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‘Wine and Dine in the Vines’ fundraiser set to ‘uncork’ student potential

Wine enthusiasts, gourmands, Yavapai College supporters and fans of the emerging local wine industry are all invited to participate in a culinary adventure in Clarkdale on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The “Southwest Wine and Dine in the Vines” will celebrate Yavapai College’s Southwest Wine Center with fine food and vintages beginning at 5 p.m. at the teaching winery on the college’ Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive.

The fundraising event hosted by Yavapai College’s Friends of the Southwest Wine Center will feature more than 35 winemakers and restaurateurs, with local chefs offering tastings of their favorite dishes and libations in a festival atmosphere of live music, winery tours, with a fall setting sure to be a treat to the eyes even as the food and wine delight the palate. The event is meant to inspire congenial conversations with fellow guests and the vintners and chefs.

Set against the gorgeous vistas and fertile fields of the Southwest Wine Center’s teaching winery, “Southwest Wine and Dine in the Vines” also offers patrons an up-close view of the wine-making process, from the vineyards to the taste buds. Guests will be invited to sample student-crafted wines and compare them to those produced by some of Arizona’s best wineries.

These are the participating wineries: 48WineWorks, Arizona Stronghold, Bitter Creek Cellar 433, Bodega Pierce, Caduceus Cellars, Chateau Tumbleweed, DA Ranch, Del Rio Springs Vineyard, Dos Cabela’s Wine works, Fire Mountain Wines, Javelina Leap, Keeling Schaefer Vineyards, Merkin Vineyards, Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery, Page Springs Cellars, Painted Lady, Pillsbury Wine, Prescott Winery, LLC, Rune Winery, Southwest Wine Center and Zarpara Vineyard.

These are the participating restaurants: Café Paleo Brio, Enchantment, Farside, Clarkdale Market, Nate’s Cowboy Café, Manzanita Inn, Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders, Maribel Desserts, Moscato Italian Ristorante, Mountain Institute JTED and Hog Wild BBQ

Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at Dine. Proceeds will benefit the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College.

For more information, contact Mary Talosi, at or call 928-776-2359.


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