As a food and lifestyles photographer in the Phoenix area, I am always surprised by people’s reactions when I mention Arizona wine. Many people are completely unaware that we have wonderful vineyards and winemakers throughout this state. I often cover events featuring local Arizona farm-to-table produce, only to find California, Italian, French, and Spanish wines paired with these foods. The wines may be delicious, but if we are celebrating Arizona food, why not celebrate delicious Arizona wine?
Through my book, I have provided information via photographs, interviews, maps, and specific information on 45 individual wineries and tasting rooms in Arizona. That’s right – ARIZONA! This provides the reader with information to plan their trips without having to leave home, saving both time and money.
I pulled together quite a team of contributors for AZ Uncorked. Elaine Chukan Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews wrote the Foreword. Acclaimed restaurateur and sommelier T. Scott Stephens wrote the intriguing Introduction. Erik Berg, Darla Hoffmann, and Elizabeth Krecker are the main writers for the stories, and they did a great job! Erik also wrote a great section on Arizona’s Wine History.
The guide is divided into sections based on Arizona’s wine regions. Each section has a map and begins with an introduction written by Arizona wine industry professionals and enthusiasts: Cody Chasen Burkett introduces Verde Valley, Pavle Milic introduces Sonoita-Elgin, and Nikki Check introduces Willcox. Michelle Jacob introduces our metro tasting rooms, and Annabel Sclippa introduces the outlier wineries. A bonus of Arizona wine festivals and events is covered by Richard Betts.
I hope you will enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed creating it!
What wine experts are saying about AZ Uncorked, The Arizona Wine Guide:
“The singular majesty of Arizona’s winelands is expertly captured by Jenelle Bonifield and her camera lens.”
- Kelli A. White, California
Sommelier, wine writer, author of Napa Valley, Then & Now
“AZ Uncorked is at once evocative, sumptuous, and fully nuanced with the intimate terroir of Arizona’s wine industry; I wanted to “drink in” every page!”
- Candy Lesher, Arizona
President of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Phoenix Chapter
“There has never been a better time for such a comprehensive book on Arizona wine…”
- Elaine Chukan Brown, California
Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews
AZ Uncorked, written and photographed by wine industry professionals from the Grand Canyon state, will without a doubt convince you why a trek to the state’s diverse, rugged, and exciting wine regions should be on your bucket list.
- Wine Destinations, Indiana
“The chance to experience the birth of a new wine region is through this beautifully crafted and photographed breakthrough book.”
- Richard Siddle, United Kingdom
Editor-in-chief, The Buyer
“Instructive maps and stunning photography of reposeful and refined vineyard landscapes are supported by heartfelt stories, told by many of those who have helped to shape the Arizona wine world.”
- Sariya Jarasviroj Brown, Arizona
Founder, Circo Vino