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Get Ready for Wine Advocacy Day
The August congressional recess is still on, and there is still time to engage your legislators while they are in-district, holding town hall meetings, etc. While time is short, it is not too late to make a difference! In Arizona, the AWGA is making plans to schedule winery tours for the state delegation, in conjunction with Wine Advocacy Day during the week of Oct. 10-14. In all areas of the country, advocacy is needed to help the industry thrive!
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Discover AZ Wines: What Will the 2013 Harvest Bring?
City Sun Times
AWGA President Peggy Fiandaca, owner of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, offers a preview of the 2013 harvest in her monthly column, "Discover AZ Wines." "Vineyard owners and winemakers are excited about the prospects of another terrific wine grape harvest," Fiandaca writes. "Fingers and toes are crossed as the Arizona wine industry is hoping for a repeat of 2012."
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Pillsbury Wine Preps for Its First Harvest Festival at the Vineyard
Pillsbury Wine Company
It's harvest festival time at the Pillsbury Wine Vineyard Tasting Room! Join us on Sunday, Sept. 1, beginning at 1 p.m. for music by Nowhere Man & A Whiskey Girl, plus locally grown and prepared food, fun — and wine, of course! Grower/winemaker Sam Pillsbury and Grapista Bonnie Lee, Nicole and Colin will be your hosts. Admission is $25 per person; each guest will receive a complimentary custom Pillsbury outdoor wine glass. Patrons are encouraged to set up camp (camping vehicles, tents or hammocks) and spend the night with us (a nominal additional fee per campsite will be charged).
ASU Grads Create Sparkling Wine with Gold Flecks
A couple of ASU grads come up with a golden idea worth celebrating. It's called 24 Karat Wines, a sparkling wine laced with gold.
Anthony's Earns Wine Spectator Award
Arizona Daily Star
Anthony's in the Catalinas, a Tucson restaurant, snagged one of 73 grand awards doled out by Wine Spectator. The grand award is the prestigious magazine's highest honor, drawing thousands of entries from around the world.
Explore the Verde Valley Wine Country from Lights of Jerome
City Sun Times
The Lights of Jerome Inn B&B is where the "lights of Jerome dance above every night." A unique, "green," one-bedroom suite B&B, the Lights of Jerome believe details and friendly customer service matter. The inn is now helping guests book excursions, including tours of nearby Arizona wine tasting rooms and an outing along the Verde Valley Wine Trail.
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American Express OPEN Forum
With the right moves, you can survive the worker shortage and find great candidates to fill your empty positions.
Rising Popularity of Weekend Getaways
Archita Datta Majumdar
Tighter budgets and pressing commitments have been hard on vacation planners for the past few years. But nothing can really suppress the wanderlust in humans. When it comes to vacationing, the solution is found in weekend getaways.
TTB Updates Processing Times for Label Approvals
U.S. Department of the Treasury
The TTB has updated its system for current label approval processing times. The Current Label Processing Times chart shows up-to-date processing information for applications. Use the chart to estimate when your application is likely to be processed.
Napa's New Harvest: Winery Sales
The Wall Street Journal
In the third significant sale of a Napa winery this year, prominent vintner and Dean & Deluca owner Leslie Rudd and other investors bought Clos Pegase Winery, promising to expand and improve the vineyard known as much for its art and architecture as for its wines.
Chemists Discover 23 New Molecules in Red Wine
Lab Product News
Scientists have long espoused the health benefits of red wine. Now University of British Columbia chemists have discovered 23 new molecules that could mean there are even more virtues in vino.
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If grapes were being wiped out, genetically modified vines could be the solution — if people are willing to open their minds.
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Advances in Closure Quality
Wines & Vines
In the highly competitive wine closures industry, suppliers continue to focus on improving quality control, facilities and their final products as they seek any edge in convincing wineries to pick their closures.
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