Francophiles storm the Willcox Wine Country Festival

“Salute” Francophiles Bob Kramer, Barb Sprouls, Pat Smith, Kathleen and Dave Sharp and Dick Snyder

“Salute” Francophiles Bob Kramer, Barb Sprouls, Pat Smith, Kathleen and Dave Sharp and Dick Snyder

Pat Smith

Despite dire weather predictions, fifty-four SaddleBrooke Francophiles and friends traveled in style on a luxury tour bus to the Willcox Wine Country Festival in Cochise County on Saturday, October 17, 2015. It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day in Willcox, perfect for sampling the varietal wines of seventeen local Arizona wineries, exploring the quaint shops along Rex Allen Boulevard and dining on the local cuisine, including the famous Apple Annie’s Homemade Pies. Yum!

The Willcox Wine Country festival happens twice a year, May and October, and wine enthusiasts travel from all over the state of Arizona and even New Mexico to sample and purchase the fabulous wines in the Willcox area, listen to and enjoy the live entertainment of singers and local bands and to taste local treats and crafts created and showcased by local vendors. The SaddleBrooke Francophiles thoroughly enjoyed their entire experience in Willcox.

Next on our season of events and activities is the Julia Child Jacques Pepin Progressive Dinner on November 14, followed by the Feast of Kings on January 9 and the always anticipated La Chandeleur Crepe Party on February 6. On March 12 we will celebrate the Foods and Wines of the World and our season ends on a fun note with our Springtime Fete—Fete de Printemps. In addition to our large parties, we offer Diners a la Maison; intimate dinners hosted by members at their homes—a wonderful way to meet and forge new friendships in our organization.

For more information on the SaddleBrooke Francophiles, please contact Pat Smith at 825-2409. Vive La France!