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How Vineyard Management Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

How Vineyard Management Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Judit Monis, Ph.D.  I attended an interesting session at the 2021 Unified and Wine Symposium.  As most of the meetings and seminars during the COVID pandemic, all sessions were held virtually.  We learned from three different vineyard professionals:  Sadie Drury (North Slope Management, Washington), Tony Bugica (Atlas Vineyard Management, ...
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Cross-Contamination and the Winery Cellar

Cross-Contamination and the Winery Cellar

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Cross-contamination is something we have all been made aware because of the food industry. We have learned that using the same plate to take food to the grill as well as to serve food from the grill, prior to proper cleaning, may result in ...
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Simplified Risk Management for Your Winery

Simplified Risk Management for Your Winery

By: Michael Harding, Senior Risk Solution Specialist, Markel Specialty Take a look around. You must be so proud of where your winery is today! You’ve worked very hard to develop, finesse, and grow your winery to what you see in front of you. Countless hours and limited staffing have created ...
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Grape Selections from the VitisGen and VitisGen2 Projects

Grape Selections from the VitisGen and VitisGen2 Projects

By: Janet van Zoeren and Tim Martinson The VitisGen and VitisGen2 projects represent major investments in understanding grapevine genetics – and particularly in identifying markers associated with desirable traits for use in ‘marker-assisted selection’. DNA markers identified by geneticists and breeders are now incorporated into several selections and mapping populations ...
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Demystifying Wholesale Wine Distribution

Demystifying Wholesale Wine Distribution

By: Becky Garrison At the virtual Oregon Wine Symposium held February 16-19, 2020, Jeff Lewis, Director of Education & National Sales, Revana Portfolio, and Colin Eddy, National Sales Manager, NW Wine Company, presented a seminar titled “Demystifying Wine Distribution: A Winery Toolkit to Help Build and Navigate Wholesale Distribution Across ...
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Websites Are a Virtual “Garden”

Websites Are a Virtual “Garden”

By: Susan DeMatei I was reading an article about spring gardening tasks, and they were suggesting that spring was a great time for maintenance. The types of things recommended, such as cleaning and sharpening tools, checking bulbs and seeds for moisture or mold, mulching existing flower beds, and planning for ...
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Fullerton Wines: Raising the Bar on Oregon Chardonnay

Fullerton Wines: Raising the Bar on Oregon Chardonnay

By:Nan McCreary Willamette Valley, located between Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range, shares a defining characteristic with Burgundy, France. Both are cool-climate growing regions situated at the 45th parallel north, and both are meccas for the holy grail of grapes, Pinot Noir. Yet, while Burgundy has long excelled at ...
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Yeast & Yeast Derivatives Become Easier to Use With More Flavorful Results

Yeast & Yeast Derivatives Become Easier to Use With More Flavorful Results

By: Gerald Dlubala Winemakers choose a yeast strain based on several enological characteristics, including its tolerance to temperature, ethanol and sulfur dioxide, ability to provide quality fermentation, and ability to produce the desired aromas with minimal potential for foaming or clumping. Each fraction of the yeast contains specific, targeting properties ...
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When to Upgrade a Bottle-Filling Machine & the Options Available

When to Upgrade a Bottle-Filling Machine & the Options Available

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Bottle-filling machines are crucial pieces of equipment in the winery for getting products onto store shelves and into consumers’ hands. If your winery has been using the same filling machine for a long time, it might be time to consider an upgrade to match your current ...
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All About Winery Pumps:Choosing the Right One

All About Winery Pumps:Choosing the Right One

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Moving wine from one location to another is an integral part of a winemaker’s responsibilities, and for this job, you’re going to need an effective pump. There are several types of pumps commonly used in winery settings, and each one has a unique purpose and specialty ...
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