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Sonoita 2015 Business and Services Directory

Sonoita 2015 Business and Services Directory

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Published by: The Sierra Vista Herald on May 30, 2013
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2015 DIRECTORY
H
ERALD
SIERRA VISTA
EVIEW 
BISBEE DAILY
 Wine Country 
SONOITA & ELGIN
 
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 April 2015
Flying Leap’s Estate Vineyard and Winery
 is located in the heart of Arizona wine country, just 45 miles south of Tucson, in the Sonoita AVA (American Viticulture Area). Our Elgin property consists of a humble, yet functional, winery building and tasting room situated among the sweeping views of our vines and surrounding mountains. Our beautiful, 6.5-acre estate winery is truly an extraordinary destination for wine lovers seeking a quality, relaxed wine tasting experience in a low-density, quaint and incredibly scenic setting.The Elgin area is one of the most exclusive grape growing areas in the country and is among the very 󿬁rst winegrowing regions to be granted AVA status by the federal government. It is, at present, the only federally-recognized wine growing region in the state of Arizona. Currently home to the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in the state, the Sonoita/Elgin winegrowing region is recognized as one of the top ten wine trails in the country by USA Today.
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342 Elgin Rd., Elgin, AZ 85611contact@󿬂yingleapvineyards.com
520.455.5499
Bisbee Tasting Room & Fine Art Gallery67 Main St.Bisbee, AZ 85603
520.384.6030
Willcox Tasting Room & Art Gallery100 North Railroad AvenueWilcox, AZ 85643
520.384.6030
The Estate Vineyard
All of Flying Leap’s wine grapes are hand harvested from the company’s expansive vineyards in Willcox and from its small estate vineyard in Elgin. The estate vines encompass a total planted acreage of 6.5 acres, which were originally planted in 2003 and 2004 by Tim & Joan Mueller, the owners & proprietors of the former Canelo Hills Vineyard & Winery. Flying Leap Vineyards acquired the Canelo Hills property in February 2013.The vineyard is sourced primarily with mature acreage of Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with experimental plantings of Graciano, Counoise, Viognier and Malvasia Bianca. The estate vineyard’s annual harvest yields enough fruit to produce approximately 500 cases of wine annually.
The Winery
Flying Leap’s winery is well-equipped with state of the art winemaking tools, 󿬁xtures and material. It includes a co-located cold room, barrel cellaring, 󿬁nished goods storage facilities and a large adjacent crush pad. All red wines are aged in genuine oak barrels sourced from France, Hungary and the United States. The white wines are cold-fermented and then aged in both stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, depending on style.
The Elgin Estate Vineyard, Winery & Tasting Room
Flying Leap’s estate winery includes a small, well-equipped tasting room, where our customers can relax and enjoy our wines in a genuine winery setting. The tasting bar is solid Arizona mesquite and the air is 󿬁lled with the musty aroma of oak and wine. The tasting experience at Flying Leap Vineyards is 󿬁rst class. Our tasting room staff is trained in the art and science of wine, providing our customers with not just a great pour of wine, but the knowledge and insight into how that wine was grown, vinted and cellared. We provide our customers with a quality, proper long-stemmed 22 ounce wine glass and six pours of our incredible wines for just $11.
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Take a “Flying Leap” into Wine Country 
 
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Sonoita wine country offers one-of-a-kind experience
s Arizona’s craft beer revolution has exploded loudly in recent years around the state’s more industrial population centers, The Grand Canyon State’s best secret is kept far from the South Rim. Arizona wine country is nestled quietly in unassuming Santa Cruz country, yet it continues to boldly thrive by attracting local wine-lovers and drawing faraway tourists alike.“I have to admit, Sonoita wines have a certain characteristic about them,” Lightning Ridge Cellars  winemaker Ann Roncone said. A self-taught winemaker from the Bay  Area whose operated her Italian  villa-inspired winery for a decade, Roncone specializes in estate wines.That means Lightning Ridge’s signature jammy, medium-bodied Montepulciano that’s being poured into a visitor’s glass is coming right from out of Sonoita soil that they are standing on.“They’re a little more dense, there’s nothing thin or lightweight about the fruit grown here because of the climate, as opposed to fruit from  Willcox,” Roncone continued.“(Fruit grown elsewhere in  Arizona) doesn’t have to struggle as much as it as it does here,” she said.  While Sonoitas temperatures are considerably more forgiving than the aridity found elsewhere in Arizona, it’s 5,000-plus feet elevation whittles the available grapes down to only the heartiest. Also unique to Roncone’s winery is the seven mile distance from Lightning Ridge Cellars and the traditional winery row on Elgin Road. The wineries that line Elgin Road lie exposed to colder temperatures due to their geography compared to Lightning Ridge, meaning Roncone’s  vines have already begun budding. Next up for Lightning Ridge Cellars is to continue their traditionally full- bodied wines with their new Rosé and Syrah wine.Not only does Sonoita stand out from other prolific wine regions  with it resting nearly a mile above sea level, it also comes imbued with the desert’s signature sparse rainfall and longer days, meaning some  warmer climate varietals can be replicated locally. It also counts out  wines grown best in more moderate environments.“The one thing I think we can really successfully grow here are  warmer climate clones,” Roncone said. “It goes hand in hand with getting Spanish varietals, some French and Italian varietals that do quite well here. If you were trying to grow a really good Gewürztraminer, it really wouldn’t work here.”Lightning Ridge is still very new in
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Tis is a publication of Te Sierra Vista Herald and Bisbee Daily Review with additional distribution in Green Valley News, and Sahuarita Sun. Advertising Sales RepresentativeSherie Quinn, 520-559-5850Advertising DirectorBecky Bjork, 520-515-4630EditorialPage 3, 17: Robert Charette, Sierra Vista HeraldPage 15: Matt Hickman, Sierra Vista HeraldCover PhotographBeatrice Richardson, Sierra Vista HeraldGraphic DesignersCover: Maggie Saunders, Sierra Vista Herald Bethany Strunk, Sierra Vista Herald
Image from Callaghan Vineyards via Facebook 
Arizona Hops & Vines Winery .........................19Callaghan Vineyards ...........................................7Cunningham’s Ranch House Restaurant .......17Donovan Dodge ...................................................8Dos Cabezas .........................................................9Flying Leap Vineyards .........................................2Keif-Joshua Vineyards .......................................20La Casita ..............................................................12Lightning Ridge Cellars .......................................4Miracle Ear .........................................................12Map of Elgin, Sonoita area .................................6Old Pueblo Drug ...................................................7Rancho Milagro .................................................18Rancho Rosso ....................................................14Sonoita Realty ....................................................10Sonoita Sage Clinic ............................................10Sonoita Vacation Rentals ....................................9Sonoita Vineyards .............................................11Steakout Restaurant .........................................10The Cafe ...............................................................14Village of Elgin Winery ......................................13Vineyard Cafe Sonoita .......................................18 Whisper’s Ranch ................................................17 Wick Communications ......................................14 Wilhelm Family Vineyards ...............................14Xanadu Ranch Getaway ....................................7
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