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Arizona Wines Gaining National Recognition
The Arizona Republic
Arizona wines have earned a spot at the national table, but how do they compare with more recognized names? As with any emerging region, our hard-working winery owners and winemakers have been saddled with the massive costs of developing vineyards and building wineries. This results in a higher cost on each bottle. But this should settle down as we see lower-cost, high-value wines being introduced with each vintage. With loyalty shown for local, pricing will evolve more quickly toward a positive balance.
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AWGA Board Sets Agenda for Quarterly Meeting
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Attention, AWGA Winery Members: Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The meeting will be held in Sonoita at Flying Leap Vineyards (formerly Canelo Hills) from 9 to 11 a.m. A full agenda will be available after presenters are confirmed, but a few important topics the board would like to see presented and discussed include:
If there are other topics you'd like to see included on the agenda, please email Patti King.
- Establishment of new AVAs in Arizona
- A presentation by the Arizona Office of Tourism on their new Marketing Cooperative
- Wine Competition Rules and Procedures
Arizona Legislative Report
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Day 100 of Legislative Session came and went April 23 without Sine Die. This was, of course, no surprise. The pace has continued to pick up as progress is being made on the two remaining roadblocks, Transaction Privilege Tax Reform and Medicaid expansion. Gov. Jan Brewer has now signed 125 out of the 189 bills the legislature passed, while vetoing just six bills. The House and Senate continue to slowly work through the remaining bills while holding regular small group meetings to finalize details on the state's budget.
It's Wine Time: Celebrate Arizona Vintages at the Farm
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Take advantage of AWGA's early bird special pricing for the 5th Annual Festival at the Farm tickets and receive an Arizona Wine Travel Card with your purchase! For only $55 you can receive admission to AWGA's signature wine event, plus get discounts at Arizona's top
wineries and dozens of destinations as you explore the Sonoita, Northern Arizona and
Willcox wine regions this summer. This offer expires May 31! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:
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State Reminds Wineries, Microbreweries: Be Ready for Inspection
Arizona Department of Liquor
The Arizona Department of Liquor is mailing a reminder letter to all domestic farm winery and microbrewery licensees, alerting them that liquor investigators randomly perform routine liquor inspections. The notice makes clear that investigators are not specifically targeting wineries, but when they are working in a geographic area, they try to inspect several different types of licensed premises, using the state's standard inspection report as a checklist to ensure safe and proper practices are in place.
Sam Pillsbury Spills: Why Arizona, Where You'll Find His New Wine Column
Phoenix New Times
Sam Pillsbury, one of Arizona's best-known winemakers, has launched a new chapter in his quest to build up the state's wine industry: a new blog, Spillsbury. "I want to excite interest in all Arizona wines," Pillsbury writes in his debut column. "It's my dream that we might all be one big, happy family. To that end I hope to explore our region with my fellow winemakers and growers, and examine what makes us original, different and sometimes truly excellent!"
Don't Go Anywhere 'Woofout' Man's Best Friend: Dog-Friendly Mobile Guide
Get a FREE dog-friendly mobile guide featuring locally owned patio restaurants, shopping, events and entertainment that welcome you AND your pet. This wildly popular guide was downloaded nearly 5,000 times within the first 24 hours following its launch. The updated information covers Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Northern Arizona.
Is Your Job Among the 100 Highest-Paying in Arizona?
Phoenix Business Journal
Management occupations top the list of job sectors with the highest overall average pay in the Phoenix area, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The legal profession came in second, followed by health care practitioners. (Management jobs in Tucson also topped the list, followed there by architecture and engineering, then health care practitioners and technical occupations.)
New Discoveries Around Wine
"Pour Me Some Grapes!" blogger (and Facebook enthusiast) Bonnie Lewis will remember the 2013 Southeast Arizona Wine Festival at the Kief Joshua Vineyards for many reasons. The Stetson Winery is near the top of that list.
A Weekend of Wine and Fun in Willcox
Arizona Range News
The Willcox Wine Country Association announces its semiannual Willcox Wine Country Festival, May 18-19. The festival is a two-day event in Railroad Park in historic downtown Willcox. The event will include food, live music and wine tasting, with 16 featured Arizona wineries.
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The Ultimate Wine-Pairing Infographic
Fast Company's Co.Design
Red with beef, white with fish. But what do we do about malvasia and brussel sprouts? Wine Folly has the answer — and you can, too, with this easily digestible infographic.
Vinocopia Unveils WineFresh Barrel System
Vinocopia Wines is launching its new wine barrel system at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Conference. The Vinocopia Barrel uses replaceable and recyclable 4-liter plastic inserts to hold its wines in reclaimed oak barrels.
How an Internet Sales Tax Affects Wine
An Internet sales tax on orders shipped out-of-state has been a hot-button issue. Many big-box retailers perceive that online-only retailers have an unfair advantage, so they have brought their largesses behind this tax equalization issue at the federal level. How would the Marketplace Fairness Act affect wine sales? The answer is: Probably not much.
Worker Safety Tips: Sharing with Contract Workforce
By Dennis Truitt
Communication has a significant impact on the supply chain. Sharing the safety culture with your contract workforce goes a long way in protecting not only your workers but also your business.
Industry Pulse: Are your contractors aware of your safety guidelines?
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