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Phoenix is host to the state’s biggest wine festival, but Tucson is getting a chance to throw its cork into the barrel when the Arizona Wine Growers Association hosts the inaugural “Wine in the Desert” event at St. Philip’s Plaza on Dec. 14.

It’s part of the association’s Signature Series Events, mini-festivals of sort that celebrate Arizona winemakers and grape growers. And what better place to do that than just up the road from the heart of Arizona wine country.

Wine in the Desert will feature 15 Arizona wineries including Callaghan Vineyards, Charron Vineyards, Flying Leap Vineyards, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Zarpara Vineyards and Arizona Hops and Vines. It’s from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Philips Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $20 through Dec. 12; it’s $25 at the door.

Organizers said they hope to make Wine in the Desert an annual event in Tucson.

See Sunday's Home + Life section for a profile on the sisters behind Arizona Hops and Vines.