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The racquetball courts are soon to be converted into a full production teaching winery known as the Southwest Wine Center. This is huge for not only the Verde Valley but for Arizona viticulture as a whole. As I've mentioned in previous columns, we are decades away from truly establishing an identity as a wine region, but the Southwest Wine Center will shave years off of that search.
This is exactly how U.C. Davis began. They started as a small community college. But even though U.C. Davis is established and their database is extensive, our terroir isn't on their radar. Our hurdles, the nuances of our weather, terrain, soil composition, pests, and predators aren't in the California database. Their information is basically useless to us. We now have the opportunity to establish our own hub of knowledge, our power center.
Are you in need of a job? Let me rephrase that. Are you in need of a valuable craft that will not only put food on your family's table but provide you with inspiration and a reason to get up in the morning? Pay attention. The wine and viticulture industry in our state is growing exponentially. It's in need of a workforce on all levels. Knowledge is Power. Now you know. Now you have no excuse.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Southwest Wine Center: http://southwestwinecenter.org/
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