The Arizona Vignerons Alliance, announced Monday, will look to certify that wines are made with Arizona-grown grapes and meet a rigorous quality standard, determined by both lab results and a tasting panel.
Founding members are Jennifer and Maynard James Keenan of Caduceus Cellars in Jerome; Lisa and Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards in Elgin; Kelly and Todd Bostock of Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita; and Sarah and Rob Hammelman of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards in Willcox.
From the article: "...one of the more novel efforts this year: a slightly fizzy rosé from Dos Cabezas Wineworks in Sonoita, Ariz., made mostly of grenache from the Cimarron Vineyard, high in the desert plains in nearby Cochise County. Winemaker Todd Bostock created his own, which will be sold in New York and Arizona for $12.50 in a decorative tallboy can with a rose on the front, after taking cans of Infinite Monkey on a Colorado camping trip, “There’s all these places that beer gets to go that wine should get to go, too,” Bostock says..."
Todd & Kelly are honored to be included in the San Francisco Chronicle's 2015 "Winemakers to Watch"... you can read the full article online here.
From the article:
"American wine is having its well-deserved moment of confidence. Our current generation of winemakers has found a particular sweet spot between diversity and quality, and The Chronicle’s 2015 class of Winemakers to Watch perfectly reflects that.
You may notice some changes this year. The main one: We’ve doubled the size of the group, from five to 10. There’s so much talent right now that it was important to broaden our roster. (In some cases, we are resurfacing talents who’ve appeared in our pages over the past year.) The net effect, hopefully, is to give you more names and wines to seek out.
I lobbied for this expansion in part because of the other change. For the first time, our annual list includes winemakers from outside California: Kelly and Todd Bostock of Arizona’s Dos Cabezas, and Scott and Dana Frank of Oregon’s Bow & Arrow.
In part, this simply matches the full West Coast scope of our Top 100 Wines — and a broader spirit of innovation on this coast. But it also reflects these couples’ crucial work in defining, or redefining, their local wine cultures.
The Franks dared to ask whether Pinot Noir, and Burgundy, should be Oregon’s only inspirations. The Bostocks have advanced not only Arizona wine quality but also its accessibility. Local wine on tap in Phoenix? Now a thing."