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Check out our 2018 Events!

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Upcoming Events 2017!

 

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Summer Solstice Bonfire- Sat. June 17th

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Cornhole Tournament- Sat. July 1st

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Bad Decisions Camp Out- Sat. Aug. 12th – Sun. Aug. 13th

Great Crush Festival- Sat. September 9th

Oktoberfest 2017- Sat. October 7th

The Speakeasy- Sat. October 21st

Deck the Halls- Sat. December 2nd

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Our Monkeys, Our Circus.

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OUR MONKEYS, OUR CIRCUS.

Procrastinate on a Mother’s Day gift? Let us help you out, your mom wants wine. We’re bringing together all of our friends, family, and favorite customers to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. The theme this year is Our Monkeys, Our Circus, so that means live circus performers, awesome bands, and our favorite restaurants and brewery. Enjoy our patio, feed some animals, and drink some alcohol, fun and debauchery for all! We have so many awesome wine, beer and food pairings this year, featuring local restaurants like Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, The Café Sonoita, Whoops Bakery, Brushfire BBQ, Queen Ceviche, J’s Chicken & Waffles, just to name a few. Beer Lovers… we will have Dillinger Brewing Co.’s pride and joy, their Serrano Seduction and their Strong Arm Ale. And as always, we’ll be featuring our awesome wines… and we’ll be celebrating our newest release, Ro-Sham-Bo, a fruit-forward, interesting Refosco. Live music with the high-energy, Santa Pachita, as well as the local hometown favorite, The Grasslands Band. It’s a family affair… we’ll have The Sober Shack open with homemade sodas and cotton candy, and the kids can check out all of our weird farm animals, feed some baby goats, and we’ll even have a moon bounce! This event is a lot of fun for retirees looking to taste some great wine, couples who want to get out and have fun, families that love wine but can’t find a babysitter, and twenty-somethings and Wildcats looking to hear some good music and drink great beer and wine, without having to deal with rude people, packed bars, and other unpleasantness. Get out to Sonoita this weekend and we promise you won’t regret it!

What: Arizona Hops and Vines 5th Annual Bacchanal Festival

When: May 13th, 2017

Where: Arizona Hops and Vines, 3450 Highway 82, Elgin, Arizona 85637

Admission: $20 entry, includes six drink/food pairing tickets and a souvenir wine glass.

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Check out the new wine we’ll be releasing! Ro-Sham-Bo, a 2015 Refosco with New Mexico fruit. This ruby red lucious wine with hints of dried fig, sour cherry, and cocoa beans is firm and well-structured, with pleasant tannins. Our Ro-Sham-Bo would pair well with fried pickles, sun-dried Bruschetta, peppered flank steak, or Talenti Black Cherry Gelato you discretely picked up late night from Walgreens. Trying to make any decisions… rock, paper, scissors and this wine will turn every bad decisions into a good one.

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The Fluffer Pre-Order!

 

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We’re not even kidding right now… The Fluffer is coming back!

Pre-sale starts today! We’re selling these by the half-case (6 bottles), but order a full-case and save up to 12% on your purchase. These will ship out the week of Dec. 7th, but if you’re as excited as we are then you can pick yours up early at our annual Deck the Halls Christmas party on Dec. 5th… that’s right, Merry Christmas.

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Warm your heart and your belly with our new Glüwein!

We’re bringing out our Glüwein! It’s perfect for chilly Christmas days and nights, because it’s served hot. And the “glü” in there means “glow” not “paste,” describing the warm glow that comes from drinking it.

Join us Saturday, December 5th from 11am to 6pm for a glass of hot glüwein, Christmas music, cookie pairings, and a Christmas market with local vendors!

It’s a good old fashioned Bing Crosby-plus-alcohol Christmas. $20 entrance, kids are free!

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Let’s Make Bad Decisions

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We’re closing in on our biggest event of the year, our 2015 Bad Decisions Campout & Meteor Shower. Holding to our fine tradition of pairing things that are unhealthily amazing (Cheetos, cupcakes), we are pairing chocolate, bacon, cheese, wine, and beer. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will come from the northeast after about midnight. In the morning, we’ll enjoy muffins and mimosas.

Pricing:

$25 for Bad Decisions (noon-7pm), includes souvenir glass and ten tasting tickets. Anyone under 21 is FREE. Bacon, treats, chocolate, and all other food is not included.

$60 for the whole shebang (this is per person pricing)- souvenir glass, ten tasting tickets, and campsite. (food not included). Roll in around 10AM to set up your campsite, but the Bad Decisions party will officially kick off at noon.

If you’re camping overnight and bringing your kids, then sign them up for Kids Camp for the night- dinner, snacks, crafts, movies and games from 6pm to 10pm, not to mention our own kids’ soda and candy factory, The Sober Shack will be open. Kids Camp is $25 and is open from 6pm to 10pm. Dinner is included with the Kids Camp ticket. If you don’t sign them up for camp, that’s cool too… kids are still free to enjoy the campout!

It will be epic! Don’t miss out!

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This year at Bad Decisions we’re proud to have Four Peaks as our brewery. Check out the awesome brews they’ll be serving up for you guys.

 
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Of course, we’ll have all of our amazing wine plus frozen Fluffer and a new frozen cocktail… it’s a red and it’s top secret!

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out this year’s music lineup- featuring some pretty awesome local music. Not to mention we’ll have belly dancers, The Dance Your Pants Off Competition, Boner Jam 2015 (the trombone off), kickball tournament, and all of your own Bad Decisions.

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Let’s Get Personal

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FROM THE VINEYARD

MEET THE MEN (AND LADY) OUTSIDE.e94d4a81-351e-4c9b-a812-2ece7c781094

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Mike and Paul have been hard at work training up the young vines, weeding, and suckering.

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Dara and Craig have been workin’ the hops. This year we will have a bumper crop.

VINEYARD 411: Suckering is one of the most critical steps in shaping the vine and adjusting the crop load for the year. Vines tend to push out suckers (also known as shoots) from random points and those suckers are removed, so that the vine is stripped back to the 4 to 5 shoots per foot of cordon that is ideal for proper vine growth.

Interested in learning more? Vineyard tours will run all day at our 4th Annual Bacchanal Festival on Saturday, May 9th. Either way, stop by and check out the vines… it’s where all the magic happens!

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What varietals do we grow at Arizona Hops & Vines?

We primarily grow reds. Mainly a lot of Cabernet Sauvingnon, however we also grow Petit Verdot, Montepulciano, Graciano, Cabernet Franc, Touriga Nationale, Mourvedre, Grenache, and a couple white varietals: Malvasia and Orange Muscat.

What hops do we grow at Arizona Hops & Vines?

Cascade, Willamette, Brewers Gold, Nugget, Centennial AND a native Arizona hop!

FROM THE ANIMALS

What’s going on with those adorable animals?

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Clint Eastwood (the Donkey) still bites.

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Kevin Bacon (the Pig) is still a perv.

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The Ducks have been busy.

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The Sheep have been fleeced.

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Vino (the Cat) is still a lazy bum.

R.I.P. to our beloved fainting goat, Bob Marley… who passed away from natural causes.

 

FROM THE TASTING ROOM

MEET THE LADIES BEHIND THE BAR.

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Sheila, Jeanette, Rachel, & Shannon… our tasting room eye candy.

MEET THE LADIES BEHIND THE SCENES.

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Kylie and Chelsea, our task ninja’s. Doing everything and anything behind the scenes. Zannah (our mascot and Kylie’s babe) can be found roaming the winery and providing an adorable distraction.

 

Wow, as usual it’s been busy! We won Arizona Republics Critic’s Choice for Best Tasting Room… no big deal. We have sold out of Motherlove and The Temptress, and we are almost out of Merci (syrah) and our Drag Queen. We are running low on Imbibe… so all you Imbibe.2 lovers… stock up now!

 

COMING SOON…

The Rational

The Rational, a robust Nebbiolo/Montepulciano blend. We named this wine for our Dad, who was the logical/math loving man who molded us into his opposite! Love you, Dad.

WINE TASTING 411: Impress someone with your wine IQ. Despite what you may have heard, wine legs or ‘tears’ are not an indication of quality wine. It’s actually a scientific phenomenon that can tell you key information about the alcohol level in wine. Sweeter wines are more viscous the tears will flow slower down the sides of a glass.

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MEET THE WINEMAKER

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Megan (in the pink) is our incredible winemaker, the genius behind it all. Pictured here with Mike (our outside guy), Shannon (the inside genius), and Summer (our migrant worker).

 

Next up is bottling our new Chardonnay, called Namasté. It’s a medium bodied wine with hints of fig, tropical fruits, and a buttery mouth feel. Also on the horizon, we are bottling a richer, sweet port-style dessert wine. Higher in alcohol, this decadent wine is a departure from our usual dry, red wines. The day to day in the winery usually consists of maintaining our current wines in production. Megan, our winemaker, can be found in our winery, testing, gassing, tasting, or racking our wines.

Winemaking 411: Racking is a traditional method of moving wine from from one barrel to another using gravity instead of a pump. It’s a labor-intensive method, but the process helps soften tannins (what makes wine dry), clarify the wine, and enhance aromatic qualities.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Our 4th Annual Bacchanal Festival is coming up this weekend- Saturday, May 9th! We have so many awesome wine, beer and food pairings this year, featuring local restaurants like The Cafe, Route 82 Mexican Market, The Vineyard Cafe, The Chuckwagon, Russell’s Texas BBQ, & Chivas Mias. We’ll also have Isabella’s Ice Cream, Pin-Up Pastries, Felize’s Shrimp Ceviche & Chipotle Salsa- all from Tucson. BEER LOVERS… we will have Gaffel Kolsch, Delirium, and our home brewers, The Buffalo Club. It’s a family affair… we’ll have The Sober Shack open with snacks and drinks, cotton candy, a moon bounce, baby goats to feed, and other activities for kids. Live music featuring The County Line & The Jim Koweek Band.

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FROM THE WINERY

This is an exciting time in the winery- it’s where the magic happens. We are blending aware, coming up with some exciting, sexy wines that we can’t wait to bottle and let you try. This week we are filtering and bottling our dry Rosé called Everlasting, as well as a floral white blend named Verena.

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted: some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” – Paulo Coelho

 

FROM THE VINEYARD

The vineyard is quiet. We are basically finishing up pruning and collecting cuttings which we use to interplant the vineyard with. We will begin planting in the spring.

 

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FROM THE TASTING ROOM

The tasting room is busy- thanks to you all! We love hearing your stories, and being part of your special times. We have so many new reds on the table, like Zinfidelity, Amanda, & Merci… catch them before they are gone!

 

 

 

 

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AmandaFrontThe story of Amanda- in 2011 we planted these baby vines, just tiny cuttings that we had gathered from surrounding vineyards. Over the next three years, we pruned, trained, and patiently waited for our first fruit. We harvested on a chilly October morning with the help of our child labor force and wine name-sake. The grapes were foot crushed and then aged in our first Hungarian, new oak barrel (a $1500 barrel- which is a lot for us!). This wine was recently bottled and would benefit from some bottle-aging, and is definitely one to collect and save for a special occasion. The label was done by local artist, Rachel Ward, and is the first of a 6-part series of the various stages of the growth of a vine.  This wine is well balanced with notes of vanilla, smoked meat, and hints of strawberry. A complex wine, with a long finish that pairs nicely with prime rib, brisket, and clam chowder. ($50 per bottle $45 case price).

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100% Arizona Syrah. A jammy, fruit-forward wine with mild tannins, and a smooth, earthy finish. We only made a limited amount of this special wine and decided to call it Merci in honor of all the people who have supported us this year, including YOU. This wine pairs well with grilled meats like venison or lamb chops. It also works well with a decadent chocolate ganache or the partially melted Lindt balls you forgot in your purse. The best pairing however is with someone you are grateful for. Here is to the many nights you will not remember, with people you will never forget. ($35 peZinFront2r bottle $31 case price).

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This sultry wine seems simple in the beginning with luscious hints of ripe plums and cherry. However, things quickly get more complicated with a earthy, chocolate and leather finish. Do not be fooled, this wine will leave you lusting for more. It pairs well with spare ribs, lasagna, or chili fries. Perfect for the occasional Netflix night revisiting movies like Fatal Attraction, Unfaithful, or American Beauty. Zinfidelity seems like a Jennifer Aniston, but is really more of an Angelina Jolie.  ($25 per bottle $22 case price).

 

 

FROM THE FUTURE BREWERY

Stay tuned… keeping our dialogue with the liquor department open. Fingers crossed!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Chocolate Love- Feb 14th, 11am-4pm

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Chocolate, wine and over a dozen topless, Tucson Firefighters… Happy Valentine’s Day from the ladies of Hops & Vines! Feel good while doing good because the proceeds from firefighter calendar sales are donated back to the community for family food boxes & Christmas presents, American Cancer Society, The Ronald McDonald House, 100 Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, Save-A-Life Foundation, iWomen, Pima Community College Foundation, Eric Hite Foundation, and The Robert Tate Foundation…. just to name a few. Come support their cause and enjoy first responders of all types graciously serving locally made chocolates which are carefully paired with our sexy wines. We’ll have lunch trucks, music, vendors, yummy wines, and chocolates and eye candy for everybody. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way at Chocolate Love.

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St. Patty’s Day Party- March 14th

The Drag Races- April 11th

Summer Solstice Bonfire- June 20th

Cornhole Tournament- July 11th

Bad Decisions Campout- Aug. 8th & 9th

 

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As long as there’s wine, your holidays will be fine.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Deck the Halls- November 29th, 11am-6pm

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The 3rd Annual Speakeasy- Saturday, January 10th, 6pm

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Manly Cup- Saturday, January 17th, 11am-4pm

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Chocolate Love- Saturday, February 14th, 11am-4pm

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FROM THE VINEYARD

Farmer Mike and Megan have finished harvesting and we are thrilled those damn vines are going dormant. We had a very wet monsoon this year and lost some fruit to rot. However, we got more fruit than we have ever picked before!

 

FROM THE WINERY

Wow this is where the magic is happening. We had a crazy crush. We processed about 45 tons! So much fruit has allowed us to push the envelope with traditional wine making… an example is our white Mourvedre, it is amazing! We bottled our first estate Cabernet Sauvignon which will be released January 10th at The 3rd Annual Speakeasy! It is named after Amanda, Megan’s oldest daughter/ our favorite migrant worker. So many exciting things to come out of this crush and we will be giving sneak peaks in the next few months.

 

FROM THE TASTING ROOM:

We are heading into our busy season which is always fun! We are releasing several new wines with awesome labels, a Syrah, a Zin, our Glüwein- so stay tuned. We have special Holiday Hours too, check them out:

HOLIDAY HOURS

Thursday, Dec. 25th: CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

Friday, Dec. 26th: 10am-6pm

Saturday, Dec. 27th: 10am-6pm

Sunday, Dec. 28th: 10am-6pm

Monday, Dec. 29th: 10am-4pm

Tuesday, Dec. 30th: 10am-4pm

Wednesday, Dec. 31st: 10am-4pm

Thursday, Jan. 1st: CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY

Friday, Jan. 2nd: 10am-6pm

Saturday, Jan. 3rd: 10am-6pm

Sunday, Jan. 4th: 10am-6pm

 

 

CONTEST

We are launching a very cool contest, submit an interesting, cool, funny.. whatever.. picture with any of our wine or AZ Hops & Vines gear, i.e. wine glasses, shirts, hats, etc. Email your picture to contest@azhopsandvines.com and we’ll pick the winner! Contest ends before midnight on Dec 31st. The winner will get a free case of wine!

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Squeeze me, stomp me, make me WINE.

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   It has been a crazy summer!


Our hawaiian Summer Solstice Bonfire was a HUGE success… almost too huge! We expected 200, but ended up with over 700 awesome people! Thanks for your amazing support! We released our Sauvignon Blanc named Mahalo that night, which was very well received, in face it sold out by August!
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Our 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament  was HOT, but fun. The Buzynski’s once again crushed the competition, second year in a row!

 

Bad Decisions what can we say… we survived!

1,400 people attended the event this year. Four Peaks ran out of beer. It rained. But people were still able to eat, drink, and be merry until the wee hours of the night! We have one year to recover and be ready for the next one… kind of like childbirth!
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Upcoming Events we’re looking forward to:

The Great Crush Festival- September 6th
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Oktoberfest- October 11th
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Deck the Halls- November 29th
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FROM THE VINEYARD

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Farmer Mike harvested our Muscat, Malvasia, and Grenache Blanc.

We got a 1/2 ton, which is 55 gallons, which is one barrel.  We plan to harvest the rest around the end of September. So far no snake sitings… hopefully I didn’t just jinx us.

FROM THE WINERY

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It has been a crazy crush so far. We burst the bladder in our big press, “Moxy”, when we were pressing Chardonnay. Then we borrowed a basket press from Rune Vineyards and burst it too. Lets just say we need “depends” for all these bladder leaks… not fun.
 
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FROM THE FUTURE BREWERY

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This years Oktoberfest at AZ Hops and Vines is       going to be one momentous occasion!  After so many months of hard work, and being denied multiple times for our brew license, we will be heading up to Phoenix this week to the liquor board to attempt getting our license once again.  We know that we have so many followers of this law and our beer license progress, we can’t thank you enough for your support (and your patience!).  The fourth time is the charm! Light some candles for us that the license goes through next week!  In the hopes of approval, we wanted to give you a little preview of our first beer that, fingers crossed, you will finally be able to try at this years Oktoberfest!!  We will be introducing an amber ale brewed by Christiana Bockisch called “El Conquistador”!  El Conquistador is a clear amber ale utilizing pure El Dorado hops.  These particular hops on the nose are grass, pear, and a medley of tropical fruits.  Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation, this beer is sure to give you plenty of notes of acute citrus and grassy hop bitterness reinforced by a nice biscuit and toffee malt backbone.  It finishes crisp, bitter and acrid with lingering kisses of toffee and butterscotch.  We want you to enjoy this beer as much as we do!  We are so proud to announce this lovely ale being our very first, and cannot wait to share it with you!  So again, please light those candles and cross your fingers that everything goes well in Phoenix next week!!

FROM THE PRESS

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Check us out in the September issue of Phoenix Magazine! We’re so excited!

 

FROM OUR HEARTS

We really want to thank you all! We hear every day from people that they heard about us from a friend, co-worker, family-member, crazy aunt, you name it! We know how valuable your opinion is and we appreciate you sharing it! Word of mouth is GOLD, and you make us feel rich!

 

 

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