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AWGA Joins Co-op Extension Agricultural Advisory Council
As part of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension Service program, an Advisory Council has been formed to provide the Arizona agriculture industry an opportunity to identify current and future needs. The Arizona Wine Growers Association has been invited to add its voice to the council, and we need your feedback.
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Arizona Winery Wins Prestige at International Wine Competition
Verde Valley Wine Consortium
Cynthia Snapp, owner and winemaker at Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, has brought home the gold from the 2013 International Women's Wine Competition held in Sonoma California this past month. At this event, 36 top professional and international judges in the wine industry came together for a blind tasting of international wines made by women winemakers. Javelina Leap's 2012 100% Az. Merlot won a gold and took Best Of Class. Only 37 wines out of the 900 wines entered in the competition received a Best In Class award, placing Arizona wine in prestigious company. Find out what other awards Javelina Leap brought home from the event!
Arizona Named in the 10 Most Unusual Spots to Sip Wine
Ready to traverse the wild world of wine? Buckle up: Wine Enthusiast scanned the globe for strange and beautiful places to drink wine, and these gems — including Arizona's Tanque Verde Ranch — should make every wine lover's bucket list.
Young Vintners Aim to Make World-Class Arizona Wines
Arizona Daily Star
In about two weeks, Rob Hammelman and his wife, Sarah, will harvest 9 tons of grapes from their property in Willcox. By buying a 12-acre vineyard in the middle of nowhere, the couple have joined a growing demographic of winemakers: people between the ages of 30 and 45 who are abandoning urban life to work the land.
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Wine Industry Job Fair: You Made it Great!
Aridus Wine Company
Aridus Wine Company sends it thanks to all the wine industry friends and attendees who came to the July 20 Job Fair. It was a splendid day! So much positive aura came of it. The speakers were stellar. What a delight to bolster the camaraderie of our peers as well as make that "handshake" with the community, the employment-seeking population and the budding entrepreneurs. We look forward to this becoming an annual event. After all, events are the natural code of wine lovers.
Custom Crush Operation Opens at 'Crucial Time' for Arizona Wine Growers
Arizona Daily Star
Arizona's newest custom crush facility will process between 170 and 200 tons of grapes this fall, making it one of the largest commercial winemaking facilities in the state. Aridus Wine Company also will release the first vintages produced at the sprawling facility, housed in an old apple warehouse on the southeast end of Willcox's main street. The winery processed 40 tons of fruit for Carlson Creek and Pillsbury Wine Company in its inaugural production last August, and those wines should be ready to bottle and sell by October, said Aridus owner Scott Dahmer.
Wineries Join Efforts to 'Fill the Boot' for Fallen Firefighters
The Weekly Bulletin
Residents and visitors to the area haven't been shy about pulling out their wallets and stuffing fireman's boots that have been spread out over a number of locations for the families of the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30. "We've got them everywhere: in the wineries, in all the shops, the churches," said Kevin Venos, Battalion Chief for the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District, who added that boots have been put out at over 21 locations. "We wanted to do something to help," he said. "One-hundred percent of the money is going to the victims' families."
Upper Verde Group Seeks to Increase Watershed Production
The Daily Courier
A broad-based group created by the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition has been awarded a second-year federal grant to continue work on a watershed restoration plan.
Make Your Messages Count
Michael J. Berens
There are plenty of ways to effectively engage your audience and keep their attention. Now that they're listening, make sure you have something worthwhile to say — worthwhile for them, that is. To communicate effectively, you need to connect with your audience and help them understand why your message matters.
Marketing: It's All About Content
With so many outlets feeding us information these days — from smartphones to tablets to endless social media sites — getting the attention of consumers to generate traffic for your website and sales for your company has become much more of a challenge.
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Spotlight: Mike and Jeff, the World Wine Guys
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, also known collectively as The World Wine Guys, have enjoyed unprecedented success during the past few years as wine, food, travel and entertainment personalities and authorities. They sat down to chat during Wine Enthusiast's recent summer editorial conference.
Small Businesses Spooked by New Food Safety Rules
A recent proposed rule by the FDA is causing concern among food processing facilities and small businesses involved in the production of food products.
Judging a Wine By Its Label's Back-Story
EVERY wine label tells a story. And it is not just an account of producer, varietal, vintage, origin, percentage of alcohol by volume, wine-making style, net contents and government warnings. Labels tell more subtle tales about wine makers and their whims, what inspires them and who they hope will buy and drink their wine.
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