Wine in Scottsdale? Take a Trip on the Wine Trail in Old Town

This article originally appeared on Experience Scottsdale.

Wine in Scottsdale? Take a Trip on the Wine Trail in Old TownA day tasting in wine country evokes images of endless vineyards, wide-open spaces and a bucolic countryside. But imagine having the wine country experience in the heart of a city. That’s what you’ll find in downtown Scottsdale, a new hotbed for wine tasting rooms.Wine in Scottsdale? Take a Trip on the Wine Trail in Old Town

Now Arizona probably isn’t your first thought for a wine vacation – maybe you didn’t even know the state had a fast-growing wine culture. But in the last two years, the region has become an oenophile’s paradise.

Having lived here for 18 years, I remember the infancy of Arizona wine. It wasn’t pretty. For years, I shied away from local wine. But intrigued by my wine snob friends who were drinking it, I decided it was time to reevaluate, and what better way to do it than a walking (and Uber) tour through downtown Scottsdale’s new tasting rooms. Here are three I tried on the new Scottsdale Wine Trail.

A day tasting in wine country evokes images of endless vineyards, wide-open spaces and a bucolic countryside. But imagine having the wine country experience in the heart of a city.  That’s what you’ll find in downtown Scottsdale, a new hotbed for wine tasting rooms.

Now Arizona probably isn’t your first thought for a wine vacation – maybe you didn’t even know the state had a fast-growing wine culture. But in the last two years, the region has become an oenophile’s paradise.

Having lived here for 18 years, I remember the infancy of Arizona wine. It wasn’t pretty. For years, I shied away from local wine. But intrigued by my wine snob friends who were drinking it, I decided it was time to reevaluate, and what better way to do it than a walking (and Uber) tour through downtown Scottsdale’s new tasting rooms. Here are three I tried on the new Scottsdale Wine Trail.

LDV WINE GALLERY

Wine in Scottsdale? Take a Trip on the Wine Trail in Old TownHoused in a converted bungalow with a killer patio, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ tasting house is as charming as its wines are sophisticated. Unlike other Arizona wineries, LDV’s vineyards are in the Chiricahua Mountains. The four Rhone varietals of estate wine that husband and wife Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca produce reflect the mountain terrior and climate.

“We went where no man has grown before,” Curt, the winemaker, quipped when he and I sat down to taste through the portfolio.

Curt’s been cooking since age six and his wines are bold and made to hold up to food from BBQ and pasta to Thai and everything in between. LDV only makes one white, a Viognier that is the perfect sipper if you’re in town on a 110-degree day. LDV is best known for petite Syrah, the grape Curt believes is best suited to their land, but today my favorite is a complex 2012 Grenache that for whatever reason took on elements of Port, minus the sweetness. It’s the wine that keeps me coming back to explore the fig, smoke, and dried raisin nuances.

I tell Curt that his wines are making me reconsider my opinion of Arizona wine.

To read the rest of the Scottsdale Wine Adventure on Experience Scottsdale, click here.

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