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FROM THE VINEYARD
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!
FROM THE ANIMALS
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.
FROM THE TASTING ROOM
MEET THE LADIES BEHIND THE BAR.
Sheila, Jeanette, Rachel, & Shannon… our tasting room eye candy.
MEET THE LADIES BEHIND THE SCENES.
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, 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.
FROM THE WINERY
MEET THE WINEMAKER
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.