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Co-op Winemaking Incubator Bill Off the Table
House Bill 2339 is a measure to allow more than one winemaker to use the same facilities to make wine. Dubbed Alternating Winemakers, the bill is a Verde Valley effort to support Maynard Keenan's proposal for co-op winemaking in an "incubator" fashion at his Four Eight Winery in Camp Verde. The idea is that if a person grows or blends grapes, he would not need to own all the varied equipment to start-up and process the wine, and could reduce costs by leasing existing equipment locally. But the measure stalled because of a moratorium on rulemaking.
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AWGA Legislative Report
Arizone Wine Growers Association
The 10th week of Legislative Session has brought several significant developments: 37 bills have successfully completed the process and been have been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk for final approval, and 11 have been signed. Of special note: SB 1301 (liquor licenses; wineries; microbreweries) passed the Rules Committee and is in line for a vote in the House.
Wine and Grape Coalition Works on Capitol Hill
In March, several wine industry organizations met in Washington, D.C., for a policy conference hosted by Winegrape Growers of America and the National Wine and Grape Initiative. Mark Chandler, executive director of WineAmerica, reports on the work of the group.
Wines in the Pines: Beat the Heat this Summer!
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The Arizona Wine Growers Association is excited to announce the inaugural 2013 festival of the Wines in the Pines taking place on June 14-16! Located at Charlie Clark's Steakhouse in Pinetop, Wines in the Pines will showcase the best wines of Arizona. Featuring exclusive Winemakers' tastings at various locations on Friday, followed by the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, you will want to plan to stay the weekend! Located on 2 charming acres of a beautiful homestead with apple orchards and cottonwood trees, Wines in the Pines is the perfect summer escape from the Phoenix heat. Save the date: June 14-16.
Additional details on ticket sales and special weekend packages will be available soon. Watch for them on Facebook and on the AWGA website at www.arizonawine.org.
Southeast Arizona Wine Growers & Music Festival Slated
Kief-Joshua Vineyards via AWGA
The Second Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 18 Arizona Wineries in one location, is slated
for April 20-21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kief-Joshua Vineyards.
The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great food, a professional chili cook-off and live music by Jeordie, daughter of 1960s pop star Melanie.
Cirque du Musée: 'The After-Party' at Children's Museum
Kids at Heart Gala
The Kids at Heart Gala organizers are issuing a special invitation to Cirque du Musée: The After-Party, a continuation of the black-tie gala benefiting the Children's Museum of Phoenix's Every Child program. The After-Party takes place Saturday, April 6, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the museum. Delicious appetizers, decadent desserts, signature spirits, wine and music make The After-Party an event you won't want to miss! Proceeds from both the gala and After-Party help provide free or reduced-price museum admission rates to families battling financial, emotional or circumstantial challenges.
Sedona Returns to Fodor's Top 10 Small Towns List
Sedona is in the spotlight again. Last week, Fodor's Travel Guide released its annual "10 Best Small Towns in America" list for tourists. This time, Sedona landed at No. 3. The publication's list is based on populations under 50,000 with tourism draws such as eateries, museums, cultural events and outdoor opportunities.
Brewer Sales Tax Overhaul Moving in Senate
The Associated Press via Arizona Daily Sun
Gov. Jan Brewer's proposed overhaul of the state's complex sales tax collection system is moving forward in the Senate, even as negotiations continue to change it to allay fears from cities and towns and some lawmakers express concern it is too sweeping to be accomplished in one session.
Immigration Bill Would Require Compromise, Senators Say
Arizona Daily Star
The comprehensive immigration reform bill that's likely to be filed when senators return to Washington in two weeks will be heavy on compromise, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said after a border tour in Nogales.
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Climate Change Could Alter the World's Wine List
With global warming altering the world's climate and weather patterns, enthusiasts may have to start reworking their palates. Climatologists at the French research institute INRA predict that global temperature will rise 1 to 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century, making extreme weather events more common and opening up new regions for viticulture.
Koch Brother Cries Foul in Sale of Vintage Wines
The Associated Press via Arizona Daily Star
Experts in the wine business must study the cork, glass, sediment, wrapping, labels and how full a bottle of wine is to ascertain whether it's the real deal. But as two über-wealthy wine collectors can tell you as they square off in federal court over some questionable bottles, even that sometimes is not enough.
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Wine Talk with SNL's Rachel Dratch
Wine mixes well with humor in the life of Saturday Night Live alum and memoirist Rachel Dratch, who discusses matching palates with Larry Stone, challenging know-it-all waiters and Manischewitz.
Winegrape Waste Yields Several Food-Related Uses
As the old adage goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Such may be the case with the waste left from pressing grapes to make wine, according to a news release. Researchers at Oregon State University have found a way to turn pomace, as the waste material is called, into a natural food preservative, biodegradable packaging materials and a nutritional enhancement for baked goods.
What are Green Wines, Anyway? A Sustainable Winery Speaks
The green wine category is seeing a lot of action these days — sustainable, organic, biodynamic. All these categories prompt a lot of questions from environmentally conscious drinkers. Take Part talks with a vineyard operations manager to get answers from the field of sustainable wine and find out how it compares with the other labels.
Applying 'Moneyball' Principles to Live Events
By Lawrence Coburn
In the book "Moneyball," author Michael Lewis tells the story of the Oakland Athletics, a financially disadvantaged baseball franchise that prioritized advanced statistical analysis in the evaluation of players over the hunches, traditional metrics and collective wisdom of baseball insiders that had long held sway. By leveraging data metrics that had only recently become available, Oakland was able to hire better players — for less money — than its competitors. This advantage allowed the A's to compete with teams who had much more to spend on payroll. So how can "Moneyball" principles be applied to the live event arena? Obviously, the key is in the data.
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