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Verde Valley Winery Explosion
As recently as 10 years ago, those driving through the Verde Valley towns of Cornville or Cottonwood were likely on their way to see the tourist hot spot that is Sedona, with maybe a quick stopover in Jerome to see the historic ghost town. Today, some headed to the area will simply focus on taking in what is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the state of Arizona.
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Tap & Bottle Tasting Room Expected to Open in Tucson
Arizona Daily Star
After months of delay and anticipation, the Tucson tasting room and bottle shop known as Tap & Bottle will open next week, the owners say. Scott and Rebecca Safford, the husband-and-wife team behind the venture, hope to launch as early as Monday as they put the finishing touches on a business more than a year in the making.
'Grapes 4 Grades' Event Benefits Summer Education Programs
The Daily Courier
Area residents can help the Prescott Frontier Rotary Club raise money for the Prescott Unified School District's summer math and reading program by attending the "Grapes 4 Grades" event, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Watters Garden Center in Prescott. Imagine yourself under huge, cool cottonwood trees, surrounded by beautiful flowers, as you sip wines, enjoy food catered by Macayo's Mexican Kitchen and listen to the rhythms of the Pandemonium Steel Drum Band. You will want to bring plenty of cash or a credit card to bid on more than 50 exciting live and silent auction items, with Jaycee Lee as the very entertaining auctioneer.
Quiessence's Greg LaPrad Readies New Restaurant in Sonoita
The Arizona Republic
Come August, former Quiessence chef Greg LaPrad will be opening a restaurant in Sonoita, in the heart of southern Arizona wine country. What does "Overland Trout" — the name of LaPrad's new digs — mean? "It's old cowboy slang for bacon," he explains. "The term was published in many newspapers in 1887 in a cowboy slang list alongside such phrases as 'mavericks,' 'bronco buster' and 'tenderfoot.' We found it to be a perfect connection and meaningful reflection of our new restaurant in the Mountain Empire."
Overland Trout Participates in Patagonia 4th of July Celebration
Patagonia Mountain Empire
Join us at the winery in Sonoita as we welcome our new neighbor, one of Arizona's favorite chefs: Greg LaPrad. Greg will open his new restaurant in Sonoita, Overland Trout, later this year. In the meantime, we are putting him to work on the patio at the winery cooking for the people on one of the best holidays to celebrate in Sonoita/Elgin/Patagonia. Plan on coming south to check out Patagonia's July 4th parade (11 a.m. start time), then head over to our winery in Sonoita for an outdoor cookout dinner (from 4 to 6 p.m.) before returning to Patagonia for the fireworks at Patagonia High School after the sun goes down. For more information on the Independence Day festivities in Patagonia, www.patagoniaaz.com/event/38th-annual-patagonia-4th-of-july-celebration/
Here's the scoop on the "Whole Pig Cookout" at the winery:
Chef: Greg LaPrad from Overland Trout
Cost: Adult Plate: $20, Child Plate (12 & younger): $10
Menu (all food included in the cost of a plate):
Dos Cabezas wines will be available by the glass and bottle to enjoy with dinner.
- Fresh-baked sourdough biscuit with hot pepper honey
- Whole roasted pork "al Pastor" in the style of the shepherd with charred field grown tomato & chiltepin salsa
- Sonoran "calabacitas" with summer squash, fresh corn off the cob, green chile, canela, cilantro and mint
- Baked heirloom beans and bacon, sherry and cream braised with onions and fresh oregano
- Summer peach and Green Valley pecan "Capirotada" with melting "Queso Manchego" cheese and raisins.
Spillsbury: Treat Your Wine Tasting Room with Respect
Phoenix New Times
Sam Pillsbury is standing up for tasting rooms. He writes, "[I recently overheard this comment]: 'If it looks like a bar, sounds like a bar — it is a bar. It's hard enough to grow and plant wine grapes in Arizona, or anywhere for that matter, and fortunately this is not a majority opinion, but I beg to differ. A bar is a place where you go to drink. Ok...socialize, eat, listen to music, pick someone up — I'm not knocking bars. But there is a big difference between that and a tasting room."
5 Things to Know About Kindred and Arizona's Wine Industry
The Arizona Republic
Kindred is an equal blend of existing Arizona wines: Tempranillo from Dos Cabezas WineWorks, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Arizona Stronghold, Callaghan Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars. Why the name "Kindred"? White summed it up best: Kindred spirits, as in being connected through the new wine. Here are five other things you should know about Kindred and Arizona's wine industry.
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New Organization Gives Wine Consumers a Voice
American Wine Consumer Coalition
Given the lack of representation of wine consumers, it should be no surprise that when states revise their laws concerning access to wine, beer and spirits, consumers are left out of the conversation. Meanwhile, new laws and regulations represent the interests of the alcohol beverage trade, not the consumers. Today, with the founding of the American Wine Consumer Coalition, wine consumers are given a voice.
In Surprise, House Defeats Farm Bill
Republican budget-cutters joined Democratic defenders of food stamps to defeat the $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by GOP leaders Thursday. Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas said there may not be a second chance to write a farm bill this year.
Border Deal Greatly Improves Chances for Immigration Bill
The Washington Post
Prospects for the sweeping and controversial immigration reform bill that has been working its way through the Senate for months seemed vastly improved Thursday after senators reached an agreement that would almost double the number of federal agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.
New Association Formed for Digital Wine Startups
A new Bordeaux-based association for wine startup companies was launched this week at Vinexpo. Led by Gilles Brianceau, Wine Startups is tailored for vintners who focus on disruptive digital technologies to grow their businesses.
Pick the Right Tipple for Your Picnic
There are a few useful tips regarding bringing wine to your picnic, which are absolutely worth knowing, since any picnic is improved by the presence of wine. From the rules on bringing alcohol into state or local parks to the effects of the weather, take these tips into consideration.
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Labor Department Confronts 'Epidemic' of Wage-and-Hour Violations
Thomson Reuters News & Insight
The Labor Department's top lawyer said at a conference that the agency had taken new approaches to investigating company compliance with federal wage-and-hour laws after being confronted with an "epidemic" of violations. "Workers around the country, especially low-wage workers, are being denied minimum wage and overtime," said Patricia Smith, the department's solicitor. "Right now I think what we see is nothing short of an epidemic."
Beware of Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors
D. Albert Brannen
If your workforce includes contract employees, freelancers, casual workers or independent contractors by any other title, you should seriously analyze whether such workers should be recategorized as employees. The risks of not properly classifying workers can be substantial and include having to ante up back pay, liquidated damages, unpaid taxes, penalties, interest, accounting and attorneys' fees. In addition to these economic risks, other negative consequences can include interference with ongoing operations and harm to an employer's reputation.
To Build High Performance, Remember the Power of 'Thank You'
Business Management Daily
Research demonstrates that when employees feel valued, they have high job satisfaction, are willing to work longer hours, engage more productively with co-workers and supervisors, are motivated to do their best and work toward achieving the company's goals.
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