Festival Recap!

At the Festival!

We had a great turn out for first festival! We estimated the crowd to be just under 400. We had people from all over the planet, we had tons of great pairings. One little girl told Rachel, while making crafts, that “I’ve had a lot of awesome days, but this is my 5th Most Awesome Day.” Well, it’s good to know we cracked the Top 10. The tasting room was packed all day. It was great!

It took us about a week to recover …

Now, a BIG drama occurred just as we sat down to enjoy some Milagros… I am talking reality TV/counter-terrorism big. I can’t go into it here, however I promise to tell all* in the tasting room if you ask me about it. It really is crazy!

You can check out the Facebook gallery of photos!

We are planning on having two major festivals every year, so mark your calendars the next festival on September 10th! It will be a similar set-up with pairings, except with even nicer weather, new wines, and more new faces!


* Note from Steve: She always tells all in the tasting room!

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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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Our new website!

Our Webmaster (not really)

We’ve launched our new website (http://azhopsandvines.com)! It has a ton of great information about Hops & Vines, and not just a wine list and hours! Have you taken some great photos at Hops & Vines? Go to the website and you can actually send us the photo directly (look for Customer Photo Board, under Community). There’s the blog, Confessions from the Winery. There’s a new calendar where we’ll be posting all of our events in addition to our Facebook events. There’s some pages about some of the great people we’ve met and have helped us out so much.

Steve has been spending a ton of time hanging out with us to get a good idea of just how we operate, and getting the Hops and Vines “vibe” just right. Plus, we’re going to be launching our newsletter soon, as well! There’s also links to all that crazy Web 2.0 stuff like our Yelp page, our Twitter account, and Facebook.

Megan will be posting all sorts of interesting things about winemaking, farming, and how not to get yourself killed on a farm (via tractor, snakes, and other hazards). Shannon will be telling stories about the amazing variety of people that come through our doors! We’ll also post reviews, news, and stuff about our events!

Click here to go to the front page!



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