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Southwest Wine Guide is all about wine and our information about Wine (as you may have guessed!) as well as information on food, where to dine, where to stay and interesting places along the way. And, although we love the American Southwest, we’d love to hear about other places, too!

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  • Best Places for Happy Hour
  • Wine and Food Pairings
  • Wineries and Vineyards you Adore
  • Best Wine Clubs to Join
  • Pet Friendly Wine Travel “Tails”
  • Best Romantic Places to Stay
  • Favorite Places to Visit
  • Best Restaurants to Try
  • Best Bartenders: Everyone has a Favorite…Who is Yours?
  • Best Wine Tours
  • Favorite Recipe Cooking With Wine
  • Cheap Wine Tips
  • Best Book About Wine
  • Party and Entertaining Tips
  • Out of the Way Places you don’t want to Miss!
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    Geoffrey Castle Music 
    Geoffrey Castle is Seattle’s Best Kept Secret! I first saw Geoffrey perform at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center some years back. He was a “one …

    Zen of Zin 
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Dinner at friends who love us so much they made a low-carb dinner for us. This was a completely “zen” situation. …

    New Weekly Internet Wine Show 
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    La Posada in Winslow, AZ 
    The Eagle's song lures us there, but it is the fabulous food at the Turquoise Room, incredible art and quaint but comfortable accommodations at the historic …

    Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? I signed us up to participate in a blind Pinot Grigio taste test put on by the guys over at winetwits.com! For …

    A Vintners Gem 
    A Vintners Gem March 10, 2011 by Michael Douglas Bosc I was wondering what to do today as it was one of my wandering days. The sort of day when …

    Liberty School Cabernet 
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was Dead Poets Dessert night. Every once in a while we have friends over for a night of poetry. We have only candles …

    Thanksgiving in New Hampshire  
    We had a fun Thanksgiving here in New Hampshire. While many begin the day with a traditional backyard football game, our gang selected to do a bit of go-Kart …

    El Pedregal Wine & Jazz Concert  
    On October 24th we shared a wonderful afternoon with Paul & Carol (the Southwest Wine Guide 'Web Master & Mistress'!)and their friends Steve & Peggy Long...visited …

    5 Good Reasons To Drink Cupcake Merlot 
    1. It SAYS cupcake but you don’t have the carbs or calories of a cupcake! Perfect! 2. It’s spicy so does that make it “spice cake?” 3. It is a social …

    Coppola Ivory Label Cabernet 2007 
    What possessed us to open wine? It was Cabernet Day. I am not sure who thought up or instigated this holiday, but I am in favor of any festivity that …

    Ava's Birthday! 
    Thought all you wine and dog lovers would enjoy seeing a picture of my "niece" celebrating her sixth birthday! Nothing like a good red when dining on …

    A Bridge to Mountain Wine 
    Wine is fascinating, well I think so, and I have often been asked why I bother to write about it as I am not ‘an expert’. Well I do so for several reasons …

    FAT bastard Merlot 
    What possessed us to open wine? It was the last possible night for us to walk around the neighborhood after dinner before it gets too cold. We needed …

    Wagons to Wine and Gandesa 
    Well it has finally happened, wagon was hitched and with a shout of yee haaa I headed west into Terra Alta country in search of fine wines. My first stop …

    Root 1 Cabernet 
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Old Friends for dinner. I mean OLD. Actually, they are younger than we are, but we have been friends for almost 25 …

    DEVINSSI Wine Not rated yet
    As you all know I write about the wines of Cataluña and am quite passionate about them as well. So when we attended the Falset Wine Fira earlier this …

    Wine News from Bata Not rated yet
    It is a while since I visited the Co-operativa in Batea, so once my life had returned to normal I contacted Judith and heard they had a new wine. This …

    The Falset Wine Fira Not rated yet
    This weekend saw the Falset Wine Festival. We missed it last year so made sure we got to this one. We were pleased to find it was back on the main street …

    A New Year Not rated yet
    Hello again people it is a long time since I was last here but spring is here and I have finally woke up - think I must be a papa bear. Anyway I have …

    TEMECULA VALLEY WINEGROWERS TO HOST 31ST ANNUAL GRAPE DAY CONFERENCE ON APRIL 17 Not rated yet
    Grape Day 2014 Invites Wine Industry Community to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa to Glean Updates and Insights from Experts on Wine Production and Vineyard …

    5 REASONS TO “WOW” AWAY THE RAINY WEEKEND IN TEMECULA VALLEY Not rated yet
    World of Wine offers two days of “sipping in the rain” with barrel sampling, food and wine pairings, and hobnobbing with local winemakers TEMECULA VALLEY, …

    March Events from Robbins Family Farm Not rated yet
    Taste local Robbins Family Farm California olive oil and imported 18 year aged balsamic vinegar throughout San Luis Obispo County. Our products can be …

    World of Wine Weekend is Just Around the Corner! Not rated yet
    A “World of Wine,” in the heart of Southern California is on March 1st and 2nd, 2014. World of Wine is a chance for ticket holders to try barrel samples …

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    Tasting Event For Make-A-Wish Is Music To Our Ears Not rated yet
    Simply Wine Festival’s benefit for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties on March 14, 2014 in Westlake Village, California is already abuzz with big names in wine, …

    TEMECULA VALLEY INVITES GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE A “WORLD OF WINE”, MARCH 1 & 2 Not rated yet
    Two-day Event Features Barrel Sampling, Food Pairings & Facetime with Local Winemakers TEMECULA VALLEY, CA; (February 7, 2014)---A “World of Wine,” …

    February Events from Robbins Family Farm Not rated yet
    We are excited for the New Year. Taste our locally grown Olive Oil and 18 year aged Balsamic Vinegar at many wineries and stores in San Luis Obispo County. …

    RAISE A GLASS AT THE STEAMBOAT WINE FESTIVAL Not rated yet
    August 6-10, 2014 Steamboat Wine Festival is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and our distinguished guests gather …

    RAISE A GLASS AT THE PARK CITY FOOD & WINE CLASSIC Not rated yet
    July 9-13, 2014 The Park City Food and Wine Classic is a premier destination event for master winemakers, culinary greats, and connoisseurs, offering …

    The Phoenix Wines of Aibar Not rated yet
    These are some of the vineyards that nestle in the valley behind Darmos next to Celler Aibar 1895. As it’s name suggests, this family run winery has been …

    Something to Wine About Not rated yet
    This is not actually a story but more of an explanation. This year has not been particularly good; it seemed that every time I had a visit lined up …

    New update from Catalunia Not rated yet
    Strange how things turn out. I have not been to visit many cellers this year due to health problems, but now that things are better I have attended a …

    November Tasting Schedule for Robbins Family Farm Not rated yet
    We are excited about Fall and the announcement of our new 5-Pack Gift Set. Taste our locally grown Olive Oil and 18 year aged Balsamic Vinegar at many …

    Wine and Farming Not rated yet
    I am about to hit the trail again and have two new Cellers to visit. But we attended the the yearly Agricol Fira and met up with some old wine friends. …

    Vintage & Vine Not rated yet
    Are you ready for a Night Out for a Good Cause? Smart Window Creations, in association with Organize A-Z is putting on an evening of fun, music, prizes, …

    A Wander Down Wine Lane Not rated yet
    Ahhh September! This is the time of year when we would normally be visiting the Cellers to see how their wine is made. But this year it has been a little …

    Robbins Family Farm October Events Not rated yet
    We are excited about Fall and the announcement of our new 5-Pack Gift Set. Taste our locally grown Olive Oil and 18 year aged Balsamic Vinegar at many …

    El Portal Sedona Hotel Voted Best Pet Friendly Hotel in U.S.A. Not rated yet
    September 5, 2013, Sedona, AZ El Portal Sedona Hotel has been voted “Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the United States” by USA Today and 10.best.com readers, …

    Robbins Family Farms September Events Not rated yet
    We are excited about Fall and all the events around the county. Taste olive oil and balsamic vinegars from Robbins Family Farms while you are out tasting …

    Taste olive oil and balsamic vinegars from Robbins Family Farms Not rated yet
    Food and Wine are the Perfect Pairing! Taste olive oil and balsamic vinegars from Robbins Family Farms. We sustainably grow our trees and hand pick our …

    June Events from Robbins Family Farms Not rated yet
    While enjoying wine also take time to taste olive oil and balsamic vinegars from Robbins Family Farms. We sustainably grow our trees and hand pick our …

    Food and Wine are the Perfect Pairing - Robbins Family Farm May Events Not rated yet
    Food and Wine are the Perfect Pairing! Taste olive oil and balsamic vinegars from Robbins Family Farms. We sustainably grow our trees and hand pick our …

    Tales From The Tasting Room Not rated yet
    The Wine Write has been fortunate to meet some very nice folks over the years working in winery tasting rooms. The best ones are wine educators, entertainers …

    Robbins Family Farms Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Not rated yet
    Wine is a large part of the California Central Coast and we enjoy showcasing our products within different wine tasting rooms, grocery stores and markets. …

    Pedrola Sparkling Wine Not rated yet
    One evening I was going through my mail when I found an invitation to visit a small local Celler and see how they made their sparkling wine. I was rather …

    Our Introduction to ONX Wines Not rated yet
    As we planned this year's Paso Robles visit, I inquired of a CellarTracker friend about any new wineries that might pique our interest. He suggested I …

    A New Season  Not rated yet
    We have had the most wonderful Saturday to start off this wine year. You will remember Judith from Batea well she and her husband have their own little …

    Tasting Notes: Epoch, Beckmen, Bogle, Villa Creek and a Cotes du Rhone  Not rated yet
    Some tasting notes from the past few weeks. Enjoy! 2010 Epoch Estate Wines Zinfandel Paderewski Vineyard ($55) Popped and poured at restaurant. …

    My Interview with Winemaker Vailia Esh of Desparada Wines in Paso Robles Not rated yet
    Vailia Esh is the vivacious proprietress and winemaker of Desparada Wines in Paso Robles. Desparada is a fledgling winery on the rise in Paso Robles, …

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    A Cava of Passion Not rated yet
    I have wanted to write about Cava for a long time now, but I was looking for something special - that magical touch, that feeling I cannot put into words …

    In A Vineyard Far Far Away….. Not rated yet
    Once upon a time in a monastery vineyard far far away,monks were looking rather dour. They had been producing wine for many many years-good wine, but always …

    It’s A Wine of Magic! Not rated yet
    The Harvest has started and in true farming tradition the clouds are gathering. Wildfires have ripped through forest and farmland alike, we need rain, …

    Wine My Way Not rated yet
    Wine is a strange thing. To begin with, you either love it or hate it. This is not an uncommon attitude but one brought about the taste. There is the …

    Sun and Serenade on Siesta Key Not rated yet
    During our visits to Sarasota, Florida to visit family, we will often seek out Florida wineries to taste wine. And even though we’re Arizona ‘desert dwellers’ …

    A Celler On Every Street Not rated yet
    After leaving Gandesa (not in this cart pictured, I might add, the barrels are empty), I headed for Batea a small town situated in the mountains about …

    Crush by The Dreaming Tree Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Because of my bizarre preference for words over music, I hardly know who Dave Matthews is, so my opinion of his wine …

    6th Sense Syrah Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? A couple quite adept at wine-making were coming for dinner. I had to get their opinion on a wine. And this time, one …

    The Immortal Zin Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? I slaved all day in the kitchen making food to bribe friends to come over to talk to me. With these friends we always …

    Tarrica Zinfandel Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was a Monday. One of those Mondays. It was me and a computer the whole day. No conversation unless you want to count …

    The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Easter Day!! Friends coming over and I decided to force Melyssa to drink white wine since she doesn’t like it. What …

    Darleks’ Eggs and Fine Wines Not rated yet
    This is something of a wonderful cross between SiFi and fine wine, that I was neither expecting or prepared for. So where to start? Well, let’s go with …

    Loken Pinot Noir Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We picked up this Pinot last summer at the Pahrump Winery about 45 mins. outside of Las Vegas. It looked so good, we …

    The Wolftrap Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Oldest friends in Colorado coming over. They deserve to try new wine. We got this wine at The Winejester in Denver. …

    Clayhouse Adobe Red Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We were headed out to Denver Restaurant Week with friends. We planned a place for dinner and drinks. Why not start with …

    Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? I needed a wine that would go with a light cheese. Plus that monkey kind of looks like Scott, who would be drinking …

    Red or White? Not rated yet
    I was watching a program on tv and was interested to hear a famous chef state that the old adage "red with meat; white with fish" was not strictly correct. …

    Oak Grove Petite Sirah Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We were having BBQ, so this was a chance to actually drink a Petite Sirah and have it not overwhelm the food. Plus, …

    Sunday Afternoon at the Wine and Jazz Festival Not rated yet
    What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Arizona! The El Pedregal Wine and Jazz Festival series began on Sunday, February 26th with their …

    Chasing Wine Not rated yet
    It is often the way in life that nothing goes strictly according to plan. Such is the case with myself. I had hoped to write about Cava before the run …

    Wine and Pizza Pairing Not rated yet
    With Super Bowl right around the corner, people are looking for something new to serve at their Super Bowl party this year. We suggest hosting a “Make …

    Trentadue 2010 Old Patch Red Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was a Friday night. There was pizza. David thinks that pizza means wine. His mother used to think that you must …

    Wine, Romans and England Not rated yet
    When I knew I was coming to England, I thought it would be interesting to visit one of the local vineyards of Hampshire. The one I chose is situated on …

    Montebuena Rioja Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? 6 friends all together talking over each other trying to get caught up. Steaks marinating. And there was cheese. This …

    Blended Industries Grand Opening Party Not rated yet
    Cindy from the Pulse covers the grand opening party for Blended Industries the new concept boutique and wine bar in La Jolla which was the brain child …

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    Carmel by the Sea Not rated yet
    San Diego is an amazing city to live in. I admit, I am a bit biased, being that I have lived here since 1997 and absolutely love it! We have the best …

    Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? After 12 years of David going to Horse Creek Ranch in Wyoming, he finally invited me! And we met some friends. The …

    The Harvest – at El Masroig Not rated yet
    “The two tractors pulled up side by side, two elderly farmers discussing the harvest, and the effect of the weather on the grapes. Their trailers, one …

    Bogle Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Facebook. It all started when I read a post by an old friend who lives in the South that her daughters, THAT I’VE NEVER …

    Middle Sister Mischief Maker Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was girl’s night out to celebrate 2 birthdays in our group. Both girls are younger than I am. This requires copious …

    12 Things You Must Do to Have a Great Winery Tour Weekend Not rated yet
    1 - Plan your trip and call ahead You've got your winery map in front of you. So plan a route and be realistic about how long it'll take you to drive …

    Kosher Wine Not rated yet
    Nestled in a valley in the hills that is home to the Guiamets reservoir, is the village of Capcanes in the DO Monsant. The Celler is most famous for …

    Beauty & The Grape in Old Town Cottonwood Not rated yet
    Old Town Cottonwood has become a great place for those interested in trying Arizona wines. There is the Pillsbury tasting room and right across the street …

    Sedona Pies Not rated yet
    The Pie Princess makes healthy gourmet pies, made from wine. When you buy a Bakers Dozen you can get a multiple of Cabernet, or Merlot Shiraz pies. With …

    An Age of Wine Not rated yet
    This is the second visit in the El Masroig Celler trilogy. There is so much about this celler, its, wines and other products that one story is not enough. …

    Wine With a Big Heart Not rated yet
    Last night my wife and I went to a charity wine festival at El Masroig, in aid of children’s Cancer Research. We parked the car outside the Celler and …

    Of Wine and War Not rated yet
    The village of Corbera D’Ebre is in the Terra Alta wine region around 3 kilometers from Gandesa. It is here that the last battle of the Spanish Civil …

    Castle Rock Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We decided to have Happy Hour at our house to force people to come talk to us. We picked Castle Rock wine because we …

    Island Wine -- Taste the Place Not rated yet
    Living on the island of Paros I drink a lot of Greek island wine, yet I am not a connoisseur. I am an imbiber. I drink what is available at the time …

    Relaxed Wine Not rated yet
    Draped over the sloping hills in the DO Monsant wine region is the village of El Masroig. I say draped, as the village appears to have been gently and …

    Kendall Jackson Summation Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was Easter, which is a blend of a pagan holiday, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and the perfect excuse …

    The Wine Festival Not rated yet
    This weekend was the wine fiesta at Falset. So on Saturday afternoon we drove to into Falset found a space in one of the car parks which was almost full, …

    Toasted Head Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? I picked this wine because Scott and Pam were coming to dinner and since there is a bear on the label with fire coming …

    Priceless gems found in Key West, Florida: "The Southermost Hotel Collection"  Not rated yet
    I have had the good fortune to have traveled my entire life. I've visited exquisite locations, stayed at fine resorts & hotels, enjoyed many fabulous gourmet …

    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? A fishing friend of David’s was coming up from Denver to learn how to chat on twitter on #fishchat. I picked this …

    Chocolate Box Shiraz Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We were participating in an Australian wine tasting. Rick Bakas set it up and people all over the world just had to …

    Wine Lovers Sedona Getaway  Not rated yet
    Wine tours and tastings are quickly becoming a fantastic getaway in Arizona. Wineries and vineyards in Arizona are gaining national and international attention. …

    J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Good friends coming over for appetizers before we were headed to a Wine Making Class. We were just convinced that the …

    Cupcake Red Velvet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We had gone to Happy Hour and then dinner. Still needed something for dessert and why not open a bottle with the names …

    Winsome Reserve Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was the best of times: We were having dinner to celebrate our neighbor’s great new job. It was the worst of times: …

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    Big Ass Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We were home from New Orleans having lunch with normal people who were not wearing purple, gold or green beads of any …

    Robert Mondavi Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine: We were working on plans for our road trip to New Orleans so we could attend the Bassmasters Classic. New Orleans is …

    2 Brothers Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We were serving Mexican Food. The wine was from Chile. The Wine Label sports a fleur de lys, which makes us think French. …

    Stonecap Syrah Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? David wanted Chinese food in a bad way. We talked him into staying home and having Shrimp and Chicken in an evil plan …

    Amancaya Malbec/Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We have friends. (surprised? Me too.) One couple brought us a bottle of Amancaya Malbec/Cabernet and forced us to …

    Clos Du Val Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Drink Wine? It was our 30th anniversary and we were headed out to dinner. We bought this bottle more than a year ago and had …

    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Impromptu New Years Eve Dinner with friends who we like, so we brought out this wine. We have been saving it both because …

    Ruta 22 Malbec Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We have a new puppy! Our friends needed to come over to meet the puppy. They have a Shih Tzu, too, so they understand …

    Dog House Merlot Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? We picked up our 8 week old new puppy!!! This required that we all sit on the floor and stare at everything he did …

    Goats Do Roam Red Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? David’s brother was visiting from Missouri and he doesn’t really like red wine, so we thought we should force him to …

    El Tour de Tucson, November 20, 2010 Not rated yet
    I rode in a 109-mile bike ride around the perimeter of Tucson this past Saturday, where a strong wind blew from the southwest (average for the day: 7.4 …

    Wine and Biking Not rated yet
    I love wine, a challenge and a hearty adventure. Wine is a big topic and developing a better sense of smell and taste is about more than raising a glass, …

    Vampire Cabernet Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? Happy Hour at home with friends who have put up with us for too many years and even will allow themselves to be influenced …

    7 Deadly Zins Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Open Wine? It was Happy Hour at home. There was fried cheese and olive tapenade. There HAD to be wine. What Possessed Us …

    Gascon Malbec 2009 Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Drink Wine? Going out to dinner with old friends. I mean, we’ve been friends a long time. Not that they are old. Wait, actually, …

    Wild Horse Cabernet 2006 Not rated yet
    What Possessed Us To Drink Wine? We were headed to a movie and sadly, they don’t serve wine at that theater, which by the way, is an oversight all …

    Perini Ranch Steakhouse Not rated yet
    Friday, May 21, 2010 Happy? The precinct in which this restaurant resides is a “dry precinct.” I have never heard of this. I have heard of a dry …

    Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2009 Not rated yet
    What possessed us to open wine ? We would be having dinner and then playing Canasta with our daughter, her boyfriend, and some friends of ours. I …

    Arizona Treasures Not rated yet
    Destination - University of Arizona - Tucson - our fortune, for a private viewing of some of Ansel Adams Photography. How lucky were we to have been …

    Zamba Malbec 2008 Not rated yet
    What possessed us to open wine? We were alone in the house. Alone. All alone. There were no children and we couldn’t find the dog. What possessed …

    Luna Di Luna Merlot/Cabernet Not rated yet
    What possessed us to open wine? David was having drinks somewhere in Denver with fishing people who were here because of a fly fishing convention. …

    Ava and Soren Not rated yet
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