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 […]

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 […]

“Conquer the Summer” At Hilton Tucson El Conquistador


Yes, Arizona is hot in the summer, but relief can be found just a short jaunt south of the Valley.  Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort is conquering the heat by discounting rates for summer stays starting from $109 per night and offering an entertaining lineup of daily activities for all ages, most of […]

MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE Wins Illuminate Film Festival Director’s Choice Award


Maya Angelou and Still I Rise, a documentary about Dr. Angelou, a global symbol of peace, humility and freedom, received the Director’s Choice Award at the third annual Illuminate Film Festival, June 1-5 in Sedona. Directed by Rita Coburn Whack, the film reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped poet […]

Tucson Folk Festival Kicks Off April 30


The 31st annual Tucson Folk Festival, one of the oldest free folk music festivals in the country, will unfold the weekend of Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.  More than 120 performing artists from Southern Arizona and across the country will bring their musical talent to five different stages for a celebration of acoustical […]