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Bottling Day Tips and Tricks

By: Tom Payette - Winemaking Consultant This article is a sequel to the previous article on bottling. It applies not only to mobile bottling but also any bottling line quality control a winemaker may be a part of. Each line has its own Critical Control points so use this article ...
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Vine to Value: Making a Grand Exit from Your Winery

By: Carlos Lowenberg, Lowenberg Group For winery owners, the journey from vine to vintage is a labor of love, patience, and meticulous attention to every detail. It’s easy to get swept up in the business, but one important aspect that often gets overlooked is creating an exit plan. An exit ...
8 Proven Ways to Elevate Winery Revenue in a Changing Market

8 Proven Ways to Elevate Winery Revenue in a Changing Market

By: Jonathan Smalley, President and CEO of SmaK Plastics The Times They Are A-Changin According to CNN, global wine consumption has fallen about 6% between 2017 and 2022. Consumers have changed their drinking habits and inflation has eroded their disposable income. That means nearly 1.9 billion fewer wine bottles were ...
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The Importance of Detecting Disease Before Planting

By:  Judit Monis, Ph.D. - Vineyard and Plant Health Consultant The summer and fall are the seasons for vineyard managers and winemakers to start to plan for new vineyard development.  Since late summer to fall is the busiest with harvest, why not get a head start?  Furthermore, the best time ...
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The Stars Are the Limit

Trends Shaping Tourist Season 2024 By: Susan DeMatei, Founder of WineGlass Marketing Can you believe it’s May? Soon rain will abate, vines will reach for the sky, and summer will be here before we know it along with, hopefully, tourists. To prepared for our always-diligent attempt at educated counsel to ...
CBMA: A Short Guide to the Rules of the Road

CBMA: A Short Guide to the Rules of the Road

By: Brad Berkman and Louis J. Terminello, Greenspoon Marder As is said, the only thing certain is death and taxes. As it applies to beverage alcohol, the tax at issue addressed in this article is an excise tax which is based on volume and alcohol-proof gallons. There are two levels ...
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In Season Nutrient Management

By: Kirk Williams, Lecturer-Texas Tech University Nutrient management is a critical practice to have a healthy and productive vineyard. Nutrition management in grapevines is a long-term process where nutrients can be added over time and the effects of these additions monitored over time as well. Grapevines do not require large ...
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Blu Dot Farm & Vineyard

Small Batch Wines With Big Personalities By: Gerald Dlubala Blu Dot Farm & Vineyard is a boutique farm, winery and vineyard with a notable history and a bright future. Nestled between the shores of Lake Charlevoix's and Lake Michigan with terroir directly influenced by the Great Lakes and historical glacial ...
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Overview of Grape Crop Insurance

By: Trevor Troyer, 
Vice-President of Operations 
for Agricultural Risk Management What is Federally subsidized crop insurance? What is Grape Crop Insurance and how does it work? The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) was created in 1938. Originally coverage was limited to major crops. It was basically an experiment at that ...
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Best Practices for Wastewater Management in the Winery

By: Alyssa L. Ochs It is common knowledge that wineries produce a significant amount of wastewater. Still, it's imperative to understand your winery's wastewater characteristics to choose the right solution. Fortunately, many eco-friendly options are available now to help wineries reduce their environmental impact while using water. These options can ...