PHOENIX, AZ (June 19, 2013) – Grocery lists won’t be the only things Whole Foods Market shoppers will be checking off this Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, 2013. They’ll also be casting their votes for their favorite wines in the fourth annual Whole Foods Market Arizona Wine Awards. Hosted at Whole Foods Market’s Chandler, River Road and Scottsdale stores, 18 local wineries will be represented and guests will have the chance to meet with winemakers, learn about the art of winemaking in Arizona, and vote for their favorite red and white varietals.

“We host our annual Whole Foods Market Arizona Wine Awards not just to bring recognition to our talented local vintners and their fabulous wines,” said Sara Putnam, Whole Foods Market marketing field associate. “We also see it as an opportunity to invite our local shoppers to take part in selecting the awards because we believe that their opinions matter the most. And hopefully through sampling the different wines, they’ll even find a new favorite!”

Guests will be invited to sample wines from some of the most renowned and respected local vintners in Arizona. Wineries attending include Alcantara Vineyards and Winery, Arizona Angel, AZ Stronghold, Charron Vineyards, Dos Cabesas Winery, Dribble Creek, Four Monkeys Wine, Grand Canyon Winery, Javalina Leap, Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, Keif-Joshua Vineyards and Winery, Kokopelli Winery, Page Springs Winery, Pillsbury Wine Company, Su Vino Winery, Tombstone Winery, Village of Elgin and Zapara Vineyards.

Participants will also be treated to some of the finest breads, cheeses and chocolates from Arizona’s most celebrated purveyors. Aunt Abby’s Macaroons, Lulu’s Raw Chocolates, Mediterra Breads and GoodyTwos Toffees are just a few of the vendors attending to complement the wine samplings.

Individual tickets to each store’s events can be purchased for $10 online, or in-store at $15 for two tickets at any of the three locations. Tickets are available online up until the day of the events and can also be purchased at the door. The Whole Foods Market Arizona Wine Awards will be taking place during the following dates and times:

• Whole Foods Market Scottsdale: Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
7111 Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054
Online tickets are available at http://azwineawardssct.eventbrite.com

• Whole Foods Market Chandler: June 22 from 4-7 p.m.
2955 W. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ 85224
Online tickets are available at http://azwineawardschr.eventbrite.com

• Whole Foods Market River Road: Sunday, June 23 from 1-4 p.m.
5555 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85750
Online tickets are available at http://azwineawardsrrd.eventbrite.com

“There are a number of fantastic wineries in Arizona,” Robert Davies, Whole Foods Market wine and beer buyer. “We are proud to host them during this event so that they can share their finest with Whole Foods Market shoppers and wine lovers.”

Winners of the 2012 awards were Oak Creek Vineyards Zinfandel in the red wine category and Su Vino Summer Rain in the white wine category. Whole Foods Market will announce the 2013 award winners for each category at an upcoming event in the fall.

For additional information on Whole Foods Market’s Chandler store, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Chandler or call (480) 821-9447. To keep up-to-date on the latest store news, events and sales, follow Whole Foods Market Chandler on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsChandler and on twitter at www.twitter.com/WholeFoodsChrAZ.

For more information on Whole Foods Market’s River Road store, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/RiverRoad or call (520) 461 -1300. To stay up-to-date on the latest store news, events and sales, follow Whole Foods Market River Road on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketRiverRoad.

For additional information on Whole Foods Market’s Scottsdale store, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Scottsdale or call (480) 821-9447. To keep up-to-date on the latest store news, events and sales, follow Whole Foods Market Scottsdale on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketScottsdale and on twitter at www.twitter.com/wfmscottsdale.