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First-Ever Wine Tourism Day Planned for May 11
Zephyr Adventures, organizer of the annual Wine Tourism Conference, has announced the first-ever Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place Saturday, May 11. Participating wineries, hotels, restaurants and other businesses will offer a variety of events to the public to promote the visitation of wine areas and its economic impact. "There are now over 7,500 wineries in 205 American viticultural areas, 38 authorized wine appellations in Canada and another 40 appellations in Mexico," says Zephyr Adventures president Allan Wright. "Most of these wine regions and many of these wineries are dependent on visitors who sleep in hotel beds, eat in restaurants and buy wine from cellar doors. Wine tourism is very important to the success of many local economies and is a subject worth commemorating."
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The Best of American Wine
Author and wine expert Jancis Robinson speaks to the "CBS This Morning" about her new book, "American Wine," which gives a comprehensive look at wine and those who make it in all 50 states. "Everyone is drinking less but better," she says.
Sign Up for Tasting Room Marketing Workshops: Uncork Your Market!
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Want to drive new visitors to your tasting room or wine bar? Do you need help with creating effective social media campaigns and want to learn more successful wine selling techniques? Don't miss out on these upcoming Tasting Room Marketing Workshops!
Class includes lunch, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, templates of printed material and copies of all slides shown. Sign up today!
AWGA Legislative Report
Arizone Wine Growers Association
As SB 1301 (liquor licenses; wineries; microbreweries) successfully proceeded through the House Commerce Committee and into discussions by the House Committee of the Whole, the eighth week of the Legislative Session was dominated by the official release of Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion. In a press conference, the governor unveiled her plan, which notably includes a "circuit breaker" that will repeal the program should the federal government withdraw its financial support.
Help Plant 3,000 Vines in Just 1 Day!
On Saturday, May 4, we invite you play a role in planting grape vines in Yavapai College's vineyard on its Verde Valley Campus. Join this community service opportunity by helping us expand the academic vineyard as we plant 3,000 vines on 3 acres — in one day! Join individuals, businesses, community and government leaders from all over the region on this exciting day as we celebrate the growth of something special at Yavapai College! For more information about how you can help or to become a sponsor, please call (928) 634-6572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verde Valley Wine Symposium: 'Pioneering a Wine Industry'
Verde Valley Wine Consortium
Come join us for our Second Annual Verde Valley Wine Symposium: "Pioneering a Wine Industry," April 12-13. This two-day event is brought to you by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, a nonprofit wine industry trade association committed to supporting the growing wine industry in the Verde Valley. We are asking for your help with the VVWC so we can continue to support the local wine industry.
Just What We Needed: New Species of Scorpion Found Near Tucson
The Arizona Republic
A new species of scorpion has turned up in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. Dubbed Vaejovis brysoni, after the post-doctoral scholar (Robert Bryson) who spotted it while camping, the new scorpion's toxicity has not yet been determined, but the venom of related mountain scorpions is generally mild.
Yumans Work Together to Protect County's Water Rights
Yuma County Supervisor Russ Clark attended a meeting this week where other community leaders, farmers and business owners came together discuss Yuma's water rights. He said right now they are in the initial stages so he couldn't give any specifics on what would be proposed for next year's session, but he did say they are trying to come up with a plan that is good for everyone, including the rest of the state.
Country's First Sake Sommelier Hosts Tasting Event
The Glendale Star
For the country's first (and until recently only) Master Sake Sommelier, Yuji Matsumoto, sake is more than just sushi's sidekick. Appreciating Japan's native drink is about "designing taste" and learning how sake can be paired with just about anything. Matsumoto is hosting a tasting event to help take that message into the community.
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American Vintners Mourn 'Judgment of Paris' Pioneer
The Associated Press via Casa Grande Dispatch
James Barrett, whose chardonnay beat the French in a 1976 tasting that propelled California wines to international prominence and opened the door for other U.S. wine regions, has died. He was 86.
Kosher Wine Evolves From Cheap to Collectible
The Associated Press via East Valley Tribune
If you remember when kosher wine meant mostly cheap and sweet, you probably also know that the second part is no longer true. Today, there are plenty of quality kosher wines being made around the world. But did you also know that kosher wine has come so far there now are even super-premium bottles that go for more than $100 a bottle?
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Wine Exports Surge . . . From Florida and New Jersey?
The past few years have been ripe for U.S. vintners, as wine exports have surged 64 percent since 2007. While most exports still come from California, other states are getting in on the game. Pennsylvania, for example, increased its wine exports from $1 million in 2007 to $9 million in 2012. What other states are boosting the U.S. wine industry?
Wine Revolution: As Drinkers and Growers, US Declares Independence
NPR via KNAU Arizona Public Radio
A curious shift has happened in global wine-drinking trends: Americans have overtaken the French and Italians, Europe's traditional lovers of the fruits of the vine, as the world's top wine market. And it's not just wine drinking that's taken off stateside: U.S. wine production is also on the rise.
Worker Safety Tip: Hand/Finger Safety Programs
By Dennis Truitt
Regardless of the situation, it is always important to protect your hands and fingers. This is the part of the body that is most likely to be injured at work. Even with glove improvements and campaigns to increase hand and finger safety, it is still essential to have a hand and finger safety program readily accessible and widely distributed. Enhance your hand/finger safety by implementing a hazard recognition and assessment program. This program should clearly identify pinch points, hot spots, rotating equipment and automated machinery.
Industry Pulse: Do you have a hazard recognition and assessment program for hand/finger safety?
Previous survey: Do you have job hazard analyses for specific tasks in your work environment?
Picturing the Noble Grape
The Drinks Business
Photographer Colin Hampden-White has created a series of images representing the complex flavors of noble grape varieties as though each picture was a 17th-century Dutch still life painting.
'Drunken Botanist' Takes a Garden Tour of the Liquor Cabinet
NPR via KAWC
The next time you're sipping on a glass of something boozy, consider the plants behind your beverage. Some of them might spring immediately to mind: grapes in your wineglass, rye in your whiskey bottle, juniper in your gin and tonic. But what about sorghum and coriander? Cinchona and bitter orange?
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