Monday, November 25, 2013

Soft Opening! Hoppin' Grapes Wine and Beer Tasting Shop

Although our Grand Opening is the 5th of December, we are going to do a soft-opening over this Thanksgiving Weekend.  Join us Friday the 29th of November, Saturday the 30th of November and Sunday the 1st of December.

Be the first people to to see our nearly finished wine and beer tasting shop right here in Sierra Vista.  Come out and support local business on Small Business Saturday!

So, have a great time with family on Thanksgiving!  After that, get those great Black Friday offers early in the morning out in Sierra Vista, AZ.  After that, head over to the newest place in town and sample some great wines!

We wont have everything going yet, but we will have wine!  What else do you need to get away from the hustle and the bustle for a while?  That is about all you need.  A nice wine or five.

Join us as we offer a special tasting of five wines for $10 and you will keep the souvenir glass!  Will you join us at Hoppin' Grapes Wine and Beer Tasting Shop in Sierra Vista, Arizona?  Visit our facebook page and let us know!  Tell your friends.  Invite the family and come make memories at Sierra Vista's newest gem!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Willcox Arizona Wine Tips, Tours and Review

Willcox Arizona Wine Tips, Tours and Review           

Willcox wine country lies about 75-80 minutes to the northeast of Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Willcox currently boasts six different tasting rooms. Two more tasting rooms are on the way soon, however, at this point there isn’t an opening date for them.  Before going wine tasting (or at one of the tasting rooms!), we would encourage people to purchase the Wine Traveler’s Card.  The Card costs $20, however, many wineries have some really nice deals for their wines or tastings.  We will list the deals that we really like, however, most of the wineries do offer some sort of discount.  

We do recommend bringing some water from home with you on the wine trail.  Willcox doesn’t have a whole lot of places to stop and get water and you will definitely need it after tasting the wines.  Also, Willcox will likely be a day trip, because to our knowledge, there really isn’t anywhere nice to stay overnight.  You will want to plan accordingly to have a designated driver! Always be safe! We want you to be able to continue enjoying Arizona wines for a very long time.

In our opinion, the best place to start the Willcox wine tour would be with Coronado Vineyards.   This winery is located approximately four miles north of the main block of tasting rooms.  We like to do this one first because it offers the ability to purchase small tapas plates which puts some food in your stomach, before you hit all of the other tasting rooms!  This tasting room remains one of the most beautiful tasting rooms that we have come across in Arizona.  They offer a discount with the Wine Card of 50% off a tasting.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Coming in NOV 2013 - Hoppin' Grapes Beer and Wine Tasting Bar in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Artist rendering of our store location at 409B W. Fry BLVD
UPDATED 5NOV13 - Ok, so we are a bit behind on the build out.  We are finally back on track and think we will open late NOVEMBER!  Just in time for the holiday shopping season!  Looking forward to wrapping some gifts with all of you!

We are quickly progressing towards our goal of opening Hoppin" Grapes in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Once completed our beer and wine tasting bar will have all of the comforts of home including couches, WiFi internet, TVs and food!  We need a little help to make all of this come true.  Interested in helping?  Click Here! to find out how you can have a part in our opening soon!

We learned that this is a time intensive, slow, deliberate process which requires hours of work and dozens of forms.  All we could do was tackle the requirements of one government entity at a time.  Here is a breakdown of our progress so far -

November - Completing.  Now that we have everything we need to open, we are putting on the finishing touches.  Our contractor expects completion within the next few weeks.  We needed to have a mop room build, storage room, extra A/C and heating unit installed, plumbing run and bar area built.  Based on specific building code and inspections along the way, this is a busy process.  Once it is finally finished, we will be able to start putting everything in its place.