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Higher Yields as Arizona Wine Grape Harvest Nears
Western Farm Press
The 2014 Arizona wine grape harvest is only a few weeks away and most growers are expecting higher yields, depending on the area. "The 2014 crop looks slightly larger than last year — our largest to date," said Kent Callaghan, Callaghan Vineyards winemaker, Elgin. Mother Nature, elevation and other factors are driving the potentially good news.
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Young African Leaders Tour Arizona Wine Country
Verde Independent
The Verde Valley's growing wine industry became an example recently of how a vineyard can become an economic driver. Arizona State University has been hosting a 25-person Young African Leaders Institute cohort this summer, bringing them in contact with as many areas of Arizona government as possible.
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Pillsbury Wine Co. Builds New Winery Facility in Arizona
Pillsbury Wine Company
New Zealand film director Sam Pillsbury is overseeing construction of a new wine production facility at his vineyard in Willcox.
Pillsbury Wine Company announces it has secured financing to establish its own winery facility on the 100-acre vineyard property, 13 miles south of Willcox. Construction is commencing in July for use in time for harvest.

Passionately committed to producing 100 percent local wines from the first vine plantings in 2000 on the famed Willcox Bench, owner and grower Sam Pillsbury has made wines solely from grapes from his own organic vines or those of nearby neighbors in Cochise County.

"There's enough generic food and wine in the world already," Pillsbury said. "I have been committed from the start to make a wine that rigorously and honestly reflects the characteristics of the region we are from."

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Arizona Beer or Arizona Wine? Why Not Mix Both?
The Arizona Republic
In the ever-growing craft-brewing industry, Arizonans are now getting a chance to mix their beer with their wine.

Related: Chandler's SanTan Releases 2 Limited Saison Beer-Wines (Brewbound)

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Wine Shipping Laws, State by State
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With the key wine-consuming state of Massachusetts agreeing in recent days to allow direct wine shipments to consumers, the direct-shipping issue is making headlines again. How much wine, from which purveyors, can each state's residents legally buy?
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Do Hail Cannons Really Protect Vines from Damage?
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Robert Parker on Rating Wines, His New Magazine and Bordeaux
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Can a wine ever be perfect? If so, who is qualified to pass that judgment? Is it the winemaker who is trained in viticulture or oenology? The merchant with a fabled palate who buys the wines year after year? Robert Parker weighs in.
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Bottle Shock: The Ups and Downs of Making Wine
The Wall Street Journal
In 2008, Stephen Cronk, 50, resigned from his job running a large sales division for a telecommunications company, sold his home in London, and headed to Provence with his wife, Jeany, and their three young children, to realize his dream of becoming a winemaker. His story sheds light on this journey winemakers know so well.
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International Wine Challenge Announces 2014 Winners
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The 31st International Wine Challenge awarded Champion status to five wines from around the world, including Australia, Germany and Portugal. France took top honors in this year's competition, with two French wines being named "Best in Class" and receiving top prizes.
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Barone Fini Owner Says Terroir Key to His Pinot Grigio
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Count Giovanni Bonmartini Fini, owner of family winery Barone Fini, says location of his vineyards in the most northern part of the Italian Alpine Mountains provides the soil and climate essential to growing the quality of grapes needed to make a perfectly-balanced Pinot Grigio.
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