A couple weeks ago, E suggested on a whim that we take a mini day trip. (Yes, he made this suggestion on his own!) He asked me to look up a couple places near by. Long story short, I remembered a friend of ours telling us a while back that Arizona indeed have some wineries in our backyard.
A quick google search led me to Page Springs Winery and Alcantara Vineyards. These two wineries were plan A and B respectively. Our Sunday afternoon road trip was almost ruined when both wineries were closed due to flooding from our moonsoon storms.
A quick and desperate google search led me to Granite Creek Vineyards, in Prescott. I called prior to driving to ensure they were open. The nice gentleman on the other line told me they were.
When I arrived on the property I saw rows and rows of vines. I almost couldn’t believe I was in Arizona touching actual grapes made for wine consumption.
(Prescott is generally 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix. I ain’t no grape growing expert but as you can see, the grapes thrive just fine in the desert)
1) Classic Chardonnay – It was oookay. I’m not a Chardonnay fan but it did not taste bad. The first thing I noticed about this wine was its pungent smell! It reminded me of cat’s pee. When I took my Wines of the World course in college, to detect a cat’s pee kind of scent was sort of a good thing. (I think)
2) Dry Rose – this was a fruity wine with a hint of mint. I was surprised with this wine as I thought I would not be all that impressive. It tasted very good and we ended up buying a bottle to share.
3) Grand Canyon Cuvee – This was a dry, dry, dry, red wine. I love a glass of dry Shiraz any day. When I took that first sip of the Cuvee, my taste buds went into shock! I think I ended up passing the rest of my glass to E.
4) Wild Grape Blush – This is a sweet, dark wine. I do not like sweet wines at all. If I wanted a sweet glass of wine, I’d just drink a bowl of sugar! In fact, the taste of this wine strongly reminded me of the grape juice the deacons passed out every first Sunday for Communion. Yuck.
5)White Merlot – I cannot remembered what this one taste like. I think this one had a sweet flavor too and E was all over this drink.
The bottles are reasonably priced. They range from $16.50 – $22.00
2515 Road 1 East
Chino Valley, AZ 86323