Southwest: Arizona vs. New Mexico
When some enterprising winemakers realized that the high-desert terroir of Arizona's Verde Valley—warm days, cool nights, limestone soil—could produce great Syrahs, Zinfandels, and Grenaches, a new wine region took root. Our favorites include Page Springs Cellars, where you can have lunch and a flight on the deck overlooking the vineyards, and linger for bocce or a creekside massage. Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery is also a pleasant stop: bring a lunch, grab a bottle of Zinfandel or Barbera from the tasting room, and picnic in the mesquite grove. Those who prefer Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays should make a trip down to the Sonoita wine region, south of Tuscon.