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Al Buhl, Award-Winning Pioneer of Arizona Wines, Passes Away
The Arizona Republic
Al Buhl, the owner of one of the first vineyards in Arizona to produce award-winning wine, has died of cancer. He was 65. Buhl, of Elgin, bought the R.W. Webb vineyard in 1990 and called it Dos Cabezas. He planted then-obscure varietals such as malvasia bianca, pinot gris and viognier that he thought would do well in the high desert. Maynard James Keenan, co-owner of Arizona Stronghold, the winery that operates the vineyard now, said fruit from those plantings has been used in the Tazi blend, a nationally distributed wine.
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Festival at the Farm Wildly Successful
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By all accounts, the 5th Annual Festival at the Farm, held Nov. 16, was wildly successful! Participation was up by 46 percent over any prior year with more than 1,000 participants enjoying a lovely day at the Farm at South Mountain. With 29 wineries offering tastings of their finest wines, guests surely left the event with their favorites. The weather was perfect, the positive energy among the crowd was contagious and everyone had a fabulous time!
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Inaugural 'Wine in the Desert' Arizona Wine Festival to be Held in Tucson
AWGA
The Arizona Wine Growers Association will present one of its Signature Series Events, "Wine in the Desert," in Tucson at St. Philip's Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 14. This is the first time an Arizona Wine Growers Association event will be held in Tucson. The event will highlight the industry's partnership with Yavapai College and the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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Southwest Wine Center: We Are On Our Way!
Yavapai College Foundation
Yavapai College held the groundbreaking ceremony in November for the Southwest Wine Center teaching winery, the first teaching winery in the southwest U.S. Construction of the teaching winery begins this month, with completion targeted for the fall 2014.

Be watching for construction updates in the months to come, and help support the Campaign to Build the Southwest Wine Center.

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Arizona Winemakers Talk About Terroir
Weekly Wine Journal
Arizona winemakers Maynard James Keenan of Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, Anne Rancone of Lightning Ridge Cellars, Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, Rob Hammelman of Sand Reckoner Vineyards, Curt Dunham of Lawrence Dunham vineyards and Cynthia Snapp of Javelina Leap Vineyards presented a discussion of the terroir in Arizona during the recent Festival at the Farm.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

Date Event Location Details
Dec. 14 Wine in the Desert: Discover Arizona Wine Tucson Supporting AWGA's Academic Partners Yavapai College and University of Arizona
Feb. 22, 2014 Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival Oro Valley  
March 15, 2014 The Art of Arizona Wine Celebration Scottsdale  
June 13-14, 2014 Wine in the Pines Pinetop-Lakeside  


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Meet Yao Ming: Expert Winemaker
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The bad news: Yao Ming's game did not age like a fine wine, as he played his last NBA game at age 30. The good news: His fine wine ages like fine wine.

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Flying Leap Opens Tucson Tasting Rooms
Arizona Daily Star
The 3-year-old Flying Leap Vineyards plans to open two tasting rooms in Tucson by March and hopes to eventually open a third in town as well.

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Arizona Republic Names 2013 Wine Winners
The Arizona Republic
As the Arizona wine industry has grown, so too has the Arizona Republic Wine Competition. Consider this a two-tiered guide to the Arizona wine industry.

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How to Understand the New World of Crowdfunding
Phoenix Business Journal
Crowdfunding presents a tremendous opportunity for private companies to raise capital by collecting small contributions from a large number of investors. It has just started to become regulated, so it's important to understand the crowdfunding climate.
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Attack of the Wine Drones
Wine-Searcher
Drones can already spy on public parks and rain death from above. Now, they can help wine growers get their grapes uniformly ripe.
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WineAmerica Expands Its National Network
WineAmerica
WineAmerica Inc., the National Association of American Wineries, is expanding its State Associations Council to allow both state and regional wine groups better access to policy information and enhanced networking opportunities nationwide.
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White Wine, Beer and Brussels Sprouts: Key Sources of Arsenic
Live Science
White wine, beer and Brussels sprouts can be major sources of the toxic metal arsenic in people's diets, according to a new study.
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Microbes May Explain Some of the Mysteries of Terroir and Wine
The New York Times
Terroir is a concept at the heart of French winemaking, but one so mysterious that the word has no English counterpart. American wine growers have long expressed varying degrees of skepticism about this ineffable concept, some dismissing it as unfathomable mysticism and others regarding it as a shrewd marketing ploy to protect the cachet of French wines. Now American researchers may have penetrated the veil that hides the landscape of terroir from clear view, at least in part.
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One of History's Oldest Wine Cellars Discovered
History Channel
A team of American and Israeli researchers have announced the discovery of what may be one of civilization's oldest — and largest — wine cellars. The team made the find while excavating a banquet hall at a Canaanite palace in what is now northern Israel.
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Biodynamic Winemaker Prosecuted for Not Treating Vines with Insecticide
Decanter
Emmanuel Giboulot, a biodynamic winemaker in Beaune, France, has been threatened with a nearly $50,000 fine and six months in prison for not treating his vines against the flavesence dorée disease.
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