Grapes don't usually grow in the desert's dry heat, but the owners of Oak Creek Vineyard and Winery found a way. They nourish vines of syrah, merlot, zinfandel, and chardonnay grapes with pure water from an aquifer 425 feet beneath the earth's surface. Moisture isn't everything, though; western Arizona's brilliant sunlight helps the grapes to develop ideal sugar content. The combination of warm days and chilly nights further brings flavor to life beneath the grapes' dusk-purple skins.
White curtains swirl around the outdoor patio of an adobe tasting room, where visitors pair sips of wine with meats and cheeses. A jaunt through the grounds reveals views of flowering cacti and tumbleweeds wearing pearls on the sun-browned hills.
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THAT Brewery supplies its many original craft beers to bars and liquor stores in the area, but one of the best places to enjoy the brews is in the Cottonwood production facility. The large space is set up for guests, using the space between equipment to place tables with board games, and even a cornhole set up. The Brewery doesn't have a kitchen, but allows food to be ordered in. Additionally, there are some exclusive beers not available at other THAT locations, such as THAT Blacked Out IPA, brewed to turn its west coast hops complex, dark, and bitter.
Peek over the lip of Verde Valley, and you might catch a glimpse of Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery. Its team grows grapes at the valley's bottom, working with soil kept fertile by Oak Creek's mountain waters. At the vineyard's on-site winery, winemakers transforms the fruit into creative vintages, available for sampling in the tasting room. At the winery's Jerome location, folks can taste their way through varietals mesa-side surrounded by the cozy seclusion of the former mining town turned artist village.
Eclipse Eyewear fashions chic sunglasses from a selection of 1,500 frames from high-end brands such as Chanel, Prada, and Versace. Luxurious shades stand against walls and look out from display cases, eager to slide over patrons' eyes to shield them from harsh rays or pigeons' attempts to make eye contact and demand breadcrumbs.