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US Drinkers Divide Between Beer and Wine as Favorite
Americans who drink alcohol are about equally likely to say they drink beer (36 percent) or wine (35 percent) most often. Another 23 percent say liquor is their beverage of choice. That continues the trend in which beer has declined as the preferred beverage of U.S. drinkers, shrinking its advantage over wine from 20 percentage points in 1992 to 1 point today.
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Festivals, Fun & Feedback: Be an Active Participant in Arizona's Wine Industry
Festival at the Farm
If you haven't already done so, now is the time to secure your spot for the fifth annual Festival at The Farm, Nov. 15-16. This prestigious event features 30 of the state's top wine growers showcasing their finest wines.
Advisory Council Feedback
AWGA is seeking input for a new Advisory Council formed by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension Service. What should this new group know when discussing policy and issues that will affect your business and the state's wine industry as a whole?
The Arizona Wine Travel Card, along with our Sonoita-area wineries and the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, are giving away a "wine-cation" package of a lifetime. Have you entered?
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale
Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Sunday, Nov. 3, for a celebration of the best local food, music, wine and spirits Arizona has to offer. Find vendor information here.
Strawberry Wine, Anyone?
Phoenix New Times
We get asked about fruit wines all the time. A common experience at wine festivals is seeing other wineries rolling out cases of this stuff to enthusiastic drinkers. So, why don't we do them?
Dustin Christofolo Named Chef of Quiessence's New Team
The Arizona Republic
When Greg LaPrad left Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain to open a restaurant in southern Arizona, the Farm's owner, Pat Christofolo, knew the acclaimed chef would be a "tough act to follow." Christofolo has now put together her new Quiessence team — led by her son, 32-year-old chef Dustin Christofolo.
Bed & Breakfast Wants a Home Near Valle Vista Wineries
A new business is taking advantage of Kingman's new wineries. A local couple is asking the Mohave County Planning and Zoning commission to rezone a 40-acre parcel in Valle Vista so they can build a bed and breakfast.
Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Foods Plentiful, Available
With an agricultural history dating back 4,000 years, longer than most regions in North America, the Santa Cruz Valley is not only rich in agricultural heritage but also well-poised to further promote locally produced foods. From harvesting wild food from the desert to growing traditional Tohono O'odham crops to carrying on the agricultural traditions by sustaining modern farming, southern Arizona is ripe with opportunities.
Outstanding in the Field Presents 2013 North American Tour
Outstanding in the Field
Join Outstanding in the Field Wednesday, Oct. 30, at The Farm at Agritopia for the 2013 North American Tour's stop at Erich & Yvonne Schultz's urban farm. Food and wine will be directed by guest chef Charleen Badman of FnB in Scottsdale and winemaker Sam Pillsbury. Purchase tickets online for $190 each.
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A Successful Website: 8 Ways to Get Visitors to Stick Around
When people land on your website, how much are they really engaging with your content? If you use Google Analytics, you should be able to make informed decisions about your website: knowing how much time people spend there, what pages they stay on or leave from and whether they return. Getting people to your site is a project in itself, but getting them to stay there and engage once they arrive is the hardest part. Here are eight sure ways to get them to stick around.
5 Easy Ways to Connect with Online Influencers
Relationships with influencers are sought after by business owners because these people help shape consumer decision making by popularizing products and ideas and promoting things across multiple channels. Here are five relatively easy ways to connect with powerful influencers who can hopefully help your business get to the next level.
Invest in Wine Without Drinking the Profits
Nearly everyone who's enjoyed a good glass of Chardonnay (or better yet, visited the vineyard that produced it) has fantasized about going into the wine business. After all, not only is wine one of life's great pleasures, it's also an increasingly marketable commodity: Sales of wine in the United States increased by 2 percent in 2012, hitting a new all-time high of $34.6 billion, according to wine industry consultant Jon Frederikson. But as promising as that sounds, the glass may only be half full, so to speak.
Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife in Baked Goods
When winemakers crush the juice from grapes, what's left is a goopy pile of seeds, stems and skins called pomace. Until several years ago, these remains were more than likely destined for the dump. But now, scientists and entrepreneurs are finding new and often surprising uses for this former waste product.
Top 10 Friendly — and Unfriendly — States for Wine Consumers
American Wine Consumer Coalition
What are the 10 most friendly states for wine consumers? Which are the 10 least friendly states for wine consumers? The American Wine Consumer Coalition's recently released report grading the states on on how friendly their wine laws are to consumers answers these questions. Arizona, with its ban on retail-to-consumer shipping, ranks smack in the middle, at #25.
This Little Piggy Went Through the Winery
Western Farm Press
P.I.G is an acronym for pipeline inspection gauge. Pigging has been around for years as tool used in the petroleum industry to clean and inspect pipes. In the context of a winery's operations, pigging is the use of sponge balls to move wine and clean transfer lines at the winery. The goal is to help conserve water, and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. claims one winery has used up to 15 percent less water since employing the P.I.G.s.
Australian Wine Industry Tackling Climate Change
Most Australian wine producers are taking steps to offset the potential effects of climate change, a study has found. Reducing the number of chemicals used in their businesses and using water-saving techniques top the list of initiatives.
Wine Loving Inventor Solves Red or White by Glass Battle
Hankering for a taste of 1979 Il Colle Brunello di Montalcino with your dry-aged steak? At New York's Del Posto restaurant, a 3-ounce pour is $169, 6 ounces, $338. The by-the-glass list includes hard-to-obtain 2000 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino for $100 and $200, and last month, rare Italian stunner 2002 Masseto. All this is thanks to a new wine preservation device, the Coravin 1000.
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