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Ashley Trout:  Blazing the Trail for Women Winemakers

Ashley Trout: Blazing the Trail for Women Winemakers

Ashley Trout, Flying Trout Wines By: Nan McCreary If anyone can rightfully boast about their place on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2018 “Top 40 under 40,” it’s Walla Walla, Washington winemaker and social justice advocate, Ashley Trout. As an integral part of the Washington wine industry since 1999, she has started ...
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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard During Wildfire Season: Tips For Your Winery

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard During Wildfire Season: Tips For Your Winery

Weather conditions and natural disasters occasionally take a toll on vineyards and other agricultural production systems. Due to climate change and recurring droughts, some of which are severe, the frequency and severity of wildfires is expected to increase. These risks highlight the need for winegrowers and winery owners to be ...
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Litigation of Herbicide Drift Cases

Litigation of Herbicide Drift Cases

By: Brian D. Kaider, Esq Chemical drift, the movement of herbicide/pesticide to unintended areas from the site of application, is a continuing problem in many farming areas, including vineyards. In the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of The Grapevine Magazine, Judit Monis and I wrote an article (https://thegrapevinemagazine.net/2019/11/herbicide-drift-a-common-issue-affecting-vineyards-worldwide/) describing how herbicide drift ...
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Understanding the Domino Effect of the European Wine Tariffs

Understanding the Domino Effect of the European Wine Tariffs

By: Tracey L. Kelley At press time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative is deciding the revised outcome of a controversial decision from 2019: an increase in import tariffs for European wines by 25%. This action is part of a World Trade Organization judgment against the European Union ...
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Post Fermentation Management Choices for Red Wines

Post Fermentation Management Choices for Red Wines

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant “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 ...
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A Review of Laboratory Methods for Grapevine Pathogen Detection and Diagnostics

A Review of Laboratory Methods for Grapevine Pathogen Detection and Diagnostics

By Judit Monis, Ph.D. Presently there are many laboratories that provide testing services dedicated to the detection and diagnosis of plant pathogens. It can be confusing to the grower, vineyard manager, and/or nursery staff to decide which laboratory to choose. My recommendation is to work with a plant pathologist who ...
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An Open Letter to Winery Owners:  Things I Would Do If I Owned A Winery

An Open Letter to Winery Owners: Things I Would Do If I Owned A Winery

By: Susan DeMatei It’s tough out there right now. COVID cases are on the rise, scaring both our customers and employees. Bank relief programs are ending, but the virus looks like it is just getting started. Even if we are in an area that can open a tasting room, we’re ...
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Highlighting the Women of Washington State Wine

Highlighting the Women of Washington State Wine

By: Becky Garrison A media luncheon of Washington winemakers hosted by the Washington State Wine Commis-sion during Feast Portland 2019 featured presentations by Rachael Horn of AniChe Cellars, Mari Womack of Damsel Cellars and Kent Waliser from Sagemoor Vineyards. This luncheon afford-ed a glimpse into the bounty of Washington State’s ...
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Reliability, Performance & Versatility Determine Winery Pump Choices

Reliability, Performance & Versatility Determine Winery Pump Choices

Photo Courtesy of Gorman-Rupp Pumps By: Gerald Dlubala When it comes to pumps used in the winery, there’s a pump to match every size and budget, and usually, those two variables are the deciding factors,” said Ross Battersby, sales and equipment design professional for Carlsen and Associates, an industry leader ...
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Crush Season Opens with New Methods and Challenges

Crush Season Opens with New Methods and Challenges

By: Cheryl Gray Annual harvests of wine grapes are already underway, and that means two words are now in motion: crush season. Whether in-house winery processing or custom crush and wine production services, crush season 2020 is like no other. While the challenges in each wine region are different, industry ...
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