As Arizona’s wine industry continues to gain national attention, one estate winery is giving Valley imbibers yet another reason to clink glasses with the Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery tasting room and shop that opened Nov. 1 in downtown Scottsdale.
Since their first harvest in the heart of Arizona wine country in 2009, winemaker, grower and co-owner Curt Dunham and co-owner Peggy Fiandaca have perfected their craft earning high marks from Wine Spectator and continuous praise from local and national aficionados alike.
The new venture brings an artful taste of their Southeastern Arizona-based winery and vineyard to the Valley.
“We chose the title ‘Wine Gallery’ for our downtown retail destination because it illustrates our goal of wanting to showcase the artistry of our winemaking and grape growing process, while also providing a unique venue for Arizona artists and craftspeople to be discovered,” said Fiandaca.
“We’ve wanted to bring the essence of our vineyard in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills of Cochise County to Scottsdale for some time now, and are finally ready to pop the cork on a long-awaited dream.”
Set in a redeveloped ranch house at the quaint crossing of Goldwater Boulevard and First Street in downtown Scottsdale, the 1,533-square-foot dwelling will accommodate up to 50 patrons offering the ideal space to taste 100 percent estate-grown and produced wines from Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.
Inside, visitors will experience a carefully curated gallery of local art, a custom-built tasting bar featuring stone from the vineyard, and an airy, open kitchen. Fiandaca and Dunham designed the space with a friendly, homey atmosphere in mind, where the vibe and excitement all starts at the kitchen with a glass of fine wine in hand.
Out the back door is a secluded patio with an expansive community table, offering yet another lively gathering place.
“This special place provides local and visiting wine lovers the opportunity to explore our Arizona wines before they buy, and experience what makes Arizona such a unique wine region,” said Dunham. “It’s a little taste of our winery, without the four hour drive.”
The wine shop, tasting room and gallery will offer regular business hours from Tuesday through Saturday, while Sundays and Mondays will be reserved for special events, artist receptions, workshops and private tastings.
The gallery is located at 6951 W. First St., Scottsdale.
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