Mar 4, 2024 - News

Arizona wines beat international competitors in blind taste test

A woman pouring a glass of red wine.

Dos Cabezas co-owner Kelly Bostock pours a glass of red wine. Photo: Courtesy of Dos Cabezas

Arizona's vintners believe their wines stands up to those produced in the world's most famous wine regions — and they hosted a blind taste test to prove it.

Why it matters: "Events like this … demonstrate that our wines deserve respect – even among the more established wine regions of the world," Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) president Kent Callaghan said in a statement.

The big picture: Sonoita-based Dos Cabezas' classic Red was selected as the best overall red wine in the competition.

  • Laramita Cellars of Willcox and Los Milics of Cochise County also beat out international competitors in the full-bodied and light-bodied red categories.

How it worked: Organizers paired two Arizona wines and two top-shelf international wines in each flight for judges to rank.

  • Judges included multiple certified wine specialists and educators.

Zoom out: Arizona's wine industry has expanded rapidly over the past two decades.

  • The state has three American Viticultural Areas (Sonoita, Wilcox and Verde Valley).
  • As of 2021, there were 118 licenses for "farm wineries" producing between 200 and 40,000 gallons of wine per year, according to an AWGA report.
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