About Arizona Wine: Laramita Cellars Has Big Plans


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine Laramita means ‘The Twig’ in Spanish; Laramita Cellars has big plans for many of them. Have you ever concocted an extravagant brainchild while sitting at a bar sipping on a glass of wine? You weren’t sure you would make that dream a reality come morning, for […]

Experience LDV Winery In Downtown Scottsdale – Discover wines that are true Chiricahua Mountain fruit


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine The art of making wine has much in common with having a baby. Both creations bring joy and happiness yet are fallible existences that will endure many trials and tribulations throughout its lifetime. I have the pleasure of doing weekly wine tastings in LDV Winery’s Scottsdale […]

About Arizona Wine: Central Wine On Central Avenue


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine It’s no secret that Downtown Phoenix has been kissed by welcomed urbanization and significant transformation. The use of Adaptive Reuse Projects is plentiful and it is becoming a big draw for people to move downtown. Businesses are also gaining exposure from people in the suburbs. This […]

About Arizona Wine: My Wine Cellar, Ahwatukee’s ‘Wine Hub’


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine I’ve been a wine lover for the better part of my life so when I moved to Phoenix from Cleveland 17 years ago, I was in search of that perfect wine bar, where I could peacefully explore exceptional and regional choices of beautiful wines. I bought […]

About Arizona Wine: Vintage 95 In Downtown Chandler Celebrates Five Year Anniversary


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine As owner of About Wine and a wine columnist, I frequent a lot of wine bars.  I guess you could say I do this for love or money, but it’s mostly because wine gives me an eccentric supply of energy.  My latest vino victims were the […]

About Arizona Wine: Chateau Tumbleweed Wines Are On A Roll


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine The voyage of life can be much like that of a Tumbleweed.   We break away from our roots and go where the wind takes us.  We might get stuck when there are obstacles in our way, but when we come across wide-open spaces, we can’t be […]

About Arizona Wine: Hidden Track Bottle Shop


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine   If I had to use only two words to describe what appeals to me in a restaurant, cabin, retail shop or even a concert hall, I would say small and intimate.  It’s always those off the beaten path spots that just have a way of […]

About Arizona Wine: I’ll See You At Pillsbury Winery


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine The movies have a lot in common with a good bottle of wine. For starters they both require a producer that is powerful enough to create an outstanding finished product for our personal enjoyment. This extraordinary finesse is what ultimately allows us to disconnect from reality […]

About Arizona Wine: Pomelo


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine Pomelo, a three month old, locally owned restaurant that serves classic American food, is my featured establishment of the month for wine and spirits in Arizona. I chose this ‘twist’ to my traditional winery theme, for several reasons. One, to let people in the Valley know […]

About Arizona Wine: Prescott Winery


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine Exploring the Arizona wine scene is a fascinating phenomenon. There are the pioneers whose vision developed the framework of our vineyards, and the budding neophytes offering fresh ideas and innovative concepts. Each bring their own twist to Arizona’s wines. Their common ground is the never ending […]