Wine, food pairings come out of annual Sharlot's Cellar event

Bree Nation, wine club manager for the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, pours a glass of Dala Cabernet for James Holland, while is wife Christina and friend Joe Natale, middle, look on during Sharlot’s Cellar “99 Bottles of Wine at the Hall” wine tasting Saturday at Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

Bree Nation, wine club manager for the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, pours a glass of Dala Cabernet for James Holland, while is wife Christina and friend Joe Natale, middle, look on during Sharlot’s Cellar “99 Bottles of Wine at the Hall” wine tasting Saturday at Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

The wines and spirits were brought out of the cellar and paired with hors d'oeuvres at the Sharlot Hall Museum's third annual "Sharlot's Cellar." The event, which was Saturday, included drinks from area vineyards and distributors, breweries and distilleries as well as food samplings from local food purveyors.

One wine distributor, the Prescott Winery, which has a grand opening set for over Labor Day weekend, was pouring two reds and two whites. From the winery, Barbara Rowland said one of the white wines was 100 percent Arizona Chardonnay.

"The grapes are coming from the Wilcox area," she said, noting the other wines were a six-grape blend, a 100 percent Sangiovese from Yolo County, California, plus a three-red blend.

Also presenting a selection of drinks was Thumb Butte Distillery, with such selections as its Western Sage Gin and Rodeo Rye. Distillery Director of Marketing and Social Media Linda Giangreco said their offerings are the distillery's most popular.

Giangreco also said she was excited to be a part of the Sharlot's Cellar event. "We're always thrilled to meet the community and serve them," she said.

Among the food purveyors was the Barley Hound, serving fried pork rinds with sea salt and Harissa seasoning, and deviled eggs with salmon smoked that day and fried capers.

Skyler Reeves, who recently opened the Barley Hound, said the rinds and eggs were chosen to showcase what the Barley Hound does.

"I think that you can find a wine for pretty much anything," he said. "These are two of our personal favorites and our most popular items."

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