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Discover Arizona Wines: A Good Reputation is Growing
City Sun Times via Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
"We are not just making good Arizona wine, we are producing great wines that stand side-by-side with wines from other great wine producing regions," says Curt Dunham, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards' winemaker. Local chefs agree with him. Scott Stephens, managing partner of Beckett's Table restaurant, says that Arizona is producing great wine, which makes it incredibly easy to promote.
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Yarnell Hill Fire: How You Can Help
The Arizona Republic
As Arizona mourns 19 firefighters from Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots brigade — and continues to fight ongoing wildfires throughout the state — the 100 Club of Arizona is coordinating memorial funds for the fallen firefighters' families, and the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is facilitating donations to help provide food, snacks, water and shelter for those displaced by fire.
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New Market Could Emerge as Navajo Nation Allows Alcohol in Casino
The Associated Press via The Arizona Republic
Under a new law adopted this month by the Navajo Nation, the tribe's casino in Window Rock will be allowed to serve alcohol to people who are gambling.
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TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting Brought Together the Best of Iberian Varietals
The Examiner
The Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society hosted the annual Grand Wine Tasting at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio on Sunday, June 23. At the TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting consumers had the opportunity to sample wines from 35 participating wineries from California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Many of these wineries are limited-production, family-owned wineries so this was a rare opportunity to try some very unique wines.
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10 Eye-Popping New Water Technologies
Water Online
With more than 500 companies exhibiting at the recent AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, there were plenty of opportunities to be amazed by new irrigation and water management technology. Here are a few of the standouts.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

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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!
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With Wine, Bigger Isn't Always Better
Phoenix New Times
Sam Pillsbury doesn't like hearing "Gimme your biggest wine!" He serves "a splash of my baby, our Roan Red," instead. And customers are enlightened.

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Verde Valley Winery Explosion
Maricopa Monitor
Today, some headed to the Sedona 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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 Business & Marketing


5 Things Every Business Founder Should Know
Phoenix Business Journal
Running a business isn't easy — but it can be more like a life calling than work. There are just five simple things you need to remember if you're an entrepreneur.
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Make the Most of Your Staff's Skills
Michael J. Berens
Why is it that when we are hiring for a position, we look for the most experienced, well-rounded individuals, but once they have become part of the organization, we act as though their experience has deserted them at the front door?
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Labor Secretary Urges Minimum Wage Hike
The Hill
The acting secretary of labor wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Higher wages will cycle back into the economy, Seth Harris said, and pay levels that keep pace with inflation will take the politics out of the debate.
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Mechanical Eye Will Help Winemakers Improve Vintages
New Scientist
An automated grape counter developed by roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University will help growers see which parts of their vineyards need special attention.
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Vintner Turns House Into Wine-Tasting Room
The Press-Enterprise
When Steve Chapin built a weekend retreat with a wraparound porch in the Temecula Valley 21 years ago, he never envisioned hosting hundreds of visitors.
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James Bond's $13,000 Champagne Brings Bling to Vinexpo
Bloomberg
With old vintages served in polished crystal, mounds of foie gras, string quartets serenading guests at lavish dinners and fireworks (red and white), Bordeaux's Vinexpo wine and spirits trade fair is as much about late-night schmoozing as early-morning selling.
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'Naked' Concept Pairs Winemakers with Consumers
Good Food
Naked Wines has been likened to Facebook for wine lovers, or a dating agency for winemakers and consumers. It's a new concept in marketing — and producing — wine, and it's rapidly signing up customers.
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