2789 (ext.214) with questions.

Scottsdale, Regional Wineries

Regional And Scottsdale Wineries 101: Learn All About Your Favorites

We all know that Scottsdale is full of fabulous eats, but there is also much to be said for the growing portfolio of fine wines popping up at your friendly, neighborhood resorts, bistros, bars and even breweries.

Why not take some time to learn more about some of the up-and-comers to the area? Below, we will take a look as both some local, Scottsdale wineries and regional classics.


First up – Napa’s Etude Winery:

How did the winery make its mark?

Founded in 1982 by Tony Soter, his philosophy was, “Winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Inspired grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in superior wines that are grown, not made.”

Jon Priest, current winemaker and general manager, maintains this approach and continues to build on the Etude legacy. Etude specializes in two classic red varietals — Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Where is it currently available in Scottsdale?

Etude wines are available in fine wine shops and many fine dining restaurants in and around town.

What is your favorite Valley foodie event?

Etude is involved in many wine-maker dinners as well as Phoenix Cooks.


And now, a local favorite – Arizona Stronghold Vineyards.

How did the winery make its mark?

The year was 2002. Eric Glomski was making wine at Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery near Sedona; he was hard at work when a mysterious black Range Rover pulled up to the remote vineyard in the Arizona high desert.

“I thought, ‘These folks must be lost,’ ” remembers Glomski.

In fact, driver Maynard James Keenan knew exactly where he was. Popularly known as the iconoclastic lead singer of Tool, he was also a passionate wine-lover who wanted to plant grape vines on his property in the nearby artist colony of Jerome.

Over the next few years, Glomski and Keenan each founded private wine labels. Glomski purchased a creek-side estate in the nearby town of Cornville and started Page Springs Cellars, a sustainable winery and bottling house. Keenan, in the meantime, learned the art of winemaking from Glomski and started two labels: Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards.

Meanwhile, the two friends developed a parallel obsession: Launching Arizona wines into the consciousness of wine-lovers everywhere, which they partnered to do together.

Where is it currently available in Scottsdale?

AJ’s Fine Foods, Whole Foods, Fry’s, Total Wine, 32 Shea and more than 100 restaurants in Scottsdale.

What is the best Scottsdale-area event the winery has participated in?

Stronghold has participated in some great events over the years, but the Scottsdale Culinary Festival Best of Fest and The First Press Weekend of Wine definitely stand out.

How would you describe some of your best-selling varietals?

DAYDEN (Dry Rosé ): Dayden is all about subtlety and finesse. This alluring pink wine is dry and fruity, not sweet.

TAZI (Aromatic White blend): Slightly chilled, Tazi restrains itself offering notes of lemon, green peppercorns, fresh herbs and almond biscotti.

DALA (Cabernet Sauvignon): The newest release from ASV, this Cabernet Sauvignon has power and subtlety with a solid bouquet of black currant, cassis, spice cake, fennel and graphite.

MANGUS (Tuscan blend): This is a medium-bodied Sangiovese based blend, displaying fragrances of dusty spice, dried orange peel, tart raspberry, flowers, graphite and rustic dried herbs.

NACHISE (Rhone blend): This award-winning wine has beautiful aromas of concentrated dark fruits, mocha, tar, sweet cigar smoke, hints of black tea, star anise and pumpkin pie spice.


And finally, a Paso Robles gem – L’Aventure Winery.

How did the winery make its mark?

Owner and winemaker Stephan Asseo came to Paso Robles in 1998 after making wine at his family’s three properties in Bordeaux, France for 17 years.

How would you describe some of your best-selling varietals?

Asseo’s intent when he launched the winery was to find a region where he would have the freedom to craft his own avant-garde Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blends, which are now known as Optimus and Estate Cuvee. At the time, this was not permitted in the Bordeaux area. He found such a place on the west side of Paso Robles, where the chalk soils, rolling topography and maritime influence combine to make a world-class growing area. They remain the best-sellers today.

Where is it currently available in Scottsdale?

Less than a decade after launching his label the region, Asseo made his way into Scottsdale with a vengeance. He began selling in the area in 2005 with AZ Wine Company and Arcadia Fine Wine being two of his top local retail outlets.