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Winery Breaks Rules: Sisters Skip Etiquette, Focus on Fun
Arizona Daily Star
Shannon Zouzoulas and her sister Megan Haller think wine should be fun. "We try to do things differently," said Haller, 37, who tends the vineyard and makes the wine while her sister runs the tasting room and is in charge of marketing and event planning. "There are no rules."
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Arizona Tourism Boosted When State Makes Top 100 Wines of 2013 List
San Francisco Chronicle via Arizona Office of Tourism
The Arizona Office of Tourism now has another hook for its promotional campaigns: the state's wine industry has cracked the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines list for 2013 (as reported in last week's Arizona Wine Press).
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Let the Vino Pour: 'Wine in the Desert' Coming to Tucson
Arizona Daily Star
Phoenix is host to the state's biggest wine festival, but Tucson is getting a chance to throw its cork into the barrel when the Arizona Wine Growers Association hosts the inaugural "Wine in the Desert" event at St. Philip's Plaza on Dec. 14.
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Looking for Wine in All the Wrong Places
Tucson Citizen
The growing of grapes and making of wine is a business that all 50 states in the country are involved in, with many having largely mixed results. Native Californian Lorin Shields-Michel, now an Arizona residents, says exploring the state's vineyards and wine spots has turned up pleasant surprises.
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Meteor Explosion Casts Shower Over Arizona
CNN
A resounding boom over Tucson roused residents from their dinner tables Dec. 10 and had them pointing up to the sky. The largest meteor shower of the year seemed to be giving them a sneak preview, as a whopper of a rock roared past over their heads.
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Christmas Shopping for Unique Wine-Related Gifts
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What makes a great gift for the wine lover in your midst this holiday season? The "Wine Walker" offers advice on finding one-of-a-kind gift opportunities for wine enthusiasts.

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Arizona Reappears on Chronicle's Top 100 List
San Francisco Chronicle
For the second year in a row, an Arizona winery has made the San Francisco Chronicle's list of the top 100 wines of the year. Sand-Reckoner Vineyards cracked the list.

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5 Arizona Wines to Give a Skeptic
Phoenix New Times
For those of you who have a skeptical wine lover on your holiday shopping list, buy them one or more of these eye-opening Arizona wines to change their minds.

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Graphics: Color Selection and Visibility
Tim Stroud
Psychologists have long been aware that people have visceral responses to certain colors. Savvy marketers know that by correlating this information to your product and brand, you can evoke a certain perception in the public's eye. In fact, a product's color can influence from 60-80 percent of customers' purchasing choices.
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Top 10 Influential Wine Consultants
The Drinks Business
Behind many of the world's most admired wines lies the guiding hand of a winemaking consultant. How are the top 10 consultants shaping the global wine scene?
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Uncorking the Wine Business
Fox Business
As wine consumption in the United States continues on pace for at least 4 percent growth in the coming year, Cameron Hughes explains the business scene behind wine.
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Wine Sales Up in Limited-Service Sector
Fast Casual
Restaurant Sciences LLC has reported that the sales of on-premise wine fell 2.6 percent from May to October of this year. Despite the overall decline, wine sales saw a 10 percent growth in family dining and limited-service restaurants during this period.
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Libelium Pours Smart Tech Into Wine Production
GreenBiz.com
If Libelium co-founder and CEO Alicia Asin has her way, smart systems will swarm the world around us, enabling and automating more sustainable business decisions. An example of what's possible comes from the Galicia Rias Baixas wine region in northwest Spain, where the government is investing in a "smart viticulture" project to improve Albarino grape yields.
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