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Welcome to New AWGA Members!
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Please welcome these companies and individuals who have joined the Arizona Wine Growers Association this year. Your patronage of fellow AWGA members is very much appreciated.
If you are interested in joining the Arizona Wine Growers Association as a supporter or associate members, please click here to learn more about the benefits of membership and to download a membership application.
AWGA Committee Call for Volunteers
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. (Author unknown)
The chairpersons of the Arizona Wine Growers Association have been selected, but they cannot do their jobs alone. Chairing the Education committee will be Kent Callaghan and James Callahan. The Events committee will be chaired by Barbara Predmore and Cory Whalin, and Marketing/Public Relations will be led by Robert Carlson and Casey Rooney. The leadership responsibility for the Membership Committee will rest with the four regional vice presidents.
If you are a member of AWGA and willing to support the committees by sharing your energy and enthusiasm, please send an email stating the committee you'd like to support to Viviane at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will notify the appropriate chairperson.
If you are not a member but would like to become more actively involved in Arizona's wine industry, please click here to learn more about the benefits of membership and to download a membership application.
AWGA Legislative Report
Arizone Wine Growers Association
The sixth week of Legislative Session has brought a slight lull in committee agendas, although both chambers have been focused on turning over as many bills as possible. It is noteworthy to report that SB1301 (s/e wineries; microbreweries; licenses) successfully passed through the Senate Committee of the Whole and Third Read, by a vote of 28-0 with 2 absent. It will now proceed to the House.
Arizona Gets Serious About Wine
When you think of wine, you'd probably think of Napa before you'd think of Arizona. But as Javier Soto found out on Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, that's slowly changing. The wine business has been growing in the state since the 1970s, and Arizona is gradually becoming known as a wine-making state. Some Arizona wine has even been served at the White House.
Appeals Court Sides with Day Laborers in Arizona
A U.S. appeals court ruled March 4 on the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an injunction that bars the state from enforcing part of its immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic to pick up workers. In the unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the state law went too far in restricting commercial free speech rights.
Former Ahwatukee Couple Harvest Longtime Winery Dream
The Arizona Republic
There are those who dream of following a new path, and there are those who walk it. For Rhona MacMillan and Mark Jorve, formerly of Ahwatukee, that path led them to Willcox, where they established a winery named Zarpara. After two years of commuting from Ahwatukee to Cochise County, their work on their vineyard bore the fruit that helped them establish their winery. Now, they're ready to introduce their wines.
Loans Available for Ag Producers Facing Drought
The Sierra Vista Herald
Farmers and ranchers in all of Arizona's 15 counties are now eligible for special loans to cope with the severe ongoing drought in the state, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Novelty No Longer, Arizona Wines Featured at Devoured Culinary Classic
The Arizona Republic
This weekend's Devoured Culinary Classic is a chance to sample some of Arizona's best wines and see how they stack up against bottles from the great wine-producing regions of the world. The state's wines stopped being a novelty years ago. They are sold nationally and internationally and have received rave reviews in Wine Spectator and from wine critic Robert Parker. Here's a look at the Arizona wineries scheduled to be at Devoured.
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Best Wine Industry Suppliers of 2013
Vineyard & Winery Management
The results are in for Vineyard & Winery Management's first Best Wine Industry Suppliers survey. Nearly 700 wine and grape industry professionals voted in the online survey, which focused on 13 major categories: Barrels, Corks, Bottles, Alternative Closures, Label Printing, Software, Financial Services, Banks/Lenders, Legal Services, Nurseries, Tanks, Lab Services and Winemaking Supplies.
Nebraska Considering Bill to Protect Vineyards from Herbicides
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require anyone who wants to spray 2,4-D herbicide to report their intent to the Department of Agriculture at least 72 hours before doing so. The chemical can drift up to four miles and either kill or significantly damage sensitive crops like grapes. Crop growers say the bill would prevent drifting.
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How to Sell More Direct-to-Consumer
Andrew Kamphuis offers his slideshow presentation from Insight 2013, where he focused on helping wineries take advantage of the expanding direct-to-consumer market.
The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Wine People
What is it about wine that makes so many otherwise intelligent, interesting and ambitious people cling to habits and patterns that simply no longer work?
Top 10 Worker Safety Tips for 2013: Hazard Identification and Mitigation
By Dennis Truitt
Many of us are looking for the best way to improve safety in the workplace. To that end, we take certain measures to mitigate risk and to control loss. Yet we often wonder, "Are we taking the right measures — and are they working?" The first step is getting everyone is on the same page. It is vital that you identify and list potential hazards found in your work environment.
Industry Pulse: Do you have a comprehensive list of potential hazards in your work environment?
Wineries Pour Efforts into Targeting Younger Drinkers
Los Angeles Times
American vintners are going after younger consumers to keep their industry growing as many of their best customers cut back as they near retirement age.
Canadian Wine, Grape Industry Wields $6.8 Billion in Economic Impact
The findings of the largest research study ever conducted on the Canadian wine and grape industry reveal a prosperous and expanding $6.8 billion industry. "The research findings reinforce the significant economic value the Canadian wine industry brings to the national economy," said Dan Paszkowski, president of Canadian Vintners Association. "The impacts are both direct and indirect, from job creation and tourism to tax generation and agricultural growth, the wine industry benefits multiple business sectors across the entire Canadian economy."
Wineries Experiment with Crowdsourcing
Wines & Vines
For a small winery with limited capital and modest sales, the high cost of new barrels, new tanks or a new press can be daunting. Yet it's those things that could send a small-lot Pinot from obscurity to critical acclaim and allocation-only status. Where can the small producer turn? Many are trying the crowdsourcing leader, Kickstarter.
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