There are many ways to celebrate wine in the fall. At the 14th Annual New Release Festival at St. Martin’s Vineyard in Sonoita, there are tastings, tours (including horse rides!) and great wine pairings, but even better: Be there at noon for the blessing of the wines. I don’t know what that entails, but I’m guessing the serving sizes are bigger than communion cups. Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 520.455.5893. SonoitaVineyards.com
Want more wine? Check out the new release tasting at Callaghan Vineyards, when they’ll kick down the barn doors and reveal their new vintages. Nov. 16, 5 p.m., 520.455.5322. callaghanvineyard.com. Stay in Sonoita for Music at the Vineyards the following day, at Kief-Joshua Vineyards. Nov 17, 1 – 4 p.m. 520.455.5582
Borderlands Brewery features a full lineup of local bands every week in their tasting room—a great way to hear up-and-coming acts in an intimate venue. Find out who’s playing at BorderlandsBrewing.com. 119 E. Toole Ave., 520.261.8733.
Here’s a quick decision tree for you: A.) “Do I like dessert?” IF YES, PROCEED TO B. B.) “Do I like to drink while having dessert?” IF YES, PROCEED TO C. C.) “Do I like arts/culture?” IF YES, PROCEED TO D. D.) “Do I wish to contribute to charity?” IF YES, PROCEED TO SWEET CHARITY. This charity event, held on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at the outdoor courtyard of Plaza Colonial, is put on by The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, and will feature desserts from top area chefs and students alike. It’s a big event (there’ll be over 50 dessert tastings accompanied by various beverages), but most intriguing: This year, pairings focus on sweets and beer. $60. 520.797.3959. Dessert and desert, what a difference an S makes.
But for desert drinkers less concerned with dessert—but who still love (capital A) Art and (capital B) Beer, check out Art on Tap. Held at the Tucson Museum of Art on Dec. 7 from 6 – 10 p.m. the event features art demonstrations, great bands, vendors from all over Baja Arizona, and 15 local beers. Admission: $40, $50 day of, $30 members. Get in for $20 if you’re the designated driver.
Tucson’s own Tap + Bottle placed third in the Mountain West Region for “best beer bar” on craftbeer.com. Tap + Bottle features many off-sale options, too, while all the origins/ABVs of on-tap offerings are displayed on a looming chalkboard. And, say you are into numbers and competition? Here’s a perfect evening: Have a brew at Tap + Bottle, then stop into the new pinball arcade, D & D Pinball, just one block away. May your scores be higher than your ABVs. Tap + Bottle. 403 N. 6th Ave.