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Discover AZ Wines: Perfect Pairings of Chocolate and Wine
AWGA President Peggy Fiandaca, owner of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, is authoring a new column to share her knowledge and experiences gained through her winemaking adventure. This month she takes on two topics close to her heart: chocolate and wine.
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Uncork Your Market!
Arizona Wine Growers Association
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AWGA Legislative Report
Arizone Wine Growers Association
The seventh week of Legislative Session marks the official middle of session. Assuming both houses maintain their current pace and major negotiations run smoothly, it is looking like Arizona will adjourn "sine die" on time at the end of April. Look for an update next week on SB 1301 (liquor licenses; wineries; microbreweries), which was being heard by the House Commerce Committee March 13.
Arizona Wine at Devoured 2013
Phoenix New Times
Pavle Milic knows his way around a bottle of Arizona wine, and he offers the rundown on the local wine showcased recently at Devoured.
Tobin Not Giving Up on Water Authority Bill
A proposal that would allow the creation of new agencies to secure new regional water supplies is stalled in the Arizona House, but Speaker Andy Tobin says he's not convinced opposition from Yuma farmers means the bill won't move this year.
Camp Verde Takes Different Path to Economic Development
Calling for a "sense of place," the town of Camp Verde's new economic development director trotted out his ideas for a future growth model in a public setting for the first time last week. Focused on making the most of the area's heritage, the new plan would also promote wines grown from local grapes.
Interview with Arizona Winemaker Maynard James Keenan
Weekly Wine Journal
Maynard James Keenan shares his insight on the nuances of winemaking in Arizona, the state of the grape in recent years and what the future might hold for wines and wineries throughout the Southwest.
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California Grape Broker Forecasts Favorable Demand, Prices
Wines & Vines
California grape demand and prices will face a stable to good market until at least 2016, according to Jeff Bitter, vice president of operations for Fresno, Calif.-based Allied Grape Growers. Bitter based his prediction, which he presented March 6 at Clarksburg Grape Day, on wine shipment trends, recent grape crush figures and future estimates.
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Do Men and Women Make Wine Differently?
Winemaking is an accumulation of practical acts. Sensibility may inform and inspire those acts, but the struggle with practicalities, the limits imposed by site, season and equipment — all of these things are likely to be more pertinent than some shadowy intuition in shaping a wine's aroma and flavor. Or are they?
Celebrities Uncork the Wine Business
USA Today via Tucson Citizen
There's a new trend bubbling up: celebrity sommeliers. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, actress Drew Barrymore, megastars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — these are just a few of the big names dipping their toes into the wine industry. So what's behind the surge in bold-faced oenophiles?
Gangnam-Style Wine Videos: What Winemakers Do During Off-Season
Winemaking isn't all barrels and grapes; even winemakers know it's smart to take a break from the stress of harvest, bad weather, critical reviews and myriad other wine industry issues. What better way to entertain (and be entertained) than to make fun videos?
Nutrients Not the Cause of Minerality
The Drinks Business
Minerality in wine is most likely to stem from volatile thiols or esters — not directly from nutrients in the soil, according to a review of recent research.
3 Common Mistakes That Lead to Tax Audits
American Express OPEN Forum
There's no way to completely audit-proof your return, but you can definitely make some mistakes while preparing your return that could trigger audits. What's more, there are things you can do to protect your tax positions in case of an audit.
Worker Safety Tips: Job Hazard Analysis
By Dennis Truitt
Now that you have identified the potential risks in your working environment, it is time to dig a little deeper. Begin the process by using a standardized checklist to make sure everyone is using the same system and is on the same page. Your goal to get the program off the ground should be creating comfort with the process of analysis. Once that standard is created, the comfort level is high and all users have mastered the tool, you can begin to modify the specifics to meet your goals.
Industry Pulse: Do you have job hazard analyses for specific tasks in your work environment?
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USCIS Releases New Form I-9
Fisher & Phillips LLC
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the release of the new I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. All employers are required to use the new I-9 immediately to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees. Although USCIS requires employers to use the new Form I-9, USCIS has provided a 60-day grace period for employers to continue to use the current version of the form issued Aug. 7, 2009, (the Feb. 2, 2009, version is also still valid) until May 7.
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