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Discover Arizona Wines: Elgin/Sonoita
CITY Sun Times via Arizona Wine Growers Association
Peggy Fiandaca, owner of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association, presents the rich history of the state's viticulture through regular columns in the CITY Sun Times. In this installment, Fiandaca offers a look at the Elgin/Sonoita wine region, Arizona's only designated American Viticulture Area.
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AWGA Legislative Report: SB 1301 Awaits Governor's Signature
Arizone Wine Growers Association
Progress during this week of the Legislative Session saw continued movement for a bill of special importance to the wine industry in Arizona: SB 1301 (liquor licenses; wineries; microbreweries) was approved by the House, 59-0-1. It has been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer and now awaits her signature.
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Learn How to Fill Up Your Tasting Room Events
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!
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New Event Coming Soon: Wine in the Pines
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The Arizona Wine Growers Association is excited to announce the inaugural 2013 festival of the Wine in the Pines taking place on June 14-16! Located at Charlie Clark's Steakhouse in Pinetop, Wine in the Pines will showcase the best wines of Arizona. Enjoy exclusive tastings at various locations Friday, followed by the Grand Wine Tasting Saturday and Sunday. 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.

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Save the Date for Southeast Arizona Wine Growers & Music Festival
Kief-Joshua Vineyards via AWGA
Save April 20-21 for the Second Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 18 Arizona Wineries in one location. All events take place 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.
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Verde Valley Wine Symposium: 'Pioneering a Wine Industry'
Verde Valley Wine Consortium
The Second Annual Verde Valley Wine Symposium: "Pioneering a Wine Industry" takes place April 12-13, courtesy of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, a nonprofit group committed to supporting the growing wine industry in the Verde Valley. Show your support as well by joining us for the dinner and symposium, and gain great insight while you're at it!
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Marana Creating Separate Tourist Bureau
Arizona Daily Star
The Marana Town Council has taken the first step toward creating its own separate visitors bureau. The town has been on rocky terms with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau for six months. The council voted 5-1 this week to direct the town staff to prepare to contract for tourism-promotion services.
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Longer, Hotter Days Means Ozone Season is Here
KJZZ
April marks the start of Ozone Season in the Valley, which runs through September — a longer-than-average season for higher levels of ozone pollution. Bob Huhn from Maricopa County's Air Quality Department says ozone is colorless and odorless, but it is still dangerous.
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Court Asked to Bar Piece of Arizona Immigration Law
The Associated Press via KVOA-TV
Lawyers for the federal government say a section of Arizona's 2010 immigration law that prohibits "harboring" people living in the country illegally should be blocked. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments April 2 from attorneys regarding the harboring section of the state's law, which was in effect from July 2010 until a lower court last year barred police from enforcing it.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

Date Event Details
April 5-7 Tempe Festival of the Arts  
June 14-16 Wine Festival in the Pines, Pinetop-Lakeside  
Sept. 21 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Willcox  
Oct. 12 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Sonoita  
Oct. 19 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Verde Valley  
Nov. 2 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Fountain Hills  
Nov. 15-16 Festival at the Farm  
Dec. 6-8 Tempe Festival of the Arts  

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Talking Wine Marketing with Amazon's Expert
Wine Business Monthly
Wine Business Monthly editor Cyril Penn interviews Peter Faricy, vice president and general manager of Amazon Marketplace, at the 2013 WiVi Central Coast Tradeshow. What can you learn about marketing your products through Amazon? Faricy offers his uniquely "insider" viewpoint.
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Splendor on the Grass
Wine Enthusiast
Go for the wine, stay for the views — and a leisurely picnic. More and more wineries are inviting visitors to trek beyond the tasting rooms and dine among the vines.
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Chilean Strike Could Delay Grape Arrivals
The Packer
A strike at a major Chilean port will likely delay the arrival of late-season grapes in the U.S. beyond the deadline for shipping fruit of a certain quality. The workers' strike at the Port of San Antonio means that some grapes destined for arrival in the U.S. will arrive after April 10, which means they will need to be of a higher quality, said John Pandol, special projects manager for Pandol Bros. Inc., Delano, Calif.
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US Criticizes EU Rules on Wine Labels
Agence France Presse via France 24
The United States is criticizing the European Union's restrictions on wine labeling, saying they hinder U.S. wine exports to the 27-nation bloc.

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AWGA Legislative Report: SB 1301 Up for Vote
Arizone Wine Growers Association
During the 10th week of Legislative Session, SB 1301 passed the Rules Committee and was placed in line for a vote in the House.

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Co-op Winemaking Incubator Bill Dies
Verde Independent
House Bill 2339, a measure to allow more than one winemaker to use the same facilities to make wine, stalled during this legislative session.

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Big Jump in Number of Iowa Vineyards
The Associated Press via The Omaha World Herald
Statistics show a big jump in the number of vineyards in Iowa, though the industry remains small compared with states such as California. In 2000, Iowa had only five vineyards that covered about 15 acres. Iowa State University Extension viticulture specialist Mike White said that's now grown to 310 vineyards that stretch out over 1,200 acres.
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Wine Without Pretense: Relax, There's a Tool for That
The Times
Winos, too, need gadgets. And yes, some are closely linked to the electronic universe that surrounds us. There are wine apps, wine networks, online wine shops and thousands of Internet wine reviews. Today let's take a look at some of the basic equipment a wine lover needs to have on hand.
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Trellising Key to Napa Style Shift
The Drinks Business
Beringer Vineyards' chief winemaker Laurie Hook highlights the importance of adapted trellis systems to a stylistic shift in Napa Valley.
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Worker safety tips: Slips, trips and falls
By Dennis Truitt
While we all try to plan ahead, slips, trips and falls are often very difficult to foresee. In fact, they are so prevalent you do not even need to be in the industrial, chemical or process-driven work environments to see incidents in this category. The most common cause of fatalities in the home is directly related to falls — which illustrates the concern that slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere. In order to plan and prepare for potential problems, consider the following guidelines.
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