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South African Wine Industry Overcoming and Adapting to Day Zero Declaration

South African Wine Industry Overcoming and Adapting to Day Zero Declaration

By April Ingram The Western Cape of South Africa and its historic vineyards, nestled in the mountains to the east of Cape Town, are a major draw for tourists, with tens of thousands of overseas visitors enjoying tours and tastings every year. The worst drought in living memory hit vineyards ...
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Coexisting With Wildlife in the Canadian Vineyard

Coexisting With Wildlife in the Canadian Vineyard

By April Ingram British Columbia touts the tag-line ‘Super, Natural British Columbia’ in their tourism branding and advertising, drawing visitors from all over the world to come and see Canadian wildlife in all its natural glory. Wilderness tourism is a primary driver of all tourism in BC, which in total ...
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Architectural & Construction Trends Of Successful Wineries

Architectural & Construction Trends Of Successful Wineries

By Gerald Dlubala From coast to coast, the winery business is booming. With the latest statistics showing upwards of 8,300 wineries in North America, the competition is stronger than ever, making it critical for winemakers to build brand loyalty early, ideally within the first visit or tasting experience. Although the ...
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Seeking Wine Education?  WSET levels are the way to go

Seeking Wine Education? WSET levels are the way to go

By Jessica Spengler Wine education is a constant throughout the wine industry. From continuing education to specialized training for Sommeliers and wine professionals, quality wine education is essential. Even wine journalists, seeking to understand the industry and increase their wine appreciation continue their education through classes offered by organizations like ...
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Designer Yeasts

Designer Yeasts

By Nan McCreary The primary role of yeast in winemaking is to convert the sugars in grape-must into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Selecting a yeast is one of the most critical decisions in the winemaking process. The yeast strain you choose will affect how quickly fermentation begins and how rapidly ...
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Tariffs and the Industry: Impacts of the Trade War on Wine, Beer & Spirits

Tariffs and the Industry: Impacts of the Trade War on Wine, Beer & Spirits

By Jessica Spengler Throughout 2018, the Trump administration’s implementation of tariffs on several foreign goods, and the retaliatory tariffs that followed suit have confused markets and worried many businesses. The alcohol industry—wine, beer, spirits and those who support them—have all been affected in some way by these tariffs, or expect ...
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“Wine is Sunlight, Held Together By Water”

“Wine is Sunlight, Held Together By Water”

By Tracey L. Kelley Galileo said, “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” A wine enthusiast may have this quote in calligraphy on a decorative wall hanging, but winemakers and vineyard managers know the truth behind it. Vineyard irrigation isn’t often a romantic craft topic, but its constant evolution requires ...
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Protect Events Hosted at Your Winery with Event Insurance

Protect Events Hosted at Your Winery with Event Insurance

By Markel Insurance By now, most winery owners have heard the buzz regarding event insurance. Sure, you know it exists, but do you really know exactly what event insurance covers and how it can benefit your clients (and you)? Event insurance is a necessity for winery owners looking to keep ...
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Winery Retail Marketing Will Finally Come of Age in 2019

Winery Retail Marketing Will Finally Come of Age in 2019

By Susan DeMatei Spoiler alert: nothing I talk about in these predictions is groundbreaking, or new technology or techniques for marketing. These are tactics that the digital eCommerce world has been using and perfecting for quite some time. We hear about these strategies at conferences, and experience them with other ...
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TTB Proposes New Rules for Wine Labeling & Advertising

TTB Proposes New Rules for Wine Labeling & Advertising

By Brian D. Kaider, Esq. On November 26, 2018, the TTB published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking, titled, Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages (83 Fed. Reg. 60,609). The purpose of these proposed rules is to “simplify and ...
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