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Symposium Reveals Novel Uses for Precision Viticulture

Symposium Reveals Novel Uses for Precision Viticulture

By: Annie Klodd, University of Minnesota Extension  What role do you see precision agriculture playing in the world of viticulture, and how do we get over the growing pains to make it a reality? These were the key questions addressed during a recent Precision Viticulture Symposium co-hosted by the American Society ...
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The Cleaning Life of a Winemaker

The Cleaning Life of a Winemaker

By: Tom Payette, Winemaking Consultant  The positive response from the previous article on Cross-contamination has lead to this article as enforcement to the end goal of the possible elimination of cross-contamination.  If that article was not on your reading list over the past few months it may be worth reviewing ...
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The Role of Cover Crops in the Vineyard

The Role of Cover Crops in the Vineyard

By: Becky Garrison    The United States Department of Agriculture defines a cover crop as “a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement.” The USDA National Resources Conservation Service website offers this concise explanation ...
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Changes to Gift Tax Exemption Laws Could Affect Winery Estate Planning

Changes to Gift Tax Exemption Laws Could Affect Winery Estate Planning

By: Kemp Moyer and Sachi Danish, BPM LLP  For owner-operators of wineries and other closely held businesses, now may be an opportune time to maximize estate planning through the utilization of gifts of ownership interests. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 has been broadly seen as favorable to businesses, ...
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The Importance of Review Sites

The Importance of Review Sites

By: Susan DeMatei  We all have a love/hate relationship with online reviews. We get angry when someone points out our flaws on Yelp, but we look for multiple reviews when considering something on Amazon. Four Reasons You Should Care About Online Reviews  Let’s start with your consumer. Chances are, if you’re a ...
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Demetria Estate Winery: All-Natural Wines from Grape to Glass

Demetria Estate Winery: All-Natural Wines from Grape to Glass

By: Nan McCreary  When John and Sandra Zahoudanis founded Demetria Estate near Los Olivos, California, in 2006, their goal was to honor John’s Greek heritage and family tradition of farming and careful stewardship of the land. To achieve that objective, they committed to farm sustainably and biodynamically, using phases of the ...
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Frost Protection in the Vineyard: Environment, Geography and Science

Frost Protection in the Vineyard: Environment, Geography and Science

By: Gerald Dlubala  The grapevines that a grower depends on for their livelihood are vulnerable to temperature changes that can damage the buds, fruit and even the vine. One of the most unfavorable temperature conditions is frost. Most frost conditions are radiation frosts, characterized by dry, cold air masses that settle ...
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Ways to Help Promote Your Venue

Ways to Help Promote Your Venue

It is important now more than ever to promote your winery to both potential clients and other industry professionals. Promoting your winery in your community can increase your exposure and bring in more business. We’ve put together a list of a few ways to reach out to potential clients and ...
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The Need for Proper Refrigeration and Cold Storage in the Winery

The Need for Proper Refrigeration and Cold Storage in the Winery

By: Gerald Dlubala  Temperature control and consistency are magic words to a winemaker. From planting through harvest, packaging and storage, the winemaking process is vulnerable to temperature instability or fluctuation. With each growing season bringing the potential for unique challenges regarding those temperature fluctuations, the winemaker must be prepared to react ...
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Crush Season: When Timing is Everything, Experience Matters

Crush Season: When Timing is Everything, Experience Matters

By: Cheryl Gray Inside every grape is the flavor upon which crush season depends. Capturing that flavor is a skill that every vineyard around the world strives to master. From traditional methods to the latest technology, wineries have a singular goal in mind: extracting the very best from a grape ...
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