Pavle Milic, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Driving down Lower Elgin Road in Sonoita the other day, I noticed Autumn Sage Vineyards for the first time, despite passing it frequently. For some reason, the sign and white picket fence lining the hilly vineyard finally arrested my attention. It’s always exciting to write about a new vineyard, especially when it’s in my neighborhood. Autumn Sage is the brainchild of Steve Basila, who got to know our state intimately via his 40-year career as...

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I first met Brooke Lowry Ide of fledgling winery Vino Bandito Vineyards after a long day this past harvest. A former corporate marketing pro with three new plots in Sonoita-Elgin, Ide told me how she’d just processed four tons of Graciano – by herself. Wow. I needed to know more. One thing is certain: She has a pioneering spirit. Why did you get into the wine industry? Desk life was wearing on me, and I...

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It is no secret that at FnB we showcase Arizona’s agricultural bounty. Over the years, my business partner, James Beard Award-winning chef Charleen Badman, has continued to cement relationships with Arizona’s farmers so we can showcase what our state has to offer. We chose to also showcase Arizona wine. One question out-of-towners ask is how we can grow grapes in the desert where it’s so hot and dry. The answer is elevation, which tempers our...

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