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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The Vineyard Awakens!

By next year, this will be taking over the WORLD.

The vineyard is awake and moving so fast! I am doing my best to keep up! We have finished our planting for the year, and now we are mostly just filling in the vines that didn’t take last year. Luckily, that wasn’t too many. We are slightly behind on putting in the trellising – the vines aren’t being very patient with us! But Shannon and I are pounding poles daily and hope to have them all in in the next month. Look out: We have serious guns after all this work!

I am very excited to report the hops are doing awesome! Better  than I ever expected! Sulphur Spring Electric has generously donated some utility poles and local contractor Caleb Everhart from Monument Steel donated his time auguring holes and helping us get them in and up, (they are heavier than they look)!

By the end of the summer, the hops and vines (no pun intended) will be up the poles, and this place will look incredible! We’ll be sure to post pictures to our Facebook page.

A quick shout out to our young and enterprising intern Austin. He was a hard worker and we enjoyed having him! Any future interested  interns please send a picture 😉

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The Buffalo Club is here!

We have decided to honor Buffalo in our tasting room. What is Buffalo?  Only a life-saving, drinking game from the old west that is a life time commitment. You are only allowed to drink with your non-gun-shooting hand  (or your non-writing hand). If anyone catches you then they call “Buffalo!” and then you have to finish whatever is in your glass.

Despite what you might think, I did not make this up. Google it, it is from the 1800’s. There are associations dedicated to it. Since I am a professional and do not drink behind the counter, you will have to wait until I am off to Buffalo me. Unfortunately, a crafty customer did just that to me recently, luring me outside after we closed,with the promise of a glass of First Crush.  I am now on my toes, I won’t be fooled again!

We meet on the 4th Sunday of every month (not the last Sunday; the 4th Sunday) at one in the afternoon.

Head over to our Buffalo Club page to read more and sign up!

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