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Arizona Wine Country: Last-Minute Fourth of July Getaway
AAA Arizona via AZFamily.com
Thanks to economic improvements and a boost in consumer confidence, AAA Arizona, a full-service travel agency, is projecting more than 796,000 Arizonans to travel during the Fourth of July holiday. If you want to get out of town, but haven't made plans yet, AAA Travel has put together four travel ideas for the upcoming holiday weekend — including the Vineyards of Arizona tour.
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2 Arizona Restaurants Named Among Nation's Top 100 for Wine
The Arizona Republic
Two Arizona restaurants made this year's cut for Wine Enthusiast magazine's list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants. Deseo, a Latin restaurant at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Phoenix, and Cork, an upscale dining room in Chandler, are among 14 spots from the central region to make the list.
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Page Springs Cellars Plans 5th Annual Cork Boat Race
Page Springs Cellars
Wondering what to do with all those corks you've been hoarding? Build a boat and race it down Oak Creek, of course!

Join Page Springs Cellars' 5th Annual Cork Boat Race on July 19. Get ready for food, wine, live music and some fun in the sun! Construct a seaworthy vessel in any of three categories — speedboat, showboat and no-holds-barge — and you could win some amazing prizes.

For details, visit the Page Springs Cellars Wine Club Events page.

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Microdistilleries on the Rise in Arizona
Cronkite News Service via Green Valley News
Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five Cs in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom. They join a growing trend: Across the country, the microdistilling industry is growing by about 30 percent each year.
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Arizona Food Prices Skyrocket During 2014
Capitol Media Services via Your West Valley News
The latest survey done by the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a typical market basket of items hit $52.64 in the quarter just ended. That's up just slightly from the prior quarter. But it's close to 10 percent higher than the same time a year earlier.
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Moderate Alcohol Use Could Help the Heart
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Moderate drinking could lower the risk of having a heart attack or getting an aneurysm in the aorta, two studies found. Safe standards are up to one drink for women and two for men daily.

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Viticulture Research Roadshow Review
Western Farm Press
Soil salinity, water use and drought tolerance took front row seats at this year's annual Viticultural Research Roadshow, where the latest findings were presented.

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Cottonwood Feels Impact of Wine Industry
Verde Independent
The consent agenda of the Cottonwood City Council meeting recently showed how significant the wine and liquor industry has become to the city and especially Old Town.

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Wine and Technology Come Together in Bordeaux
Wine-Searcher
A new business accelerator could help Bordeaux become the world's leading wine technology center.
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The 4 C's of Effectively Marketing to Moms
Emma Fitzpatrick
Mothers give back so much to their communities and families every day. Businesses of all kinds should also take a timeout to re-evaluate how they're giving back to moms. After all, women make 85 percent of purchasing decisions in households, and there's a good chance some of those women are mothers.
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Fire Forces Evacuations, Destroys Thousands of Acres in Wine Country
KNTV-TV
A rapidly spreading vegetation fire that has burned more than 4 square miles in the Pope Valley area of Napa County damaged five structures and prompted the mandatory evacuation of hundreds of homes, Cal Fire reported.
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Federal Government to Assess Ohio Wine Grape Losses
WEWS-TV
On July 9, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will tour Ohio wineries to assess the damage done to local wine grapes by this past winter's extreme weather.
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China's Taste for Imported Wine Doubles
The Drinks Business
Consumers of imported wines in China have doubled to 38 million in the past three years — marking the emergence of a "new Chinese wine drinker," according to a report by Wine Intelligence.
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The King of Wines
The Slovak Spectator
A nearly decade-long legal tug of war has resulted in a draw as both Slovaks and Hungarians can now label wines as "Tokaj." The struggle makes sense when one considers the sweet wine's global reputation.
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