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JB vineyard


ine years ago, the first grape vines were planted. Now, Jon and Jennifer Bollin are growing and harvesting grapes and producing their own wines. The vineyard is growing better every year, said Jon. This year they’ll be planting the black-skinned grape Graciano, a primarily Spanish fruit. Jon went to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and has 25-plus years of kitchen experience. Jennifer has 25-plus years of experience in dining room management and loves to make every guest feel like a cherished friend. They own a small, 14-acre piece of Elgin planted with Petit Verdot, Carignan and Tannat. These grapes are the heart of the wines they produce and bottle.

Address: 40 Omega Lane, Elgin, Az. Hours: Thursday7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday- 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday- 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Sunday- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website: www. jbvineyards/


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Arizona Hops &Vines

Address: 3450 Highway 82, Sonoita, AZ 85637 Phone: 301-237-6556, or email shannon@ arizonahopsandvines. com Website: Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday



Traditional wine in an unconventional setting


rizona Hops & Vines, touted as “a small winery that’s awesome!” is a popular Sonoita party place where wine enthusiasts can enjoy robust bolds, blends, chardonnays and a moscato in an unconventional winery setting. Co-owned by sisters Megan Haaller-Stranik and Shannon Zouzoulas, the two started the winery in 2011 by stepping away from the traditional “stuffy business” of wine etiquette while creating a family-friendly spot with occasional evening bonfires, live music, DJs and just an all-around “crazy good” time. The winery’s uniqueness is what gives Hops & Vines a “cheeky” reputation in a world of glass swirling, wine tastings and food pairings. From morning mimosas made with a sparkling wine called The Fluffer, to The Drag Queen, a wine co-fermented with hops and dressed up like a beer, offerings at Hops & Vines step away from traditional norms. The winery organizes a list of events throughout the year, with the three-day “Bad Decisions” wine festival and campout at Patagonia Lake as one of its biggest draws. The event, which

runs from Aug. 9 through 11 features local wineries, breweries and distilleries, restaurants and live music. For all of the winery’s event information go to the AZ Hops & Vines Facebook page. Families are welcome at Hops & Vines where youngsters are invited into the “Sober Shack,” a fun place for kids to hang out while parents enjoy activities on the 10-acre property. Visitors enjoy lounging on the outdoor patio, sipping wine and snacking on Cheetos while taking-in Sonoita’s rolling grasslands — often dotted with grazing pronghorn — set against a mountain backdrop. Haller-Stranik was introduced to the world of winemaking while volunteering at Sonoita Vineyards. From planting and harvesting

to becoming an assistant winemaker, she immediately fell in love with the business and aspired to start her own winery. She was joined in the venture by her sister, and the two made Arizona Hops & Vines a reality. Haller-Stranik tends the vineyard and makes wines while Zouzoulas runs the tasting room and handles marketing and event planning in this unique winery where there are “no rules.”

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Arizona Wine Country 2019  

Arizona Wine Country 2019