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Zoning Change Will Bring Tasting Room to Cornville
A new strip mall development in Cornville will be permitted to allow for wine tasting in its suites — and a wine tasting room is already underway in a nontraditional setting: a mini-mart. While the Cornville Community Association recommended against the zoning map change, the proposal had been recommended by the Yavapai County Planning Commission. And the supervisors agreed.
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DCanter Wine Shop: An Opening for Arizona Wine in Nation's Capital?
Washington City Paper
A new wine boutique in Washington, D.C., named DCanter opened in July, featuring 300 wines from around the country. In August, the shop is planning a class called "The Grape American Road Trip," educating participants about wine from all over the country, including Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Additionally, DCanter is hosting Skype visits with winemakers from throughout the U.S.
Spillsbury: Don't Trust Anyone Who Doesn't Drink Wine
Phoenix New Times
Sam Pillsbury saw the red flag — they didn't drink wine. Instead, the cast, crew (and maybe even soon-to-fall-away investors) of a film project Pillsbury had hitched his wagon to opted instead for the worst beer imaginable. And thus commenced what Pillsbury calls "The Worst Film Experience of My Life," a.k.a. a surfer movie titled "Endless Bummer."
24-Year-Old Restaurateur Opening Sonoran-Style Mexican Spot in Scottsdale
Phoenix New Times
When Ricardo Celaya was a student at the University of Arizona, he was on his way to a career in the medical field. But after he graduated, and before signing up for more schooling, his visions of the future changed from stethoscopes to Sonoran hot dogs. Now in sight: Ricky's Authentic Mexican Food, a casual food and wine bar in Scottsdale.
Moscato: The Gateway Wine For People of Color?
Arizona Public Radio
The wine of the moment — well, the past few years, actually — has been moscato. And its rise has been astronomical. "I've been following the wine category for over 10 years," says Danny Brager, the senior vice president of beverage/alcohol practice at Nielsen. "Frankly, I haven't seen anything like it at all." But almost all of the big press about moscato and its newfound fame seem to forget one thing about the wine and its consumers: race.
4th Annual Grape to Glass Wine Symposium & After Party
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
Vineyards are lush with grapes and it is time to party before the harvest frenzy begins. Escape to the cool mountain area in Southeastern Arizona with two events on one great day, Aug. 3, as the gates swing open at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards. The grape journey from the vineyard into wine will be celebrated at the fourth annual Grape to Glass Wine Symposium, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards 13922 S. Kuykendall Cutoff Road, Pearce, AZ. Then, the After Party Vineyard Concert and Dancing kicks the celebration into high gear. Registration for the Symposium is required and attendance limited. The After Party is included in your registration fee of $65. Register for the Grape to Glass Symposium at 602-320-1485 or pay online.
Keeping Your Neighbors Happy
Ohio Wine Producers Association via AWGA
Note from AWGA: We occasionally share a weekly email from our friends at the Ohio Wine Producers Association. Please read some helpful tips from Donniella Winchella, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association.
Whether you are a winery planning an outdoor concert, a farmers' market doing a fall pumpkin patch or a tourist attraction planning a large special event, one thing that can create havoc is having a bunch of neighbors grumbling about noise, dust, traffic congestion — you get the idea — and you need to plan ahead.
How to Host Your First Wine Tasting
Preparing for your first wine tasting event can be stressful, particularly when trying to ensure that you have the right combination of wines in place for guests.
7 Easy Ways to Increase Your Income With Past Clients
Studies consistently show that clients who have purchased from you once are likely to do so again if they are given the opportunity to do so. In fact, Inc. magazine says acquiring new customers is "expensive (5 to 10 times the cost of retaining an existing one), and the average spend of a repeat customer is a whopping 67 percent more than a new one."
Small-Business Marketing Tip: Incentivize Your Auto-Replies
The standard "I-am-out-of-the-office" auto-reply serves its purpose — but have you ever thought it could even do your job while you are gone? Don't turn on the snooze button by sticking with the routine "I am currently out of the office and will respond to your message when I return." Take the opportunity to connect, inform, entertain and sell — all for free!
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High-Tech, Low Cost Resonate with Vintners
Wines & Vines
Amid weightier discussions of cloud computing, data security, social media and data mining, one session at this week's Wine Industry Technology Symposium resonated with many attendees from small winemaking companies: free and low-cost software for wineries.
'Somm' Shows What it Takes to Become a Master Sommelier
Look at Dustin Wilson, Ian Cauble and Brian McClintock from afar, and they seem like any other trio of dudes in their late 20s, probably talking about football or women or their favorite bands. They may not look like prototypical "wine snobs," but the three men are the subjects of the documentary "Somm," following their quests to become elite master sommeliers.
Bottoms Up: 10 Amazing Home Bars
Gathering over a few drinks at a bar or pub to share ideas and catch up on friends' lives has long been an important part of community life. But the pub has gone home: The home bar has become one of the quintessential bonus rooms in homes today.
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