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500 US Wineries May Be Sold Within 5 Years
Wine-Searcher
Want to buy a winery? Here's your chance. The owners of more than 10 percent of wineries on the U.S. West Coast are hoping to sell within the next five years. This would put more than 500 wineries on the market, according to a report issued this week by Rob McMillan, executive vice president of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division. McMillan says the impending turnover is a good thing.
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Tucson Tapped: Remodeled Plaza Liquors Will Do Tastings
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson's Plaza Liquors and Fine Wines is almost done with the first major remodel since they've been in the building. Mark Thomson, who has owned Plaza for the past 36 years, says the main reason for the remodel was to allow for more beer and wine tastings in the store.
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Gateway to the Galaxies: Visiting Arizona's Collection of Telescopes
Dave G. Houser
With superdark nighttime skies, low humidity and high elevations, the Tucson area is home to four major mountaintop observatories, forming the largest concentration of research telescopes in the world. For visitors, these observatories offer a chance to experience something available nowhere else in America: a view of the stars and planets through a variety of telescopes.
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Thousands Sample the Best of Willcox
Willcox Range News
The Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival at Railroad Park was jammed with wine aficionados, sampling the reds and whites from 23 southeastern Arizona wineries.
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Criminal Probe Launched Into Slide Fire
The Associated Press via Arizona Daily Sun
A team of investigators from the U.S. Forest Service's law enforcement wing is working to determine the cause of a wildfire between Flagstaff and Sedona, relying in part on dozens of tips from callers.
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Willcox: The New Napa?
Willcox Range News
Even the most casual wine consumers recognize the Napa and Sonoma areas as some of America's most respected wine regions. Now, the burgeoning Willcox-area wine industry is seeking a spot on the map.

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Arizona Winery Secures Aussie Import Deal
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Australian wine importer Decante This has continued its emphasis on unique international wines by adding its first North American winery: Arizona's Pillsbury Wine Company.

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55 Examples of Distinct Wine Branding
TrendHunter
Sometimes, all it takes is a stand-out branding tactic to turn the average bottle of wine into a household name.
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Older Consumers Want to Hear From You
Michael J. Berens
Leaders looking to grow their businesses might start by taking a look around their offices. They are likely to find a fair number of older workers, including, quite possibly, themselves. The median age for CEOs is 55, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 the median age of workers will reach 42.5, and workers age 55 and older will make up more than 25 percent of the workforce. Yet, curiously, most businesses continue to neglect older consumers.
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Is It a Trend, or Just a Fad?
The Press Democrat
The rise in adventurous millennial buyers has meant a lot of recent activity into diverse wines, and most analysts are still trying to determine how long such fads will last, or if a trend is worth risking a sea change in a winery's direction.
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Will El Nino Lead to Extreme Weather This Year?
Here & Now
Early predictions by climate experts say El Nino is returning. The unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific cause different weather patterns in the United States and elsewhere. Lisa Goddard, director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, discusses what might be in store for this year.
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Creating Sparkling Wines with Magnetic Nanoparticles
FoodBev.com
A European research team at the University of Ljubljana have found a way to attach magnetic nanoparticles to the surface of yeast. With the use of magnets, waste yeast extraction takes just 15-20 minutes, which is more than 4,000 times faster than the traditional method.
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Security Solution Identifies Counterfeiting in Wine, Spirits Market
DBR
INSIDE Secure, a France-based provider of embedded security solutions, has teamed with object identification company Selinko to launch CapSeal, which is used to identify counterfeiting in the wine and spirits market.
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