Tuesday Tidbits #27

Arizona Wine Country

Yes… this is Arizona! You may think it’s Italy or Napa. However, it’s called the Verde Valley.

This area is becoming a popular area for new vineyards and wineries. It’s location has moderate temperatures year round… because it’s above the desert heat and below the cold of the high country.

Cottonwood, AZ located in this popular wine tasting area is becoming a destination of cute art galleries and boutiques… with Wine Tasting Rooms sprinkled throughout!

And yet it is still keeping its vintage feel…

I purchased a groupon and asked some friends if they would like to enjoy a day trip get away to enjoy a few wineries!

We started out at my house with Cinnamon rolls and mimosas out on the back patio. The weather was perfect! So were the cinnamon rolls!

Our patio was in bloom…

Then only and hour and 20 minutes north we were there! Main St. in Cottonwood!

Of course we did some shopping first. The following video is from one of the first boutiques that we went into… we really enjoyed it! (That’s me on the left.😊)

Then off to Stronghold Winery which is located on Main Street in Cottonwood. They offer a nicely priced Groupon for a cheeseboard and tastings.

We had a lovely time sitting outdoors on their patio. There were many delicious wines to choose from for our tastings. And their staff was well educated and explained each wine tasting thoroughly. Along with the cheeseboard we ordered a few light tapas. Gorgeous weather, wonderful friends, and a beautiful place… can’t ask for anything better.

But then the vineyards were calling us!

A short drive out of town and into the country… and there they were. The area is beautiful with young vineyards. And more wineries.

A vineyard with grapes beginning to grow for the season!

This path at Page Springs Cellars is covered with grapevines. This path takes you down to a picnic area high above Oak Creek Canyon and Oak Creek a tributary of the Verde River.

Wine was shared under the trees as we listened to the water flow down below.

The wine was delicious… but we were hungry so a short walk back up the covered path …we headed into the Bistro.

We all enjoyed a basket of their Truffle Kettle Chips… so delicious! Rich with truffle oil!

The wine ceased but the food began.

We ordered 2 Curry Chicken Salad sandwiches on a Croissant Squares that were shared between us and there was plenty. Salads accompanied the fabulous tasting sandwiches! Of course, desserts were ordered as well.

Because we were so enthralled by the rich tasting sandwiches and desserts… there were no pictures taken. Yikes!

J and R shared Pistachio Caramel Cheesecake which they said was amazingly delicious! D and I shared the Flourless Chocolate Torte and it was presented so beautifully. Strawberries soaked in Grand Marnier garnished the rich dessert. The combination was delightful! The strawberries took on a new and interesting texture and added to the chocolate torte… WOW! We enjoyed it very much.

Page Springs Cellars features Rhône Style wine.

Mostly Syrah, Petite Syrah, and Mourvèdre but their white wines were just as fabulous.

Page Springs Cellars also offers a Spa…

where individual and couple massages are available.

The Verde Valley Wine Consortium provides all the information you may need to know about the region and this link can also lead you to the Verde Valley Wine Tours that can be scheduled. Along with vineyard tours… festivals and events are planned throughout the year.

Where Should You Stay?

We made it a day trip from the Valley of the Sun. From our north Phoenix location it was a 1 hour and 20 minutes road trip to get to Cottonwood.

Visit Cottonwood Website lists many of the accommodations available including campgrounds.

I hope you can visit the area it’s such a fun area… sweet Man and I have visited several times. It’s also an antiquing destination.

Thank you so much for following us along on our Girls Get Away to the new Arizona Wine Country.

I want to leave you with the following video as J and I walk down the vine covered path at Page Springs Cellars.

Have you ever enjoyed a winery? I appreciate your lovely comments… please let me know.

Until Next Time ~Nancy

31 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits #27

  1. We loved our visit to Page Springs Cellar a few weeks ago. My daughter and I plan on revisiting in the fall when we’re hoping the vines are filled with grapes ready to pick. I really wanted to order that flourless chocolate cake, but we were full and the place was so busy. Next time! Looks like you ladies had a great day … good food, good wine, fun shopping, and great friendship – can’t ask for more 😊

    1. You said it perfectly! A beautiful place! This was my second time to both wineries and the wine did not disappoint! The whole area is quite pretty.
      See you soon!

  2. Nancy, I wish that I lived close enough to enjoy this perfect outing with friends. Starting at your house with those yummy cinnamon rolls, shopping, wine tastings, winery tours, and the food…does it get any better? Lovely Tuesday Tidbits my friend!

    1. I’m glad you enjoy Tuesday Tidbits! I think of my Fad each time I sit down and write one.

      The Arizona Wine Country is quite pretty. And in the fall… near harvest time… the Cottonwoods will also be turning color! We want to go back then! So I’ll call you and you can make your flights from Alabama!

  3. What a fun and fabulous day! I’m afraid I would have needed a nap at some point between all the wine sipping and delicious food! I have been to several wineries in California, so much fun! My niece was even married at a winery in the mountains above Santa Barbara, best wedding ever! Arizona is so beautiful!

    1. What a beautiful wedding that would have been. I’m happy you have enjoyed California wine country. Sweet man took me there a few times… it does not disappoint!

      When sharing the chocolate torte with my friend… that helped wake us up just a bit! 😊

      Thank you for the visit!

    1. I enjoy a good craft IPA. Sweet man likes a visit to a good Brewery once in s while.

      I am glad that Arizona is so diverse in its landscapes. It’s why you can golf in the morning down in the Valley and Snow Ski in the afternoon in the high country.

      Thank you for stopping by! 😊

  4. Interesting and intriguing, Nancy. 🙂 I’ve never had any Arizona wine yet. It sure looks like I should try some, even if we live in what is called the “Napa Valley of Texas”, the Texas Hill/Wine Country. I will very likely have the opportunity to try some Arizona wine and even visit the Arizona wine country this autumn, when my wife and I will be spending a few days in Sedona, with a trip on the Valley Verde Railroad scheduled. I’m really looking forward to thst.

    1. You will most likely go through the area when in the train. When we were in Cottonwood… it’s only a few more miles to Sedona. You will enjoy!

      I have been to the Napa of Texas a few times with Sweet Man and his sister!

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

  5. Oh Nancy, what a wonderful day trip for you and your friends. I felt like I was one of them going right along with you starting with those delish looking cinnamon rolls and mimosas on your beautiful patio. Your flowers are delightful and provided a wonderful setting before embarking on your journey. I love visits to wine country and sometimes we find vineyards in the most unusual places. (we have been to vineyards in the middle of Missouri) Thank you for sharing my sweet friend. I was there in spirit for sure.

    1. And we enjoyed you coming along! We have a wine country on the banks of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania! So fun!

      I am so happy you enjoyed the ambiance at our place. The door is always open!😊

  6. What a pleasant trip to this beautiful winery place! Fabulous photos of your gathering with friends. Lovely!

  7. I actually didn’t know that Arizona had a wine country! This all looks sooo beautiful!! What a wonderful time with friends too. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I am adding this to my list of places to visit someday!

    1. It’s an up and coming place. Filled with fun around every turn.
      We really enjoyed the scenery and the wine!
      It won’t disappoint.
      Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Looks like a fabulous day! I never would have thought of Arizona as wine country. We’ve done quite a few wine tours in our travels from South Africa, to Australia to British Columbia here in Canada. Thanks for taking me along on your lovely tour.

  9. I actually do not like wine, but I’m glad to hear that you had a good time visiting the Arizona wine country! I love the photos & the food from the bistro sounds delicious!

    Tales of Belle

    1. Any wine country that I have visited… is truly a beautiful place. So even those who don’t care for wine… the ambiance is well worth it.

      Thank you for enjoying our day with us. 😊

  10. We have friends that enjoy the wineries of Cottonwood….just never made it up there with them. I love wine, so that is right up my alley. Another area of Arizona that has vineyards is the Southeast corner of the state…again suggestion of these friends….great post Nancy!!

    1. Thank you Kirt!
      Yes… and the area of which you speak of in South East Arizona… is Wilcox, AZ. Many grapes are grown in that area. So I bet there are wineries there as well.
      Glad you enjoyed the post… and thanks for stopping by.

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