Archive: Winery Info

WINE IN CANS

Taking Cans Where Bottles Can’t Go It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re going river rafting with a group of people, you have a picnic packed in your cooler and you see the sign that says “No bottles.” No problem. Or you meet your friends at the beach for sunset, another sign “No bottles.” Again, not a problem. Your ace in the hole? You have wine in cans. The Market Canned wines are transforming picnic baskets around the world. You drink it directly from the can, like you do a beer. It’s the perfect drinking vessel. Today a handful of wineries are adding cans to their bottling lines. Don’t panic, wine in cans is meant for easy-drinking wines. Not wines that are […]

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Wine Trends in Canada

The Canadian wine industry generates employment through production, manufacturing, and tourism. Canada is known for its famous Ice Wine, a rich, high-quality product. Although Canada is not a major producer like other European countries, the Canadian winemaking industry generates substantial economic benefits. The steadily growing population has led to the growth of a healthy, knowledgeable, and adventurous consumers. A steady but growing wine market has enabled Canada to have an increased number of regular drinkers. There are presently two million adults who drink wine at least once a month. Additionally, Canada is the 12th largest wine drinking nation, and there is bound to be better optics as millennials are exposed to the wine culture. As of 2012, Canadians were nearly […]

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OLIVER WINERY: From the Basement to the Big Leagues

In the 1960s, when the late Indiana University law professor Bill Oliver began growing grapes in his basement as a hobby, he could hardly have envisioned that the wine industry would grow into the giant that it is today. Nor could he have imagined that he was planting the seeds for what was to become the largest winery in Indiana, and one of the biggest east of the Mississippi. It was Oliver’s passion for winemaking that inspired him to move out of the basement and establish a 30-acre vineyard northwest of Bloomington. At the time, there was no shortage of skeptics. Few people other than hobbyists were “tinkering” with wine; and besides, selling wine commercially wasn’t even legal. In 1971 […]

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‘Locally Grown’ Movement Helps to Fuel Iowa’s Winery Business

Vitis riparia, in the lexicon of Iowa vintners, roughly translates to “profit potential.” It certainly might explain the reason wineries have sprung up across the state — indeed, the Northeast and Upper Midwest — over the last 20 years. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded the Northern Grapes Project, partially in response to the emergence of a cottage industry of wineries in Northern states. In Iowa alone, more than 100 wineries sprouted, feeding on the encouragement of state economic developers and agriculture officials. It all stems from cold-loving Vitis riparia-based wine grape cultivars. These varieties survive in climatic extremes that easily quash their tender, succulent cousins in the coastal vineyards of California, […]

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Talking Winery Wastewater Treatment with Sheldon Sapoznik

It seems as though anything associated with winemaking should be good for the environment. A natural product (grapes) mixes with another natural product (water) and is allowed to ferment using natural sugars and a natural ingredient (yeast) to make a pretty natural product. And yet, there is so much about making wine that can be bad for the environment. Including, surprisingly, the wastewater. To outsiders, winery wastewater seems as if it should be an easy fix. Just take whatever water is left over and put it back into the fields! It’s cyclical and it makes sense! What these outsiders don’t know is that winery wastewater is actually quite destructive to the living organisms that may come in contact with them. […]

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Mobile Bottling Preparation

Preparing for bottling, mobile or not, is no easy challenge. The key to success while preparing for the mobile bottler to arrive is communication and planning. This can’t be stressed enough when you digest the topics below and we can use this document even if we have our own bottling line. When It is recommended to contact a mobile bottler at least 6 months prior to actually needing them. Discuss the overall plan from wine styles, case volume, road access for their truck and address other questions the bottling operator may have. Then request their spec sheet in terms of label wind, label spool core size, label spool size, capsules, bottle styles, screw cap capabilities etc. Does the mobile bottler […]

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Ontario Shoppers! You Can Now Purchase Your Wine at a Grocery Near You

October 28, 2016, is the date of the next step in the steady march toward greater access to wines of Ontario. On that date, wine will be found on the shelves of 70 groceries throughout the province. The day comes just eight months after the February 2016 promise made by Premier Kathleen Wynne to eventually permit up to 300 groceries to offer wine, including imports, just down the aisle from the steak and cheese. The suggestion to open Ontario’s grocery market to wine was included in the recommendations of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets presented in April of 2015. The report said, “First, we are recommending the creation of a new retail channel for wine that is separate […]

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Make Your Bottle Images Sell For You!

As the saying goes: “a picture is worth a thousand words”. When it comes to your business, it may as well be worth thousands of dollars in revenue. Let’s look at some data: • People are attracted to images: they remember 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read, and 80% of what they see.¹ • People are really attracted to images when shopping: 67% of e-commerce users say the product image is “very important” in purchase decision-making, even more so than the product description (54%) and ratings and reviews (53%).² • First impressions matter a lot: the average person’s attention span is only 8.25 seconds… less than a goldfish that clocks at 9!³ Big players are well […]

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POMACE: From Trash to Treasure

The vineyard is a miraculous place where sugars and flavors come from the earth each year and are used to produce the wines of the world. But did you know that the vineyard is also a production center for powerful anti-oxidants and polyphenols in all parts of the plant? While the value of the fruit of the vine is well known, the value of other components of the process are only beginning to be realized in the United States. Pomace is the solid remains of grapes, olives, or other fruit after juice or oil has been extracted. The remains include stems, seeds, skins and pulp. It is an unavoidable consequence of winemaking, and so, the question becomes, what should be […]

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Buena Vista Winery Rebirth of a Legend

The storied history of California winemaking is jam-packed with legendary visionaries whose entrepreneurial endeavors put regions like Napa and Sonoma on the international wine map. Perhaps none of these is as colorful as Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian soldier, merchant and promoter who crafted the future of California winemaking. Today, 150 years later, Haraszthy’s historic past is being brought back to life at his original estate, Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma County. Haraszthy, who was born into nobility and had a passion for grape-growing, arrived in California during the Gold Rush. But unlike the forty-niners who dreamed of striking gold, the self-proclaimed “Count” was on a quest for “purple-gold” —the perfect terroir for exceptional wine. He found it at what was […]

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