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Willcox Wine Country Festival – Oct. 15, 16

Coronado Vineyards
Coronado Vineyard in Willcox

Wine in Willcox: the perfect October pairing

Cochise County, Ariz.  – Some things just go together like food and wine, art and music. Most people don’t think of Willcox and wine in the same sentence but that’s all about to change. Willcox and the rest of Cochise County has some great wineries that produce some amazing wines.

(As an aside right now I’m drinking my second bottle of Coronado Vineyards 2009 Syrah. It puts me in the mood to relax, put my feet up, and savor the delicate richness.)

Spread the word and broaden your wine palate. Drop by to sample wines from 13 Arizona wineries during the Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival on Oct. 15 & 16.  Willcox is only about 60 to 75 minutes from Tucson.

Wine and Food
For a $10 tasting fee (such a deal!), guests will receive a tasting of six wines, plus a commemorative glass. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the hospitality kiosk. Food will be available for purchase from the Dragoon Café, which specializes in made-from-scratch fresh foods, desserts, drinks and catering. The Café will prepare a cheese, fruit and chocolate plate especially for the event (my three favorite food groups on one plate). And for bigger appetites, freshly made sirloin, veggie, garlic-lime pork and chicken burritos will be for sale.

Wines available from these vineyards:

Carlson Creek Vineyard                         Coronado Vineyards
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards                  Gallifant Cellars
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards              Sand-Reckoner Vineyards
Pillsbury Wine Company                        Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards            Page Springs Cellars
Golden Rule Vineyards                           Kokopelli Vineyards

Support local wine tourism. Support Arizona wineries!  Sample high elevation wine!   

hip wine tasting room
wine tasting boite on Railroad Avenue

Music and Art
Playing on Saturday, Silver Thread Trio has a three-part vocal arrangement accompanied by banjo, guitar and washboard. Visitors can hear their unique sound of traditional folk, bluegrass, spirituals and standards. Nowhere Man and Whiskey Girl, will perform Sunday with special guest, Dylan Charles, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and music instructor.

A silent auction will be held at the Trust Gallery, which is located inside the Keeling-Schaefer Tasting Room.

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Oct. 15 & 16

Where: Railroad Park, along Railroad Avenue in downtown Willcox – check out the Rustic Rooster for eclectic home decor and jewelry at all the right prices and the Mercantile Store for you rhinestone cowgirls and boot fanatics.

Cost: $10

Wine Festival Info  or call Rod Keeling – 520-507-2301

Let’s put Willcox on the wine map.

(Photos: Karyn Zoldan)

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