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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.

 

San Dominique Winery

Northern Arizona Wineries: San Dominique Winery

Napa, Napa, Napa! It’s all about Napa right? Not anymore. Napa Valley still has seniority in the wine game, but you won’t hear wine-ing laments from younger wineries in Northern Arizona. They stand very well on their own and have something a little bit different to bring to the wine enthusiast.

Recently, I took a trip to Northern Arizona to visit two of the 13 wineries on the Northern Arizona Wine Tour Map near Camp Verde and Cottonwood.

San Dominique Winery

My first stop was the San Dominique Winery also known as Garlic Paradise. Aside from my enjoyment of wine, I love garlic. I put it in or on just about everything I cook. I’ve even had the opportunity to taste garlic ice cream which was delicious, but sadly, is one of the only things not offered at Garlic Paradise.

San Dominique Winery is run out of a small shop by owner and cellar master, Bill Staltari. San Dominique Winery has the feel of an Italian general store with the products of Garlic Paradise lining the shelves and bottles of wine behind a big wooden counter.

The Wine
The wine tasting list offers 17 wines to taste, reds, whites and the specialty wines. There is also a separate list of “Specialty Private Reserves” that states “Serious Inquiries Only.” It’s only $10 for four tastings, and you get a souvenir glass. I am not sure if this includes wines off the private reserve list, but I doubt it.San Dominique Winery

I tried the 1998 Cabernet, 2005 Cabernet and Black Cherry reds, the Arizona Blush, the Muscato of Alexandria whites, and the three specialty wines, Hot Pepper wine, Amerita, and Almondino.

My favorite red was the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon; it had a light spice, a hearty bouquet and a smooth finish — no wonder it is a Silver Medal winner. The Black Cherry wine was another favorite, it is a sweet summer wine made purely from black cherries — very fruity and rich.

But what really excited me was the list of specialty wines. The Amrita is an orange marsala dessert wine. It has flavors of honey and orange, and it’s not as sweet as expected. The Almondino was a rich and smooth almond-flavored, sherry-based wine. And lastly there was the hot pepper wine. This is not a dessert wine and even following the recommendation to “serve chilled” won’t cool it off! It’s a blend of Chenin Blanc and French Colombard grapes infused with hot pepper. If you buy a bottle, you get a complimentary recipe card that suggests how to use the wine to spice up your favorite dishes or that happy hour margarita.

San Dominique Winery

The Garlic
The amount of items that include garlic are incredible — BBQ rubs and sauces, pasta sauces, salad dressings, dipping oils, sandwich spreads and meat glazes. And even if you or someone you know doesn’t love garlic, there are a few items sans garlic worth a try. And if you can’t make it to San Dominique you can always order your favorites online at www.garlicparadise.com.

The Dinners
Staltari cooks up dinner’s right in his shop, and every three to five weeks on a Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. he hosts dinner for a group. The dinner is seven courses for a reasonable price.

“Don’t expect to rush away,” Staltari says. “It’s at least a three hour affair where you can relax and enjoy yourself.”

He has been doing these dinners for 18 years and enjoys hosting as much as the guests enjoy eating. If you are interested in the Sunday dinner, give your email address to San Dominique Winery, and you will be emailed a menu and date of the next dinner.

San Dominique Winery

Bill Staltari in his kitchen preparing to serve guests.

If You Go:

San Dominique Winery
I-17 & Cherry Road (Highway 169), Camp Verde
(602) 549-9787
Open Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

bottle of wine and glass on a picnic table in a vineyard

Arizona Wineries: Southeast Arizona

map of southeast arizona wineries

Looking for a good idea for a weekend getaway? Then visiting the wineries of Southeastern Arizona is the perfect trip for you.

  1. Crop Circle

    3052 N. Fort Grant Rd.
    (888) 833-5951
    January 1 – May 31: Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    June 1 – Dec 31: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  2. Coronado Vineyards

    2909 E. Country Club Dr.
    (520) 384-2993
    Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  3. Keeling-Schaefer Tasting Room

    154 N Railroad Ave.
    (520) 824-2500
    Thursday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  4. Fort-Bowie Vineyards

    156 N. Jefferson St.
    (8880 299-5951
    Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  5. Colibri Vineyards

    2825 W. Hilltop Rd.
    (520) 558-2401
    by Appointment

  6. Carlson Creek Vineyards

    115 Railview Ave.
    (520) 766-3000
    Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  7. Keeling-Schaefer Vineyard

    10277 E. Rock Creek Ln.
    (520)824-2500
    by Appointment

photo of vineyard

Arizona Wineries: Eglin & Sonoita

Looking for a good idea for a day trip? Then visiting the wineries of Eglin and Sonoita South of Tucson is the perfect activity for you. Below is a list of the wineries in Elgin and Sonoita in southern Arizona.

MAp of Elgin and Sonoita Wineries

  1. Charron Vineyards

    18585 South Sonoita Hwy
    (520) 762-8585
    charronvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun: 10-6
    Open Daily by Appointment

  2. Dos Cabezas WineWorks

    3248 Hwy 82
    (520) 455-5141
    doscabezaswinery.com
    Thurs–Sun: 10:30-4:303

  3. Wilhelm Family Vineyards

    21 Mountain Ranch Drive
    (520) 455-9291
    wilhelmfamilyvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun: 11-5
    Open Daily by Appointment

  4. Rancho Rossa Vineyards

    32 Cattle Ranch Lane
    (520) 455-0700
    ranchorossa.com
    Fri–Sun: 10:30-3:305

  5. Callaghan Vineyards

    336 Elgin Road
    (520) 455-5322
    callaghanvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun 11-3

  6. Canelo Hills Winery

    342 Elgin Road
    520) 455-5499
    canelohillswinery.com
    Fri–Sun: 11-4

  7. Kief-Joshua Vineyard

    370 Elgin Road
    (520) 455-5582
    kiefjoshuavineyards.com
    Daily: 11-5

  8. Village of Elgin/Four Monkey

    471 Elgin Road
    (520) 455-9309
    elginwines.com
    Daily: 10-4

  9. Sonoita Vineyards

    290 Elgin Canelo Road
    (520) 455-5893
    sonoitavineyards.com
    Daily: 10-4

  10. Lightning Ridge Cellars

    2368 Hwy 83
    (520) 678-8220
    lightningridgecellars.com
    Fri–Sun: 11-4

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