Award-winning photographer, designer and Scottsdale resident Jenelle Bonifield just released her highly-anticipated hardcover coffee table book, “AZ Uncorked, The Arizona Wine Guide.”
This exquisite 11-inch by 9-inch book weighs more than six pounds and features 544 pages bursting with gorgeous color photographs, showcasing 45 stories about Arizona’s beautiful vineyards, unique tasting rooms, and the maverick winemakers who call Arizona home like Eric Glomski, Sam Pillsbury, Maynard Keenan, and Kent Callaghan, to name a few.
The book opens with a foreword by international wine reviewer, writer and sommelier Elaine Chukan Brown, known online as Hawk Wakawaka. The introduction was written by acclaimed local restaurateur and sommelier T. Scott Stephens, co-owner of Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail in Phoenix.
The guide is then divided into sections based on Arizona’s wine regions. Each section begins with an introduction written by Arizona wine industry professionals and enthusiasts including wine blogger Cody Chasen Burkett (CSW), co-owner of Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant Pavle Milic, and vineyard consultant Nikki Check. Michelle Jacob introduces the metro tasting rooms, and Annabel Sclippa introduces the outlier wineries. Richard Betts, independent wine and spirits educator, covers a section on Arizona wine festivals.
Bonifield spent over three years photographing and working with writers to craft stories about the people behind the Arizona wine industry. “My concept for the book began with this goal: to provide a resource for Arizonans to learn about the many vineyards throughout our rugged high country and the fabulous wines our winemakers create,” she says.
“What an amazing journey it has been getting to know so many Arizona winemakers and wine industry individuals. They are among the hardest working, most dedicated, and passionate people on the planet. I hope that people will enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed creating it.”
“AZ Uncorked, The Arizona Wine Guide” is a stunning creation and a first of its kind for the Arizona wine industry. The hardcover coffee table book, which is 100 percent locally produced and printed by Courier Graphics, is $111 and available online at arizonawineguide.com/order-book.