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Arizona Vineyards Confirm Great Quality of 2013 Harvest
AWGA via Arizona Range News
Harvest 2013 is more than half over for most Arizona wineries. Kent Callaghan, winemaker with Callaghan Vineyards and a pioneer in the Arizona wine industry, compared the 2013 harvest season to the 1992 and 2006 harvest years: wet and late but great quality potential.
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Yavapai College Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual Art, Wine & Dine Benefit
Yavapai College
The Yavapai College Foundation's Fourth Annual "Art, Wine & Dine in the Verde Countryside" will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at the YC Verde Valley Campus Outdoor Pavilion in Clarkdale. The benefit event, supporting the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a Verde Valley wine tasting reception. At 6:30, local vintners Eric Glomski of Page Springs Cellars, Corey Turnbull of Burning Tree Cellars and John Scarbrough of Cellar Dwellers Wine Company, host a winemaker's dinner. Become a sponsor or make reservations!
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Sheep School: Buying, Raising and Grazing Babydoll Southdown Sheep
Canvas Ranch
Have you ever visited a vineyard that incorporates livestock in its operation? Have you considered it for your own business? Canvas Ranch, a family farm in Petaluma, Calif., is offering a two-day Sheep School during the weekend of Nov. 2-3. This practical, experiential, engaging weekend will give you information to decide if raising or leased grazing with Babydoll Southdown sheep — a rare, heritage breed — is right for you and your vineyard, orchard or farm.
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Wine Bloggers Spotlight Arizona Vineyard
Pull That Cork
The Wine Bloggers at Pull That Cork recently spent time at Wilhelm Family Vineyards in Elgin, learning about the history, current operations and future goals of this growing winery, headed by Karyl and Steve Wilhelm.
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Willcox Area Winery to Open Tucson Tasting Room
Arizona Daily Star
One of southern Arizona's farthest-flung boutique wineries plans to open a tasting room in Tucson. Sierra Bonita Vineyards, located in Graham County more than 20 miles outside of Willcox, hopes to open its tasting room in November in an office building it owns near the Tucson Country Club.
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Camp Verde Council to Discuss Alcohol Use on Town-Owned Properties
The Bugle
The Camp Verde Town Council planned to discuss and possibly direct staff to prepare an ordinance amending Town Code Section 11-1-6 regarding parks and alcohol use on Town-owned properties. Vice Mayor Jackie Baker requested that the Council discuss the item, as it pertains to the consumption of alcohol on Town property during Town events.
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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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 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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Organic Wine Growers Fear Grape Glut
AFP via Wine-Searcher
The organic wine sector is taking off, but could it become a victim of its own success? France's abundance of organic grapes threatens to wipe out the premium.

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Forbes: Arizona's 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.

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Celebrate with AWGA: Festival at the Farm
AWGA
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.

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 Business & Marketing


7 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Business
Emma Fitzpatrick
Albert Einstein said creativity is "intelligence having fun." How true. Here are seven tips to integrate into your business to have a bit more fun, a good measure of creativity and a whole lot of groundbreaking ideas.
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Tips to Increase Energy Efficiency
Joy Burgess
Whether you are a business owner or a facility manager, maximizing energy efficiency is important to your bottom line. Improving energy efficiency not only helps the environment, but also provides significant savings. If you are reducing electricity usage or cutting HVAC energy expenses, use the following ideas to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of your buildings or business.
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Profiling Trace Metals in the Wine Industry
Agilent Technologies via Food Safety Now
Reliably determining the elemental composition of wine is a must for ensuring product quality and consistency. Agilent Technologies is offering a free webinar to help wine makers assess the conditions that impact elemental composition and leverage technology to help profile trace metals.
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Wine Label Approvals: Slowdown During Government Shutdown
Dr. Vino
The federal government has shut down "nonessential" services as of Oct. 1. Surprisingly, that means the federal agency that regulates the wine industry is also largely shut down. Whenever TTB officials return to work they will have a ton of wine labels awaiting their review.
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Shape and Color of Wine Glass Influences Amount Consumed
Medial News Today
Whether you see the glass as half full or half empty, chances are, you will pour more wine into a glass that is wide or matches the wine color, resulting in unintentional overindulgence, according to a study in the journal Substance Use and Misuse.
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Tokyo Developer Uncorks Apartment Building for Wine Lovers
Reuters
For those who have trouble finding space for a large wine collection, a new apartment block in Japan with an in-house cellar and a visiting sommelier could be the perfect place to live.
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