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 […]

The Arboretum at Flagstaff Opens April 15


The Arboretum at Flagstaff opens for the 2017 season Saturday, April 15. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate “Opening Day” at The Arboretum and enjoy hundreds of daffodils, the beautiful view of the San Francisco Peaks, hiking trails, gardens just beginning to bloom. At 11am and 1pm, visitors can participate in guided tours […]

Spa Casitas And Suites Renovation Caps Multi-Year Enhancement At Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa


Two-million-dollar refresh follows 2016 opening of Spa House, 2015 Mountain Casita redesign The early 2017 unveiling of $2 million in renovations to its Spa Casitas and Spa Suites completes a comprehensive, two-year capital investment at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Conducted in three stages, the campaign also saw the 2016 introduction of Spa […]

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 […]

Carlson Creek Vineyard Releasing 2015 Grenache February 16 – Wine release parties planned


Carlson Creek Vineyard will be releasing its 2015 Grenache with wine release parties at their Scottsdale and Willcox tasting rooms Thursday, February 16. “This is only the second time in our nine-year history that we’ve released a Grenache, as it is always allocated to our flagship wine and only blend, the Rule of Three (made […]

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 […]