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AWGA Project Selected for Specialty Crop Grant Funding
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The Arizona Wine Growers Association is thrilled to announce that our project, Survey of Arizona Wine Grape Production, has been included in the Arizona Specialty Crop State Plan for funding of $25,000 through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Arizona Department of Agriculture. The ADA received 23 grant applications, and only 13 were recommended for inclusion in the state plan.
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AWGA Legislative Report
Arizona Wine Growers Association
Last week was another noticeably quiet week at the Arizona Capitol. Although the session passed the Day 110 mark, there were still significant outstanding issues with Medicaid Expansion, Transaction Privilege Tax Reform and the budget. The Legislature has now sent 219 bills to Gov. Jan Brewer for her final approval; 186 have been signed, and 11 have been vetoed.
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Winemakers, Growers Invited to APS Meeting
APS
The American Phytophathological Society will host a joint meeting for the Pacific and Caribbean Divisions in Tucson from June 17-19. Some topics will be geared specifically for viticulturists and winemakers.
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Celebrate the Wine Tourism Industry in Arizona
Tucson Citizen
Tucsonans won't have far to travel to celebrate the first-ever North American Wine Tourism Day this Saturday, May 11. With a grand opening at Bear Track Winery and a reprisal of the popular Bacchanal Festival at AZ Hops & Vines — plus events at wineries throughout the state — Arizona is stepping up for Wine Tourism Day.
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Geo Savvy Tours: Supporting a Sense of Place
Wine Country Magazine
The first thing you notice when you meet Geo Savvy Tours owner Shawn McCrohan is her friendly smile and easygoing personality. A former science education coordinator at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, she recognized that geotourism was developing in Arizona. She decided to focus on a niche, environmentally responsible market, showcasing the beauty of Arizona and local businesses — including wineries.
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Mother's Day Wine Events and Valley Brunches
Arizona Vines & Wines
What is Mother's Day without a little pampering? Valley restaurants are offering something for everyone — and area wineries are putting their best foot forward.
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'Water to Wine' Tour Combines Adventure, Relaxation
Sedona Arizona Vacations
When it comes to exploring the Verde River, (Arizona's only wild and scenic river system) and experiencing the dynamic flavors of Arizona's wine, Sedona Adventure Tours' "Water to Wine" escape is tops.
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Verde Valley Wine Tours: Big Reds in the Verde Valley
Geo Savvy Tours
Wine drinkers, urban sophisticates, birders, nature lovers, and travelers of all walks can rejoice in the opportunity for a day trip from Phoenix to visit the verdant Verde Valley for a day of wine tasting.
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Immigration Reform Bill Faces First Major Test
The Arizona Republic
A sweeping, bipartisan immigration reform bill will get its first test as a key Senate committee begins debate on more than 300 proposed amendments — more than half from opponents seeking to derail the legislation.
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Pinal County Hopes to Alter ICE Contract
The Arizona Republic
Members of Arizona's congressional delegation have agreed to intervene on Pinal County's behalf in hopes that the Department of Homeland Security will renegotiate a more equitable contract to hold immigration detainees at the county jail.
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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 Get Tickets NOW!
Dec. 6-8 Tempe Festival of the Arts  


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Celebrate Arizona Vintages at the Farm
AWGA
Get 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!

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State Issues Reminder: Be Ready for Inspection
Arizona Department of Liquor
The Arizona Department of Liquor sent a reminder that liquor investigators randomly perform routine liquor inspections. Are you ready?

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Print Your Own Wine Labels
Wines & Vines
Label printing continues to make great strides in efficient technology, and most wineries turn to established commercial printers for their lab­eling requirements. But just as office desktop printers have become smaller, faster, cheaper and more reliable in recent decades, so have label printers manufactured specifically for wineries of any size to use in-house.
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Network Your Way to a More Profitable Business
By Sydni Craig-Hart
Networking. Love it or not, when done correctly, it's one of the easiest and fastest ways to attract ideal customers and increase your revenue. Entrepreneurs who don't enjoy networking often have convinced themselves they aren't good at it. Being effective at networking is certainly an acquirable skill. So how does one go about using networking opportunities to create opportunities and attract ideal clients?
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What Winemaking Consultants Really Do
The Wall Street Journal
Winemaking consultants range from professionals who might offer a word of advice on the final blend to those who are involved in every phase of the winemaking — from the vineyard to the bottling line. While consultants have been employed for decades, the profession has become the subject of much debate: Do consultants actually help elevate the wines of an individual estate, or do they simply stamp out the same wine over and over again?
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Teaching Winery LEEDing the Way to a Brighter Future
The California Aggie
The North and South Mondavi Institute buildings on the campus of UC Davis, along with its research and teaching winery, represent groundbreaking sustainability efforts that have garnered both international praise and noteworthy certification. The winery is one of the first buildings in the world to achieve elite LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible ranking given to sustainable architecture.
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Five of the World's Most Beautiful Hypermodern Wineries
Curbed
From a sprawling structure on a man-made island to a slice of architecture perfectly blended with its surroundings, these five wineries offer a cross between inspiration, imagination and tradition — all while maintaining fully functioning facilities.
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Worker Safety: Effective Contractor Screening
By Dennis Truitt
Set the stage for overall site compliance. The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that you have a comprehensive safety and health management system tailored to your worksite's specific needs. To do this, give your suppliers the tools they need to be successful. Team up with industry experts to help raise awareness and performance. The goal should be to prequalify your supply chain, not to disqualify them.
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