Southern Arizona Wine Country Tuesday, Mar 13 2012 

Believe it or not, in southern Arizona they’re growing wine grapes.

When traveling through this part of the country, it’s hard to  imagine that it’s possible to grow anything.  But…in a tiny little spot on the map called Elgin, Arizona, they’re doing it and they’re doing it well!

Several vineyards and wineries can be found in the Sonoita-Elgin area, about an hour or so southeast of Tucson:

Charron, Kief-Joshua, Wilhelm Family , Village-of-Elgin/Four Monkeys, Rancho Rossa and Callaghan Vineyards along with Canela Hills Winery and Lightning Ridge Cellars.  We visited many of the above vineyards and all had great wines.  I was surprised at the variety: Tempranillo, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, riesling, sangiovese, etc.  One location even had “Christmas in a Glass” , a gluhwein type drink.  It was December and it was delightful!

 

And after visiting many of these fine wine makers and tasting along the way, you too may see something like this…..

Was he really green? I can’t really say because I can’t quite remember after all that wine!

Cheers!

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Photoshop Fun Tuesday, Mar 13 2012 

There are several trips I’ve taken recently that I’m way behind on blogging. I’ll get to them soon, I promise!

In the mean time, I took this photo while in Arizona visiting my dad in December.  We were wondering around La Paloma Resort and I found an interesting area of wall.  Light was shining on the way in a way that made it look sort of like ripples of gathered fabric.

 

 

I knew once I’d taken the photo of this great wall that it was going to be fun to play around with it in photoshop.  So today, I did a little experimentation.

Here is the result, you tell me what you think.