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AWGA Annual Report — 2012
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The AWGA Annual Report — 2012 shows promising growth in key sectors of the organization, including a 27.6 percent increase in total income and a bump in membership across nearly every category. The following is a listing of key activities/achievements in support of AWGA's mission and on behalf of all members.
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Quarterly Membership Meetings 2013
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Mark your calendars today and plan to attend all of the quarterly membership meetings of 2013. If you are unable to make the Feb. 5 meeting, at which executive committee elections are held, please complete and submit the proxy/ballot form (voting members only).
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, Willcox at the Aridus Custom Crush Facility (9-11 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 7, Sonoita, Location TBD (a.m. meeting)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6, Verde Valley, Location TBD (a.m. meeting)
  • Friday, Nov. 15, Phoenix, Farm at South Mountain (1-3 p.m.)

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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

Date Event Details
Feb. 7 Betty's Nosh Wine Tasting Brochure
April 5-7 Tempe Festival of the Arts Wineries can still participate
June 14-16 Wine Festival in the Pines, Pinetop-Lakeside  
Sept. 21 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Willcox Date tentative
Oct. 12 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Sonoita Date tentative
Oct. 19 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Verde Valley Date tentative
Nov. 2 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Fountain Hills Date tentative
Nov. 15-16 Festival at the Farm  
Dec. 6-8 Tempe Festival of the Arts  






Arizona Legislative Report
Arizona Wine Growers Association
AWGA has prepared the full legislative report of bills that may be of interest to Arizona's wine industry. One bill of particular interest is HB 2339 (Winemakers; alternating proprietors), which was introduced late last week by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson. Although it has not yet been assigned to a calendar, it is important to monitor the bill's progress as it could significantly affect the industry. If passed, the bill will require that the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control allow alternating proprietors on premises that are licensed to produce wine. Essentially, the proposed legislation would allow for one or more smaller wineries to lease space from an established winery with the ultimate benefit of shared resources such as equipment and licensing. The AWGA is already working closely with state legislators on this bill. Peggy Fiandaca, AWGA's president, spoke with many members of the legislature about this bill when AWGA participated in the County Supervisors' Association Annual Legislative Reception last week. AWGA is represented by the professionals of Dorn Policy Group at the legislature on a no-fee basis. AWGA is very grateful for their support of the industry.
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Festival at the Farm 2012
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The Arizona Wine Growers Association's Festival at the Farm was said to be an "amazing experience that would most certainly be revisited again next year." More than 700 guests sampled an outstanding selection of wines from 33 participating Arizona wineries, met the growers themselves and were able to get a true understanding of what Arizona wines have to offer.
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The Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K Series: Liberate Your Juice
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The 2012 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K Series allowed the wineries within multiple regions of Arizona to showcase their unique landscapes and tasting rooms. The series of four events traveled between Verde Valley, Sonoita, Willcox and Fountain Hills. Each race awarded top male and female runners with an array of prizes including wine, Festival at the Farm tickets and invitations to a future AWGA race. In total 268 participants took part in the series. Following the races themselves, each participant received a Grape Stomp T-shirt, goodie bag and a logo wine glass as a parting gift. Click here for a full list of winners.
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Did You Know?
Cork was developed as a bottle closure in the late 17th century. It was only after this that bottles were lain down for aging and the bottle shapes slowly changed from short and bulbous to tall and slender.
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Why FDA's New Registration Requirement is a Victory for US Wineries
Cary Greene, WineAmerica
Since FDA's biennial registration requirement went live Oct. 22, we've been hearing from concerned members asking us whether registration is the first step toward an FDA takeover of wine regulation. The quick answer is no. In fact, the Food Safety Modernization Act, the new law that created the biennial registration requirement, goes a long way toward preventing such a takeover.
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Registering Wineries as "Food Facilities"
WineAmerica
It's time to register your winery with FDA. As WineAmerica announced last July when the Food Safety Modernization Act became law, wineries are required to register as "food facilities" with the Food and Drug Administration "[d]uring the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year." See 21 U.S.C. § 350d (a) (3) (emphasis added). The registration is now active. Please follow this link to register.
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