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.


$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!



Beer-loving folks brewing

for other beer-loving folks.

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!


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

Let’s Get Personal.



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


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


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!


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!


What’s going on with those adorable animals?


Clint Eastwood (the Donkey) still bites.


Kevin Bacon (the Pig) is still a perv.


The Ducks have been busy.


The Sheep have been fleeced.


Vino (the Cat) is still a lazy bum.

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





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




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!



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.




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.




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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Wine, Chocolate & a Dozen Shirtless Firefighters


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



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.




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!






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).


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).


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).




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



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


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.


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.


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




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



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




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




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!



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.



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:



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




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.




   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!

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!

Upcoming Events we’re looking forward to:

The Great Crush Festival- September 6th


Oktoberfest- October 11th


Deck the Halls- November 29th
Wine & Cookie Pairing



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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.



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.
You might taste our tears in the wine.
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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!!



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



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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Bad Decisions make good stories.




Bad Decisions, an epic event that came about when we combined our love of all things divine: beer, bacon, wine, chocolate, and cheese… pretty much all of the five food groups.

And if that wasn’t enough, we decided to go big and have a meteor shower (the only winery who has meteor showers for their customers).

This event will be LIFE CHANGING. Come make some history with us!




Beer-loving folks brewing for other beer-loving folks.

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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SUMMER SMASH II: Home Brew Contest


Come and check out the home brew contest winner- we’ll be using the winning recipe to make our very first beer!

Not only can you try their awesome beers (Bacon Red Ale, Whit You Pants, Son of a Whit, Holy Hops Batman, Monsoon IPA), but the Buffalo Club will also have Beach Ball Beer Pong, Cornhole, and Bocce Ball!

Want to enter your brew?
Go to:  buffalobrewclub.brewcomp.com.





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



Check out this year’s music lineup- featuring some pretty awesome local music. Not to mention we’ll have Kenny Stewart the inappropriate magician, dance-offs, kickball tournament, and all of your own Bad Decisions.

12pm-3pm     Cover Your Trax


3pm-6pm     Tony Corrales Band


6pm-9pm     Distant Fate


9pm-12am     The Day on Fire




In keeping with our unhealthy theme, first beer, then wine, and now bacon… we’ll have an incredible assortment of tasty bacon treats, including but not limited to…

Bacon Cookies
Bacon Cannolies
Bacon Brownies
Bacon Donuts
Bacon Pancakes
Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

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Pork Belly Tacos


Pork Parfait


Grilled Cheese

Mac n’ Cheese



Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s for everyone!

One FREE included in ticket price.


Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ will have breakfast for sale, PLUS we’ll have Bacon Donuts and Bacon Pancakes… getcha’ some!








If you’re camping overnight and have your kids, then sign them up for Kids Camp- dinner, snacks, crafts, movies, and games, 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!



1. Don’t be a jerk. (All jerks will be charged an asshole tax of $100.00. We reserve the right to kick you out.)


3. Arizona Hops and Vines is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged property. Hops and Vines is not liable for any injury, death, or bad decisions. That includes ended relationships, weight gain, hangovers and any awkward encounters.

4. Do not fall into the fountain or let your children fall in the fountain.

5. DO NOT GO INTO THE ANIMAL PEN. THEY BITE. (Scottish people should especially stay away from the sheep.)

6. Parents, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN KIDS, unless they are in the kids camp.

7. All animals should be kept on a leash, and all poop must be put in a bag.

8. Respect the Arizona Hops and Vines property. Pee and poop in the Porta Pottys, NO puking anywhere but into a toilet.

9. No driving through the campsite after 4PM.

10. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL (Automatically kicked out for that one). NO OPEN FIRES.






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Staycation Survival: Drink Local

Looking to save some money? Looking to stay close to home? Don’t settle for the same old, same old… come staycation this summer with your local favorite winery.

We have so many crazy fun events coming up… here’s a sneak peek at a few of them.


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Summer Smash II

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews buffalo-club_bwyou’ve entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.


Registration open: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 08:00, MST.

Registration close: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 15:00, MST.

If you have already registered, please log in to add, view, edit, or delete your entries as well as indicate that you are willing to judge or steward.

Judging and Stewarding

If you have not registered and are willing to be a judge or steward, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit My Info to indicate that you are willing to judge or steward.


Participants will be able to add their via this website and entries will be accepted at drop-off and shipping locations between Monday, May 19, 2014 at 08:00, MST and Monday, July 28, 2014 at 15:00, MST.

All entries must be received by our shipping location or at a drop-off location by Monday, July 28, 2014 at 15:00, MST and will not be accepted after that date/time. For details, see the Entry Informationpage.

Entry Limit

There is a limit of three hundred and fifty (350) entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to one (1) entry per sub-style .

Enter Your Brews

To enter your brews, please proceed through the registration process.

Judging Location and Date

Mirage Club (Davis-Monthan AFB)
5555 E. Ironwood Ave Tucson, AZ 85707 Map Mirage Club (Davis-Monthan AFB)Map Mirage Club (Davis-Monthan AFB)
Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 09:00, MST

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Spring Update



Megan and Farmer Mike are very excited about how awesome the vineyard is looking in it’s 4th year. Keep your fingers crossed that we do not get hit with a late frost, hail, or fire! The vines are full of fruit and we will work hard to take good care of these babies. We are also thrilled to have successfully propagated the native AZ Hops as well as Cascade and Chinnok.


Something cool and new that we have decided to try with the vines is head pruning. It will create more shade as well as protect the fruit from the wind… not to mention it will look cool.


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We will be bottling an incredible Chardonnay with notes of honeysuckle, butter, and citrus… which we hope to release on Mother’s Day… and it will be called Mother Love.






April 25th- The Railers: Live @ AZ Hops & Vines

May 10th- 3rd Annual Bacchanal Festival

June 14th- Wine and Cupcake Pairings

June 21st- Summer Solstice Bonfire

July 19th- Cornhole Tournament

July 26th- BBQ for Barrel Owners

August 9th-10th- Bad Decisions Campout

September 6th- Grape Crush Festival

October 11th- Oktoberfest


NIMBUS BREWING CO. & AZ HOPS & VINES     We are thrilled to announce our brewery for the 3rd Annual Bacchanal Festival is going to be the amazing Nimbus Brewery. We’re pairing our wines and Nimbus beer with awesome food from all over southern Arizona. You definitely don’t want to miss this one! Just go to azhopsandvines.com/festival for more info.




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We are so excited that we got lucky and managed to snag The Railers for a show on Friday, April 25th, just a couple months before their single will hit NATIONAL radio. Come out and support the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson with a night of wine, beer, food, and music under the stars.

Ticket info at:


Check out their music video from before their name changed to The Railers HERE!





Check us out in the May 2014 edition of Arizona Highways magazine! You will also find us featured in the Nogales International and weekly Bulletin.




Cocktail of the Week: Strawberry Sangria

Made with white Strawberry Cranberry Juice, lemonade, and our current white wine blend, Eté.



Also, a big thank you and congratulations to the couples that shared their special day with us. 

“May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.”

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The Railers are coming to Hops & Vines!

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Apparently we know all the right people because we just got hooked up with The Railers, a band that just signed with Warner and is willing to stop here on there way to Stagecoach 2014 featuring Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, and many other amazing artists. Their first single is getting ready to hit mainstream radio any day now… then we won’t even be able to afford them! So catch them while you can and tell everyone that you saw them before they were big. Ticket prices include souvenier glass and six tasting tickets. Food, beer, and wine will be for sale. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy music under the stars. Doors open at 6:00PM. You can check out the band at www.facebook.com/TheRailers. Keep watching our website and Facebook for more info, tickets will be on-sale Monday, March 10th.


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Hope you all have recovered after the busy holiday season! We hit the ground running in 2014 and have not slowed down since. We are thrilled to have 4 new wines in the tasting room, with another 3 to be debuted by May.

We had a great time celebrating the release of The Lobbyist, a zinfandel, in mid January with the Speakeasy. It was a great time honoring Mark Barnes and Sabrina Vasquez who helped us change the law. We have also been pouring our Petit Sirah, the Gracias. Not only are we proud of this wine, we are really proud of the label. We wanted to thank all the people who have helped us to get where we are today, so what better way then to recognize them by putting their names on the label!?!?! Megan, the wine maker  has been hard at work and more recently we introduced Ete, a crisp white blend of Symphony and Malvasia, and Unconditional, our rose and Shannon’s personal favorite. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to stop by and give these new wines a try. You are sure to find a new favorite.

Another amazing event we had was Chocolate Love on Valentine’s Day weekend. We paired all of our wines with chocolate… and even more importantly… we had the Tucson Firefighter calendar boys serving… TOPLESS!!! Fun was had by all who were at the winery that day! We were honored to support such a worthy cause as they were here selling calendars as well.

Back by popular demand, we have The Drag Races fast approaching on March 1st. This year, serving beer, we will be featuring Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. and of course have a limited supply of the Drag Queen. The event is from 10AM – 6PM with the races taking place at 2PM. Admission is only $20 and includes 6 drink tickets and a Hops & Vines glass. For those of you brave enough to enter the race, you will receive 2 FREE glasses of Drag Queen. One for encouragement and the other for celebration after the race is over.

Our wines will also be featured locally at The Cafe on Sunday, March 2nd at their Wine Maker’s Diner series. For the first course Unconditonal will be paired with crab stuffed tomatoes. Second course will be Imbibe.2 with a wild mushroom stew. Next, the Gracias has been paired with a fresh cucumber, carrot, and radish salad. For the main course the Lobbyist will go with  nice black pepper pork loin with green beans and roasted tomatoes. To wrap up the evening, the Fluffer will be nicely paired with a  raspberry cheesecake. Be sure to call The Cafe at 520.455.5044 as reservations are required and space is limited.

In other new and noteworthy news, Shannon was interviewed and mentioned in a news article in the LA Times regarding the hot topic of SB 1062. You can find the article by searching for ‘az hops and vines’ at latimes.com. Join the conversation and let us know what you think on our facebook page.

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