The Village of Elgin Winery tasting room resides in an unpretentious, tin-roofed, board-and-batten sided, former house of ill repute near the edge of Arizona's up and coming Sonoita wine country. Fortuitously, it is a mere 35 miles from Tombstone and the owners have, in a fit of genius, Incorporated the kitsch of the OK Corral legend into their winemaking. That's just fun.
We picked up a few bottles of Tombstone Red and some of the other offerings last year after spending a half hour tasting selections that ranged from afternoon-at-the-beach to pretty-decent-with-grilled-steak. The staff is friendly and fun and this place is worth a stopover.
Tombstone Red winery notes.....
Laugh it up, gentle readers, but Typhoon in Santa Monica offers scorpions on shrimp toast and rattlesnake meat tastes just like chicken (or so I'm told). Tarantula? Reputed to be a delicacy in Cambodia.
This twelve dollar, nondenominational, screw top wine puts you in the mind of a very mellow Chianti, and like Chianti sometimes is, it is a blend of red and white wine. What kind? Well, we don't really know because that's a big secret. One thing is certain, you feel like you ought to be eating Italian on a red checkered table cloth and drinking the wine from short glass tumblers. On the back side? Italian sausage. OK, maybe it's fennel, but definitely mild Italian sausage on the finish. Don't smirk.
Inscribed upon the each tasting glass: Elgin makes wine. Napa makes auto parts.
UPDATE: Several people asked what happened to the rest of this post. After the email version was sent TWC split the post into two sections. An edited version of the second half of this post will go up as a second post later today. Sorry for the inconvenience, TWC decided it was less clumsy this way. Mrs TWC thinks he's nuts.