The Winery Road Trip

July 25th

Barrels at San Dominique

Last weekend I cruised up to northern Arizona to tour a couple wineries with some friends. While the wineries ranked from “Oh my. Is that dog peeing? Inside?! AY! We’re so out of here.” to “Wow. I feel like I’m on the set of Brothers & Sisters. Now where is that tasty Senator?” it was worth the journey.

Vineyard at Page Springs

Wine in Arizona is definitely not like wine in northern California or South Africa, but hey — we are into buying local and celebrating small business. And if I have to drive to Sedona — one of my favorite places — and have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants to do so, then by all means. Count me in and pour another glass.

camp verde winery harvest

This week, I’m freakishly focused on tri-training, sewing and getting my house in order for another trip abroad in a few weeks. Mmm… Bolivian wine.

St. Francis at San Dominique

Something tells me mid-race I may have wished I drank less and trained more. Something also tells me when I’m on my death bed, I’ll be glad I celebrated life.

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  1. A glass of red a day’s good for you. So it’s gotta be good for the training. We’ve been to a few of those, let’s get out of here wineries. We’ve been to a few really big well known ones, that were really impersonal, but others were great. And we went to one that we thought was going to be really dodgy…the winemaker was very eccentric, but he was entertaining, the wine was great and we spent much longer and many more $$ than intended.

  2. All in moderation, even tri-training. 🙂

  3. The picture of the bung and bunghole turned out very nice.

  4. Yup, I too am all about celebrating life! 🙂

  5. my favorite part was a toss up between tasting the wine from nyquill cups and watching the scottsdale mod squad arrive. party dress? $200. gigantor sunglasses? $160. fake blond hair? $120. flip flops? $75. and the fact that there was a chihuahua there, waiting for them, needing a home? priceless. one of my favorite days in a long time.

  6. celebrate while you can. all the world’s a stage & this is not a dress rehersal, ya know.

  7. Hi

    Thanks for your generous offer to send stuff to my class. Currently, our class is studying Friendship. I would love to have them make something to give to the children in Bolivia when you go. I am thinking maybe bookmarks or some other flat lightweight easy thing. Maybe pictures? Anyway, then if you send us pics from your trip it will be like they made friends across the world (well down South anyway.)

    Enjoy Sedona! I am hoping to get there one of these days!

  8. We picked grapes closer to Phoenix once. The vines were twice as tall as the young ones. I want to do it again, but have to look into where again.

  9. Yes, at the end it’s better not to have regrets! We look forward to our Rhin region trip in two weeks to buy some wine. Usually while on vacation, we buy local food and wine to savor at home during long, cold, dark winter days!

  10. Oh! I miss Oaxaca too!!!

  11. Haven’t been to Sedona in ages. I also didn’t know they were growing wine in Arizona these days. Will have to put in a request with husband next time he is out that way to pick some up. I like the St. Francis.

  12. Kristen July 26, 2007

    Oh Sedona – How I miss it there. It’s been two years since our last visit – way to long. My husband wanted to go to Oaxaca every day we were there – it was just great! Oh to be out west, one day I hope, I’ll make it there for good!

  13. Ah…. Oaxaco, I haven’t been there since I left NAU. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get my keister up there for some margaritas and yummy eats.

  14. sounds like a lovely time. and yes, memories are just as important as tri training. 🙂