Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sonoita, Arizona Wine Country

After visiting Tombstone we headed off to Sonoita in the middle of Arizona's wine country for lunch.
Sonoita sits roughly at the 5000 ft level and is home to several wineries which specialize in several varieties like Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese.
These vines were first planted in the 17th century by Franciscan missionaries. Currently there are 13 wineries in the state of Arizona.
Pretty cool.....
We stopped at this cute Italian Ristorante for lunch...

Pinot Grigio
My stepmother and I both had the Chopped Italian Salad
Carlos chose the White Bean and Italian Sausage Soup and the Turkey and Goat Cheese Panini.
And my dad had the Special....
Penne with Italian Sausage and White Sauce.
Yum.....( except for the meat part of course )

We saw an unbelievable amount of Border Patrol this afternoon through Sonoita, Patagonia, and Nogales. Apparently patrolling has increased quite a bit in recent months especially in the Arizona boarder towns.
It makes me sad that travelling into Mexico is so different these days. I always loved Mexico and spent a huge part of my college days partying in TJ, surfing in Puerto Nuevo, and lounging in Rosorito Beach.
Fun, innocent times.....
Hope those days can return.

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