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Rising Stars of the Southwest

The state of Arizona has a small but emerging wine scene; these 19 very good reds and whites are bringing credibility to the wines of the Grand Canyon State
James Molesworth
Posted: January 22, 2010

Though the Arizona wine industry is still nascent, there’s some serious quality already. Reds from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, as well as Petite Sirah, show real promise. Whites are a little more inconsistent, but varieties like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, as well as Malvasia, can provide intriguing orange peel, clementine and apricot notes with broad, waxy textures offset by good freshness for balance.

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