Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Tucson: Arizona wine tasting, chocolate fundraiser, zin, blues, BBQ


A Taste of 40 Arizona Wines – April 3
First Annual Arizona Wine Tasting Event
CataVinos Wine Shoppe
3063 N. Alvernon Way, 1 block south of Ft. Lowell
Sunday – 2 to 5 p.m.
$15.00 cover, $5.00 discount for purchase over $50.00, FREE with case purchase
Drink Arizona! Taste what Arizona wines from both the northern and southern part of the state. Sample wines from  Page Spring Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, Bitter Creek Wines, Dribble Creek Wines, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Canelo Hill, Charron Vineyards and Winery, Kief Joshua Vineyards, and Rancho Rossa will be tasted and available for purchase.

With over 40 wines to choose from, your palate will be overjoyed with local flavor. Come see what local Arizona wineries are producing and taste the terroir of Arizona. Parking at the shoppe is limited but there is a large church parking lot one block away at Winstel and Precidio.


Taste of Chocolate – April 3
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Craving chocolate? Join the Rincon Rotary Club at the Double Tree Hotel for a sample of decadent chocolate creations from more than 30 local chefs. The chocolatey event benefits the Rincon Rotary Scholarship Program and Polio Plus.
The cost is only $10. Email wbtus@aol.com for more info.


Zin, Blues & BBQ Event – April 3
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol invites people who love to party with great zest to enjoy zin, blues, and BBQ at the 11th Annual Zin Blues & BBQ event, featuring live blues music, zinfandel wine tastings and Tucson’s largest backyard-style barbecue buffet.

Keeping with tradition, The Grill will delve into its expansive wine cellar of more than 20,000 bottles from nearly 2,500 labels, to highlight the ever-popular and robust Zinfandel wine. Caution: There are 55 different labels to sample.

Guests can sip wine and nosh on mouthwatering barbecue in the two Joesler-designed courtyards, all while enjoying live music by the Grams & Krieger Band. The barbeque will include a salad bar, grilled veggies, grilled baby back ribs, BBQ beef brisket, BBQ chicken sliders, Southwestern-style baked beans, Hacienda’s famous homemade cornbread, and strawberry shortcake parfait.

Tickets cost $55 per person. Reservations are required.

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