Kief-Joshua Vineyards (KJV) will host its eighth annual Magdelena Bash & Harvest Festival at their Elgin tasting room.
This festival will feature live music all day long, food vendors and artwork, henna tattoo artists and more.KJV will be releasing several new wines including the 2015 Barrelhead Merlot, which is named in honor of the single barrel that fell off the rack, injuring and almost killing winemaker, Kief Manning.
“Only 270 bottles of the Barrelhead Merlot have been made,” says winemaker, Kief Manning. “After all that happened, the wine turned out to be rich, dark and fruity with a dusty tannin. It truly displays the earthy characteristics of the Arizona terroir.”
Since this accident lead to a series of events, such as a head-on auto accident that eventually led to a diagnosis of a rare lung cancer in December 2015, Kief decided that a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Barrelhead Merlot will go to the non-profit organization carcinoid.org.
“The doctors told me that I most likely developed this rare cancer when I was 26 to 28 years old,” said Manning. “I truly feel this wine barrel started the cycle that saved my life. I am forever grateful to Barrow’s Neurosurgeon Brian Fitzpatrick, Md. for scanning below the neck and Doctors Kim Parker and Amir Awan of the Pulmonary Clinic of Scottsdale for their services.”
This year’s harvest festival will feature:
New wine releases include:
* 2015 Barrelhead, Merlot
* 2015 Magdelena, 80-percent Barbara 20-percent Cabernet Franc
* 2016 Viognier
* 2015 Late Harvest Zinfandel.
Live musical performances include:
* The Usual Suspects, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
* Cat Daddy & the 12 Barz Blues Band, 2 – 5 p.m.
Several Vendors include:
Henna tattoo artists, caramels & chocolates, pistachio farmers, goat milk soaps, photography artists, relishes, food trucks and more will be here for the enjoyment of the entire family.
$10 grants customers a souvenir glass and 5 (1 oz) pours Or $7 if you bring a wine glass. For more information, please visit http://kj-vineyards.com/ or call (520) 455-5582.