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Arizona Wine Industry Input Sought
Arizona Wine Growers Association
As a member of the WineAmerica State Associations Council, Arizona Wine Growers Association has an opportunity to provide direct input on issues that affect the wine industry in Arizona. Patti King, the association's executive director, is an active participant representing AWGA on this committee. As a deal on immigration gets closer, SAC is requesting examples from across our industry of why immigration reform is necessary. Please share brief stories of how the status quo has impacted your industry with Patti King no later than Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m.

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Arizona Legislative Report
Dorn Policy Group Inc. via Arizona Wine Growers Association
The fifth week of the 51st Legislature has brought several key developments. The Democrats released their 2014 budget proposal. As expected, it largely mirrored Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal including funding for a statewide transition to Common Core Standards, full Medicaid Expansion and investments in Child Protective Services. It is important to note that HB2657 (transaction privilege tax changes) was heard in the House Ways and Means Committee. Additionally, SB1081 (wineries; microbreweries; licenses) was heard in Senate Appropriations.


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'Arizona We Want' Project Video Recognized
Arizona Wine Growers Association
AWGA is pleased to announce that the 3-minute "Arizona Wine" video is the recipient of a Gold Award from the AVA Digital Awards, judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. It is an international organization consisting of several thousand marketing, advertising and production professionals, based in Arlington, Texas.

There were approximately 2,000 entries among the various categories. Jan and Steve Kanaba, of Media People International, worked closely with Peggy Fiandaca to create the video, and they shared their insight: "It was a wonderful experience meeting the various winemakers from around Arizona for the 'Arizona We Want' project. We enjoyed re-editing the original video to create the 3-minute video."

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Arizona Wine Travel Card Report
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Wow! We are off to an amazing start for the Arizona Wine Travel Card program! By far we are head and shoulders above even the loftiest expectations for the launch. Find out what's been happening — and what you need to do to keep the momentum going.
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Calling All Volunteers!
Arizona Wine Growers Association
We need volunteers. We are offering an opportunity for you to support a great event! Come help out at the Tempe Festival of the Arts Wine Garden, April 5-7.

As a volunteer, you will receive a tasting glass and 6 tickets to enjoy the event! Please contact Christie Palmer, christie@arizonawine.org, to participate.

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Mohave County Winery Turns to Locally Grown Grapes
The Kingman Daily Miner
The wine was flowing by the gallon recently at the Stetson Winery. No, the occasion wasn't a party. Owner Don Stetson and Rand Terwilleger were filtering and pouring wine into casks, and for the first time since he opened, Stetson has wine made from grapes grown exclusively in the Kingman area.
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Why Aren't You on Fill Your Plate?
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
Arizona is having a love affair with our state's farmers and ranchers. You know about it as a wine grape grower and wine producer. In fact, you're some of our Arizona foodies' biggest stars. As a result, we created Fill Your Plate, an online, searchable database of Arizona's retail (direct market) farmers and ranchers! It's an online method for the great Arizona "Meet-up!" If your Winery is missing from Fill Your Plate, you're missing out!
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Arizona Winery Opportunity
Harvest Hosts LLC
We are excited to introduce Harvest Hosts LLC and invite you to participate in this rapidly expanding nationwide membership network of vineyards, farms and attractions that have joined together to create unique, "no-services-needed" overnight stops for RVers.


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Bonejolais Noveau Wine Event Benefits Pet Adoption Agency
Lake Powell Chronicle
The Blue coffee and wine bar in Page was standing-room-only Feb.16 for the Wags-n-Wine fundraising celebration to benefit the Page Animal Adoption Agency. PAAA director Natalie Ferrando said the event brought in roughly $900 to help with expenses at the new shelter the agency has been working to open.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

Date Event Details
April 5-7 Tempe Festival of the Arts  
June 14-16 Wine Festival in the Pines, Pinetop-Lakeside  
Sept. 21 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Willcox  
Oct. 12 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Sonoita  
Oct. 19 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Verde Valley  
Nov. 2 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Fountain Hills  
Nov. 15-16 Festival at the Farm  
Dec. 6-8 Tempe Festival of the Arts  

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Wine Tourism Day in North America
Arizona Wine Growers Association

Wine Tourism Day in North America
www.WineTourismDay.org
May 11, 2013


The concept of a Wine Tourism Day was born at the 2012 Wine Tourism Conference, where participants agreed this would be a stellar way to promote wine country travel and to highlight the economic impact of wine tourism. The first-ever Wine Tourism Day will take place May 11 and will follow in the footsteps of the European Network of Wine Cities, which has organized the European Day of Wine Tourism since 2009. Wineries, associations, wine tour companies and wine-area restaurants and hotels through North America are encouraged to offer special events to the public on Wine Tourism Day.

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I-9? What's That?
By Richard A. Berman
Our government has required, since 1986, each employer to prepare and keep available form I-9 on every employee. Basically, it is the document that proves an individual is a citizen or has legal residency. In most cases citizen employees will provide their driver's license and Social Security card. Noncitizens will provide their proof of legal residency. Here is some advice to help you avoid an expensive lesson.
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Winery Turns to Locally Grown Grapes
The Kingman Daily Miner
Stetson Winery owner Don Stetson and Rand Terwilleger were filtering and pouring wine into casks recently. For the first time since he opened, that wine was made from grapes grown exclusively in the Kingman area.

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Brawl at Temecula Winery Results in 5 Arrests
Temecula Patch
Five people were arrested and a deputy was injured in a brawl at a Temecula-area winery. Rod Keeling from Keeling Schaefer reminds Arizona wineries to manage patrons' wine intake at festivals in the state.

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Sisters Fighting to Open Arizona Winery-Brewery
The Arizona Republic
Sisters Shannon Austin Zouzoulas and Megan Austin Haller hope the last obstacle in the way of their dream of opening a combination winery-brewery will be resolved: the fact that Arizona law prohibits such a business.

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UC Davis Lines Up Spring Courses in Viticulture, Wine Business
UC Davis Extension via Western Farm Press
UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers, winemakers and wine lovers. Its spring courses in viticulture and wine business include: Online Introduction to Wine, Sensory Evaluation of Wine, Wine Filtration, Home Winemaking, Out of State Compliance, Managing the Small Vineyard and Wine Analysis.
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Grape Growers Warned Over Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Threat
Western Farm Press
Because of recent finds in insect traps in California, speakers at a grape symposium warned grape growers to keep their guard up against an insect pest that can quickly spread deadly Pierce's disease in vineyards. The insect was found recently in commercial vineyards in west Fresno County and near the San Joaquin River and is gradually spreading into rural areas.
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Pesticide Residues Found in 90 Percent of Wines
The Drinks Business
A French study has found pesticide residues in 90 percent of the wines it tested. The wines were tested for 50 different molecules, such as pesticides and fungicides, commonly used in vine treatments. An anti-rot fungicide, applied late in the growing season, was the most common molecule found, with some wines containing up to nine different molecules.
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Wine Branding: Robert Parker vs. The Wine Advocate
Stark Insider
Brand building is a mysterious thing. It's part science, part art. There's no repeatable formula that anyone could tech someone on, say, how to become the next Robert Parker.
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Barrels to Suit Your Wine Style
Wines & Vines
It's not just the wood, toast and shape; coopers today offer a wide variety of custom touches that go beyond laser-etching a winery's logo on the barrelhead or wicker hoops. In fact, most cooperage representatives say almost every barrel order they fill is custom-tailored to the needs of their clients.
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