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Willcox Sand-Reckoner Vineyards opening Tucson tasting room

Willcox Sand-Reckoner Vineyards opening Tucson tasting room

Willcox winemakers Rob and Sarah Hammelman are opening their first tasting room in Tucson’s Warehouse Arts District. The grand opening is Saturday at 510 N. Seventh Ave., No. 170.

Sand-Reckoner Vineyards in Willcox has been around seven years, but until this weekend, owners Sarah and Rob Hammelman haven’t had a true tasting room.

They almost did a few years ago when they rented space along historic downtown Willcox. They did some remodeling and built out the space, including installing their principal winemaking operation in the back, but before they could put up the “Open” sign, they ran out of space.

Sarah Hammelman said they’ve done tastings by appointment, but this weekend they will do it on a much bigger scale — in Tucson.

Sand-Reckoner is opening its first tasting room in Tucson’s Warehouse Arts District, 510 N. Seventh Ave., No. 170, on Saturday.

The tasting room, pouring all 12 of the winery’s vintages, will include the Conrad Wilde Micro Gallery, an extension of Miles Conrad and Ryan Wilde’s bigger gallery on West Sixth Street.

The grand opening is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Regular hours beginning Sunday, Feb. 19: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Sand-Reckoner is the latest winery to open a Tucson tasting room. Others include Sierra Bonita Vineyards from Graham County, which operates out of the owners’ law offices at 6720 E. Camino Principal; and Flying Leap Vineyards from Sonoita, which has a tasting room in St. Philip’s Plaza, 4320 N. Campbell Ave.

Other wine-tasting shops in Tucson include CataVinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room at 3063 N. Alvernon Way; and Bear Track U at 943 E. University Blvd.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642.


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