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Quad Cities in Brief: Growth, death, and rebirth of a local wine industry

Growth, death, and rebirth of a local wine industry

A presentation titled, “Vintage Arizona: The growth, death, and rebirth of a local wine industry,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Phippen Museum.

While Arizona’s wine industry is currently booming, it started from almost nothing in the 1970s. Today, more than 50 wineries operate across the state and more are starting every year. But despite the youth of the current industry, there is a long history of wine-making in Arizona dating back some 200 years. And at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 18, author and historian, Erik Berg, will be on hand for an entertaining Third Thursday dinner program that examines this popular industry in depth.

Using numerous illustrations, this presentation traces the fascinating – and often amusing – story of Arizona wine from the Spanish Colonial period to the present. Topics include pioneering efforts using wild grapes, Mesa’s forgotten 19th century wine industry, the illegal raisin wineries of the Great Depression, and the unlikely band of aspiring winemakers that led the modern rebirth of Arizona wine in the 1980s.

Erik Berg is an award-winning historian and writer with a special interest in the early twentieth century southwest. In addition to contributing to several books and numerous conferences, his work has appeared in the Journal of Arizona History, Arizona

Highways, Astronomy, the Journal of the Society of Commercial Archaeology, and Sedona Magazine.

These evening programs are extremely popular so be sure to make your reservation today for this interesting discussion and delicious dinner catered by Big Daddy E’s Smokin’ Barbeque. The cost is $25 for museum members and $35 for guests. Call 928-778-1385.

The Phippen Museum is located only a few minutes north of downtown Prescott, at 4701 Highway 89 North. For additional information on this or any other event at the museum, please call 928-778-1385, or visit their website at

DWPA luncheon

Democratic Women of the Prescott Area (DWPA) monthly luncheon Jan. 24, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott. Guest speakers Ana Maria Perez, Democratic candidate for US Congress CD4, and Heidi Hampton, Director of the Vagina Monologues. RSVP by Jan. 21 to or call Jan at

626-340-7060. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. $15 members/$17 nonmembers.

Tax Credit

Pie Join Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, APS and Prescott Junction for Tax Credit Pie Day 1 to 3 p.m., on Jan. 6, at the Prescott Junction Restaurant, 1121 E. Sheldon St. Have some pie on us and learn how to keep your slice of Tax Credit Pie in Yavapai County.

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