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Boozy Impact: New Report Toasts Arizona Wine, Spirits Industry
Phoenix Business Journal
A toast to boozy business. Arizona's wine and spirits industry pours $2.8 billion into the state economy, according to a new report from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Of that, the industry has a direct impact of $1.1 billion, with the remaining $1.7 billion spread across other industries such as transportation, retail, agriculture, travel and others. Directly, Arizona's wine and spirits industry employs 15,500 people.
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Reminder: New Laws Take Effect Friday, Sept. 13
AWGA
This is a reminder that the laws passed during the 2013 First Regular Session of Arizona's 51st Legislature will become effective Friday, Sept. 13, unless otherwise indicated. The board of the Arizona Wine Growers Association would like to voice its strong appreciation for the advocacy support provided by Tom Dorn and his team — Eric Emmert, Heather Wilkey and Amanda Rusing — at Dorn Policy Group during the past year. Review the chapter laws summary from Dorn Policy Group to see which laws could affect your business.
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 Arizona News


Elgin Winery Supports Local Students, Crowns Grape Stomping Royalty
eNewsChannels
Since the foundation Arizona's wine industry, the Harvesting of the Vine Fine Wine Festival presented by The Village of Elgin has awarded scholarships and helped to fund local law enforcement programs such as DARE. It has also allowed area wineries to showcase the fruits of the Arizona vine and provided festival goers with arts, crafts, foods and music.
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New App Features Verde Valley Wineries
Verde Independent
Wine tasting in the Verde Valley? There's an app for that. Manuel Arvizu and Isaias Toledo teamed up about a year ago to create Wine Explorer, an application released in the in the Apple Store last month that follows the wine trails in Arizona with plans to expand to the rest of the country and parts of Mexico.
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Sedona Winefest 2013 Offers Variety of Fine Wines from Arizona Wineries
GistCloud
The Fifth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sedona Airport Vista parking lot. The Winefest is designed to awaken the senses with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the nearby Verde Valley. The event also includes tasty cuisine from local restaurants, delightful music by talented musicians, a variety of vendors, a juried art exhibition, an education tent and an exclusive Premium tasting area.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

Date Event Details
Sept. 21 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Willcox Register NOW!
Oct. 12 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Sonoita Register NOW!
Oct. 19 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Verde Valley Register NOW!
Nov. 2 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Fountain Hills Register NOW!
Nov. 15-16 Festival at the Farm Get Tickets NOW!


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Live & Local: Save the Date to Celebrate
BGC 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.

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Page Springs Cellars: 8th Annual Harvest Festival
Page Springs Cellars
Join Page Springs Cellars in celebrating the season! The 8th Annual Harvest Festival, Oct. 5, will feature live music, food, wine and entertainment for all ages. Purchase tickets online.

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Festival at the Farm Becoming a Main Event
AWGA
The fifth annual Festival at The Farm, Nov. 15-16, will bring 30 of the state's top wine growers together to showcase their finest wines — and you don't want to miss out. Register today!

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 Business & Marketing


Making a Positive Impression With Your Exhibit Booth
Karin Roberts
For companies not accustomed to advertising or trade show exhibiting, turning a basic marketing message into an ad or a trade show display that can draw attention can be a challenge. It may be tempting to just do it yourself rather than pay for professional writing and design, but making the right impression is worth the extra investment.
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Is Your Business Meeting Customer Expectations?
Score Small Business Blog
Customers have developed certain expectations, and if your business isn't living up to them, you could be hurting your reputation, your brand and your sales. Expectations aren't based only on what you deliver — they're based on what other companies deliver. How can you make sure your business is living up to expectations?
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 National News


Wine Safety: Should You Be Concerned?
Palate Press
The last time wine safety really made the news was when, in 1985, some Austrian winemakers were found bulking up their wine with diethylene glycol. We still face food safety problems today from non-food substances being added to edibles, but — at least in the United States — the biggest threat is accidental contamination.
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California Wine Region Passes Moratorium on Parties at Wineries
Fox News
Rather than downing bottles, California vineyards will focus strictly on filling bottles if the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has anything to do with it. In a 3-1 vote, the San Joaquin County Planning Commission, which governs California's burgeoning Lodi wine region, voted in favor of a 12-month moratorium on permitting parties at wineries in the county's rural area.
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Coravin and the Future of Wine-by-the-Glass
Vinography
Coravin is the brainchild of medical-device entrepreneur and executive Greg Lambrecht, who used his background in vascular technology to dream up a device that allows you to pour wine from a bottle without removing the cork and, most critically, without exposing the wine to any air.
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 International News


Amazon China Starts Direct Sales of Imported Wine
Decanter
In a move that could signal big changes for the wine business, Amazon China has begun selling its first batch of imported wines direct to consumers in the country.
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6 Must-See French Wineries with Architectural Charm
Nashoba Publishing
As wine tourism becomes increasingly popular, many of France's most illustrious wineries have renovated their facilities to provide the optimal experience to visitors.
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