Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Professional Chili Cook-off with Winemaker Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge Set for April 13th, 2019 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

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Kief-Joshua Vineyards will once again host a "faux" winemaker chopped cooking challenge and the non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) in a professional Chili cook-off, where cooks from the Southwest will be competing for a spot in the national challenge, on April 13th, 2019, from 11 am to 5 pm.

"We are also having a People Choice chili cook-off for our guests who want partake in the festivities," states Kief Manning, winemaker.  "Those who want to complete simply show up at 10 am with five pounds of chili, utensils to pour and a card table. It's always a fun event."   For a $10 donation to Rotary, guests can also taste both the competition chili and People’s Choice chili’s while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Empire Rotary Club.

For added fun, four winemakers will also be competing in a faux-episode of Food Networks hit show “Chopped.”   Ann Roncone of Lightning Ridge Cellars, Cory Whalin of Su Vino Winery, and Ruth Graham of Golden Rule Vineyards and Kief Manning of Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be competing. The judges will include three area chefs.


These five wineries will be offering wine and spirit tasting

* Elgin Winery and Distillery

* Golden Rule Vineyards

*Kief-Joshua Vineyards

*Lightning Ridge Cellars

*Su Vino Winery


Live Music

Jenny Jarnigan  11-2

Angel Diamond with Rhythm Jax 2-5



11 am to 2 pm  Chili Tasting (or while supplies lasts) and Live Music

11 am to 2 pm.  Music by Blaine Long, mostly originals, Seen on Blake Shelton’s the Voice.

1 pm  Professional cooks turn in chili for Judging

2 – 4 pm  Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge


The cost is $15 for five wine tastings.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at  For more information, please contact Kief-Joshua Vineyards at or call 520-455-5582.

From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281-- Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.