Here’s another column about some new kids on the block. One day, driving down Elgin Road in Southern Arizona wine country, I noticed a banner that read “Twisted Union” hanging on Kief-Joshua Vineyard’s fence. I’d heard rumblings about Kief Manning looking to sell his winery and vineyard, and by the looks of this, he did.
Twisted Union Wine Co. is composed of 14 partners. In fact, I know some of the folks involved because they would frequently attend all the Arizona Winemaker luncheons at my restaurant, FnB. Let’s just say they got bit by the wine bug.
One of them is Elizabeth Krecker, who worked with Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards and Mark Phillips of Golden Rule Vineyards. Both winemakers provided consulting services for Twisted Union as the winery crushed its first vintage this past fall. The 20-acre Twisted Union property is planted with Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Sémillon, Viognier and Mourvèdre. The actual closing of the sale did not happen until after harvest, meaning the new owners had to round out the vintage with some contracted fruit. Krecker and team were able to make a Rhône blend, a Sangiovese blend and a single variety offering of Graciano. They hope to open the tasting room and start pouring by the end of 2020.
In Krecker’s words: “We’re a collective of winemakers and storytellers who want to showcase the terroir of both Arizona and Sonoma.” Welcome to the block.
Twisted Union Wine Co.
370 Elgin Rd., Elgin