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“Made our trip to Jerome - outstanding wine”
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Dionysian Cellars
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Owner description: Dionysian Cellars was founded in 2007 by owner and winemaker Darin Evans with one goal in mind...to produce ultra premium wines. All wines are created in a Dionysian fashion with respect to each wines unique personality. We produce Barbera, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Malbec and we are adding new and exciting varietals every year. Darin has been making estate wines for Freitas Vineyard since 2007.We offer Both Freitas Vinyards and Dionysian Cellars wine at our Jerome location. We hope to present Arizona and the world with more fantastic wines in the future!!
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We lived in CA for 20 years and were spoiled by wine tasting in Napa Valley and the surrounding area. We were visiting Prescott for the first time and did a day trip to Jerome. We were not expecting great wines, just the opportunity to have some fun wine tasting. We did not expect to find some the absolutely outstanding wines we found at Dionysian Cellars.

This shop tastes two wine brands:
http://freitasvineyard.com/ and
http://dionyiancellars.com (more info about them at http://www.oldtownwinecellar.com/About.html ).
Darin who creates the Dionysian line also is the master wine maker at Freitas vineyard.
We like the wines from both brands and ended up buying one of each.

Mellisa who poured our tastes gave us a lot of information about how they make their wines and how they use methods to create more European/Italian/French type wines (rather than CA/US type wines). She was very knowledgeable and it was easy to tell these wine makers were serious about their craft.

We did a 6 wine tastings (sharing the tastes) and were wowed by these exceptional wines. All the wines we tasted were very nice (2 whites and 6 reds overall) and we could easily imagine us drinking any of them, but we normally don't buy a bottle unless either we feel it is a good wine for a lower price or unless we are floored by the wine. The prices are higher here as they make small batches (small batches are more costly to make), priced roughly about $40 a bottle. We prefer red wines, but I also sometimes like nice Riesling that is a little sweet and fruity. Normally Chardonnays are too dry for me, but their Chardonnay was not as dry, it was clean and crisp though not sweet or fruity. I enjoyed it. We tried 4 of the reds and when we reached the Rays Mesa 2009 we loved it. We could just imagine having it with a good Italian pasta dinner. Rebecca gave us an extra tasting of the Malbec since we were buying a bottle and we were floored. I have only recently started to drink Malbecs (having been introduced to them during a trip to NYC by an Italian friend). This blew away the few Malbecs I have had in the last couple of months. In fact, we have not had such a wonderful wine for probably two decades since we lived in CA. We bought one of these also.

I highly encourage anyone stopping in Jerome to try out wine tasting at Dionysian Cellars, it is well worth the time spent.

2  Thank Jane T
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We were enjoying a day in Jerome when we stumbled upon this place. We were so impressed on what they had done to the place that we wanted to stay longer to enjoy it. We took the opportunity to experience some Arizona wines and were not disappointed, we took home a couple of bottles and have since ordered more to replace them. Melissa was wonderful at guiding us through the wines. She has a true passion for her craft.
This would be a great stop for tourist to try our Arizona wines if they don't have the time to do a winery tour of the region.
FYI. Watch the one stepdown when you enter and ladies there are convenient handbag hooks on the bar. The bathrooms are in a very clever place. You will have to go there to see what I mean.

1  Thank KiwiTania
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