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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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December…

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us. We have been busy working to bring you new and exciting things from AZ Hops and Vines.

In the tasting room…

For the Holidays we will be open extended hours, please be sure to make the trip down for a visit.

December 24, 25 – Closed
December 26-29 – 10AM-6PM
December 30, 31 – 10-4PM
January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 10AM-4PM
January 3-5 – 10AM-6PM

Good news for all you out of towners… we are now SHIPPING!! Only half or full cases. This is a great way to have a little bit of Hops & Vines at your table in between you trips down to Sonoita. We now have gift cards available in the tasting room. They can be purchased here in person, or over the phone. These make nice gifts for a loved one or anyone hosting a holiday party. On December 7th, we debuted the Gluwein, our german christmas wine and it is already almost sold out. Get some now before it’s all gone for the season. Thanks to you all spreading the word about our winery, we were fortunate to be featured in the October issue of Sunset Magazine as well as in Arizona Daily Star earlier this month. Shannon is still single and waiting to be fixed up… for inquiries or applications please stop by the tasting room.

Save the date for our up coming events:

January 11th: The Manly Cup – Air Hockey Tournament
January 18th: 2nd Annual Speakeasy
February 15th: Chocolate Love
March 1st: Drag Races

 

From the winery…

We are so excited to release the following in 2014,

Gracias, a Petite Syrah. An elegant grape variety. A descendant of the noble Syrah but much darker in color with a noticeable brightness Syrah lacks. Hints of plum, tobacco with a herbal nose. Pairs well with peppered steak, macaroni and cheese, and fondue. Drink this wine in the spirit it was made – with the people you appreciate. $25 per bottle ($22 case price)

The Lobbyist, a Zinfandel. A robust and full bodied wine full of red fruit, spice, pepper, and tar. You will find complex aromas of chocolate, cedar, and blackcurrant. Pairs well with lamb and a one night stand. $25 per bottle ($22 case price)

The Temptress, a Tempranillo. Native to Spain, ruby red in color with aromas and flavors of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather, and herb. Pairs well with grilled meats, pork, cheddar cheese, and Cristiano Ronaldo. $25 per bottle ($22 case price)

Farmer Megan began wearing clothes in the vineyard due to the cold weather. She also started taking cuttings for new plantings next year. More hops have also been planted, next year we should have the very first Arizona grown and made beer. Look for that at Oktoberfest. 

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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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From all over the globe

I must say our customers are crazy fun! We have had people from all over the world in this place: Wales, the Czech Republic, Australia, and many more. Some of the most interesting people are our mid-westerner customers. As an experienced and professional imbiber, I am amazed at the way those folks can drink!  One customer from Wisconsin – you know who you are – told me his nickname was Richard Cranium. Well, it only took me ten minutes to figure what that meant.

What confessions from the winery will occur next time….will you make the list?

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