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Legislation Lifts Wine Growers' Spirits
Cronkite News Service via Your West Valley
After his Cornville winery squeezes the last drop from its grape harvest, Arizona law requires Eric Glomski of Page Springs Cellars to throw away the hundreds of pounds of skin, pulp, seeds and stems left behind. Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill this collection of byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Enter legislation that would offer wineries like Glomski's licenses to distill alcoholic beverages from wine byproducts.
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State Senate Passes Liquor Omnibus Bill
Phoenix New Times
Last year the Arizona Wine Growers Association began working with others in the beverage alcohol industry to draft SB 1397, known as the Liquor Omnibus rule. The legislation, which has been approved by the state Senate and is now working its way through the House, helps more clearly define some of the regulations concerning Arizona's small wineries, custom crush facilities and tasting rooms.
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Old Town Cottonwood Unveils Its First Winery
Revelation Wines
While numerous tasting rooms fill Old Town Cottonwood in Northern Arizona, Revelation Wines will be the historic area's first winery. Located just off Main Street, a tasting room will also accompany the full-production winery in what previously housed a church. The opening is set for 2014, with exact dates to be announced in the coming months.
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Bill Would Put Pear Cider on Par with Apple Cider
Capitol Media Services via East Valley Tribune
Legislation awaiting House action would extend the same low tax rates that now exist for apple cider to also include anything brewed from pears. The difference is significant: Pear cider is now taxed at 84 cents a gallon, the same rate as beer, and the rate for apple cider, considered a wine, is just 16 cents. But none of this is designed to help pear growers in Arizona. Instead it's a bid by MillerCoors LLC, which now produces a pear cider, to make it cheaper for retailers and bars to sell its product.
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Yavapai College Addresses 10-Year Plan Concerns
Verde Independent
Yavapai College officials are meeting with about two dozen community groups in the coming weeks to present and answer questions about the proposed 10-year facilities master plan.
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10 Best Foodie Spots in Phoenix
USA Today
Savor the Southwest but also sample the diverse fare the area has to offer, advises food critic Barbara Yost, who serves up her "10 best" list for Phoenix food lovers.
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Slideshow: First Off the Vine Wine Event
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Take a look back at the first Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival, held Feb. 22 in Oro Valley, with 16 Arizona vineyards as well as live music, artists and vendors.

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Arizona Sales, Income Taxes Could Change
Capitol Media Services
The state House has voted to reduce individual income taxes if the state finally starts collecting sales taxes it already should be getting.

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30 Years as a Designated Wine Growing Region
Yuma News Now
This year, Sonoita-area wineries are celebrating the 30th year of the prestigious designation as Arizona's original and only America Viticulture Area.

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Service: The Key to Sales at Wineries
Cornell Chronicle
Cornell researchers have found that customer service is the most important factor in boosting tasting room sales, but sensory descriptions of what flavors consumers might detect were a turn-off.
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How Do Pricing Strategies Affect Profitability?
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Consumers desire value in purchases. They want the price they pay for a product to be equal to or less than what they feel they get out of that product. Businesses desire profit from the services or products offered. How can your business achieve profitability while also maintaining a satisfied customer base? Pricing strategies.
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Exploring the Health Benefits of Organic Wine
Wine Spectator
When it comes to wines labeled "organic," there are two tiers. But it's not clear that such wine has any special health benefits that regular wine doesn't have.
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Parched Wine Country Growers Turning to Water Witches
KTVU-TV and The Associated Press
While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent rain.
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Philippe Starck Designing New Winery in Bordeaux
Pursuitist
The prestigious Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, the only château and winery located within the city of Bordeaux itself, is on the verge of constructing a new wine storehouse with the help of renowned designer Philippe Starck and architect Luc Arsène-Henry.
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Report: Wine in Danger of Losing Share to Other Categories
Harpers
Generation Y — 18- to 35-year-olds — has an overall lack of engagement with wine, according to a study carried out for London Wine Fair.
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