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Time of the Vine

Despite a disagreeable climate and callous geography, Arizona vintners are proving their terroir is the real deal. Meet some of AZ's standout winemakers.

The Winemaker
Kent Callaghan
The Winery
Callaghan Vineyards
The Grapevine
Callaghan and his parents planted their vineyard in 1990 and now the vintner is like a father figure to the state’s wine industry. A strong belief that local wine could outgrow its touristy persona has fueled the third-generation Tucsonan’s hard-earned ascent. The fact his wine has been poured at the White House isn’t too shabby either.
New or Notable Pours
Lisa’s 2012; Padres 2009
Tasting room, 336 Elgin Road, Elgin, 520.455.5322, callaghanvineyards.com

The Winemaker
Todd Bostock
The Winery
Dos Cabezas Wineworks
The Grapevine
Dos Cabezas has produced terrific wines since 1995. Bostock joined the team in 2002, then purchased the winery with wife Kelly and his parents in 2006. Pressing out 6,500 cases a year, Dos Cabezas has received nods in Wine Spectator; and in blind tastings one of the winery’s rosés has trumped others from more traditional regions.
New or Notable Pours
2012 El Campo Blanco; 2011 La Montaña
Tasting room, 3248 Highway 82, Sonoita, 520.455.5141, doscabezaswinery.com

The Winemaker
Rod Keeling and Jan Schaefer
The Winery
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
The Grapevine
Following successful business and economic development careers, Keeling and Schaefer enlisted in winemaking. The couple ushered in their first vintage in 2005; since then, nine Keeling Schaefer wines have received Wine Spectator ratings of 87 points or higher, including a rating of 89 for the 2007 Three Sisters Syrah.
New or Notable Pours
2012 Three Sisters Syrah; 2012 Two Reds Grenache
Tasting room, 154 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox, 520.766.0600, keelingschaefervineyards.com

The Winemaker
Eric Glomski
The Winery
Page Springs Cellars
The Grapevine
With an education pedigree that includes ecological studies and time at the esteemed David Bruce Winery, Glomski was well equipped to propel Page Springs to its current Goliath status. He claimed a 90-point rating for his 2010 Colibri Syrah Clone 174 from Wine Spectator this year—the highest such rating for an Arizona wine ever.
New or Notable Pours
2012 Ecips; 2012 Arizona Oak Series
Tasting room, 1500 N. Page Springs Road, Cornville, 928.639.3004, pagespringscellars.com

The Winemaker
Maynard James Keenan
The Winery
Caduceus Cellars
The Grapevine
While the sight of Caduceus customers wearing Tool paraphernalia (owner Keenan is the rock band’s frontman) may cause oenophiles to snicker, the medals won at state and regional competitions make Keenan a serious player on this stage.
New or Notable Pours
2011 Nagual Del Marzo; 2011 Nagual Del Judith
Tasting room, 158 Main St., Jerome, 928.639.9463, caduceus.org