Steve is the web and graphic designer who put together this website, and does all of the marketing work for Hops & Vines. He has the unusual perspective of a teetotaler in a winery. In fact, he found Hops and Vines because he was the designated driver for some friends who came by the place a week before it opened. Megan came out and greeted the group even though they couldn’t charge anything, and Steve was so impressed that he immediately started working for the company. He’s the one to contact if anything on the site is broken (use the link at the bottom of the page). He maintains a freelance design business called Impulse Media.

Bad Decisions, Great Charities

Beer proceeds from our crazy/awesome Bad Decisions night is going to the 100 Club of Arizona, who support public safety officers, firefighters, and their families in a variety of ways, including the firefighters who recently lost their lives here in Arizona.

For more information about this event, check out the Facebook page.

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We’re on the Wine Travel Card list!

The 2013 Arizona Wine Travel Card is out, and we’re one of the participating wineries and destinations!

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For $20 (or $40 for 3 cards), you get all sorts of great discounts at wineries all across Arizona. In our case, you get case prices for individual bottles of wine (crazy!). You can also get discounts at all sorts of other places in Sonoita, including most of the wineries.

We’re sellin’ them at the front counter.

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Daily Star gives the Speakeasy some love

The Arizona Daily Star‘s food blog is giving us a quick shout-out:

Those wacky gals at Arizona Hops and Vines are at it again with a special Speakeasy event from 6 -9 p.m. Saturday.

Billed as “an old-fashioned Prohibition-era style booze riot,” the Sonoita winery will have live music, an old car show and celebrate the release of its newest wine, Moxy.

Entry is $20 and you’ll need to have a password. Go like the winery on Facebook and you’ll find out what that word is. Oh, and one more thing — they’re expectin’ ya to come appropriately dressed, so pull out the fringe and bowties. Guests who show up in period costume will be entered into a drawing for wine giveaways.

Arizona Hops and Vines is at 3450 Highway 82 in Sonoita. Get more details here or call 1-888-569-1642.

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We’re going to be at a Sweet Charity

Explorer News mentioned us in a post about the Sweet Charity, where we’ll be pouring a little bit of the good stuff:

 Tucson’s sweet side will be revealed as the city’s best pastry chefs, bakers and restaurants compete in Southern Arizona’s largest dessert competition on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.

Sweet Charity will serve more than 50 desserts, cocktail and wine samplings, live music, silent auction, merchant specials and entertainment at Plaza Colonial shopping center outdoor courtyard, southwest corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue.

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Wineries include Hops and Vines, a cheeky little winery in the Sonoita-area and warm place for families and wine aficionados alike; Vinocopia, serving Argentine and New Zealand wines in hand crafted barrels from reclaimed French and American oak casks; and the Wilhelm Family Vineyard, presenting new white chocolate and dark chocolate ports.

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Arizona Daily Star is lookin’ forward to the Speakeasy

Well, we already know we’re looking forward to the Speakeasy, but apparently the Arizona Daily Star‘s food blog is, too:

Those wacky gals at Arizona Hops and Vines are at it again with a special Speakeasy event from 6 -9 p.m. Saturday.

Billed as “an old-fashioned Prohibition-era style booze riot,” the Sonoita winery will have live music, an old car show and celebrate the release of its newest wine, Moxy.

Entry is $20 and you’ll need to have a password. Go like the winery on Facebook and you’ll find out what that word is. Oh, and one more thing — they’re expectin’ ya to come appropriately dressed, so pull out the fringe and bowties. Guests who show up in period costume will be entered into a drawing for wine giveaways.

Arizona Hops and Vines is at 3450 Highway 82 in Sonoita. Get more details here or call 1-888-569-1642.

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Quick Weekly mention of the Great Crush Festival!

The Tucson Weekly gave us a quick mention on the Range blog:

 The Great Crush Festival this Saturday, Sept. 8, boasts quite a line up.

There will be beer by Dragoon Brewing Co. and Old Bisbee Brewing Company, and wine by Arizona Hops and Vines. Several food trucks are also planning to attend—including the mighty Jamie’s Bitchen’ Kitchen—and there will be a petting zoo and homemade sodas for the kids.

It all takes place at the wonderful and sometimes gloriously weird winery Arizona Hops and Vines down in Sonoita. If it sounds like your sort of thing, there’s more information over here.

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Phoenix New Times Talks Hops

A new article in the Phoenix New Times is all about our hops!

Nowadays, the rolling grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin are better known for wineries than big cattle ranches. But apparently, grapes aren’t destined to be the only gold in them thar hills.

Shannon Austin Zouzoulas and Megan Austin Haller — two 30-something sisters who just opened AZ Hops & Vines (their self-described “cheeky little winery” in Sonoita) in March of this year — have also harvested their first crop of hops this week, the first hops commercially grown in the state of Arizona.

These chicks don’t fool around.

They started out with grapes two years ago, planting six acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Grenache and Graciano.Because their grapes are still young (most wineries wait three years to harvest them for wine-making), they are currently offering six wines they’ve made using grapes sourced from other Arizona and California vineyards (including Stag’s Leap for their big bad Imbibe).

Read the whole thing here.

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Transit of Venus is this Tuesday

The transition of Venus across the Sun

The transition of Venus across the Sun

Hops & Vines is proud to host its first event for astronomy geeks, families, and kids who like staring at the Sun!

At precisely 3:06 PM on June 5th, the outer edge of Venus will be directly between Earth and the Sun, and so with special glasses, you can see Venus’ shadow in between. It will travel from the edge of the Sun in an arc into the middle of the Sun, and towards sunset, will head back to the edge.

The next time Venus will transition the Sun will be December 11th… 2117. This will be just the sixth time that it has happened while human beings have been aware that the event happens at all. Or, in the words of the Guardian:

This story of a search for precision began when astronomers still risked death at the stake for heresy [in the 1700’s]. This week the little black dot on the face of the Sun will be monitored by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Here at Hops & Vines, we won’t be able to see quite the entire transition, as the Sun will set at 7:26 with Venus about halfway across the sun, but unlike everyone else on the planet, we will be sitting comfortably on a beautiful patio drinking wine (for the adults) and homemade soda (for the kids and the designated drivers). We will also have some snacks.

Pretty much the coolest glasses ever (for staring at the Sun)

Pretty much the coolest glasses ever (for staring at the Sun)

We purchased those super-cool glasses from the University of Arizona Astronomy Club! Thanks to them, we can now stare at the Sun without fear of anything but sunburn.

Special Sun-staring glasses will be provided.

We also will be participating in the measurement of the distance between the Sun and Earth, reproducing an experiment thought up in 1716 by Edward Halley (after whom Halley’s Comet is named), and executed in 1753. Except we get to use iPhones and Android smartphones!

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The Tucson Weekly loves us

The amazing, all-things-worth-knowing-about-Tucson Tucson Weekly has a little spotlight on us on the Range blog:

 There’s a new winery down in Sonoita called Hops and Vines, and I am smitten with it. From the winery’s brand-spanking-new website:

“We’re a small winery that’s awesome! One of many great Sonoita-area wineries in Southern Arizona, our family farm is a fun, warm place for families and wine afficionados alike.”

From its interesting line of non-alcoholic beverages called The Sober Shack to a variety of wines – we hear the most popular one thus far is a Muscat called The Fluffer – it’s well worth checking out. A spokesman for the company tells us the winery is also the only local producer of hops, which should be of interest to the growing number of microbreweries taking shape around town.

There are tastings (“$10 with our glass, $5 with your glass”), special events, gatherings around bonfires, the list goes on. Head over here to check out more on all that.

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We’re on the Tucson Weekly blog!

Hooray! The daily blog of the weekly Tucson alt paper The Tucson Weekly, called The Range has a post about us, with some excellent advice: “it’s well worth checking out”!

Actually, The Range is one of the best resources in Tucson for seeing what’s happening on a daily basis. You should check them out, too! They have a lot of fun with their post “tags” – on this particular post it’s tagged “what would Bacchus do?”

Well, obviously, he would come down to Sonoita and drink barrels and barrels of wine.

Thanks, Adam Borowitz. You rule!

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