Arizona – The Wine Is Fine…And So Is The Pie

by Paula Sugarman

As a Californian, I often forget that all 50 states produce wine. The world has become such a small place, it seems there is nothing new under the sun. Just step into a Cost Plus or Pier One store and you will find chachkies from all over the world. But not so with wines. Every time I travel to another state, I’m delighted to find new wine labels that have yet to be discovered.
On my recent trip to Sedona, Arizona, we ambled into the Rock Springs Cafe to check out their world famous pie. Not only did I find about 17 varieties, pie art and local history, I found some interesting wine labels too.

Page Springs Winery - I liked this simple series of black and white sketches, plain and unadorned. The barrio is my favorite. Go to their website to see the entire collection.
Arizona Stronghold - provides strong, colorful branding for their wines.

I love these charming pie murals at the Rock Springs Cafe. And I have to say their berry pie was some of the best we’ve ever tasted.

Later in the trip I found this Dionysian Cellars label, an unexpected story of Greek heritage in the middle of the desert. No explanation on their website, but a trip to Wikipedia tells me that Dionysus is the Greek god of fertility, wine, and ecstasy, and was popular throughout much of the ancient world.

And last but not least, here’s a sweet shot for Arizona Hops and Vines. Whether drinking or viewing, the art of wine is always an adventure. I’m glad there are wines and pies to inspire us all.


Paula Sugarman is owner and creative director of Sugarman Design Group, a California graphic design studio specializing in brand identity, wine label design and food package design.




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