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Virgin Atlantic Shines Spotlight on Arizona Wine
Virgin Atlantic
One of the best things about a destination that averages 330 days of sunshine per year is the endless opportunity for al fresco dining. Nothing beats true outdoor farm-to-table food in Phoenix, which you can find all around the city. Once a local secret, Arizona's wine is now making a name for itself on the national stage. In fact, conditions in the state's growing regions have been compared to the likes of Napa Valley.
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ADWR Releases AZ Vision for Water Sustainability
Arizona Department of Water Resources
The Arizona Department of Water Resources released a report this month, "Arizona's Next Century: A Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability," that provides an overview of the state’'s existing conditions and projected water demands for the next 100 years. The Strategic Vision presents strategies for managing the state's water supply to ensure Arizona's long-term sustainability. AWGA President Peggy Fiandaca said, "Though wine grapes are a low-water use crop, the Arizona wine industry should remain knowledgeable, diligent and involved to ensure that the state's long-term water needs are protected and managed effectively."
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Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing for the Grape Arizona Wine Event
Phoenix Rotary 100
The Phoenix 100 Rotary Club's 4th Annual Grape Arizona Wine Event will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Irish Cultural Center. Come enjoy great wine, food and fun! Taste incredible wines from many of the state's finest vineyards. Take a chance on themed raffle packages, worth thousands of dollars that include fabulous jewelry, sports tickets, and gift certificates to top valley restaurants and performance venues. Bid on unique silent auction items that include private wine tastings and other vino-related goodies. Plus, rub elbows with famous sports stars from the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Suns and Mercury teams — all while helping fund great philanthropic projects. Tickets are $50 before Feb. 1 or $60 at the door.
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Wine Bar Showcases Arizona Vintages
Your West Valley
Cafe Roka is marking its 21st year in business by opening a wine bar. Located in the restaurant at 35 Main St. in historic Bisbee, Roka Wine Bar tasting menus feature Arizona regional wines paired with chef/owner Rod Kass's distinctive cuisine.
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SWWC Offers Southwest Wineries Chance to Raise Their Profiles
South West Wine Challenge
The 2014 South West Wine Challenge, March 10-12, offers commercial wineries from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma and Nevada the chance to both compete in a double-blind tasting competition and raise their public profiles at the same time. The Challenge will be held in Prescott, Az., and winners could be named in any of the open categories. Entries are accepted until Feb. 14!
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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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Sand Reckoner Blasts Into 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.

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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.

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Who Comes First: Customers or Employees?
Mel Kleinman
Who comes first, the customer or the employee? Some argue that running a business is pointless without customers and that making the customer happy comes first. One expert believes that having customers is pointless unless you have employees who will do their utmost every time to create a positive experience for your customers, so making your employees happy comes first.
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Phone Etiquette: A Refresher Course in Courtesy
Small Business Trends
Good communication and phone etiquette is incredibly important (and sometimes hard to come by) in today's fast-paced world. Talking on the phone is one of the most common ways to do business, and good manners can go a long way in helping to establish trust with a potential client and even landing a sale.
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100% Cork Launches Campaign to Help Wineries Gain Market Share
Hospitality-Industry
100% Cork, the movement to educate wine drinkers and wine makers about the social, technical and environmental benefits of natural cork, is launching a new campaign to show all wineries how they can increase their revenues and market share by sealing their bottles with natural cork.
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California Wineries Confront Historic Drought
Wine Spectator
With no rain in sight, reservoirs are empty and vintners fear a small crop even before the vines wake up. California, fresh off its driest year in history in 2013, is suffering a frightening drought.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Open for Entries
Decanter.com
Entries have opened for the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014, with thousands of wineries expected to compete for medals, including the coveted International Trophies.
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This Winemaker Hunts Trees to Help Make the Perfect Wine
Forbes
Pierre Seillan, winemaker for Chateau Lassegue in Bordeaux, is an unlikely individual. He knows specifically what forest each of his barrels comes from — and how the differences influence his wine.
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Vineyard Safaris Offer Luxury VIP Tours, Boost Australian Wineries
Harpers
Vineyard Safaris is a new Australian wine tourism project set up to provide holiday makers with luxury VIP access to some of the most exclusive vineyards and cellars in the country.
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