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What's it like to make wine in Arizona?

There used to be an Arizona promotional campaign that reminded the rest of the world that the Grand Canyon State is also known for the five "C's:" citrus, copper, climate, cotton and cattle.

Those are still important to the economy but in 2013, we must add a sixth, computers, because we are becoming a technology haven.

However, many feel that it will not be long before we have to add a seventh "C" for chardonnay, only one of the many varietal and wine blends created all across the state.

The wine industry is far from being an overnight business venture but vintner Sam Pillsbury said he's in it for the long haul. He may also want to add an eighth for cinema, since he's a long-time movie maker.

But for now, the question is, what's it like to make wine in Arizona?

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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