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Plant a Vineyard, Sponsor Arizona's Wine Industry
Southwest Wine Center
Do you want to support Arizona's flourishing wine industry? There's a perfect opportunity on Saturday, May 4: Southwest Wine Center is hosting its 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! Registration spots are limited, and sponsorships are still available.
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Learn How to Support Local Tourism During National Travel and Tourism Week
Arizona Office of Tourism
The Arizona Office of Tourism is proud to present the Arizona Tourism University webinar schedule for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 6-10. The ATU program is AOT's educational outreach program, which provides complimentary webinars to assist Arizona's communities and tribal entities with their tourism development and marketing efforts.
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Winemakers, Growers Invited to APS Meeting in Tucson
American Phytopathological Society
The American Phytophathological Society will host a joint meeting for the Pacific and Caribbean Divisions in Tucson from June 17-19. The first day is dedicated to crops that are grown in the Southwest, with some talks on grape vine problems. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest research and current issues facing the industry. There is also an open forum discussion with local experts at the end of the day. One-day registration is available.
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Arizona Legislative Report
Arizona Wine Growers Association
This week in Arizona politics brought significant behind-the-scenes progress in the Medicaid expansion and Transaction Privilege Tax reform debates. Though the Arizona Constitution mandates the Legislature must adjourn on the 100th day of session, it is apparent they will not be able to complete their business by then. The pace has picked up, however, Gov. Jan Brewer signed 125 out of 157 bills that have passed, with numerous bills still in play.
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Reserve Your Place in the Winemaker Dinner Series
Quiessence
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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Foodist Awards Ceremony Puts Arizona Wine in Spotlight
Arizona Restaurant Association
Foodist Awards
6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25
Ritz Carlton, Phoenix


This year's annual gala reception highlighting Arizona restaurant achievements will begin at 6 p.m. TONIGHT 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.

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Local Inventor Says Biodegradable Mix Can Aid Against Dust Storms, Fires
KPHO-TV
Would you believe there's a way to take a by-product of the food we eat, mix it with water and create a binding substance to prevent wildfires and even help out with our dust storms? Scottsdale inventor Dan Sinclair says after his bout with valley fever, he wanted to create an eco-friendly way to see the dust settle.
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'The Drunken Botanist' on Alcohol Myths and Bar Tools
The Arizona Republic
The Moscow Mules were flowing and Amy Stewart was witty and hilarious during her book signing and discussion, hosted by The Arizona Republic at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe last week. The New York Times best-selling author shared her journey writing her latest nonfiction work, "The Drunken Botanist." The book describes the wide array of plants, herbs, fruits, trees and fungi that have been used to create our favorite liquors, wines and beers.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

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


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Field Blends Bring Disease Resistance
The Drinks Business
Preventing the spread of disease in the vineyard requires not just a range of plant species but also mix of vine varieties, says Jeff Coutelou of Mas Coutelou.

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'Quirky' is Normal at Sonoita Winery
AZGetaway Travel
It may be a bit offbeat, but Arizona Hops and Vines is well worth the drive to Sonoita, according to one blogger who went in search of the "quirky."

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How Arizona Wine Made a Splash in Paris
AzCentral.com
AWGA Treasurer Robert Carlson recently made the case for the state's wine industry by serving up Arizona's best to journalists in France.

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 National News


What's in a Winery Name?
Wines & Vines
Experts advise settling on a brand image before a name for your winery — but when you do choose a moniker, make sure it's simple, memorable and easy to say. (Oh, and don't forget to check the translation in other languages.)
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A Preservation Device That Works
Grape Sense
Wine industry innovation has been pretty limited beyond winemaking. Arguably, screw caps and synthetic closures have been the most influential innovations in recent years. Savino founder Scott Tavenner believes his wine preservation device will revolutionize how consumers view a half bottle left after dinner.
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How to Read Wine Labels
The Taos News
Like wine bottles themselves, labels evolved based on technological innovation and wine consumers' need to know more about what they were drinking. With more information available about the wine came questions about the accuracy of that information and just what information was necessary.
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Worker Safety Tips: Leverage Leading Indicators
By Dennis Truitt
Leading indicators are essential to protecting your business. While lagging indicators certainly have their place sharing our past performance with us, they don't reveal much about what is going on now, or what will happen in the future. For that reason, you should become quite comfortable with pre-use inspections. Checking vehicles, mobile equipment and tools prior to their use can go quite a long way in preventing injury and accidents.
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