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Fall Harvest: Arizona Winemakers Bring in Some Beautiful Fruit
Arizona Daily Star
Southern Arizona winemakers started harvesting their red wine grapes in mid-September after waiting out heavy late monsoon rains that threatened to kill the fruit's sugar levels and wreck havoc with bunch rot. Surprisingly, very little fruit was lost to rot, vineyard managers said. "What I am hearing from everyone is that it is a good harvest," said Peggy Fiandaca, president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association. "People are bringing in some beautiful fruit."

Related: Excellent Year for Arizona Wine Grape Growers (Western Farm Press subscribers)
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Premier Event Draws Closer: Celebrate with AWGA During Festival at the Farm
Arizona Wine Growers Association
We're putting the finishing touches on the two-day Festival at the Farm, Nov. 15-16! Buy your tickets (taking advantage of the AWGA member discount) and plan your schedule for this premier celebration.

The state's top wine growers will gather to showcase their finest wines at this interactive event, which features wine tastings, seminars, professional networking, a picnic, live auction, silent auction, Grand Wine Tasting and more. Hundreds of wines will be featured, helping to build on the growing buzz surrounding Arizona's flourishing wine industry. Join us for our fifth annual Festival at the Farm!

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Roundup of Fall Festivals, Harvest Celebrations and Special Events
Autumn is a busy time for wineries, as harvest is followed by harvest festivals and special events. Have you made plans to attend these upcoming celebrations? Does your winery have a special event planned? Add it to the list!
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Forbes Lists Arizona No. 1 for Projected Job Growth
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona ranks at the top of the charts among U.S. states for projected job growth over the next five years, according to Forbes magazine and Moody's Analytics. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer lauded the top ranking as a validation of business tax cuts, sales tax simplification and other policies shes pushed through the Legislature during and after the recession.
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The 4 Stages of Drought — And Why Your Business Should Do the Math
Inside Tucson Business
Arizona's water providers have one thing in common, regardless of the source of their drinking water or their region's drought status designation: Each must have a drought response plan specific to the utility's service area on file with the State of Arizona. Does your business do the same?
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Next Exit: Winery
Examiner
When you hit the highway, keep your eyes open for billboards and road signs telling you there's a winery up ahead. Getting off the main road is a chance to see the countryside, sample the local wine and maybe meet the people who made it. The experience can be relaxing and educational.
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Unplugged Aims to Make Wine a Mainstream Drink
Daily Wildcat
Tucson wine enthusiasts and business owners Frank Lietzau and Cyler Varnum are using their establishment, Unplugged, to promote handcrafted wines from small wineries in Arizona, as well as other parts of the U.S. and the world.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

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


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Arizona Takes Aim at Wine's Big Leagues
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Gmail Filters: Killing Wine Flash Sales?
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The wine industry has grown increasingly fond of email marketing in recent years — perhaps too fond as some retailers pummel inboxes several times a day with flash sales, special offers and even regular old offers.
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What Does Gmail's Inbox Mean for Email Marketing?
Liz Murphy
In 2012, there were 425 million active Gmail users worldwide, making it the biggest email provider on the planet. So when Google recently announced changes to the Gmail inbox by sorting all inbound messages into primary, social and promotions tabs, many users rejoiced. Given the sheer number of people who use the Gmail service, however, this change has left many asking one question: What does this new innovation mean for the email marketing campaigns and organizational newsletters of a business?
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Wine Drinkers, Meet Beer Drinkers — Your New Allies
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Craft brewing is exploding right now, in much the same way as the artisan wine industry took off in the 1990s. Find out why this is a good thing for vintners.
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Corks, Screwcaps and Wine Culture
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The rising acceptance of screwcapped wines has only served to improve traditional natural cork closures, most of a bi-cultural assembly of wine industry suppliers, winemakers, distributors and other experts seemed to agree at a September French American Chamber of Commerce event.
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Does Microwaving Wine Improve Quality?
ABC News Australia
A Tasmanian wine researcher has become the first to use microwaves to improve the quality of pinot noir. Anna Carew from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has been doing laboratory trials using a domestic microwave to loosen the cells of crushed grapes from the inside. Carew says the technique results in a fuller-flavored wine with a richer color and more tannins.
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