Thursday, March 22, 2012

An online "I spy" game

Can you spot some new things in our winery park in front of the building?


We've been adding to our winery park since Ian and Rhian did the initial landscape design and manual labor almost two years ago. Last summer Ken Karrels of Diamond JK Nursery in Sonoita did some beautiful landscaping with plants that fit our grassland landscape, and the plants are coming back to life after their winter's rest.

This spring we had a steel ranch sign custom made for us by Mark Gillo in Chino Valley, AZ (click here for his website). Tim installed it over our entrance gate, and it looks great, don't you think?

In January  Tim built a bottle tree to echo the empty bottles Ian and Rhian had installed in the ground, and we "planted" it in the park. It catches the light beautifully at sunset.

If you haven't been to Canelo Hills in a while, come visit and see our new installations for yourself. Got any ideas for more additions? Send us an email!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wine+Food=Baratin(AKA FnB)

I know it's old fashioned to post blogs these days with facebook swarming all over the communication networks, but I'm an old fashioned guy. And anyway I'll probably post this on facebook also.

Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman are tweaking the AZ winemaker's dinners a bit and moving them to their new enterprise Baratin. The evening will begin at 5:30 with wine sampling only and then segue into a three course pairing at 6:30. All the dinners look great, but ours on May 15 will feature the usual completely vegetarian pairing. Call for reservations. Here's the LINK to the flyer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kathryn and Nathan

We are tickled to share with our Canelo Hills family that on Saturday, March 3 Kathryn wed Nathan Leaf in Tucson. It all started with a winery reception as friends and family from as far away as Mexico City and London converged on the winery Friday night to celebrate and experience Arizona wine first hand. The winery was transformed through the talents of Lisa and Scott Schoneman. Wayne and Cheryl Tomasi and Allison Roncone poured wines and answered questions about the history and challenges of making wine in Sonoita. On Saturday, the wedding ceremony in Tucson was followed by a reception at the Savoy Opera House at Pinnacle Peak adding the perfect old west ambiance. Kathryn and Nathan had even arranged to have an authentic cowboy sheriff entertain the crowd. Although Kathryn has moved out of Tucson she is still very much a part of Canelo Hills and accomplishes most of her web and marketing work on-line. Once in a while we are lucky enough to have her return. Now Nathan has joined the family.