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Maynard James Keenan: Biodynamics for Dummies
Phoenix New Times
"When I planted my first vines in 2004, I was definitely shooting in the dark, jumping off the deep end, swinging for the fence — pick one," writes Maynard James Keenan. "I had no pool or database of accumulated research, agricultural history or any relevant experience from which to draw before taking/making said shot/leap/swing. And as such, mistakes were made, poor advice followed, near disasters narrowly averted. Or not. I learned some expensive lessons. And there are still more lessons ahead."
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Sand Reckoner Explodes Onto National Wine Scene
KPHO-TV
The Sand Reckoner Vineyard has exploded onto the national wine scene. It's only been around for three years and already one of its wines made the San Francisco Chronicle's top 100 list. The owners, Sarah and Rob Hammelman, never thought they'd be where they are quite so fast. In a few short years the couple built the Sand Reckoner brand from the ground up. The vineyard sits in the shadow of the Winchester Mountains in Willcox — the perfect spot for growing grapes. "We will hopefully be opening our tasting room sometime later this spring," said Sarah Hammelman.
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The Science Behind the Grapes
Tucson Weekly
If making wine is a science, then Southern Arizona is a superior laboratory. But ditch the lab coats and goggles, because the most important components for growing grapes are elevation, climate and soil.
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Arizona Culinary & Wine Center Opens as 'Foodie Incubator' in Scottsdale
Phoenix Business Journal
Local dining group the Artisan Food Guild has partnered with Scottsdale-based Classic Cooking Academy to launch the Arizona Culinary & Wine Center at the cooking academy's Scottsdale facility.
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Festival at The Farm Included in 10 Best Culinary Events in Metro Phoenix
Phoenix New Times
With no shortage of events in the Phoenix area, any "Top 10 Things to Do" list features stiff competition. The Arizona Wine Growers Association is happy to report that Festival at The Farm, scheduled for Nov. 14-15 this year, made the cut: "You never need an excuse to spend a day at the picturesque Farm at South Mountain, but when you can also rub elbows with the state's top wine producers it makes for an extra sweet deal."
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Wine and Beer: Dollar Stores' Latest Convenience Endeavor
CSPnet.com
Dollars stores' latest efforts to become one-stop destinations are catching consumers' and other retail channels' eyes: Dollar stores have begun selling alcohol. Dollar General and 99¢ Only stores have slowly been introducing beer and wine in select locations in Arizona and California, and plans are in the works for alcohol to spread to dollars stores in Nevada and beyond.
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 AWGA Signature Events

Date Event Location Details
Feb. 22, 2014 Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival Oro Valley Tickets available now
March 15, 2014 The Art of Arizona Wine Celebration Scottsdale  
June 13-14, 2014 Wine in the Pines Pinetop-Lakeside Save the date
Nov. 14-15, 2014 The Festival at the Farm Phoenix Save the date


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Wine Fest Set to Debut in Oro Valley
AWGA
Those looking to taste and buy wines from local vintners are in for a treat at the inaugural Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Oro Valley's Steam Pump Ranch.

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Walking Through the Vines, Toward a Degree
AZWine Lifestyle
The viticulture and enology curriculum at Yavapai College caters to all walks of life, at every age, every career level and from the hobbyist to the career seeker.

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Be Careful When Using Unpaid Interns
D. Albert Brannen
The federal Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has become much more aggressive in identifying and seeking damages against employers who fail to pay interns for the work they perform. Unless an internship in the "for-profit" private sector meets a set of six criteria, the internship will most often be viewed as employment.
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Business Skills Give Wineries the Edge
ABC Rural
These days wineries need to do more than make quality wine to stay ahead in the cutthroat global wine market.
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The Latest in Vineyard Scarecrows
Wines & Vines
Inflatable dancing tube men, a.k.a. "air dancers," are a familiar sight across the country as advertising devices at auto sales lots and car washes. Now, these 20-foot-tall, fan-driven characters are being tested as "scare dancers" to drive away birds in vineyards and orchards in New York, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest.
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This Winery's Sorting Robot Only Has Eyes for the Tastiest Grapes
Gizmodo
Bad grapes only lead to sour wine, and wineries know they must be discarded before they ruin the batch. In most vineyards, separating good grapes from bad is still done by hand. But a new machine using high-speed photography can cull 2 tons of grapes in 12 minutes.
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 International News


French Wine Publication Honors American Invention
Wine-Searcher via VinoEnology
The American-made device that lets you drink wine without opening the bottle has been named the Innovation of the Year at the annual awards of France's leading wine publication, La Revue du Vin de France.
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Is the Past the Future for Drinks?
The Drinks Business
In an era of doom and gloom, the drinks industry is looking to yesteryear to provide comfort and inspiration, writes Spiros Malandrakis of Euromonitor.
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