Local, award-winning photographer, designer and Scottsdale resident, Jenelle Bonifield, just released her highly-anticipated hardcover, coffee table book, AZ Uncorked, The Arizona Wine Guide.
This exquisite 11-inch by 9-inch book weighs more than six pounds and features 544 pages bursting with gorgeous color photographs, showcasing 45 stories about Arizona’s beautiful vineyards, unique tasting rooms, and the maverick winemakers who call Arizona home like Eric Glomski, Sam Pillsbury, Maynard Keenan, and Kent Callaghan, to name a few.
The book opens with a foreword by international wine reviewer, writer and sommelier Elaine Chukan Brown, known online as Hawk Wakawaka. The introduction was written by acclaimed local restaurateur and sommelier T. Scott Stephens, co-owner of Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail in Phoenix.
The guide is then divided into sections based on Arizona’s wine regions. Each section begins with an introduction written by Arizona wine industry professionals and enthusiasts including wine blogger Cody Chasen Burkett (CSW), co-owner of Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant Pavle Milic, and vineyard consultant Nikki Check.
Michelle Jacob introduces our metro tasting rooms, and Annabel Sclippa introduces the outlier wineries. Richard Betts, an independent wine & spirits educator, covers a section on Arizona wine festivals.
Bonifield spent over three years photographing and working with writers to craft stories about the people behind the Arizona wine industry.
My concept for the book began with this goal: to provide a resource for Arizonans to learn about the many vineyards throughout our rugged high country and the fabulous wines our winemakers create.
What an amazing journey it has been getting to know so many Arizona winemakers and wine industry individuals. They are among the hardest working, most dedicated, and passionate people on the planet. I hope that people will enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
– Jenelle Bonifield
AZ Uncorked – The Arizona Wine Guide is a stunning creation culled from her efforts, and a first of its kind for the Arizona wine industry.
The hardcover coffee table book, which is 100 percent locally produced and printed by Courier Graphics, is $111 and available online at https://arizonawineguide.com/order-book/ or at the following:
Jerome: Puscifer – The Store, Four Eight Wineworks, Vino Zona
Phoenix: Genuwine Arizona, Southern Rail, Beckett’s Table
Scottsdale: Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale, Salvatore Vineyards
Sedona: The Art of Wine Sedona, Vino Zona
Sonoita: Autumn Sage Vineyards
Tempe: Tracy Dempsey Originals (TDO) & ODV Wines
Tucson: Arizona Wine Collective
Verde Valley: Page Springs Cellars, Carlson Creek Vineyard, Merkin Vineyards Osteria, Pillsbury Wine Company
Willcox: Golden Rule Vineyards in town tasting room, Pillsbury Wine Company
About Jenelle Bonifield:
A photographer and designer based in metropolitan Phoenix, Jenelle Bonifield loves to roam throughout Arizona’s wine regions capturing images of vineyards and winemaking. With a background in graphic design and motion graphics, Bonifield always enjoyed photography and became a professional photographer as a second career specializing in farm-to-table images.
As a wine lover, her interest in Arizona wine began in 2010 when her friends launched a vineyard and winery in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, LDV Winery.
Working alongside her husband Tom, the Bonifield’s design company, Green Rabbit Design Studio, was the recipient of more than 20 local, national, and international industry awards, including Telly, Worldfest, Creativity International, and ITVA awards. Her photographs have been published in AAA/Via Travel Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Where Traveler, Arizona Food & Wine, Valley Guide, Images Arizona, Paradise Valley Lifestyles, Edible Phoenix, Uptown Magazine and Experience Scottsdale, as well as on the Visit Arizona website. Her photographs are on display at several tasting rooms across the state.
In London, Bonifield was announced Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year in the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year’s produce category with an image of pressing Grenache grapes, “Press 2,” taken at LDV Winery. More than 7000 images from 60 countries were submitted.
Bonifield’s true passion is photographing and documenting the beauty of Arizona’s vineyards and hearing the stories of winery owners and winemakers.