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GRAND CANYON WINE CO.

The Grand Canyon Wine Company was developed by Kennelly Concepts, a food, and beverage group. They represent handcrafted products through resourcing  and investing in local communities

There are only four states in the U.S. that are well known internationally; California, Washington, Oregon, and to a lesser extent, NewYork. The 46 states remaining all have a history of producing wine just as long and are unknown even in the country. Much of this has to do with internal politics, and the 13 years nightmare of a bad Idea Prohibition, that nearly obliterated the industry. Individual state laws continue to identify themselves as either “dry, wet or damp”.The good news is times are changing and states are slowly emerging by ambitious producers. 

To say I  have a strong devotion to wine is an understatement because it is all I drink. I love it so much, that in my travels, I take every opportunity to search for local wine. For example, On a recent trip to Vietnam, I bought a bottle from Chateau Dalat, a Cabernet/Merlot blend for $7. I wasn’t about to ship cases of this wine for collection, but it was bright, fresh and elegant; We enjoyed It thoroughly with our dinner.

On this most current trip to Arizona, on the historic route 66 in the heart of downtown Williams, I discovered Grand Canyon Wine Company. They produce a plethora of wines from a variety of vinifera grapes (Cabernet, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier);  just to name a few. The grapes are sourced from the state’s three AVAs; Wilcox, Sonoita, and Verde Valley. 

On the nose, the wines are intensely perfumed and radiant. On the palate, they display plush, generous fruit with ripe and green tannins, juicy acid, and pleasant finish. The wines drink with ease and are uncomplicated. They give me an image of fun and excitement to drink with a group of friends. 

Arizona is showing the potential to one day materialize itself within the country as well on the international market. Grand Canyon Wine Co. is clearly making efforts to be considered a serious producer. Although I’d like to see a less commercialized generic name for their label. However, I do understand from a marketing standpoint, for a state undiscovered, use a name anyone will recognize. When you explore your palate, you explore the world.  Did you like this article or not? Let me know within the comments below.

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