In thirty hours, we
visited and tasted three wineries, met the Girls of Safford, toured
Kartchner Caverns State Park, watched a 4.0 USTA National quarter-finals
tennis match, and still made it home in time for Game One of the World
EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF SIERRA VISTA
Leaving mid Friday morning, the drive south
through Tucson was scenic and uneventful. Gordon, our Sierra Vista friend and
driver saw to that, getting us to our first stop, the Sonoita Vineyards. Tucked
away off the paved highway, this small family owned winery was selected to
provide the wine for the 1989 inaugural gala for President George Bush. The
tasting went so well, we decided to purchase a 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, to
complement our picnic lunch. The expansive views from our picnic table were as
memorable as the wine.
Rested and satisfied from
our lunch, we were back on the paved road onward to the town of Elgin, for a
tasting at Elgin Winery. Becoming a winery is the latest, in a long list,
that this establishment has been. Started as a brothel, then tavern, turned
hotel, and now winery, this is where we met The Girls of Safford, Az. A
large correctional facility is located in Safford. In fact, that's about all
there is in Safford, so I can only imagine what happens when nine ladies
head out of town for some wine tasting...
Back to Elgin winery...in our opinion,
they should have kept it as one of its earlier lives. Nondescript, over
priced wines, we were disappointed. But it was fun!
By far, the winning
winery of the day was Callaghan Vineyards, founded in 1990, which produces
deep intense, and complex wines. Lisa, the knowledgeable wine master's wife,
was our guide and made our time there very enjoyable.
FAR TOO HAPPY WINE TASTERS
The Buena Suerte Cuvee, made from 46%
Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Zinfandel, and 8% Cabernet Franc, at
$18.00 per bottle was marvelous with our cheese and fruit platter. With only
340 cases produced, this family owned winery is sure to have a future.
Early the next
morning, we drove to Kartchner Caverns. Discovered by a couple of
college cave hounds in 1974, this is the jewel of the US Caves. This is
a must see for anyone visiting southeast Arizona. We were truly
impressed by the conservation efforts to keep this cave in a "living"
state. While touring the caverns, we could see mother nature working ,
making "Soda Straws" and "Stalagmites". Unfortunately, they would not
allow photos to be taken in the caves, so you'll have to take our word
for the amazing natural works of art we witnessed inside.
complete our 30 hour journey, we stopped at the United States Tennis
Association's National tennis tournament in Tucson. A friend of ours was
playing, however he had already played and won his first match, and left for
the day. All was not lost however, as we
did watch several good matches between ladies, from many locales within the
Home in time for Game
One of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Anaheim
Angels, we had a great thirty hour trip within the State of Arizona.
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