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Lifting spirits: Bill would allow winemakers to distill leftover grapes

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer’s licenses that allow them to follow suit.... Read more»

Wine shortage refuted, but Az vintners say demand still high

Though national officials are refuting reports of a global wine shortage, Deb Wahl of Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery says increasing demand is pressuring her, and other Verde Valley winemakers, to produce more. “We can’t plant enough, we can’t produce (enough),” said Wahl, Oak Creek’s owner. “Even with my small winery, I’m always under the gun to produce more (and) produce better. That’s a good problem to have, right?”... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: The government shutdown's impact on investors

An interview with state Rep. Ethan Orr (District 9 - R). Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman had the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Next, Arizona winemakers are celebrating a strong harvest — we talked with Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards in Sonoita. Plus, our monthly “Your Meds” segment with Dr. Ray Woosley, former UA College of Medicine Dean and creator of CredibleMeds.org.... Read more»

Growing a workforce: Students cultivate wine-making careeers

Launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, the Yavapai College’s viticulture and enology program offers certificates in viticulture, focusing on the science, production and study of grapes, and in enology, the study of wine and winemaking.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Az winemakers celebrate big harvest

The Monday Political Face-Off with commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom, followed by, Lisa Bates, president of Tucson Wildlife Center, and Kent Callaghan, owner of Callaghan Vineyards in Elgin, Ariz.... Read more»

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Out of town events to entertain all

This weekends events feature festivals and performance that encourage the family to hop in the car and get out of town for a day to experience something new that’s not far outside of Tucson.... Read more»

Az wineries toast bill to allow mailing beer & wine

A bill in Congress would reverse a 1909 law banning the U.S. Postal Service from delivering wine and beer. Arizona has more than 60 wineries and some owners are anxiously awaiting the decision that could benefit the state’s growing wine industry.... Read more»

The next Napa? Verde Valley ferments plan to become wine mecca

The Verde Valley has for long been a tourist destination, luring visitors to Sedona, parks featuring ancient American Indian dwellings, the ghost town of Jerome and other attractions. But only recently has wine become a draw in its own right.... Read more»

Az wineries worry law will cork online sales

Representatives of the growing number of small wineries in Arizona fear that a bill pending in Congress could lead to them losing the ability to sell directly to customers beyond – and perhaps even within – the state. “It’s very important for us to ship our wine across state lines.”... Read more»3

Tucson Food Dude

Puttin’ on the… Dove Mountain restaurant not stuffy at CORE

A winemaker dinner at CORE Kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is too much fun to sully with a pun.... Read more»

Savoring the black wine of Cahors

Old-world Malbec wine is a little bit like the Marlboro Man, but without the nicotine. It’s rugged. Long-lasting. Original. It does its own thing, current tastes be damned.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

Nobody expects the French Revolution!

Why is it every time I spill a little beer, our kitchen floor becomes a refuge for the oppressed 18th century French?... Read more»

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