For the final day of the month, Halloween day I had the pleasure of taking a family from Phoenix and Tucson to my favorite vineyard in the area, Alcantara Vineyard. There they enjoyed the delicious wines, while soaking in the autumn sun and listening to music from the live musician. It is a beautiful setting that encompasses over 85 acres right on the banks of the Verde River. A great family to end my month with. Hoping next time they bring their dogs.
Yesterday was quite a busy day in wine country for me, the guide and owner of Wine Tours of Sedona. Our new Xola online booking engine is almost working too good. For after an am meeting regarding some upcoming advertising that we are going to be doing, I checked me inbox only to discover that there was a tour booked yesterday that was due to start in 15 minutes, and within minutes of this discovery, I receive a call from the clients to let us know that they would be running a bit late.
After multiple phone calls, I figure out how to accommodate the reservation and get them set up on our "Wine Your Way": 3 Hour Custom Wine Sampling Experience. After picking the guests up who are here visiting for the Tool concert in Phoenix, we head to ChocolaTree where they get some chocolates to enjoy with some of the red wines that they will be sampling later in the day. From there we head over to Oak Creek Vineyard where they find several unique wines that meet their fancy. Our next stop is Arizona Stronghold in Old Town Cottonwood where they enjoy more great wines and a delicious BBQ'd snack to pair with their combo flight. Then it's back to Sedona so they can enjoy the rest of their day in northern Arizona.
From their drop-off, I head back to the office to do some paperwork, answer some calls and prepare for my afternoon tour.
Then, it's back on the wine trail. This time my guests are on our "Wine Your Way": Connoisseur's Wine Experience. From their pickup at the Sedona Summit (we offer complimentary pickup at all local resorts), their tour leads them to Lulu's Chocolate Lounge, The Art of Wine, Wild Rose Tea House, Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders, Pillsbury Winery, and Desert Diamond Distillery. At that point they are ready to relax before going to dinner at Dahl & DiLuca where I had made them dinner reservations while on their tour.
People often ask me what I like about my job. There are so many ways I can answer this. I love how every day is different, and every tour is different. I love meeting new people. I love sharing the beauty of northern Arizona with others. I love supporting other local small businesses like my own. My job is very satisfying and brings me immense gratitude every day.
Buddha once said, "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." I firmly believe this, for I love what I do, and doing that brings me great joy.
Tyler & Andrea's "Wine Your Way": 3 Hour Wine Sampling Experience
Shelley & Joel's "Wine Your Way": Connoisseur's Wine Experience
Wow, what a fun day I had today in my "office". Today I had the pleasure of touring around two lovely girls from Australia and New Zealand. They came here on holiday because they are both huge Tool fans and were here to see Tool and Pucifer play in the same multiday concert in Phoenix. Being and of Tool and Maynard, they choose one of our tours so that they can visit Caduceus Cellars in Jerome which is owned by James Maynard Keenan, the band's lead singer. He lives in Jerome and makes some amazing wines. My person favorites being the Tarzan and Sancha, both Tempranillo blends. Much to our surprise, the tasting room was packed with other Tool fans from all over the world here to see his concert and drink his wine.
It was fun filled day for my clients. They got to experience the wines from The Art of Wine in Uptown Sedona, eat delicious chocolates from Lulu's Chocolate Lounge, see Jerome, visit Caduceus Cellars and share a bottle of Sancha, check out some of the most cool kaleidoscopes in the world at Nellie Bly, and end the day with dinner at Bocce in Old Town Cottonwood.
Feel like I made two new friends. For although their tour was scheduled to end at 7pm, they were having so much fun, it didn't end up ending until 9pm.
It was great meeting you both. I'm grateful to having had the opportunity to be able to have shared with you something you both are so passionate about Tool, and the unusual place he has decided to make his home, the old historic copper mining town of Jerome.
Yesterday I had the enjoyment of taking a wonderful family out on their second tour with us this week. After checking out the wines along the Verde Valley Wine Trail on Monday, they decided to join us again for a tour that included some of the local Indian Ruins of the area. Their tour included seeing the Airport Mesa Main Vista Overlook, Amitabha Stupa & Medicine Wheel, Tuzigoot National Monument, Alcantara Vineyard, & Montezuma Well. Along the way we shared with them information about the history of the area and the native tribes that once lived here as well as geological history, scientific vortex information, tidbits and facts about the local flora and fauna, and much more.
All in all it was a wonderful day. We are grateful to be of service. It way my sincere please meting you all Nan, Alexander, Marian, Russel, Tracy, Rob, Kim, & Greg.
Adventures & Experiences from the life of Jim Reich, guide extraordinaire.