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Governor Signs Bill Allowing Combined Premises
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1301 into law April 4, officially paving the way for wineries and microbreweries to coexist on the same property. Under the new law, the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control is authorized to issue a domestic microbrewery license located on the same parcel of land as a domestic farm winery if the licenses are held by different persons and if the microbrewery and winery are located in separate buildings — although the two can share a tasting room.
Several other measures were considered by House and Senate committees during this week of the legislative session; for details, please see this week's updated bill tracking list.
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New Arizona Law Clears Way for Sisters to Make Wine, Beer on Same Land
The Arizona Republic
A pair of sisters whose plan for a combination brewery and winery in southern Arizona was thwarted by liquor laws can now draw up blueprints and buy brewing equipment. The governor signed legislation April 4 allowing such operations — shocking and thrilling sisters Megan Haller and Shannon Zouzoulas, co-owners of Arizona Hops and Vines in Sonoita.
'American Wine' Book Prompts Enthusiasts to Experience Arizona Wines
Well-known and respected wine expert Jancis Robinson recently appeared on CBS to discuss her new book, co-authored with Linda Murphy: "American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States." This beautiful, large-format book features dozens of Arizona wine growers and their wines receiving rave reviews, and the photos do the Arizona wine growing regions proud. Check out Arizona wines firsthand, as the spring tasting season is revving up with new releases, festivals and new tasting rooms.
Who Loves Cabernet Sauvignon and Malvasia Bianca?
Southwest Wine Center
On Saturday, May 4, Southwest Wine Center invites you to play a part in helping to "grow" Arizona's burgeoning viticulture industry at the second annual Plant a Vine(yard) event! Join fellow enthusiasts as we plant grape vines at the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College in Clarkdale. Be a part of this fun-filled day by helping us expand the academic vineyard, with the goal of planting 3,000 vines on 3 acres — in one day!
Verde Valley Wine Consortium Breaks New Ground with Symposium
Last year, the Verde Valley Wine Consortium's first symposium looked forward at economic development: How can we make this fledgling industry a recognized splash on the landscape? What can we do to take the next step in securing this institution for a long life? This year, the second annual Verde Valley Wine Symposium will recognize the innovators and innovations in the Verde Wine business in "Breaking New Ground."
Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails Event Features Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails, the new dining concept at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, is hosting a series of specialty dining events highlighting a local purveyor of fine food or wine. The second specialty dinner, scheduled April 17, will feature the noted Dos Cabezas WineWorks.
Beverage Makers Show Off at Kegs, Corks and Cocktails
Beautiful weather, adult beverages, a little music and bean bag tosses on a Saturday afternoon seemed to be the right mix for those visiting Kegs, Corks and Cocktails at the SARA Park Rodeo Grounds. The second annual event, which is one of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce's three fundraising events, was expected to draw a little more than 200 people.
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Adieu, Bordeaux? Study Says Wine Regions May Dry Up by 2050
In less in 40 years elegant French and Italian wines might become a memory as major wine-producing regions like Bordeaux and Tuscany are predicted to dry up due to climate change, a new study shows. A warming climate threatens drastic declines for wineries in France's Bordeaux and Rhone regions, Italy's Tuscany, the U.S.'s Napa Valley and Chile's vineyards, according to the study published in the American Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Businesses on Alert as I-9 Audits Increase
By Jeniffer Betts
The drastic increase in I-9 audits and record-breaking fines have prompted many employers to take additional steps to minimize their risk. Most employers understand the basics of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in regard to hiring illegal workers, but what they don't realize are the penalties for technical paperwork errors on I-9 forms. A large number of companies have been fined, not for hiring illegal workers, but for poor record-keeping and clerical errors.
Jim Nantz Has a Calling . . . To Make America's Next Premium Wine
Did you know CBS ubervoice Jim Nantz is a winemaker? It's true. He told Ed Sherman of "The Sherman Report" that he's serious about his wine, "The Calling."
Worker Safety Tips: Hazard Awareness
By Dennis Truitt
When it comes to a specific plant or facility, we need to recognize that conditions are now subject to change — and so should your safety program. With that knowledge, we need to adjust our actions and communicate accordingly, with regards to hazards communication and process safety management. Be cognizant of subjective criteria like work history, written policies and past performance that will vary based on the site or the plant's requirements.
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GrapePip Bids to Be the eBay of the Wine Trade
Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review
A fine wine merchant has launched an online auction for fine wines, which it says will give customers the thrill of a live auction while offering merchants a neat solution to clear cellar overstocks.
New Malbec Glass Unveiled by Winemaker, Glass Company
The Drinks Business
Argentinian winemaker Graffigna has joined forces with glass company Riedel to create a wine glass specifically for Argentina's flagship Malbec grape. The glass has been designed to enhance "the fruit aromas, specifically the red and black berries that are undoubtedly Malbec's key attributes, floral and spice tones are underlined as well."
Software Helps Scale Wine Quality, Volume
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
Enologix Inc., under the leadership of new general manager Douglas McKesson Jr., has launched its winemaking software to help wine companies scale quality and volume. McKesson will integrate vineyard, blend and bottle activities with software that distributes analytics to vineyard, winery and sales operations.
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