|By PR Newswire||
|March 24, 2014 03:47 PM EDT||
TUCSON, Ariz., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Arizona's original and only American Viticulture Area (AVA), Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be hosting the Third Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 21 Arizona Wineries in one location, April 12-13, 2014, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a professional chili two-day cook-off and live music.
"We are once again bringing together winemakers from all across Arizona," states winemaker and host Kief Manning. "This year we want to celebrate that on October 26, 1984 the Sonoita/Elgin Wine Growing Region was granted AVA status, making it one of oldest federal government granted viticulture areas in the United States."
The non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will host a regional two-day professional Chili cook-off, and cooks from as far as Texas will be here competing for a spot in the national challenge. Guests can taste the chili and join in the People's Choice, with proceeds benefitting Mountain Empire Rotary Club; who plans to erect a playground in the area with the proceeds.
Domingo De Grazie will be playing on Saturday, with AmoSphere headlining on Sunday.
FEATURED WINERIES INCLUDE:
Verde Valley: Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Burning Tree Cellars, Page Spring and Cellar 433.
Willcox Wine Country: Keeling Schaefer, Golden Rule, Coronado, Carlson Creek, Zarpara, Gallifant Cellar, Sand-Reckoner and Lawrence Dunham.
Phoenix: Su Vino.
Sonoita: Charron, Callaghan, Village of Elgin, Flying Leap, Lightning Ridge Cellars Sonoita Vineyards and Kief-Joshua Vineyards.
The cost of $20 per person includes 12 wine tastings and a souvenir glass. Guests who return Sunday with their ticket stubs and festival glasses will receive tasting discounts.
Gates open 10 a.m. For information or to purchase tickets in advance: http://www.kj-vineyards.com/ or 520-455-5582.
People's Choice Chili Cook-off at SE AZ Wine Fest:
Do you make awesome chili? If so, enter the People's Choice Chili Cook-off on April 12 or 13. The cost of $5 can earn you an awesome prize. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will present the winner with a Free Educational Wine Class for 8 in their Private Tasting Room valued at $200. The proceeds will help the Sonoita/Patagonia Mountain Empire Rotary Club build a playground for the community.
For just $5 you can taste and vote on People's Choice. Plus taste the chili made by professional members of the CASI.
Susan: 520-455-4713; susanscott15[at]msn.com.
Leslie: 520-455-5546; Kramerlaw[at]earthlink.net.
From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 - Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28); turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.
From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd.; the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.
Caption: Winemaker Kief Manning with sister, Carly.
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SOURCE Kief-Joshua Vineyards