AZVA: Wine Symposium and Grand Tasting |

January, 2019

12Jan9:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.AZVA: Wine Symposium and Grand Tasting9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Farm at South MountainEvents Categories:Experience,Food

Event Details

Join the Arizona Vignerons Alliance at their third annual event!

Come learn all about Arizona wines at this full-day (or half-day) event at The Farm At South Mountain. Featuring two morning symposiums lead by a panel of winemakers and industry professionals. Afterwards, a wine paired lunch will begin followed by a live auction with Auctioneer Todd Ventura and will be featuring wine lots that restaurateurs and collectors won’t want to missThe Grand Tasting will kickoff at 2:00 p.m. and guests will enjoy 100% Arizona grown and produced wines from around the state. This event is 21 and older, rain or shine.

Symposium Topics:

We are the Malvasia.
We will add your biological diversity to our own.
Your culture will adapt to service us.
Resistance is futile.
Join Dr José Vouillamoz & Todd of Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Pavle of Los Milics and Sarah of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards as they explore the family of grapes known as Malvasia. With more aliases than Russel Tyrone Jones, the Malvasia family can be a tough one to get your head around. Malvasia Bianca is one of the stars of Arizona viticulture – and many of the grapes from the Malvasia family, derived from this selection are cultivated widely around the world.
A Tale of Two Varieties: Grenache & Tempranillo
Set in Arizona during the time of the American Wine Revolution.
6 stories about 3 regions as told by 2 grape varieties.
Just the best of wines.

Patrick Comiskey & Maynard of Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, Kent of Callaghan Vineyards and Kris of Chateau Tumbleweed enlist grenache & tempranillo to tell the stories of the Verde Valley, Willcox & Sonoita. Six delicious perspectives from these three distinct winegrowing regions highlight the diversity and complexity of how Arizona tastes.

Joining this year is Dr José Vouillamoz, one of the world’s leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profilingSwiss grape geneticist of international fametrained with Prof Carole Meredith at the University of California at Davis (USA), he’s the co-author with the two Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding of the multi-award winning book Wine Grapes (Allen Lane, 2012), the ultimate reference on all the grape varieties that are cultivated in the world. In 2017, he published the reference book Cépages Suisses – Histoires et Origines that was a huge national success. Dr Vouillamoz is also author and coauthor of several scientific papers and grape books, such as the Oxford Companion to Wine and the World Atlas of WineDr Vouillamoz is an independent wine expert, wine writer, wine educator and lecturer, as well as a member of the Académie Internationale du Vin, the Académie du Vin de Bordeaux, the Mémoire des Vins Suisses and the Circle of Wine Writers. He will be leading a symposium on Arizona wine grapes – history, origin and future.

Also joining this year: Patrick Comiskey! Patrick Comiskey is a Senior Correspondent for Wine & Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief domestic critic for the magazine. He regularly contributes articles devoted to California, Oregon and Washington wine, wine growing, and wine culture. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, and his work has appeared on in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Decanter, Lucky Peach, and the Robb Report. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor in the wine business at UCLA, His book American Rhône, about the history of the American Rhône wine movement, was published in 2016.

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(Saturday) 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The Farm at South Mountain

6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85042