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Post-Harvest Vineyard Maintenance: Tips to Finish the Year Off Right

Post-Harvest Vineyard Maintenance: Tips to Finish the Year Off Right

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Although the busy time of harvesting grapes is winding down or has ended for many vineyards, there’s not much time to sit back and relax before more critical work must be done. Many post-harvest vineyard tasks should be on every vineyard’s to-do lists to prepare for ...
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Sample Your Juices & Wines

Sample Your Juices & Wines

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Representative Sampling While in the lab, and tasting wine at blending session etc, the winemaking team spends considerable time on getting procedures and processes correct to run each particular test on a sample of wine or juice. Yet, equally as important, if not more, ...
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Enforcing Your Trademarks: How Far Should You Go?

Enforcing Your Trademarks: How Far Should You Go?

Legal Protection word cloud concept By: Brian D. Kaider, Esq. You’ve secured federal registration for your trademarks and you’ve been building your brand recognition. Per your trademark attorney’s recommendation, you’ve had quarterly searches conducted to find similar marks. Lo and behold, a new entry to the market is using your ...
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Dealing With Contracts

Dealing With Contracts

Winery and Vineyard operations are a happy mix of old world charm with agricultural roots, where a neighbors word was as ‘good as gold’ and a handshake was an iron clad agreement, mingled into the modern world with exposures that are more diversified and with specialized job duties, broader national ...
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Wine, Widgets & Website Accessibility

Wine, Widgets & Website Accessibility

By: Rick Gagnon, ADA Site Compliance Like most businesses today, wineries are grappling with making their websites accessible to users with disabilities. Plaintiffs and their attorneys continue to target the wine industry and have now filed dozens of lawsuits alleging that growers, distillers, distributors, and merchants are non-compliant under the ...
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Vineyard Fungal Trunk Diseases: Prevention and Control

Vineyard Fungal Trunk Diseases: Prevention and Control

By: Judit Monis, Ph.D., Plant Health Consultant Grapevine trunk diseases occur worldwide and may be caused by bacterial or fungal pathogens, or both. This article will focus on trunk disease caused by fungal pathogens. It is important to note that the same fungal pathogens that affect grapevine are capable of ...
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Fruitful Partnerships: Family-Run Vineyards and Wineries

Fruitful Partnerships: Family-Run Vineyards and Wineries

Mercer Family Estate, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington By: Cheryl Gray From grapes to glass, teamwork is at the top of the list of requirements for any successful vineyard  or winery.  And what of the extras that come into play if that team happens to be family?  Just ask Brenda Mercer of ...
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Maragas Winery:  Old World Greece Meets New World Oregon

Maragas Winery: Old World Greece Meets New World Oregon

By: Nan McCreary Deep in the heart of Central Oregon, strategically located between the beautiful rock formations of Smith Rock State park and the majestic peaks of the Cascades, is a gem of a winery that traces its history to the 13th century in Greece. It’s Maragas Winery, owned and ...
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Four Important Ways to Use Software in a Winery

Four Important Ways to Use Software in a Winery

By: Alyssa L. Ochs For hundreds of years, wineries got by with keeping track of their operations with little more than pen and paper. But in today’s competitive wine industry, getting by isn’t good enough, which is why an increasing number of wineries are relying on high-tech solutions that make ...
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Wine Filtration Focuses On Clarity & Quality

Wine Filtration Focuses On Clarity & Quality

Close up cassette filter device used on modern winery By: Gerald Dlubala Filtration of wines is absolutely a necessary and important step in winemaking,” says Massimiliano Buiani, Vice President Enological Sales for ATP Group. “But only if used and conducted in the proper way and manner, otherwise you will damage ...
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