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Arizona's Growing Wine Industry
Greater Phoenix InBusiness
From an economic standpoint, Arizona's wine industry is doing really well, according to Peggy Fiandaca, president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association and owner and marketing director of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards. "It is growing; there are new acres of grapes in the ground and new wineries opening up," she said. "Between 2011 and 2012, we doubled the number of gallons of wine that were produced in Arizona, and it is only getting better."
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Discover AZ Wines: Kick Off the Party Season in Style at Festival at the Farm
City Sun Times
AWGA President Peggy Fiandaca, owner of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, has issued a statewide invitation: "After a long harvest season, Arizona winemakers are ready to celebrate the fruits of their labor," Fiandaca writes in "Discover AZ Wines" section. "The Fifth Annual Festival at the Farm kicks the party season off in wine-style."
Wine Tasting Room to Open in Clarkdale
Tool front man Maynard Keenan is opening a wine cooperative in Clarkdale's former First National Bank. The cooperative offers young, underfunded winemakers the opportunity to ply their trade without the hundreds of thousands of dollars wineries need to get off the ground.
Tombstone Hosts Inaugural Festival of the Vine™
Tombstone Wine Works
The inaugural Tombstone Festival of the Vines™ is bringing award-winning Arizona wineries to the "town too tough to die." During the weekend of Nov. 2-3, eight Arizona wineries come to the most famous town in the Old West to pour wine, entertain tasters and showcase some of Arizona's finest vintages. Come enjoy wine, food, fun and folks!
The festival features more than 40 wines from the Tombstone Wine Works, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Su Vino Winery, Bitter Creek Winery, Cellar 433, Wilhelm Family Vineyards, The Village of Elgin Winery and Kokopelli Winery. Tickets are $18 for those over age 21 (free to anyone under 21) and may be purchased in advance.
Wine Tasting in Arizona Includes Verde Valley, Sonoita, Willcox Wine Trails
When considering the great wine grape growing regions of the world, Arizona may not come to mind (yet). However, Spanish Missionaries started producing wine in Arizona as far back as the 1700s. With more than 45 wineries in the state, people everywhere are beginning to recognize Arizona as an up-and-coming wine producer.
Former Quiessence Chef Greg LaPrad Opens Overland Trout in Sonoita
The Arizona Republic
During his eight years at the helm, young Greg LaPrad guided Quiessence to local prominence and national attention. So a lot of people were stunned when he left in June to move to southern Arizona. His plan: to open a restaurant in the high-desert town of Sonoita, the heart of Arizona's wine industry. "I'm into the wine scene," he said. Now, two weeks after a very quiet soft opening, Overland Trout will officially debut on Saturday, Oct. 26.
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How to Create a Community in Your Customers
Phoenix Business Journal
A recent Pressnomics conference in Tempe offered some insight on how to build your business by creating a community for your customers. Why bother? Research shows customers who are part of a community not only remain loyal, but also spend nearly 20 percent more with the businesses behind the community.
Traditional Media vs. Social Media: Making the Right Choices
With a growing plethora of social media options, which are far less costly than traditional media, some of you might be questioning spending money on those pricey TV, radio and print ads to encourage business. However, using both media together can move your message further and reach a larger audience.
Technology Connecting Winemakers to Wine Drinkers
As a rule, wine people are pretty mild-mannered, but utter the phrase "three-tier distribution system" and you'll get a reaction almost as nasty as if you had said "Two Buck Chuck."
The three-tier system — producer, distributor, retailer — is sometimes the bane of the small winemaker's existence.
A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine
NPR via KNAU
In the California wine mecca of Sonoma County, climate change is pitting redwood lovers against red wine lovers. Chris Poehlmann, president of a small organization called Friends of the Gualala River, says the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, and the redwoods and Douglas firs are falling victim.
Avant-Garde Winery Architecture
These New Wave wineries in Austria — a region steeped in viticulture's history — are turning heads for their bold lines. And the wines are pretty darn good, too.
'Minimalist' Wines Giving Drinkers More Choice
"Minimalist" winemaking is a technique being used by vignerons in Australia's Central West to give wine tasters and connoisseurs something different on a visit to the region.
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