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The Okanagan: British Columbia’s Vine Valley

The Okanagan: British Columbia’s Vine Valley

By: Tod Stewart Man, did I need this,” was the thought that went through my mind as I opened the blinds and took in the morning view from my luxurious suite at Spirit Ridge Resort. Under an azure, late fall sky, vineyards stretched down to the sun-sparkled cobalt surface of ...
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Is Wine Culture Nature’s Saving Grace?

Is Wine Culture Nature’s Saving Grace?

By: Hanifa Sekandi If the vines could speak, they would tell stories of the scorching sun burning the skin of grapes, winter’s frigid temperatures and frost forcing them to surrender to the elements. At any given time, the vines in vineyards neatly planted around the globe have to adjust to ...
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Alcohol Testing

Alcohol Testing

By: Thomas Payette, Winemaking Consultant  Ebulliometer: This science principal of testing alcohol has been around for decades it is still widely used by small and large wineries alike.  Based on the boiling point of water, calibrated against atmospheric pressure, this test is an excellent tool for most, if not all, ...
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How is Your Crop Insurance?  

How is Your Crop Insurance?  

By: Trevor Troyer, VP, Agricultural Risk Management How does your crop insurance policy work? What type of policy is Grape Crop Insurance? How much do you need to know? I mentioned a little about grape crop insurance in the last article in the Grape Vine. I am going to go ...
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Soil Chemistry - It Really Is Rocket Science

Soil Chemistry – It Really Is Rocket Science

By: Orest Protch In a previous article (The Grapevine Magazine Nov/Dec 2021 issue) I touched on how water chemistry is rocket science. And now I am suggesting that soil testing is in a similar category. So, what does this mean to a vineyard? Every part of a vine can be ...
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Choosing the Best Bird Control for Your Vineyard

Choosing the Best Bird Control for Your Vineyard

By: Annie Klodd, University of Minnesota Extension Good bird control measures are expensive. They are also a key part of growing grapes anywhere birds are found. Last year during a site visit, a grower told me they would be forgoing bird control because of the time and labor it takes ...
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Luxury Brands Up Their Marketing Game

Luxury Brands Up Their Marketing Game

By: Susan DeMatei, Founder of WineGlass Marketing Coco Chanel once said, “The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” The mistress of iconic fashion couldn’t have stated it more succinctly. Luxury today, as it was in Coco’s time, is not essential but continues to be ...
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Impact of Biodynamic Farming Principles on Climate Change & Wildfires

Impact of Biodynamic Farming Principles on Climate Change & Wildfires

By: Becky Garrison Since grapes were first planted in 1825 at Fort Vancouver, Washington by the Hudson Bay Company, Washington State has emerged as the second-largest wine region in the United States with over 19 American Viticultural Areas. Despite its size, 90% of Washington State wineries produce less than 5,000 ...
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The Journey From Sustainable to Regenerative Viticulture

The Journey From Sustainable to Regenerative Viticulture

By: Thomas Grandperrin The writer, co-founder of UAV-IQ, through their BioDrop service, helps viticulturists implement biological pest control in an efficient and cost-effective manner by using drones to release beneficial insects into vineyards. Regenerative agriculture has been one of the most discussed trends of the past few years. Still, the ...
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Welcome to VJB Cellars:  Old World Tradition — New World Innovation

Welcome to VJB Cellars:  Old World Tradition — New World Innovation

By: Nan McCreary For Italian wine lovers, the dream vacation would undoubtedly include a trip to Italy, a land of charming little villages and 21 different wine regions. But when international travel is out of reach, the next best thing is a visit to VJB Cellars in Kenwood, California, where ...
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