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Arizona wines catching plenty of eyes, palates

PHOENIX -- Arizona winemakers are giving their Northern California counterparts a run for their money.

The three growing regions in the state continue to get national and international acclaim, despite the fact that the industry here is still in its infancy.

"Every time we have an event, every time we introduce our wines to new wines enthusiasts, they are immediately converted, they fall in love with Arizona wines," said Executive Director of the Arizona Wine Growers' Association Patricia King.

The three growing regions include the Verde Valley, Sonoita-Elgin and Wilcox.

"Excellent wines coming out of all three growing regions," said King.

A combination of soil, climate and passion for the trade sets Arizona apart. King said the wines produced in Arizona cannot be compared to wines from Northern California, instead the product is more comparable to wines produced in the Rhône region in southern France.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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