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WINERIES and the HOLIDAYS:  Inseparable Partners in Making the Season Merry

WINERIES and the HOLIDAYS: Inseparable Partners in Making the Season Merry

By: Cheryl Gray With the holiday season comes infinite ways to celebrate the fruit of vineyards from coast-to-coast. Wineries and tasting rooms across the U.S. count the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to be amongst their busiest and, in some cases, amongst their most profitable. Moreover, ancillary businesses, including ...
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HERBICIDE DRIFT:  A Common Issue Affecting Vineyards Worldwide

HERBICIDE DRIFT: A Common Issue Affecting Vineyards Worldwide

By: Judit Monis, Ph.D. and Brian D. Kaider, Esq. Last July, Judit was invited to speak to a group of growers in Pennsylvania. The presentation focused primarily on grapevine diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses but at the group’s request pesticide drift was also covered. Extension specialist colleagues: Mike ...
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Wine Industry 2019 Email Benchmark Results

Wine Industry 2019 Email Benchmark Results

Presented by WineGlass Marketing A clean, transactional website that conveys a story, a consistent and authentic social media presence, and thoughtful targeted emails are the digital super group in your marketing arsenal. Although it seems every year someone comes out and predicts the death of email, it is still the ...
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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

By: Markel Corp. Weather conditions and natural disasters occasionally take a toll on vineyards and other agricultural production systems. Due to climate change and prolonged drought, the frequency and severity of wildfires is expected to increase. These risks highlight the need for winegrowers and winery owners to be as prepared ...
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Rethinking Trellis Viability in the Age of Mechanization

Rethinking Trellis Viability in the Age of Mechanization

By: Tracey L. Kelley Initially, when conceptualizing this article, we wanted to present the feasibility, maintenance and costs of the Lyre trellising system. However, research and interviews revealed that while it was once a viable choice, evolving production practices, reduced labor availability and other factors require growers to think more ...
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Exploring the Diverse:  Wines Within the Columbia Gorge Wine Region

Exploring the Diverse: Wines Within the Columbia Gorge Wine Region

By: Becky Garrison The Columbia Gorge Wine Region is defined by the Columbia River that cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range, as well as the Missoula Floods that scoured the region 15,000 years ago. Within this compact 40-mile region that includes Washington State and Oregon, lies the Columbia Gorge American ...
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Practical Brettanomyces Control in the Cellar

Practical Brettanomyces Control in the Cellar

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Many winemakers overlook some of the practical control aspects of minimizing Brettanomyces [Brett] growth in their wines. This article will address some of the items and their circumstances that we should keep in mind while working with our juices and wines. This article is ...
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The Best Bottling Machines:  For Wineries & Choosing the Right One

The Best Bottling Machines: For Wineries & Choosing the Right One

By: Alyssa L. Ochs As wineries first launch their operations or begin to grow larger, they have the option to either buy their own bottling machines or hire a mobile bottling company. Both of these options have their advantages and disadvantages; however, having your own bottling line can give you ...
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Paradisos del Sol:  An Organic Vineyard Paradise

Paradisos del Sol: An Organic Vineyard Paradise

By: Nan McCreary, Sr. Staff Writer, The Grapevine Magazine When Paul Vandenberg was 10-years-old, he would wait eagerly for his mother’s copy of “Organic Gardening and Farming” to arrive so he could read it cover to cover. When he was 13, he made his first wine out of blackberries. It’s ...
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Nitrogen Use Remains An Important Part Of Winemaking

Nitrogen Use Remains An Important Part Of Winemaking

By: Gerald Dlubala   There are as many secrets and tricks of the trade-in producing great tasting wines as there are winemakers. But most winemakers can agree that the use of nitrogen is key to the process. Nitrogen application within the winemaking process can be used in every phase of production ...
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