8th Annual Grand Wine Festival Awards Gala
Friday, January 6, 2017
The Arizona Republic Presents the Grand Wine Festival Awards, Reception, and Gala Dinner featuring awards presentations to the best wines in Arizona and a silent auction at CREATE, part of the Arizona Science Center. These awards comprise the “Academy Awards” of Arizona wines. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Gala Dinner and Awards at 7:00 p.m.
The four chefs preparing the winemaker's dinner are:
- Executive Chef Danielle Leoni - The Breadfruit & Rum Bar
- Executive Chef Mel Mecinas - The Four Seasons
- Chef | Partner - Dante's Fire
- Chocolatier Jason Wasser - Xocolatl Confections
Grand Wine Festival: Tasting & Marketplace
Saturday, January 7, 2017
The Festival celebrates the best in Arizona’s four wine growing regions. More than 30 wineries will be pouring over 150 wines. The festival offers wine tasting and sales by the glass, bottle, and case. Other programming includes music, wine seminars, a small selection of vendors, and an auction on Saturday. Located in the Lath Pavillion at Heritage Square, festival hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Arizona Wine Growers Association
The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance with integrity the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona wines.
The association produces several signature events per year including the Grand Wine Festival & Awards Gala and the Off the Vine Wine Festival in Oro Valley.