Holiday Wine & Dine

Enjoy the splendor of the holiday season with the SHOPS Gainey Village on Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00pm-7:00pm during their fifth annual Holiday Wine and Dine Christmas event! Guests will have plenty of space to social distance while enjoying live music by the Volcano Steel Drum Duo, Electric Violinist, Natasha, The Sahanas Brothers Guitar Duo and Miguel de Maria on Spanish Guitar throughout the expansive shopping center. To put guests in the spirit, festive horse and carriage rides by Scottsdale Horse and Carriage will be available in addition to festive baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. For those 21 years and older, complimentary wine tastings will be available at selected restaurants. The event is free to attend.

Photo courtesy of The Shops Gainey Village

Uncorked AZ

Uncorked Wine Festivals is back for the third annual Uncorked: AZ Wine Fest at Salt River Fields! Join us Saturday April 18th from 6-10pm for this fun event featuring over 100 wines from across the globe, gourmet food trucks, live music, Bubbly bar and more.

VIP admission ($70) is at 6pm and features an extra hour of tasting with some special pours from select wineries. General admission ($55) is at 7pm and the event ends at 10pm. Both tickets include unlimited wine tastings with food from the food trucks sold separately.

This event is 21 and over only. No one under 21 is permitted on the premises during the event (sorry but that does include babies and infants). No dogs are allowed.

*No refunds

This event benefits local non profit Cortney’s Place.

Paint Nite: The Original Paint and Sip Party

Add some color to your next night out at an Original Paint Nite party! In just two hours you’ll go from blank canvas to vibrant masterpiece, no experience necessary. Our master artist Matt Tucker will guide you step-by-step, so all you need to do is follow along while you sip your drink, share some laughs with your date, maybe dance to a tune or two. And voila! You will be amazed at what you can do. Come out early to On The Border – Tuscon to see what they have on offer and make a whole night of it. At Yaymaker, we are all about helping you connect and create, share new experiences, and make memories! (10209195)

About this Event

This event is only for people of legal drinking age

We provide all the supplies and a talented and entertaining artist to guide you. Your ticket includes:

  • Everything you need to paint: canvas, paints, brushes, and aprons
  • Step-by-step instructions and encouragement along the way
  • A fun and memorable evening!

This event is great for:

  • Date night
  • Girls night out / Friends night out
  • post Happy Hour activity with coworkers
  • Team building
  • Solo night of drinks and creativity

You’ll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.

Looking for something besides Painting? At Yaymaker, we do a lot more than Paint Nite. Check out some of our other experiences like Plant Nite and Candle Making. For all of our events check out:

“The Essence of Scents” Wine and Perfume Event – LDV Winery

On Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., guests of LDV Winery Tasting Room are invited to a fun, interactive, educational and perhaps even es-scent-ial workshop, The Essence of Scents! Led by the masters of LDV Winery and The Perfume Shoppe, the event is designed to guide participants through an exploration of the various scents that make wine and perfume more enjoyable.

Event includes wine tasting and nibbles, wine and fragrance wheels, perfume consultation and handmade spray fragrance sample as well as exclusive day-of discounts on wine and perfume purchases. Cost is $50 per person and registration can be made by email to or by phone via 480-664-4822. For more, visit

LDV Winery Hosts Wine Country BBQ

This summer, LDV Winery hosts a casual country BBQ at its beautiful vineyard tucked into the Chiricahua Mountain Foothills. On Saturday, August 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., guests can enjoy wine, great food, a winemaker-led tour beginning at 2:00 p.m., games and photo opportunities in Southeastern Arizona’s own wine country.

Cost is $25 per person or $20 per person for LDV Winery Sky Islander Club Members, which includes lunch and a glass of wine. Additional wine is available for purchase for onsite enjoying or take-away. Registration is required and can be done online at For more information or questions, contact LDV Winery at 602-320-1485 or

LDV Winery Address

13922 S. Kuykendall Cutoff Rd., Pearce 85625


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Merkin Vineyards opens wine bar in Scottsdale

Merkin Vineyards

Maynard James Keenan, front man for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer who began making wine in Arizona in 2004, has opened his first-ever wine bar, Merkin Vineyards Old Town, located in Scottsdale.

By design, Merkin is walking distance from LDV Winery, Carlson Creek and Aridus Wine Company’s local tasting rooms, making it a mini wine trail.

Merkin offers wines by the glass and bottle as well as Arizona craft beers. A storefront section of the bar is stocked with Caduceus, Merkin and Puscifer wines – all made by Keenan – and other featured Arizona wines and sundries from Keenan’s farms.

The Arizona 100 staff

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Wine Business Monthly recognizes Aridus Wine Company

Aridus Wine Company

Aridus Wine Company, which is headquartered in Willcox, Arizona, and has a tasting room in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been a named among the top “Hot Brands” in wine by Wine Business Monthly.

The list is developed each year to recognize vintners, growers, wineries and wines that are making a statement in the industry while also exceeding all expectations with regard to quality.

Scott and Joan Dahmer founded Aridus Wine Company in 2012. Its growing location – in the Chiricahua Hills appellation – was of particular interest to the judging panel as was its proactive work toward becoming an entirely estate-sourced operation.

The Arizona 100 staff

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Arizona tasting rooms making local wine scene even sweeter

Carlson Creek Tasting Room

The Arizona wine scene is growing every day. Most local groceries stores and higher-end beverage stores such as Total Wine and Bevmo carry dozens of Arizona-based varietals. But it’s worth the drive, especially to Cochise County, to see the vineyards and tasting rooms yourself.

The Willcox Wine Region is particularly impressive with more than a dozen great spots to sip. The regions host events, which include Sierra Vista Sips & Skies on May 26. Wineries include:

• Golden Rule
• Passion Cellars
• Flying Leap
• Carlson Creek
• Aridus
• Coronado
• Bogeda Pierce
• Zarpara
• Kief-Joshua
• Pillsbury
• Laramita Cellars
• Sand-Reckoner
• Four Trails

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations