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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2009 3:23 pm | Updated: 2:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Have you been thinking about a weekend of fun and activities that surround you with great company, food and wine? I encourage you to come out and taste, cheer, laugh and get great pictures of these two local and regional wine events that are sure to please.

Arizona’s largest and most decorated winery, Kokopelli Winery in Chandler, will host the biggest event in its Krush history — the eighth annual Kokopelli Krush, voted one of the top 10 things to do in the Valley.

The Krush will take place Friday through Oct. 25 and will include the now famous “Krush competition” for teams of two to win great prizes ranging from wine to trips.

The event will feature live jazz, reggae and blues all weekend, as well as great food and award-winning wine. Kokopelli Winery is a local, family-owned winery and restaurant celebrating its 15th year in operation and produces more than 20 wines, which collectively have won more than 65 medals to date. Kokopelli wine is distributed in more than 400 retail outlets across the state.

Bigger and better than ever, Krush ’09 will be the central focus of historic downtown Chandler next weekend.

Sponsors will display their wares, local arts and crafts will be exhibited, travel companies will be on hand, and kids can play in an inflatable play area.

The Krush begins Friday and runs from 5 p.m. to midnight. There will be two Krush heats on Friday: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; and on Saturday three heats: 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be one heat at 1 p.m., and then the finalists from each day will compete for the grand prize.

Registration for the Krush is $20 per team and can be done in advance or the day of the event. At a $10 cost, tastings include a Kokopelli Krush commemorative glass, six tasting tickets and $2 off every bottle of Kokopelli wine purchased.

If you can’t Krush, starting today through Nov. 1, The Wine, Wolves & Witches private four-hour exclusive tasting tour, arranged and presented by White Tie Sedona Events, is a great way to enjoy a wonderful day out of town and enjoy the red rocks of Sedona.

The tasting tour begins at 11:30 a.m. and features Alcantara Vineyards and Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery. Alcantara’s beautiful Tuscan-style farmhouse is perched on 86 acres of vineyard and is your destination for tasting with the wine goddess.

Lunch is included and prepared, paired with Alcantara wines by Red’s Restaurant executive chef Ron Moler.

Your next vineyard tour is Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery with winemaker Rod Snapp.

Javelina Leap is a 10-acre estate vineyard with a tasting room that was designed after an old Jerome saloon and overlooks the lush greenbelt of Oak Creek.

Dessert is included, prepared and paired with Javelina Leap wines, again by Red’s Restaurant executive chef Ron Moler.

Keeping up with the spirit that food and wine provide as a complement to travel, please be respectful of the fun that comes with these events and drive responsibly.

I look forward to seeing you out and about at these wonderful events.

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