I was surprised to find that there are some lovely new wineries in Sedona, a fantastic tasting room where only Arizona’s best are featured, and a little known wine room at the Amara Resort where you can sip the finest with 15 of your best friends.
Page Springs Vineyard
One of the pleasures of a recent jeep trip with A Day in the West was a visit to the beautiful Page Springs Vineyard overlooking the banks of Oak Creek. Page Springs is relatively new, but has garnered quite a reputation among fellow vintners and wine enthusiasts. Eric Glomski, the owner and winemaker, bought the property in 2002 and planted vines in 2003. This fall they will harvest their first grapes. While they wait, they lease prime vineyard space in Arizona and California and use their talents to produce some very noteworthy Arizona wines on site at Page Springs.
They have two shaded decks, one with picnic tables, where you can relax with a taste, or a bottle of their fine wines. Fruit and cheese platters are also available. The rustling leaves of the Cottonwoods and the babble of the creek will soon lull you into a relaxed state. Stroll the grounds and enjoy the ducks, chickens and peacock who inhabit the vineyards. The day we were there, it was fairly hot and we found a light and fruity white blend, their 2005 Eldorado Roussanne, to cool us off. Don’t know your wines? The knowledgeable staff certainly can lead you in the right direction. An added plus for traveling with A Day in the West was the $15.00 credit that you will have at Page Springs Cellars.
Relaxed and Ready for Off-Roading
A second pleasure of traveling with A Day in the West was spending time with our driver, Lynn Hughes. Lynnie is a multi-talented woman who is a singer-songwriter, writes rock operas and knows a great deal about the geology, history and spirituality of the Sedona red rock region. She’s also a fantastic off-road driver. She was very accommodating to my desire to take pictures of the blooming prickly pair cacti and stopped so that we could listen to a gathering storm in the distance. Ah, there’s nothing like getting off the beaten path!
Private Wine Tasting or Dining at Amara Resort’s Beautiful Little Wine Room
Yes, the room is lined with bottles of Amara’s finest wines, but in the middle of the rectangular room you can seat 15 of your friends for a private wine tasting or intimate dinner. It’s a bit cool in there (better for the wine), but the experience would be well worth donning an extra layer.
We stayed at the Amara Creekside Resort and Spa which is known for their Gallery on Oak Creek Restaurant. Dining in an art gallery? The Gallery Restaurant at Amara Creekside serves artfully prepared four-diamond meals to diners amidst works of art from local artists. All this and a view of the resort terrace and Sedona Red Rocks! They have an extensive wine list and your waiter will be very helpful in selecting a wine for that special meal. After your meal, have a glass of wine or cup of coffee out by the large fire pit. It's a great way to end a relaxing day in Sedona.
The Concierge at Amara Creekside was very gracious and helped us select restaurants outside the resort. We were interested in Italian food and sampled two fantastic Italian restaurants during our stay.