Essential Sedona Magazine lives to introduce its readers to those people and places that are the heart and soul of the community. Therefore, we are excited to share with you our encounter with James Ratliff, the owner of the longest tenured operating art gallery in Sedona.
David Yellowhorse walked into Mother Nature’s Flower Shop in Glendale, Arizona. He wasn’t there to purchase flowers but rather to visit the woman who ran a small jewelry shop in the 10-foot wide gazebo in the back. The woman he was there to see was Peggy Lanning.
Whether lured by the banners announcing an artist’s presence or beckoned by the mysterious notes that randomly escape into the atmosphere from behind the glass doors, visitors drift into the gallery. A steel worker by trade, Doug is friendly, down-to-earth, and fully confident in his craftsmanship.
The Four Eight Wineworks tasting room, the sales outlet for the pioneering winemaker cooperative founded by Maynard James Keenan, has moved to Jerome, joining Puscifer The Store on Main Street, just a few doors up from Maynard’s Caduceus Cellars tasting room.
Michael Pierce seems to always have a full calendar. No, make that a really full calendar. And he always handles it with grace. Among his areas of interest and responsibility, he is the Director of Enology (winemaking) at Yavapai College’s Southwest Wine Center at the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale.
Near the outskirts of town and adjacent to Sedona Pines Resort, one will find a charming and delicious dining gem. Surrounded by towering Italian cypress trees and sweeping views of the red rocks, Bella Vita Ristorante is a favorite among locals.
If you find yourself strolling through the cobblestone streets and vine-draped buildings of the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in downtown Sedona, be sure to make your way back toward the shops that line Oak Creek.
Wine lovers “in the know” have been watching Arizona advance into the earned status of a true wine destination over the past few years. That has taken a while—in fact, much longer than should have been the case. And, with apologies to the Grateful Dead, what a long strange trip it’s been.