Swing in the New Year at Arizona Hops & Vines with their 2nd Annual Speakeasy soirée on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. They’ll be releasing a new label of zinfandel, called The Lobbyist, in honor of Mark Barnes, the Arizona senator who helped legalize their new brewery (rumor has it he’ll be at the party). Dress in prohibition clothing and dance the night away to swing band, LL Rebels. If you’re in the mood for more sweetness than swing, head back down to Sonoita on Feb. 15 for Arizona Hops & Vines chocolate love. A local chocolatier will be offering pairings to accompany the wine. (And to accompany the pairings? Topless men.) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 3450 Highway 82, Sonoita. 888.569.1642. AzHopsAndVines.com.
Single or paired, it’s not Valentine’s Day without wine. Join Slow Food Arizona for a special tasting in Tucson on Feb. 9. $30. Limited to 35 participants; register at slowfoodsouthernaz.org. Or head home and crack open a bottle of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards’ Malvasia Bianca wine, which just cracked the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of the Top 100 wines of the year.
Speaking of love and booze, the 4th annual Arizona Beer Week is coming to Tucson, February 15 – 22. Mark your calendars for a kickoff bike and beer tour (and buy a helmet). Events highlighting local Tucson breweries will be held throughout the week, including a science of beer talk at Maker House and a beer trivia night at Tap & Bottle. Check ArizonaBeerWeek.com for updated listings.
Something new is brewing in Bisbee—or rather, something old is becoming something new. Amanda and Jim Gibson are taking over Electric Brewery, the first microbrewery in Arizona, and calling it Beast Brewery. They’ll still be producing beers under both labels, but the new brews will come from Beast—look for a new coffee stout, launching in January, and a Belgian Beast brew coming soon thereafter. You can visit the taproom for a pint, take a tour of the brewery, and grab a growler to go. 326 W. Highway 92, Bisbee. 520.284.5251. BeastBrewingCompany.com.
By the time you’ve read this issue cover-to-cover, Flying Leap Vineyard will have opened their new tasting room in St. Philip’s Plaza. Sip samples from this up-and-coming Sonoita vineyard while you admire art by Arizonans, collected by TRUST Art & Design. Tastings start at $6 ($10 if you want to keep the glass). St. Philip’s Plaza. 4280 N. Campbell Ave. FlyingLeapVineyards.com. 520.954.3245.