I want to start off by saying my husband is an avid Maynard fan, I listen to whatever my husband puts on his ipod. I planned a trip to Jerome for my husband's 30th birthday. We were there 3/28 through 4/2.
After we checked into our hotel (Connor Hotel, see review) which is right next door to Caduceus Cellars we stopped into Caduceus to check it out. At the time of our visit there were two flights available to taste, the Caduceus cellars flight ($14.00) and the Merkin Vineyards flight ($8.75) both had four wines. The menu says that they were 1 oz pours and I have read other reviews saying they skimped on the pours but my husband and I shared both flights so I think it was alittle greater than 1oz. The bar was full when we arrived so we stood at one of the islands in the middle. The young lady who poured for us was Abby and she seemed very knowledgeable about the wines. She provided us a brief description of the wines and returned to the bar. This was the first time I had a wine tasting in this format and I have read others not appreciating this but we didn't mind it because we were able to taste at our own pace and talk about the wine without having someone in our face the entire time. Each of the islands is used to store the win as well and you will find that there are additional wines in the islands not on the menu but if they are pouring them then they are available for tasting, I believe we tried 4 additional wines. We bought the Chupacabra Blanca that evening to take back to our room.
Throughout the week we would stop back in for a glass here and there. We also interacted with Brian (tasting room manager), Tony, and Danielle and they were all very friendly, willing to answer any questions and knowledgeable about the wines.
On Tuesday 4/1 we went in to have coffee as they open early and serve a few espresso beverages and breakfast sandwiches. We had the caramel latte and shared the black forest ham on a croissant sandwich. We also tried the biscotti and the sugar cookie. Everything was great.
I will say we did not go in here and try to gush to the staff about Maynard or any of the music but here and there it did come up in conversation.
Also, there was DJ Friday night which was fun and a photo booth all week which we took advantage of multiple times.
I have read a few reviewed previously where folks took away stars because they didn't like the wines which personally I feel is unfair because with win everyone has a different taste and to me everything else we experienced made up for the fact that the wines weren't necessarily my favorite but I will say I like more of a reisling and there aren't many of those in Arizona and the ones I did taste were more dry. Caduceus does have a white that leans more to the sweet side called the Diddler which I did enjoy. My husband is a cab sauv fan and he did enjoy quite a few of the reds, the Kitsuane, the Marzo, and the Oneste.
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