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Discover Arizona Wines: Cochise County
CITY Sun Times via Arizona Wine Growers Association
People recognize Cochise County because of notorious individuals like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and historic Apache tribe members Geronimo and Cochise. The county is home to Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns State Park — and a flourishing wine industry that is winning awards and gaining recognition.
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AWGA Legislative Report
Arizona Wine Growers Association
The pace in Arizona politics slowed during the second week of May, with the House and Senate voting on only a few bills each day. By May 10, 227 bills had passed, 201 were signed by Gov. Jan Brewer and just 12 had been vetoed. However, the focus on Medicaid expansion and the Transaction Privilege Tax is intensifying.
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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:
FestivalAtTheFarm.chirrpy.com www.ArizonaWine.org
Facebook.com/ArizonaWine Twitter@AZwineries

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Use of Social Media in the Advertising of Alcohol Beverages
U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is weighing in on the use of social media to advertise or promote alcohol. A new circular provides guidance that will help those involved in the wine, beer and distilled spirits industry comply with the FAA Act and TTB advertising regulations. TTB recommends careful attention when promoting alcoholic beverages via blogs, video sharing, social networks, mobile apps, QR codes and other electronic communication.
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Willcox Wine Country Festival
Arizona Vines & Wines
The Willcox Wine Country Festival is a two-day, fun-filled event at historic Railroad Park in downtown Willcox. Come join the fun this weekend, May 18-19! Just an hour's drive east of Tucson on I-10, this is a perfect getaway for Phoenix and Tucson residents. It's not too far, but feels a world away. A $15 tasting fee includes eight wine tastings, a commemorative glass & live entertainment.
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Flagstaff Food & Wine Festival
Arizona Vines & Wines
Don't miss out on Northern Arizona's best wine and food event: the Flagstaff Food & Wine Festival at the Pepsi Ampitheater in Fort Tuthill Park, from noon to 6 p.m. June 8. Award-winning Arizona vintners and celebrity chefs make this a must-attend event.
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Pillsbury Wine Company Tasting Room Opening and Movie Viewing
Arizona Vines & Wines
In conjunction with the Wilcox Wine Festival, Pillsbury Wine Company will be opening its new Tasting Room at the Vineyard Saturday, May 18, after 5 p.m. After the festival, attend the cocktail and wine tasting. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., enjoy a silent auction and viewing of Sam's movie "Crooked Earth" at the Keeling Schaefer Vineyards. This event is a fundraiser for the Wilcox Cinema.
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Arizona Budget Stalemate Broken by Senate Leader
The Arizona Republic
The state budget deadlock showed signs of breaking Tuesday, as Senate leadership promised a vote by Thursday on an $8.8 billion spending plan. But it could be the start of a long final chapter for this legislative session, because the budget proposed by Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, does not include the governor's key priority: Medicaid expansion.
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Pinal County Issues Summer-Long Burn Ban
Arizona City Independent
Pinal County has issued a burn ban effective May 1 until sometime in late August or early September. A high pollution advisory alert accompanies the burn ban.
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News Flash: Tucson is 'Hip'
Arizona Daily Star
The San Francisco Chronicle is calling Tucson "hip." While this isn't news to Tucsonans, it's nice to be thought of as more than that town down the road from Phoenix.
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Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders: Another Kind of Tasting Experience
Wine Country Magazine
While Old Town Cottonwood is becoming famous for wine tastings, there's another kind of tasting experience just a few doors away. Husband and wife team Mike Kilpatrick and Dawn Waltman offer tastings of on-tap olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars imported from around the world.
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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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How many times have you attended a networking event, had great conversations with ideal prospects, collected business cards — and never followed up?

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Five Beautiful Hypermodern Wineries
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From a sprawling structure on a man-made island to a slice of architecture perfectly blended with its surroundings, these five wineries stand out.

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AWGA Project Gets Specialty Crop Grant
AWGA
AWGA's Survey of Arizona Wine Grape Production project is one of only 13 to be included in Arizona's Specialty Crop State Plan for funding of $25,000.

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 National News


Tougher Drunk-Driving Threshold Proposed
CNN
A common benchmark in the U.S. for determining when a driver is legally drunk is not doing enough to prevent alcohol-related crashes that kill about 10,000 people each year and should be made more restrictive, transportation safety investigators say. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all 50 states adopt a blood-alcohol content cutoff of 0.05 compared to the 0.08 standard on the books today.
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House Immigration Group at Impasse
Politico
The House's bipartisan immigration group is at a crippling impasse, and top aides and lawmakers are unsure if they'll ever come to the agreement they've sought for four years, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the discussions.
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Censored Wine Words Still on Hold
Wines & Vines
Wineries in the U.S. still don't know whether words on their labels — including their names — will eventually be accepted on wines they might export to Europe.
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Fair Trade Comes to Wine
Wine Spectator
A well-known global farmer-assistance program extends help to grapegrowers in Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Best known for coffee, bananas, tea and cocoa, the fair trade movement is taking hold in the U.S. wine market.
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