Grab a glass, sit back, and enjoy the tale of how Arizona’s booming wine industry came to be at this presentation at Golden Rule Vineyards in Cochise, southeast of Tucson, between Benson and Willcox. Starting from almost nothing in the 1970s, there are now over 50 wineries across the state and more starting every year. Despite the youth of the current industry, there is a long history of winemaking in Arizona dating back some 200 years. Using numerous illustrations, this presentation traces the fascinating – and often amusing – story of Arizona wine from the Spanish colonial period to the present. Topics include pioneering efforts using wild grapes, Mesa’s forgotten 19th century wine industry, the illegal raisin wineries of the Great Depression, and the unlikely band of aspiring winemakers that led the modern rebirth of Arizona wine in the 1980s and 90s. This lively illustrated presentation contains many little-known stories and forgotten facts from Arizona’s winemaking past. Speaker Erik Berg is an award-winning historian and writer and a past president of the Grand Canyon Historical Society. In addition to contributing to several books, his work has appeared in the Journal of Arizona History, Arizona Highways, and Sedona Magazine.