Pillsbury Wine News
Our wines are 100% Arizona Estate Grown and Made
January 2020's issue of Green Living Magazine features an article and cover from our Sam Pillsbury. Click here to check it out. Get yourself a hard copy, Sam also has a recipe in this issue. Mahi Mahi and veggies.
Click here to read...Sonoran Arcana: Growing Grapes and Making Wine in the Desert from the Phoenix New Times.
Last weekend in Sedona, we celebrated multiple, large crowd, wedding festivities for our son. For our Rehearsal Dinner along the bank of Oak Creek, we had your company perform a wine tasting complimenting a rustic family/buffet style serving.
Initially, in addition to Pillsbury, we contacted 3 other Northern Arizona Wine Companies to determine their interest in performing this pairing. We want you to know that in all these contacts, Pillsbury immediately stood out as being the obvious clear choice – and this was all due to Valerie. Her professionalism, genuine kindness, enthusiasm and wine knowledge stood out head over heels from everyone else.
We knew we had made the correct decision with Pillsbury, but had absolutely no idea how special Valerie would make our celebration. We all fell in love with her. With her wine knowledge, help in setting everything up, dignified demeanor and refined classy presentation, she made our evening a very special wonderful occasion none will forget.
We congratulate you not only because of your beautiful wines, but also because of having such a beautiful and incredible team member like Valerie. She became enshrined as one of the key highlights of the entire weekend.
The New Times just published 48 hours Verde Valley Wine Trail' and we are included in this detailed fun 2 days...
click here to read this article.
Dream Vacation Magazine has published 'The 25 Best AZ Wineries.'
Check out the complete article and especially #2, click here.
AZ's Own Napa Valley, click here to watch.
U of A filmed Sam at the Vineyard.
Click here to watch this informative, amazing video.
Sam was featured online at AZ Food and Wine in June of this year, click here to read this wonderful article.
Great review for us from Tripadvisor:
The Best Sommeliers
We have visited several times. The wines are always superb. The winemaker Sam Pillsbury, is an Arizona celebrity due to his craft and success. The sommeliers that provide the tastings are the most knowledgeable and wine-centric individuals I have experienced in over 100 different winery tastings across the country.
From Film-making to Award-Winning Wine making, an interview with Sam Pillsbury, to read, click here.
Our WildChild White won Growers' Cup for BEST AZ White at this year's Grand Wine Festival put on by the AZ Republic. We also got Best Viognier, Best Malvasia, Best Chardonnay, Best Red Blend (DIVA) & Best Mourvedre!
The Largest Competition of American Wines - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2018 - We we awarded
14 medals...7 Silvers, 3 Bronze,
3 Golds and a Double Gold for our Shiraz 'Guns & Kisses' 2015!
2017 Scottsdale League of Arts,
Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame -
Winemaker of the Year - Sam Pillsbury
Check out our video of our 4th Annual Maya's Farm Dinner, click here to view.
AZ Food & Wine is doing features on AZ wine makers and Sam was featured in March, click here to see article.
Click here to read, The Unexpected History of Arizona Wine - about four key figures in recent Arizona wine making.
AZCentral wrote about our Double-Gold win at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, click here to read article.
The Phoenix Business Journal also wrote about our Double-Gold wine, read more here. And the Willcox Range News on February 8th, published this article about our win in SF, here is the article.
Here is the list of our 2017 awards from the AZ Republic and San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitions:
AZ Republic 2017
Viognier 15 GOLD & BEST AZ VIONGIER
Diva 14 GOLD
Roan Red 14 SILVER
Mourvedre 14 GOLD
Sweet Lies 15 BRONZE
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE 2017
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Symphony
Category: Division II - White Wines/ Other White Varietals BRONZE
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Diva
Category: Division IV - Red Wines/ Rhone Style Blends over $25.00 SILVER
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Chardonnay Reserve SILVER
Category: Division II - White Wines/ Chardonnay - $30.00 - $33.99
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Roan Red BRONZE
Category: Division IV - Red Wines/ Rhone Style Blends over $25.00
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Shiraz 'Guns and Kisses' SILVER
Category: Division IV - Red Wines/ Syrah/Shiraz - $41.00 and above
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Mourvedre SILVER
Category: Division IV - Red Wines/ Mourvedre
2013 Pillsbury Wine Company Petite Sirah BRONZE
Category: Division IV - Red Wines/ Petite Sirah -
$33.00 and above
2014 Pillsbury Wine Company Grenache DOUBLE GOLD
Category: Division IV - Red Wines/ Grenache -
$20.00 and above
My News Mesa reviews our Willcox Tasting Room and Vineyard, click here to read entire article.
New Times names its Top 100 Tastemakers, Sam is 18.
Click here to read more.
MSN.com named Pillsbury Wine the
best winery in Arizona, in their piece 'The Best Wine Made in Every Single
US State' , click here to read this GREAT article about local wines. The article is posted to the right of the photo.
Our Malvasia was reviewed by the Wine Monk. Click here to read his notes on our amazing wine.
Here is Sam on TV 3, AZ Good Morning show, Field Trip Friday, May 6th,
click here to watch.
Our 3rd Annual Locavore Dinner at Maya's Farm was a lots of fun, watch our video of the event.
We are in Sunset Magazine....
Where to go this weekend.
Click here to see article
Watch Sam's chef debut at The Breadfruit, it is quite entertaining.
Click here to view it.
The Arizona Wine Monk reviewed our Shiraz 2013. We think he liked it.
Click here to read his review.
Annabelle Latz is one of our biggest supporters.
Click here to read her blog, featuring pictures of our vineyard.
For a Podcast of James Callahan and Annabelle, click here.
Wine Unwound, read more of this brilliant blog by Annabelle.
Sam and Pillsbury Wines are the cover story, in Frontdoors News, an online magazine. To read article and see photos, click here.
AZ Wines - Going Green - Featured in February issue of Green Living Magazine Click here to read full article and see pictures of Sam and our vineyard.
CHECK OUT this
Fantastic, unsolicited testimonal
"Hello there! I just wanted to let you know that you have changed my opinion on Arizona wine. I tried your WildChild White at Zona 78 in Tucson, AZ during a fundraising dinner for a local farmers market. I am blown away by it. We ended up buying half a case (I would have bought more if I had the money.) Your WildChild White is absolutely amazing. It has perfect balance and is great with both food and sipping on its own. I will be on lookout for more of your labels!
Ever wonder what it is like to make wine? Click here to watch Sam and James making wine
American Winery Guide.com reviewed our Tasting Room in Cottonwood
CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE
Best Local Winemaker - Phoenix Magazine
Best Arizona Winery 2012 - Arizona Foothills Magazine
‘Rising Stars of the Southwest’ Wine Spectator Magazine
‘Arizona’s finest wines’ - Jancis Robinson, ‘American Wine’
Pillsbury Wine Events
Saturday, February 22nd
We will be at Desert Botanical Gardens for Devoured
10:00am to 3:30pm
Come enjoy wine and the gardens
For more info and tickets, click here
Thursday, March 5th
Vinyl and Vino with Val
At State Bar
In Cottonwood on Main Street
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Wine flights and glasses served with class! Come learn and enjoy local wines and this local bar.
Saturday, March 7th
First Press Fine Wine Dinner & Auction
At The Westin Kierland
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Click here for all the details.
Saturday, March 14th
Wine Club Pick-up Party
At our Cottonwood Tasting Room
Sam will be there, join us!!
Saturday & Sunday
March 21st & 22nd
Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival
At Camp Verde Community Field
For more info, click here
Saturday, March 28th
Bravo Vino 2020
In Tucson at The Gregory School
11:00am to 6:00pm
Get your tickets, click here
Looking for more to do and support
AZ wine...go to Willcox Wine Country's web page, click here.
****We entered 14 wines in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle American Wine Awards. There were 7000 wines entered from 36 states. We won 14 medals, all our wine entered placed. Our 2015 Shiraz, 'Guns & Kisses' got a double gold and our 2016 Viognier, 2016 Chardonnay and our 2014 Shiraz, 'Guns & Kisses got golds!****