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Lemons, Wine Grapes Big Winners in Arizona
Western Farm Press
Interest in wine grape plantings continues to escalate in Arizona, with an estimated 1,000-plus acres in grapes now. "Wine-intelligent people are coming here," chuckled Mark Finley of Finley Appraisal Services, Willcox. "The majority of the people getting in the wine grape business here know what they are doing."
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Wine in the Wilderness: All Aboard the Grape Train Escape
MarketWired
A scenic sunset journey near Sedona is the perfect setting for sipping a variety of specially chosen vintages. On select Saturday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., a wine gala awaits passengers aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad's Grape Train Escape.
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Agency Reverses Itself; Phoenix Company's Powdered Alcohol Not Legal
NPR
After initially approving seven varieties of Palcohol (powdered alcohol), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau quickly reversed its decision, telling the Phoenix-based manufacturer the approvals were issued "in error."
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Celebrate Father's Day Weekend with Arizona Wine
AWGA
After an enthusiastic reception in 2013, the Wine in the Pines Festival has become an annual event. Join the Arizona Wine Growers Association June 13-14 in Pinetop for this popular event.
The Arizona Wine Growers Association will host the Wine in the Pines Festival June 13-14. Located at Charlie Clark's Orchard in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, this festival will showcase the best wines of Arizona.

The festival will take place in a charming and beautiful orchard beneath apple and cottonwood trees. The grand tasting of the Wine in the Pines Festival will take place Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets and click here to view just a few photos from last year's festival.

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New Date Set for Art of Arizona Wine Celebration
AWGA
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 12 — the new date for the Art of Arizona Wine Celebration! The event will be held in Scottsdale, and details will be available soon.

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Eat, Play, Stay: Southeast Arizona Getaways
The Arizona Republic
Arizona's wine country has more than good grapes going for it. Wineries are situated in scenic desert or grassland where there are plenty of parks, trails and small towns to explore.

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New Law Could Expand Horizons of Wine
KNAU
Arizona winemakers could soon serve up something much stronger than merlots and chardonnays. New legislation would allow them to produce spirits, like cognac and grappa.

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Debunking Screw Cap Myths
Dr. Konstantin Frank
Why switch from corks to screw caps? Two words summarize it: total control. Even though there are some really good quality corks in the market right now, because of being a natural product there will always be a variation in their composition and structure.
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Achieving Business Goals via Marketing Strategy
Karin Roberts
The link between business objectives and marketing strategy may seem obvious, but the two are often disconnected in real life. Profit-line managers may see marketing as a basket of distinct services — such as ads, trade show displays and public relations — from which to select to help them reach their sales goals.
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Pernod Ricard Partners with Southern Wine & Spirits to Expand US Presence
DBR
Spirits and wine company Pernod Ricard USA is set to extend its partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits of America, in a move to expand its presence to 33 states in the U.S, including Arizona.
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How Wineries Can Take Cues from Amazon
WineDirect
While many other online merchants attempt to compete with this giant to little success, wineries do not need to see Amazon as a threat. Most small retailers can't match the company on shipping speed or product availability. However, you can follow certain examples set by Amazon to improve your e-commerce offerings and wine shipping.
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'New World' Demand Buoys Wine Barrell Business
Brisbane Times
International sales could account for around half of annual turnover for Melbourne, Australia, wine barrel innovator Flexcube by the middle of the year, based on demand in "new world" wine regions in the United States and South America.
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App Developed to Combat Fake Wine in China
The Drinks Business
A new app has been developed that aims to tackle the growing problem of counterfeit wine in the Chinese market. In order for it to work, wines need to carry a specific type of label featuring scannable coding that enables a tracing system to be activated and the wine tracked.
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