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It's Here! Festival at the Farm Poised for Smashing Success
After months of planning and careful preparation, Festival at the Farm kicks off Friday at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix. The state's top wine growers will gather to showcase their finest wines at this interactive event. Guests will learn about Arizona wine production, participate in fun and educational wine seminars and taste dozens of wines. The festival is a milestone event for the wine industry in Arizona, helping raise awareness of and appreciation for our very own Arizona vintners, and for the wine lifestyle in general. Like us on Facebook (and get your friends to do the same). We'll see you this weekend for the fun and festivities!
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Is Your Strategy Set? Live Auction Will Impress, Excite Festival-Goers
Peggy Fiandaca, President, Arizona Wine Growers Association
There is a popular and high-energy event Saturday afternoon at Festival at the Farm you surely will not want to miss: the live auction. The 21 packages featured are so fantastic, you're going to want to study up and come with a plan! Partnering with friends is another fun way to ensure you leave as a big winner.
Lots include a private wine class for 20, several chef-winemaker pairings, vacation packages, one-of-a-kind wine tasting experiences, a personal wine cellar stocked with Arizona wines — and that's just to name a few! Set your sights on the prize you want, then set your strategy and hope for the best!
See the Live Auction lots here.
Songwriter Jamison Plays for Wine Crowds
Arizona Daily Star
Singer-songwriter Chris Jamison has been getting to know Arizona one winery at a time. Jamison moved to rural Yavapai County from Austin, Texas, in April and has made many of the tastings rooms in the Verde Valley and its surrounding areas regular performance stops.
Teaching Winery's Groundbreaking Ceremony Approaches
Yavapai College has scheduled a ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, to break ground on the Southwest Wine Center Teaching Winery. YC President Dr. Penny Wills will be joined by Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens, Arizona Wine Growers Association President Peggy Fiandaca and Verde Valley Wine Consortium President Tom Schumacher for the event. Construction of the facility will begin this month and should be completed by fall 2014.
Advocates Press On, Despite Grim Outlook for 2013 Immigration Reform
Cronkite News Service via AZCapitol Times
Immigration overhaul advocates say they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader's comment that there is not enough time left on this year's legislative calendar to act on the issue.
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Wine Serves: How Much Do You Get?
How much wine comes in "a glass" of wine? Depending on where you order it, the answer varies by as much as 67 percent.
Optical Technique Sorts Wine Grapes
A team of German scientists has developed an automated process that sorts grapes into different levels of quality for winemaking. The goal of developing the technique is to produce wines that will satisfy refined palates but cost less than current prices.
Are You Trading Efficiency for Productivity?
Michael J. Berens
One of the basic principles of a free-market economy is that markets perform better when unhampered by government regulation or oversight. It turns out the same can be said for employees. A number of workplace research studies have shown that employees perform better, have higher levels of satisfaction, take fewer sick days and are more productive when they have a greater sense of control over their work and their work environment.
Pinot Noir Overtakes Merlot in New Wine-By-the-Glass Study
Marketwired via Sys-Con Media
Restaurant Sciences LLC, an independent firm that closely tracks food and beverage product sales throughout the foodservice industry in North America, has released its annual "Wine-By-the-Glass Price Study," revealing several shifts in wine-by-the-glass popularity in the first three quarters of 2013.
Sulfites in Wine: The Doctor Speaks Out
Although sulfites are perfectly safe for most people, about 1 percent of individuals are particularly sulfite-sensitive; with asthmatics it's closer to 5 percent. Since sulfite levels aren't listed on most wine labels, it's difficult to know which wines will affect you more.
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Grape Expectations: The Rise of the Statement Wineries
Wineries are moving into the 21st century, with state-of-the-art buildings designed to both respect tradition and exploit new technology.
Fake Wine: 'We Are Scratching the Surface'
The Drinks Business
The amount of fake and counterfeit fine wine in the global market is still "huge," according to Maureen Downey, fine wine authentication expert and head of Chai Consulting.
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