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Vineyard Crop Insurance

Vineyard Crop Insurance

By: Trevor TroyerVice, President of Operations for Agricultural Risk Management Risk Management is always something that is subjective to a grower. How much risk do you feel comfortable with? Or maybe how much risk are you willing to take, even if you aren’t that comfortable? Farmers are naturally risk takers, ...
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Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Melding Burgundian & Willamette Valley Wines

Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Melding Burgundian & Willamette Valley Wines

By: Becky Garrison Nicholas- Jay estate winery & tasting room, Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon While many winemakers in the Willamette Valley wondered how they could survive during this ongoing global pandemic, Domaine Nicolas-Jay opened their new winery and tasting room in April 2021. When asked about the unique ...
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Wine Competitions: Are They for You?

Wine Competitions: Are They for You?

By: Nan McCreary Every year, hundreds of wine competitions are staged throughout the world. As the wine industry becomes more crowded, winning a medal—especially a gold or a Double Gold—can attract consumers and build brand recognition. But the option may not be for everyone. It’s up to the winery to ...
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Free Sulfur Dioxide: Aeration Oxidation Test (Tried & True)

Free Sulfur Dioxide: Aeration Oxidation Test (Tried & True)

By: Tom Payette, Winemaking Consultant   A precise test for a winery to measure the free Sulfur Dioxide in juices, musts, wines and at bottling is critical. Selecting the proper test can be challenging due to cost and expertise. Make certain to investigate the options of the many available tests ...
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What Spotted Wing Drosophila Means for the Wine Industry

What Spotted Wing Drosophila Means for the Wine Industry

By: Annie Klodd, University of Minnesota Extension Using a small mesh cage to infest a grape cluster with SWD; Ebbenga, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Entomology, UMN In case you haven’t heard about invasive fruit fly spotted wing drosophila (SWD), this is the infamous pest that pierces the skin of soft ...
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Preparing for the Exit: Why Winery Owners Need to Develop a Harvest Strategy

Preparing for the Exit: Why Winery Owners Need to Develop a Harvest Strategy

By: Edward Webb, Partner, BPM & Kemp Moyer, Partner, BPM Successfully running a business means overcoming numerous challenges. Owners need to scale the business, find competent employees, deal with regulatory issues like taxes and licenses, and create processes and systems — all while developing a robust customer base and go-to ...
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Why Your Winery’s Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail

Why Your Winery’s Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail

By: Quinton Jay When it comes to creating a roadmap for your winery’s success, it can feel daunting to generate one that is both flexible and remains in line with your winery’s goals as a business. If it’s too flexible, then it will be difficult to keep your planning strategy ...
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The Ins & Outs of Barrel Care, Inspection, and Tracking

The Ins & Outs of Barrel Care, Inspection, and Tracking

By: Gerald Dlubala A lot of love, time, and work goes into a winemaker’s final product. But there’s also a lot of money and equity tied up in the barrels that hold, age, and nurture that wine. Barrel inspections help protect your product and livelihood by revealing potential leakage areas ...
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Controlling Those Pesky Pests and Debilitating Diseases In Your Vineyard

Controlling Those Pesky Pests and Debilitating Diseases In Your Vineyard

By: Gerald Dlubala Pest and disease management are always on the minds of vineyard managers and grape growers. Because of that, it’s also on the mind of Don Yadon, the Southern California Sales Manager for Sym-Agro Inc, serving the horticultural and agricultural markets with a comprehensive assortment of fertilizers, fungicides, ...
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Software for Wineries: High-Tech Launches Wineries to New Heights in Productivity

Software for Wineries: High-Tech Launches Wineries to New Heights in Productivity

By: Cheryl Gray Wineries worldwide use technology to their advantage when it comes to saving one of their most important assets––time. The right software applications simplify collecting, sorting and maximizing data. The type of software to use often comes down to the winery’s size, its specific needs and finding the ...
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