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Happy Holidays from the Arizona Wine Industry!
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The Arizona wine industry has enjoyed a spectacular 2013, experiencing amazing growth in all respects. On behalf of its members, the Arizona Wine Growers Association wishes to express its deepest gratitude to its loyal supporters for turning the dreams of many into reality.
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2014 Wine Travel Cards Now Available!
The Wine Travel Card
Arizona's largest and premiere wine and travel savings passport is now available for 2014 — with extra incentives to sweeten the deal. The 2014 Arizona Wine Travel Card, accepted at 60 destinations and 28 Arizona wineries, includes free shipping, a buy-one-get-one free promotion (for a limited time), plus a host of benefits. At only $20 per card, the 2014 Arizona Wine Travel Card is an amazing value for any Arizona wine and travel lover!
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Head to Oro Valley for Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival
AWGA
Join the Arizona wine industry at the Historic Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley for the inaugural Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The event will feature exclusive tastings from 15 of Arizona's vineyards and wineries, live local music, great vendors and even better times. Buy your tickets prior to the event to save $5!


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ONEHOPE Wine: Pour a Glass of Positive Impact
AZWineLifestyle
For some, the idea of a business model benefiting charitable causes is a dream for the future; for others, it's an obtainable goal — in need of a few friends to jump on board in order to help make it a reality. Arizona native Kristen Lyn Shroyer was one of those willing to jump on board and help turn a dream into reality.
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Top 3 Arizona Economy Stories of 2013
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona's private sector saw two big names go and another huge one arrive as the state's economy has continued to be slow to recover the more than 300,000 jobs lost during the recession.
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Discover Arizona Wine: The Magic of the Holidays
CITYSunTimes
Peggy Fiandaca, president of the Arizona Wine Growers Association and owner of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, says the holidays are a magical time of gift-giving, cookie-baking and decorating. "What better way to celebrate the end of 2013 but with a great Arizona wine?" she writes.
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 AWGA Signature Events

Date Event Location Details
Feb. 22, 2014 Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival Oro Valley Tickets available now
March 15, 2014 The Art of Arizona Wine Celebration Scottsdale  
June 13-14, 2014 Wine in the Pines Pinetop-Lakeside Save the date
Nov. 14-15, 2014 The Festival at the Farm Phoenix Save the date


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Arizona Uncorking Its Own Wine Country
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With the harvest in, the holiday season approaching and Arizona's thermostat dropping, year-end is a smart time to visit its wine country.

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'Wine in the Desert' Deemed a Success
AWGA
With more than 450 attendees and 15 participating wineries, AWGA is proud to proclaim the inaugural Wine in the Desert Arizona wine festival a huge success.

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 Business & Marketing


Shielding Your Business from Lawsuits, Threats
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
Given today's litigious society, where successful businesses are lawsuit targets from competitors, the government, clients, customers and even employees, implementing a business protection plan is crucial. Unfortunately, most wineries are not well protected and leave key assets, cash flows and even the owner's interest in the business exposed.
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Top 5 Social Media Trends for 2014
Emma Fitzpatrick
Looking toward 2014 already? See what social media trends are coming over the horizon so you can stay ahead of the competition. Some networks are here to stay and will continue to grow, while others are already stale. Determine where you should budget your time in the upcoming fiscal year now. Without further ado, here are the top five social media trends of 2014.
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 National News


New Research Suggests Wine vs. Beer Thinking Outdated
North Bay Business Journal
Marketers of wine should be prepared for the full arrival of millennial-generation consumers at drinking age in the next two years, surging adoption of Internet retail sales and increasing understanding of "core" consumers as imbibers of fine beer and spirits as well as wine, according to a major tracker of wine consumer trends.
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Spring Training in the Tour Business
Shebby Lee
This time of year hints at spring training and its unbridled optimism and unfettered opportunities. In the seasonal business of a receptive operator, this is our spring training. Groups are booking tours with all the assurance that they will not only run, but they will also fill every seat.
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 International News


International Wine Research Partnership to Benefit Global Wine Industry
The Australian Wine Research Institute
Three of the world's leading grape and wine research organisations, the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences, the Australian Wine Research Institute and the Hochschule Geisenheim University, have joined forces in a new wine research alliance.
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The Problem with Bagged Wines
The Wine-o-scope
Using balled-up plastic wrap to ameliorate the funk of a corked bottle (because TCA adsorbs, or clings, to the cling wrap) is an old trick, but the industry's thoughts about wine and plastic didn't go much further until the recent hullaballoo over BPA and the health risks it poses when it leaches out of packaging and into food.
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