Arizona wine meets Arizona-made glassware.
“Where there is no wine, there is no love,” Greek tragedian Euripides wrote. October marks the end of harvest season in Arizona wine country, which means our wineries are bursting with local love. Pick up a few bottles and host your own tasting, with local chalices to match.
1 The Historic District Series – 2017 F.Q. Story Chardonnay
Backstory: Hidden Track Bottle Shop owners Craig Dziadowicz and Danielle Middlebrook collaborated with winemaker Michael Pierce (Willcox’s Bodega Pierce) on wines inspired by Phoenix’s historical neighborhoods ($24.99). A Coronado Petite Sirah is available; more to be announced.
Tastes like: A California-style Chardonnay – big and buttery, with notes of apple, pear and honeysuckle
Pair with: Garlic-butter shrimp, avocado toast, popcorn
Find it: Hidden Track Bottle Shop
111 W. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-566-7932
2 Kief-Joshua Vineyards – 2015 Syrah
Backstory: Old World wines are Elgin winemaker Kief-Joshua Manning’s bailiwick. His Syrah ($30) is as earthy as the French countryside whence the varietal originated.
Tastes like: Spicy and dark, with notes of almond, dark-chocolate-covered cherries and balsamic glaze
Pair with: Game meat, hearty stews, dark chocolate
Find it: Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry
3039 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-941-2261
3 Four Tails Vineyard – 2016 Double Trouble Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Backstory: Arizona-grown Cabs are rare – rarer still is a 100 percent estate-grown Cab Sauv ($31.99). Cale and Barb Coons named their Pearce winery after their canine coterie.
Tastes like: Raspberry jam, black currants and cassis, with hints of roasted eggplant and green pepper
Pair with: Steak, ratatouille, veggie burgers, fruit tart
Find it: Arcadia Premium
5618 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 602-464-9000
4 LDV Winery – 2014 R.E.D.
Backstory: Curt Dunham and wife Peggy Fiandaca’s southeast Arizona-grown R.E.D. ($32) is dedicated to Dunham’s father (R.E.D. were his initials) and their mothers, both nicknamed “Red.”
Tastes like: A fruit bomb blend (Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah), hints of the new French oak in which it was aged
Pair with: Pork tenderloin, barbecue, Moroccan tagine
Find it: LDV Wine Gallery, 7134 E. Stetson Dr.,
Scottsdale, 602-320-1485, ldvwinery.com
5 Ray DelMuro – recycled glassware
Phoenix wine bars’ trash is artisan Ray DelMuro’s treasure. He collects about 20,000 spent bottles each month and turns them into drinking glasses ($25 for a set of four 12-ounce glasses).
Find it: Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix