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The Great Grape Stomp Returns to Fountain Hills

The Great Grape Stomp returns to Fountain Hills on Saturday, November 3, from 10-4 p.m.


Fountain Hills Great Grape Stomp

The Grape Stomp Returns to Fountain Hills, Nov 3

Kicking off with a 5K race at Fountain Park, the Stomp will include wine tastings featuring Arizona’s four main wine regions, a Farmer’s Market, Fine Artists displaying their original art, cooking and wine-pairing demonstrations, and entertainment featuring vocalist Donna McGee.

Executive Chef Paul O’Connor of Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd Resort and Winemaker Curt Dunham will provide a wine-pairing demonstration pairing Lawrence Dunham Vineyard’s wines and a variety of small bites offerings featuring products from the Farmer’s Market.

Donna McGee will perform at the Great Grape Stomp

Donna McGee will be providing listenable vocals throughout the event.  A veteran of the café scene in Tucson, she brings her easy but elegant style to the Valley.  Vendors will have all manner of snacks and meals, starting with a variety of healthy breakfast items from Eat me Catering. Desserts, from whoopie pies to fudge and popcorn will abound.

A wide variety of juried artists will be selling original art and wearable art pieces throughout the show, and an award ceremony at center stage on the Avenue of the Fountains will announce the winners of the 5K race.

You haven’t lived until you’ve stomped grapes!

But the most fun will be the addition of a Grape Stomping Competition.  For a small fee “Stomping Teams” will compete for the Phoenix Area Great Grape Stomp Championship. After expenses, proceeds from the “Stomp” will benefit the Arizona Wine Growers Association.  This is a family-friendly adventure, and team-members will join a harvest tradition that spans centuries. (Hint:  dress in black or dark clothing!).

  • Race Registration:  Avenue of the Fountains, west median; 9 a.m. or on-line at www.arizonawine.org
  • Wine Garden/ Market/ Art on the Avenue: 10-4.
  • Wine Pairing / Chef Paul from Alchemy at Copperwynd: 11:30 – 1p.m.
  • Music, Donna McGee: 1, 2, 3 p.m.
  • Grape Stomping:  periodically throughout the day

Questions?  Contact Peggy Fiandaca of the Arizona Wine Growers Association (and Lawrence Dunahm Vineyards)…Fountain Hills favorite “hometown” vineyard who will also be at the wine garden!  peggy@lawrencedunhamvineyards.com

Fountain Hills Wine Week 2011: A New Event Is Born!

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”  –  Benjamin Franklin

Peggy Fiandaca, Great Grape Stomp, Fountain Hills

Peggy Fiandaca and the Winners of the Fountain HIlls Great Grape Stomps, 2011

The Great Grape Stomp on November 5, turned out to be a fantastic way to launch what I’m sure will be an annual tradition in Fountain Hills.  A 5-k run (2.5 times around fountain park!), wine tasting garden and lots of talented local artists in a street fair atmosphere all enjoyed what started out to be a rainy morning but ended up to be a beautiful fall day!  The event was held at the Plaza Fountainside, home of Fountain Hills own Grapeables Wine Bar.

Fountain Hills Residents John & Pam Pucentas enjoy the Grape Stomp Wine Garden with Friends

Fountain Hills own Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham of Lawrence Dunahm Vineyards, along with Su Vino Winery of Scottsdale and Kokopelli Winery of Chandler presented some fantastic wines and proved to more, unsuspecting wine enthusiasts that Arizona Wineries can really hold their own!  Peggy is President of the Arizona Wine Growers Association  and was pleased to present the 4th in a series of these events in her home town.  Earlier stomps occured in Wilcox, Verde Valley and Elgin/Sonoita.

A Grape Stomp Runner-With a Winning Smile!

Additional events included a Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Tasting at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate on Thursday, Nov. 3rd, followed by a Wine Maker’s Dinner at Sofrita Restaurant.

Next year, stay tuned for more and bigger events and celebrations.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and you’ll get a chance to learn, firsthand, just how good the Arizona Wines have become.  My favorite are their Grenaches, in particular the Sky Island Grenache, that is reminiscent of some of the finer pinot noirs of my home state of Oregon.  Recently, though, the 2009 Grenache, aged 11 months in new French oak, has got my attention.  You’ll also find some beautifully crafted Syrahs and Petite Syrah’s and the quality of their blends will impress the most discerning enthusiast!

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Posted by Dori Wittrig,  Designated Broker, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate. For more information about the neighborhoods, homes, condos or land of  Scottsdale or Fountain Hills, contact her at DoriW@SonoranLifestyle.com
or by phone at 602-558-5901

Fountain Hills Becomes the Center of the Wine Country, November 5th

The Great Grape Stomp

The Great Grape Stomp Comes to Fountain Hills Nov. 5

Arizona is quickly becoming known for its wine industry.  As part of the emerging wine culture of the area, Fountain Hills will host the Phoenix-area “Great Grape Stomp” to be held the weekend of November 5th.  The family-oriented event will include a 5K race/walk, a 2K kids walk and a series of tasting, dining and entertainment events featuring a significant sampling from Arizona’s 200+ vineyards.

One of four “stomps” taking place across the state, this event will feature tastings from vineyards representing the four main wine regions of Arizona. Participation in the Great Grape Stomp is a unique way to have fun, become  more  knowledgeable about the maturing Arizona wine culture, and it supports
the development and promotion of this significant addition to our quality of
life.   For more information about the upcoming “Stomp” go to www.arizonawine.org.

Sofrita Wine Maker Dinner November 3

On Thursday, November 3rd, plan to attend an afternoon of Art on the Avenue
and Farmer’s Market, followed by a wine tasting event by Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate,  4:30-6:00 pm.  Cost is $8 per flight and tickets to the Saturday Stomp event will be available.   Later that evening, enjoy a wine makers dinner at 6:30-8:00 pm at Sofrita Restaurant co-hosted by Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.  The dinner includes a 4 wine pairings with dinner and desert for $55.  For dinner reservations call 480-816-5316.  Both events take place on the Avenue of the Fountains.

Fountain Hills: Not Exactly Wine Country

Fountain Hills-The Center of the Wine Universe??

Now, a quick geography lesson:  Fountain Hills, Arizona, smack dab in the
middle of the state, only minutes from Scottsdale and nestled at the foothills
of the arid McDowell Mountains, is at least an hour and half drive from any notable vineyards.   But here’s the irony.  Many local residents are under the misguided belief that Fountain Hills is wine country!

Now, to be fair, I have seen a few meager grape vines at private homes during my 25 years as a Realtor in Fountain Hills.  However, these aren’t the bountiful vines serious vintners work so hard to nurture on their way to delivering a consistent bottling of wine.  All that being said, spare yourself the grief and don’t try to debate with any of the local wine enthusiasts that Fountain Hills is anything but a respectable haven for great wines, wine aficionados and wine events.

To emphasize…do not suggest to Dave and Diane Links, owners of Grapeables Wine Bar at the Plaza Fountainside, that Fountain Hills residents can’t hold their own when it comes to an appreciation and knowledge of the finest vintages.  Here, at the base of the World’s Tallest Fountain, Dave and Diane play host to an enthusiastic group of local wine devotees.  These folks don’t hesitate to invest in the latest and greatest vintages, delivered by regional and international wine experts who bring their bounty to Grapeables by the truck load for event
tastings and various presentations.

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wines-Part of the Fountain Hills Wine Culture!

And for sure don’t try to tell Peggy and Curt Dunham, the owners of Lawrence Dunham Winery in the Chiricaua Mountains of Southern Arizona, that Fountain Hills isn’t a good place to promote and sell fine wines.  Their schedule of release and tasting events are always well attended.  The bulk of their founders group, The Chiricahua Circle is made up of Fountain Hills residents who eagerly await each event and opportunity to taste the latest samplings.  If the hands-on vineyard experience appeals to you, check out the Chiracahua Circle Founder’s Guild at www.Lawrencedunhamvineyard.com.

Finally, it would be sheer folly to tell the folks who plan to attend the Fountain Hills Great Grape Stomp that “stomping grapes” in Fountain Hills might be a little out of place among the Saguaro and Prickly Pear cactus.  The participants in the “Stomp” might be devastated if you even suggested that Fountain Hills isn’t the center of the wine industry…at least for that week-end!

For information about the diverse and interesting lifestyle in Fountain Hills, real
estate opportunities or the local events and celebrations , check out   www.TheSonoranLifestyle.com.  Go to “calendar” for weekly event details. Or, call me, Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker for Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 602-558-5901. I love telling folks about the community of Fountain Hills and the mountain and desert lifestyle we enjoy!