This Issue of Grapevine Magazine

Wine Tank Purchasing

One of the biggest tasks in setting up a winery, or expanding one, is the decisions on the wine tanks.  Much time, thought and effort must go into planning what the winery wants to accomplish with the tanks.  If these decisions are made properly, and well in advance, significant monetary savings can be achieved.   What will these tanks be used for?  If the tanks will be used for fermenting juice one set of criteria may be used.  If used additionally for cold settling of juice, red fermentations or cold stabilization the list of criteria may expand.  Deciding what the tanks are needed for in the winery will lead toward the right choice. White wine fermentors often have a small […]

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Tried, True and NEW Vineyard Equipment

Labor saving technologies are currently rising to the top of the market, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be disappearing any time soon. For many, the world of viticultural tools is growing in the right direction, even if others aren’t willing to go there quite yet.   Pruning The year begins with pruning, and to do that right, you need a good pair of sheers. Hand-held sheers are common in the US, but more recently, pneumatic and electric sheers have started to gain popularity. The benefits of electric sheers are vast – they alleviate the risk of carpal tunnel and other repetitive motion injuries, and make pruning go much quicker – but often times the risk of these powerful sheers […]

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Warming the Wintery Nights with Ontario Wine

Some may be at a loss of words when defining what is so distinct about Southern Ontario and its wine making.  For some Canadians, it may not sound that special, or even interesting. But give it a chance and you’ll be amazed to find out that Southern Ontario is alive with culture and a taste for the good life that is unique, brave and, yes, delicious. The wine industry in Ontario has well-established roots that seek to produce high-quality wines for all tastes, prices and elegant desires. Ontario wines follow the distinction as defined by the Vinters Quality Alliance or VQA – an association that establishes standards and practices in Ontario and B.C. for all winemakers. The VQA offers a […]

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Conflicts Of Appellations

Vintners, viticulturists and oenologists would all agree that appellation is critical in the wine industry. Where the grapes come from gives rise to an expectation of quality and taste. So, to, with trademarks. Trademarks are the appellation of goods and services in general. Sometimes trademarks and appellations conflict. Does a wine product with “Chablis” in its name also have to have the requisite amount of grapes grown in the Chablis region of France?  Not always. In 1988, Vintners International Company, Inc. (“Vintners”) applied for a trademark registration in the U.S. Trademark Office on “Chablis with a Twist.” There were no grapes from the Chablis region of France. Nevertheless, the Trademark Office allowed the application. The Insitut National Des Appellations D’Origine […]

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The Saving Grace of Crop Insurance

To say that running a vineyard is hard work would be a massive understatement. With all there is to take into consideration and the amount of effort that goes into a single growing season, the thought of having a bad year can be downright terrifying. Nevertheless, winery operators know that a single bout of frost or other hazard can be enough to ruin an entire season. This can have a number of different repercussions, and if bad enough, a poor year can cause a vineyard to close up shop. What’s the solution? Many believe it exists in crop insurance.   Why Every Vineyard Needs Crop Insurance Picture a growing season that is off to an excellent start and seems promising in […]

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The Evolution of Filtration in Wine Making

Archeological evidence shows fermented beverages originated 9,000 years ago in the ancient village of Jiahu in China’s Henan province in the Yellow River Valley.  This discovery was based on the archaeological findings and pottery analysis of molecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern and his colleagues from he University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Based on the chemical analysis of residues extracted from pottery fragments, McGovern concluded that the people were preparing and consuming a fermented mixed beverage made with wild grapes, hawthorn fruit, rice, and honey.  These food products were locally available to brewing pioneers.  While the origins of alcohol production are unknown, it is a realistic assumption that observations made in the animal kingdom led to experimentation with […]

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Stoller Family Estate

Stoller Family Estate, founded by Dayton, OR business executive Bill Stoller, occupies a unique position in the State’s booming wine industry: while the family operation is deeply rooted in the past, its guiding principle is — and always has been — to aim for the future, and to aim high. “There are very few native Oregonians who got into the wine business before Bill Stoller,” said Gary Mortensen, president of the company. “Bill grew up on this property. He sees himself as a custodian of the land, and he wants to leave it as his legacy.” That legacy dates back to the early 40s, when the land was operated by the family as a turkey farm. (That’s why there’s a […]

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Wine of the New World

With this series of articles- Wines of the New World, I will be taking a much closer look at some of the individual countries that make up the Americas, also known as the countries of The New World. I will be explaining in more fine detail how each country forms part of a larger interconnected and sustainable global network. Within which we can begin to understand more about the changes taking place in the world of viticulture today by mind mapping, and by discovering much more about how neighbouring countries help influence one another when they conduct business together. A great number of new developments and key changes are taking place in the global wine industry today. Developments that will […]

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What is Your Tasting Room Strategy

Here are the facts, according to a Silicon Valley Bank presentation I recently attended, on the “2015 State of the Wine Industry” – In 1995 there were 2,000 wineries and 3,000 distributors in the U.S. Those seem like pretty good odds for getting your wines into someone’s book, right? Today we are faced with an entirely different reality – 7,000 wineries are entering 2015 in search of just 700 distributors. What does that tell you if you are a small production winery? While entering new markets is certainly feasible, it has now become more difficult due to the consolidation of wholesalers nationally, and more focus on volume based brands. This indicates the need to concentrate on the Direct to Consumer […]

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