Saturday, February 1, 2014

Wine Tasting in Sonoita

Our friends Jim and Kim are visiting us on their way back to Texas.  Their coach spent some time this winter at Elite RV Repair and Remodel, it's now very beautiful.  They have new floors, MCD shades, carpet, furniture, and the uber sexy Corian entry way steps with LED lights.  Thursday we rented a mini-van and drove out to Sonoita.  Arizona has three main wine producing areas, and Sonoita is one of them.  They grow Italian and Spanish varietals there.  We visited three tasting rooms.

This is the Dos Cabezas tasting room.

I love wine speak. This product write up describes the wine as reminding him of a "bag of blood".  Kim has an educated palate and speaks wine fluently, me - not so much.

 There is an Inn across the street for your sleeping pleasure.

What Sonoita looks like.

Then it was on to Elgin for two more wineries.

This is the Callaghan Vineyard,  They're the best of the three places we went.

The tasting room.

Out back, looking at the vines in the distance.  It's fairly desolate at the moment.

The third and final stop, Kief-Joshua Vineyard.  No wine was purchased here.  We look at the size of this building and would really like to see their books.  It's a labor intensive business and we always wonder how they make money.

Then it was on to lunch.  This is new restaurant that just opened, named Overland Trout.  That would be slang for bacon.  Really.  It's a nice restaurant, it's odd to see it out in the middle of nowhere.  The population of Sonoita is 818.
So, if you enjoy going wine tasting, Sonoita is the area for you.


  1. For me, Bag of Blood would not entice me to drink it!

  2. Looks like you enjoyed the adventure. I especially liked the Elgin Welcome sign. Thanks for posting.

  3. I would love to tour wineries but it isn't much fun since I am allergic to sulfites. Sounds like you had a great trip.

  4. great post :) thanks for going with us, definitely needed my wine fix ;) it was fun seeing you again, we shall cross paths soon again I hope!