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How Arizona Wine Made a Splash in Paris
Some bottles of Arizona wine recently had their corks popped in France, a country whose veneration of wine is nearly as legendary as its snootiness. But the wine was not seen as an Ugly American; the Parisians went through a case tout de suite and wanted more. The occasion was a luncheon for French journalists, hosted by the Arizona Department of Tourism. The Arizona Wine Growers' Association sent Treasurer Robert Carlson, of Carlson Creek Vineyards, to make the case for the state's industry.
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Wines Will Shine at Arizona Foodist Awards Ceremony
Arizona Restaurant Association
This year's annual gala reception highlighting Arizona restaurant achievements will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix. Many popular restaurants and locally renowned chefs will be in attendance, along with award-winning Arizona wines. The featured wineries include Zarpara Vineyard, Carlson Creek Vineyard, Gallifant Cellars, Page Springs Cellars, Pleasant Valley Winery and Wilhelm Family Vineyards.
Verde Valley Wine Industry in Training for the Next Step
Those attending the Verde Valley Wine Symposium were given a little history lesson by a couple of pioneers of the business.
R.W. "Bob" Webb founded Arizona's first winery, and Gordon Dutt secured the third license in the state. It wasn't without some hard work and some guile, they said.
'Quirky' is Normal at Sonoita Winery
It may be a bit offbeat, off the wall, off the cuff and even a little off the beaten track, but Arizona Hops and Vines is well worth the drive to Sonoita, according to one blogger who went in search of the "quirky."
Dig In and Help Grow Arizona's Wine Industry
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!
Arizona Winemaker Dinner Series
The Arizona Winemaker Dinner Series, presented by Quiessence restaurant, is featuring five winemakers, five nights and five menus — all to celebrate the food and vino of Arizona! Seating is at 6:30 p.m. for each event, and tickets are $79 per guest, per event. Book online or call 602-276-0601.
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Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival To Showcase AZ Winemakers
The Second Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 18 Arizona wineries in one location, is slated April 20-21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in beautiful Elgin. 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.
Purchase tickets online or via email.
Colorado River Named America's Most Endangered River
Nature World News
The Colorado River has been identified as America's most endangered river in an annual survey of the health of the nation's rivers. Demand for water from the Colorado River is outpacing the supply, and a recent study by the Colorado's Bureau of Reclamation says in addition to a water shortfall for current demands, up to a 30 percent decrease in flow by 2050 will ensure the river will not meet future demand either.
Passions High as Immigration-Reform Bill Details Emerge
The Arizona Republic
A landmark bipartisan Senate plan to overhaul the nation's broken immigration system was met with a mix of enthusiasm and criticism from stakeholders and skeptics. "There's something in this bill for everybody to hate," said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the so-called "Gang of Eight" who wrote the plan.
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Wine Lovers, Don't Fear Climate Predictions
Western Farm Press
A new study of climate change and wine grapes published earlier this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paints a dire picture for wine grapes and wildlife. But two Cornell University experts — both with field and lab backgrounds that, in part, focus on sustainable grape production — urge lovers of both not to panic. With some thoughtful adaptation, there's still a plenty of room and resources for everyone.
Rabobank Report: Sourcing Options for US Wineries
Business Wire via MarketWatch
In its newly published report on sourcing opportunities for U.S. wineries, Rabobank says that securing appropriate quality wines at prices that permit acceptable margins remains a challenge for many wineries, despite record levels reached by the U.S. wine-grape crop in 2012.
A Different Kind of Wine Auction
The Wall Street Journal
Sometimes it takes some wine to be willing to try something new. The same goes for initial public offerings, it seems. Truett-Hurst Inc., a wine sales, marketing and production company based in Healdsburg, Calif., filed confidentially for its offering earlier this year and has now made its filing public.
Winning the Last 3 Feet: Design Packaging with Stopping Power
By Guillaume Delloue
Four seconds. That's how long a shopper spends deciding whether to pick your product over a competitor's. Is your product packaging ready for the challenge? Successful brands design packaging that attracts new users and converts those who typically purchase a different brand. Follow these three best practices to ensure your packaging captures the consumer's attention.
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Moscato Drives US Wine Sales to New Heights
Sales of wine in the U.S. hit a new record in 2012, spurred on by drinkers' growing thirst for Moscato. The grape variety now commands a 6 percent share of wine bought in retail chains, where it is more popular than Sauvignon Blanc and only 2 percentage share points behind Pinot Grigio.
All My Exes Live in Texas — Because That's Where They Can Buy Wine Online
Texans just won access to a larger online booze store. Amazon.com Inc. said consumers in the Lone Star State can now place and receive orders via Amazon Wine, the e-retailer's store for vino aficionados. Amazon Wine also serves wine shoppers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.
Worker Safety Tips: Emergency Action Plans
By Dennis Truitt
Having an emergency action plan in place can be a life-saving move on your part. The plan should specify the roles each person will play if an emergency occurs. For most staff, this will center on where they should meet and how to safely arrive at the evacuation zone. However, someone will need to step into the role of emergency personnel, and the plan will have to be much more detailed and precise.
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Building a Better Wine Event: Advice from the Pros
The success of a wine event starts with planning and a clear understanding of goals. The failures can often be traced to poor advance work and faulty follow-through. The pitfalls are many, and catastrophes can happen. Here, marketing and event planning professionals offer their wisdom on planning the perfect wine event.
Women Pull Corks as Female Sommeliers Take Over Cellars
Not long ago sommeliers fell into two stereotypes: the overbearing yet aloof Frenchman, and the overly effusive American uttering "killer cabernet" and "awesome viognier." Thankfully, times are changing, as more and more women are stepping into what was overwhelming a male domain. Women are now even being found in European cellars.
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