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Arizona-based Carlson Creek Vineyard earns honors

Adding even more accolades to their wine portfolio, Arizona-based Carlson Creek Vineyard, was recently awarded a gold and two bronze medals for their locally grown wines at the 35th Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition. Held June 12-14 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, Carlson Creek Vineyard was among over 4,900 entries submitted from over 1,400 wineries in 29 states and 26 different countries.

The only sweet wine in the Carlson Creek catalogue – named after the family’s grandmother who enjoyed a sweeter style of wine – the 2012 Sweet Adeline Riesling ($19), received a gold medal and 89 points. With a fragrant, floral nose, this wine offers notes of honeysuckle and herbs with a tart apple finish. It pairs well with a baked brie, dessert or a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Both the 2012 Rule of Three ($25) – a red blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre – and the vineyard’s 2012 Sangiovese scored bronze medals ($23).

The 2012 Rule of Three is a Chateauneuf de Pape-inspired blend (57% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre) with hints of pomegranate, tart plum and rose oil; an elegant wine that only gets better with age. While the 2012 Sangiovese is a bold, dry take on one of the world’s oldest styles of wine, featuring berry notes with hints of honey combe and spice.

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