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Just the other week, I got to spend the weekend with Tanner doing one of my favorite things: wine tasting. I’m not exactly sure when I got so into wine, but it’s quickly become a thing that Tanner and I love to enjoy together. It all started when we went wine tasting in Santa Barbara when we first started dating – I think that was it.
When we went to the Willcox Wine Festival a few months ago, I heard about Sonoran Tasting Tours and I knew it was something I wanted to do. So, I planned our little wine tasting outing for Tanner’s birthday weekend and it was the perfect way to celebrate!
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If you don’t really know about wine tasting in Arizona, the wineries are located in more rural places of Southern Arizona. They’re spaced out a bit too which can make going from place to place a little more complicated. The rural location means there are no taxis, no Ubers, and makes organizing a trip a little more difficult. The best part about booking a wine tour means that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your wine instead of worrying about your trip.
Tanner and I were picked up at my place around 9:15 AM. We were the first to be picked up, so we headed out to where the others were located to pick them up as well. Sonoran Tasting Tours organizes all the pick-ups ahead of time, which makes everything a breeze in the morning.
Rancho Rossa Vineyards
The drive to the first vineyard is about an hour outside of Tucson. It’s a gorgeous and relaxing drive, especially in the morning.
Our first stop was Rancho Rossa Vineyards. It’s a small tasting room decorated with fun concert posters and album covers. I think the whole mood of this tasting room was my favorite. They also have a little aquarium on the inside complete with sea anemones, eels, clown fish, and more!
We ended up buying the 2014 Layla, a fruity wine with flavors of apricot, mandarin and honeysuckle. If you like dry wines, this is a winner. It’s dry, crisp, and fruity and perfect to enjoy in a variety of locations.
Our second vineyard was Wilhelm Vineyards, which specializes in sweet and dessert wines. Here, we ended up buying a Prickly Pear Sangria to enjoy when the weather warms up again.
This tasting room was super cute and decorated with little wine-pun signs. If you just look at the building, how cute is this place? It perfectly captures what an Arizona tasting room should look like, complete with the ranch-style building and rustic decor.
Hops and Vines
This little place is a favorite in Southern Arizona. It’s known for it’s wine pairings; they pair things like pork rinds and doritos with their wines.
It’s a quirky little place with fun decor and a pretty view, definitely a place I could spend more time. They even had fun decorations for Christmas! After the tasting, I enjoyed an additional glass of their mulled wine, which is quite possibly my new favorite thing.
Have I convinced you to go on a Wine Tour? Perfect! You can book yours HERE! If you want to meet up with me, look into booking a tour for the Spring Willcox Wine Festival!
Thank you so much to Sonoran Tasting Tours for an amazing trip! Can’t wait to ride with you again!