The newest tasting room in Previous City could also be new, however in relation to serving flights and operating tastings, Arizona Stronghold isn’t any novice. The vineyard now produces wherever from 15,000 to 20,000 instances a yr.
In 2010, it was the primary to open a tasting room in Cottonwood. Again then, the country city rolled up its sidewalks at sundown. Right now, Arizona Stronghold is amongst a number of wineries on tasting room-lined Principal Road that’s turn into a vacation spot for wine followers.
The vineyard itself dates again to 2008, when it began as an formidable enterprise between winemakers Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of Software.
Eric had carved an early and influential house in what was, on the time, a fledgling Arizona wine business with Web page Springs Cellars in 2003. Keenan had additionally made his mark with Caduceus Cellars, which he based in 2004.
In 2014, the enterprise companions cut up, with the Arizona Stronghold identify and vineyard going to Eric. Keenan took possession of Stronghold’s winery in southern Arizona, which he renamed the Al Buhl Memorial Winery, a dedication to an early pioneer of Arizona viticulture.
Right now, each Stronghold and Web page Springs are owned by the Glomski household together with traders. Eric focuses on Web page Springs as its normal supervisor, proprietor, and government winemaker. Eric’s father Terry Glomski operates Arizona Stronghold as its normal supervisor.
Increasing to the Valley had been on the Glomskis’ minds for fairly a while, however they knew that the new geography additionally got here with a change in viewers. Cottonwood attracts a special crowd than Previous City Scottsdale, which is one in all the top destinations in the country for bachelorette parties, in line with get together planning app The Bach.
“We put sound-deadening panels within the ceiling due to the decibel ranges going up through the excessive season,” says Terry, referring to the energetic and occasional thunderous ambiance of teams partying it up.
The tasting room has a capability of 50 inside plus extra seating on the patio. The furnishings current a classy Southwest vibe with cozy leather-based seat cushions, benches that flank picket neighborhood tables, splashes of crimson on the partitions, and picture murals of the vineyards.
The tasting room has turn into a preferred cease on numerous excursions of the Scottsdale Wine Trail, a route created to pattern a group of tasting rooms specializing in native wine. But it surely additionally attracts Valley residents, that means guests to the Scottsdale location might even see just a few unique choices that Cottonwood guests don’t.
These embody wines made only for wine membership members. If there are any surplus bottles left after membership shipments are despatched, they’re served in Scottsdale. Choices lean towards off-the-beaten-path wines that flaunt the creativity of winemaker Jason McCluskey.
For instance, the Playa Rojo, a Mourvedre, syrah, and petite sirah mixture, yields an earthy profile with flavors of cherry cream soda, wooden smoke, plum, and a touch of tobacco. Then there’s the marginally effervescent Muscat made with grapes from Carlson Creek Winery and the Pressings, a white melange of six varieties. On the tasting room, greater than 30 totally different wines can be found at any time.
Over the past a number of months, Terry has observed that distinctive wines entice extra consideration in Previous City.
“There’s fairly a little bit of wine information amongst locals within the Valley, and those that know quite a bit about wine usually are extra experimental and open to totally different wines,” Terry says.
The broader choice in Scottsdale additionally applies to the tasting room’s meals choices. The house beforehand housed a French bakery, so the bigger kitchen permits the workers to create extra choices. The bottle and board particular options any of the store’s mainline bottles and a mini bistro board with cheese, meat, olives, and a baguette for $35.
“The meals is a bit more dressed up,” Terry says.
The tapas-heavy menu boasts Caprese skewers, an olive bowl accompanied by blue cheese and arugula, goat cheese served with heat dates, apples, and honey, and complex cheese boards loaded with meats, sun-dried fruits, almonds, olives, and baguettes.
Stronghold’s new Valley presence makes it one in all six tasting rooms representing Arizona wineries in Previous City Scottsdale. Terry sees this as a optimistic signal concerning the path the business goes, its progress, and camaraderie.
“We don’t even name them opponents,” he says, including that Arizona wine makes up for simply four % of the wine bought within the state. “There’s a lot room for progress. It’s a superb factor.”
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
4225 N. Marshall Approach, #2, Scottsdale