Several Sonoita/Elgin Wine and Spirit producers have once again earned national recognition this year.
Callaghan Vineyards received notable mention in Forbes Magazine in November for its 2017 Petit Manseng, a grape originating from southwest France.
Deep Sky Vineyards was awarded 89 points by Wine Spectator for its 2016 Constellation. Arizona Wine Growers Association recently awarded Double Gold to their 2017 Supernova, Gold to 2017 Big Bang, and Bronze to 2017 Constellation.
The American Wine Society awarded Deep Sky’s 2017 Black Hole Silver with 89 points, 2017 Constellation Bronze with 85 points, 2017 Big Bang Silver with 89 points, and 2017 Supernova Bronze with 87 points.
Dos Cabezas WineWorks received notable mention in Forbes Magazine in December for its sparkling wine Principrana, a blend of garnacha, riesling, and tempranillo, “fermented and aged in neutral barrels with traditional sparkling fermentation creating an aromatic, lush, fruity, rose-hued sparkler with hint of spice,” according to Forbes.
Flying Leap Vineyards won the 2020 Hero of the Community Award for its commitment to the community and for their efforts to assist those who are struggling. The award was presented by the Minority and Small Business Alliance of Southern Arizona.
Village of Elgin was named a Global Top 10 Whiskey for its Arizona Straight Bourbon at the International World Spirits Competition in London and San Francisco World Spirits this past August. Village of Elgin also received the ICONS of Gin Distillery Manager award from Gin Magazine in London. The El Gin and Graciano El Gin won gold medals at the Los Angeles and San Francisco competitions, and El Gin won best spirit at the American Wine and Spirit Competition in Virginia.
The Regalo de Vida rum became the first rum to win Platinum at the World Spirits Competition. Their new Triple 3 Rum won Best American Rum in London and finished in the top 20 in the worldwide competition.
The Naughty Monkey won bronze with 89 points at the American Wine Society Commercial Competition. The Arizona Straight Rye scored 92 points at IWSC in London (high silver).