This Issue of The Grapevine Magazine

Post Fermentation Management Choices for Red Wines

“The winemaker is a warrior. He has to fight the vagaries of nature, storms, insects, disease, rot, hail and bad luck. This is why every bottle is worthy of respect and every glass must be drunk with the honor it deserves. That soil, that man, that fight, are embodied in your glass.” – Anonymous They say that a winemaker makes at least 2000 decisions during the winemaking process before the wine goes into the bottle. This statement was coined 20 years ago, even before items such as tannin additions, fining agents in the gelatin family that have specific target sites and micro-oxidation, were added to our toolbox. This article will assist the winemaker in making adjustments to red wine after […]

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10 Tips for Making the Most out of Q4

As harvest wraps up, you should be ready to pounce on Q4. There are several reasons OND (October, November, December) is a crucial period for Direct to Consumer Sales. First, it in the high point between the summer slump, where it is often too hot to ship or consumers go for cold beers and cocktails over wine, and Q1 where New Years Resolutions have us grabbing electrolyte water and swearing to balance our budgets. Second, the reasons to remind our consumers about wine are too numerous to count. There are large family dinners in need of wine pairings, parties in need of hostess gifts, corporate and personal gifting in need of that classy yet universal item. And, thanks to Daylight […]

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Wine’s Growing Presence in Unexpected Settings

What does a hair salon, furniture store, and dog boutique have in common? Surprisingly, the one element they all have in common is this: wine! For a variety of reasons, wine is being served in venues that are distinctly different from the usual bars, restaurants, and banquet halls. In California, a glass of wine is replacing the complimentary cup of coffee at hair salons, thanks to a new law allowing beauty salons and barbershops to serve beer and wine without a liquor license. At Bark Fifth Avenue, a luxury boutique for dogs in Atlanta, Georgia, customers are served a glass of Chandon “on the house” while busily shopping for luxurious carriers, water dishes, beds, and other doggie essentials. According to […]

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Guidelines for Planting a Healthy Vineyard

This time of the year, once the hectic harvest tasks have been completed is when growers should start planning new vineyard development projects. In the winter, as soon as dormancy starts, nurseries will collect cuttings from rootstock and scion varieties that will be grafted in the spring. Most nurseries in California propagate and grow material from the California Certification and Registration (R&C) program. This R&C program was revised in 2010 to include the specific testing of pathogens (disease causing agents such as Xylella fastidiosa, Agrobacterium vitis, and certain viruses) rather than diseases. After the discovery of Grapevine red blotch virus, the regulations were revised once more in 2016 to include the exclusion of this detrimental virus in the certification program. […]

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Cleaning, sanitation key processes in wineries

It isn’t enough to master the art of creating a Nectar of the Gods if the devils of dirt, germs and bacteria are potentially lurking in every crevice, nook and tube in a winery. Winemakers must have a comprehensive battle plan to defend against such mortal enemies. That demands a regular schedule – often daily – of cleaning and sanitation. “It’s estimated that winemaking is 75 to 80 percent cleaning,” said Jennie Savits, enology specialist with the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University. “A winery environment that is clean and sanitary will positively impact product quality, consistency and safety.” The 75 to 80 percent figure is a low-end estimate of the priority cleaning takes, according to […]

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Filtration in the Winery

Filtration has been used in commercial winemaking for decades, but manufacturers are continually working to improve the process to maximize its usefulness while minimizing potential side effects. Benefits of Filtration Filtering is typically the last step in the winemaking process before bottling. Filtering offers winemakers the ability to ensure product consistency, avoid spoilage by removing yeast and bacteria, enhance freshness, and improve the wine’s overall appearance. However, it’s important to keep in mind that filtration passes should be kept to a minimum. Over-filtering wine creates the potential for dilution, dulls varietal freshness, and strips the product of aromatic lift. Filtration is the norm for makers of white wines, but opinions regarding filtration become murkier when working with red wine. The […]

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Wine Labels 201: Protecting Your Design

In the July/August Issue, The Grapevine published an article by attorney, Lindsey Zahn, entitled “Wine Labels 101: Navigating TTB’s COLA Process.” The article described the information that must be contained on the label as well as how the label gets approved for use. This article will discuss how to protect the design of the label. Aside from the required information relating to contents, origin, etc., a label contains many creative aspects, including: brand names, logos, pictures, drawings, color schemes, unique label shapes, backgrounds, and fanciful descriptions of the winery and the product. But, in a crowded market, how can those elements be protected against copying by competitors? There are three tools available to wineries to protect their labels: trademarks, trade […]

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When Life Gives You Ice, You Make Icewine

Not too long after Labor Day, Canadians start to notice a chill in the air and the sun setting a little earlier each day. While some look forward to spectacular snow conditions and others retreat south to warmer climates, Canadian winemakers keep a careful eye on the falling temperatures. As the forecasters predict drops toward -8° Celsius, (nearing 15° Fahrenheit) growers carefully monitor the vines and put their small army of pickers on stand-by. As the temperature slips to -10°C the call goes out, often in the middle of the night, and a hearty team of growers, pickers and often some friends and family, put on their headlamps, dress for a long cold night and hit the vineyards. The climate […]

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How to choose barrels and a cooper for your winery

Barrels might look simple enough, but choosing the right one is very important for wineries. There are many options available to winemakers, and the decision begins with research and asking the right questions. Wood Used for Wine Barrels Not just any wood will do when it comes to wine barrels. There are many different types of barrels from which wineries can choose. French oak and American oak are popular options, and hybrid barrels are available, made with a combination of the two, such as American oak staves and French oak heads. French oak is known for high levels of oak tannins and fine grain while American oak typically has higher levels of cis-lactone and tyloses. Each wood type will impart […]

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TricorBraun Issues Statement On The Wine Packaging Industry; Company Commits To New ‘WinePak Promise’

Contact: Suzanne Fenton VP, Brand Marketing TricorBraun WinePak 314-983-2010 marketing@tricorbraun.com For Immediate Release TricorBraun Issues Statement On The Wine Packaging Industry; Company Commits To New ‘WinePak Promise’ TricorBraun WinePak, North America’s leading wine bottle distributor, has issued the following statement in conjunction with the evolution of the wine packaging industry, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President:   For the past 35 years, TricorBraun WinePak has been a driving force in the wine packaging industry. Today, as our industry shifts and global competition impacts product quality, pricing and availability—we recognize that many of our customers face confusing questions. “Who should I buy from?” and “Should I simply opt for the lowest price?” become real decisions. For TricorBraun WinePak, these shifts […]

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