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Wine Review - Aridus 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

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Wine Review - Aridus 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Aridus Wine Company is a family owned custom crush winery located in Willcox, Arizona. Their wine making facility is located in a refurbished, design award-winning apple warehouse, and is considered to be among the largest facilities of its kind in the state.  Owners Joan and Scott Dahmer own 40 acres of estate vineyards in Pearce, Arizona on the banks of Turkey Creek, where grapes are grown (and vines continue to be planted), at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The Dahmers opened Aridus in 2012 with a commitment to producing elegant and approachable handcrafted wines, using only the best grapes from their vineyard as well as from other quality grape growers in Arizona, California and New Mexico. Aridus winemaker, Lisa Strid specializes in making small-lot wines and it shows in the quality and style of the wines produced.

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Café Monarch: an Unpretentious Fine Dining Experience

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Café Monarch: an Unpretentious Fine Dining Experience

When you arrive at Café Monarch in Scottsdale, Arizona, and step onto the front patio, you already know that you’re in for a great dining experience. Arriving just ten minutes before our reservation, we were escorted to a café table on the front patio surrounded by greenery and flowers while we waited for our reserved table. The hostess also left a menu so that we could preview the culinary creations being offered for the evening. 

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Interpreting the Connections Between Man and Nature

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Interpreting the Connections Between Man and Nature

He sits on a bench, completely engrossed in a small piece of wood he’s carving, that he doesn’t even realize visitors have stopped and are watching. He is surrounded by his work – a variety of sculptures on different subjects in wood or bronze, all on exhibit at Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

At first glance, his work seems a bit eclectic; but upon further inspection, the pieces all seem to have perfect balance and synergy. When he finally looks up at his visitors, one can sense a man who is completely comfortable in his environment. Clearly, this is a person who is in love with his craft. 

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