Blood into Wine Red Carpet Movie Premiere

February 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm (Uncategorized)

What an awesome time last night!  Perfect Arizona weather on the rooftop of the Scottsdale W.  About 1200 people got all dressed up to attend the premiere, enjoy some Arizona wine and watch the movie, Blood into Wine.

We got there early and met some friends for dinner at Sushi Roku.  We shared one of almost every appetizer on the menu I think.  An unexpected pleasant surprise, our bill was about half of what we expected because we were early enough for happy hour.

After dinner we got in line for will call to pick up the tickets, which was a pretty short line by now.  The line to get into the venue was all the way around the building.  We lucked out by going to another entrance and dropping some names (it’s good to know some people).  They opened the rope and let us in the VIP entrance.  After being wanded with a metal detector, security let us through and we walked up the stairs to the roof top pool deck.  The place was bumping!  I couldn’t believe they were going to fit 1200 people up there.  It was pretty filled up and there were still about 600 people still standing in line waiting to get in. 

We grabbed our included glass of Arizona Stronghold “Nachise” and immediately began to bump into people we know from all over the state and those involved in the industry.  It was really kind of a celebration of all of the hard work these people have been putting into the industry, the premiere of the movie being the sort of “recognition” of what is happening here through all their efforts.

There was a countdown to the start going on the movie screen.  They reset the timer back to 30 minutes three times I guess because they were still trying to get everyone in.  They had a large screen set up in front of the pool (which had been covered and turned into seating) and they had flat screens set up all over the place so you had a good view of the movie even as you moved around the party continuing to mingle as the movie played. 

The ambiance was very nice, what a great venue.  There was a crescent moon up, just enough so you could still see the stars, Palm trees lit up from below and also wrapped in purple christmas lights, water features with gas fire flames shooting out of and lapping at the water in the breeze.  All the pool furniture was white with the linen from the cabanas blowing in the gentle breeze.  They had white sand on the ground in about half the area, made you feel like you were at the beach versus the roof top.

I’ll let someone else review the movie.  I’ll just say I thought it was very well done, a nice balance between humor, wine and viticulture education and storyline.  Definitely not a PBS documentary.  I think (and hope) it will get more play and more venues as it rolls out around the country.  The DVD release is May 4th.

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Back on the Market – Crop Circle Vineyard and Winery

February 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm (Uncategorized)

Crop Circle Vineyard and Winery – 80 acres with 27 acres planted in vines.  On the Willcox Bench next to Dick Erath’s Cimmaron Vineyards, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Co.Vineyards, Sweet Sunrise Vineyards, Carlson Creek Vineyards and many more in development.  Vineyard, Tasting Room, Winery building, Barn, Tractor and all equipment, 4 bed / 3 bath house, Irrigation and Domestic Wells, Wine Inventory – EVERYTHING!  Under $1m.  See brochure here:

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Blood into Wine Dinner at NOCA

February 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm (Uncategorized)

Going to dinner tonight at NOCA for a wine dinner with Maynard James Kennan.  Tomorrow night is the premiere for the movie “Blood into Wine”  See the menu and wine pairings here:

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Valentines Dinner at Quiessence

February 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Rhonni and I are having Valentines Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – Quiessence. They specialize in local fare, they even have thier own garden on site. A whole page of Arizona wines too. See the menu here:  

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Blood into Wine

February 10, 2010 at 1:53 am (Uncategorized)

We will be attending the World Premiere of the Documentary – Blood into Wine at the Scottsdale “W” on February 19th at 7pm.  The film features Rock Star Maynard James Keenan (Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer) and his partner – Winemaker Eric Glomski (David Bruce/Page Springs Cellars). Visit the website

Other showings:
Albuquerque – Guild Cinema – Mar. 13
Austin – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek – Feb. 19 – 20
Boston – Somerville Theatre – Feb. 26 – 28
Davenport (IA) – Capitol Theatre – Feb. 19, 21 & 26
Encinitas, CA (San Diego) – La Paloma Theatre – Feb. 19 & 21
Healdsburg, CA (Sonoma) – Raven Film Center – Feb. 19 – 21
Houston – Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks – Feb. 19 – 20
Los Angeles – Laemmle Sunset – Feb. 25 – 28
Minneapolis – Riverview Theatre – Mar. 4
Phoenix – Premiere: W Hotel – Feb. 19 ; Valley Art Theater – Feb 26 – Mar. 4
Salem, MA – Cinema Salem – Mar. 12 – 18
Salt Lake City – Tower Theatre – Mar. 5 – 11
San Antonio – Alamo Drafthouse The Market – Feb. 19
San Antonio – Alamo Drafthouse West Lakes – Feb. 20
San Francisco – Viz Cinema – Feb. 25

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Welcome to my Blog!

February 9, 2010 at 1:01 am (Uncategorized)

I am just starting this blog to talk about the Local Arizona Wine Scene.  I own a real estate brokerage focusing on Arizona vineyard land and wineries. I also publish a magazine about Arizona Vineyards and Wineries.  My wife, Rhonni, is the Executive Director for the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA), she also does all the layout and design work with our magazine.
If you’re into wine, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog and keep uptodate with what is happening in Arizona’s emerging wine industry.

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