DINE IN, DINE OUT: Wine Time? Any Time!
We’re sure that’s what Henry Schuerman would say. He was the first vintner in this area, having a vineyard along Oak Creek over 100 years ago. It must have been quite a going concern until Prohibition. With the expertise and effort of Eric Glomski, founder of Page Springs Cellar and guru to every winemaker in our valley, the old Schuerman vines have been restored. The first bottling since 1917 was made by Andy Schauzffler-Vircsik and presented to the public at the Sedona Historical Society on March 25. The label, from a photo of the original, has been redefined by Luke Bernard and reads, as it did then, Red Rock Grape Wine. Todays’ experts say it is Zinfandel. The museum event, “History Uncorked: Red Rock Zinfandel Returns” brought out notables in addition to the Glomskis, Tom Pitts, founder and chairman of the board of the VVWine Consortium (25 wineries now!); Micheal Pierce, Yavapai College Director of Wine Education; and Paula Woolsey, owner of Cellar Door Unhinged, which helps AZ wineries in fields of sales, marketing and business operations.
Also The Dunnery was there joined by good friends and no strangers to the wine industry, Carolyn and Norris Peterson. (See photo). Actor Michael Peach portrayed Henry Schuerman, sharing some of the Schuerman history housed in the museum. The museums’ long-range goal through education and forthcoming public donations is to preserve The Schuerman Homestand house for public viewing and events. Built over 120 years ago, it has not been occupied for 40 years and needs help to become a wonderful historical preservation. The homestead house was donated in 2019 to the Sedona Historical Society by the Schuerman family granddaughter, Martha Loy, who lived there as a child.
The museum event was only one of many wine events throughout the month of March and April. On a beautiful Saturday we attended for the second year the Camp Verde Pecan and Wine Festival. Some year we must check out the pecans! We seem to concentrate on wine and wineries new to us: Pierce Bodega, Da Vines and Cove Mesa wineries. Not every winery has a tasting room, so attending festivals is the best way to check them out. We were impressed. In December 2021 the Verde Valley attained American Viticulture Area (AVA) status. We will see that distinction on labels and VV wines will get more press from outside.
Young we are not, but we gave it the old college try, bottling wine for many hours for Cove Mesa. We can appreciate the care given to each bottle that was “born of that day!” Owners Emil and Cindy Molin and their wine are special. It is their vines you see growing along Cornville Road.
Margaret and Adelpho Davis invited us to join them for Tasting and Trivia Night at The Art of Wine located in 101 AZ-89A , The Shops at Pinon Pointe. Owners Jonathan and Lauren Maldonado, along with Rueben Magdalena and Jacquie Dailey, told us about each of the five wines we tasted. Trivia was interspersed between ample tastings. Our foursome won 2nd place out of seven groups! Our prize was a bottle of wine. We really enjoyed the Chilean red blend. The shop is so nicely arranged for any day. Wine shoppers will find knowledgeable staff. Tasting and Trivia Night happens the first Thursday of every month. “There is a 40 people max. and it sells out fast.” Call 928 203 9463.
The Dunnery will continue to do our best to inform you of wine opportunities, but with 25 wineries and more to come, we need your help! In the next couple weeks are the VV Wine Festival taking place near Main Street Cottonwood and scheduled member tastings for new issues from The Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College. Hope to see you there!
To Your health and Happiness.