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“Marietta Cellars: Spinning Magic in Sonoma County”

“Marietta Cellars: Spinning Magic in Sonoma County”

Scott Bilbro and his late father, Chris By: Nan McCreary, Sr. Staff Writer, The Grapevine Magazine Marietta Cellars owner and winemaker Scot Bilbro remembers growing up and watching his late father, Chris, perform magic in his winery in Sonoma County. Not magic with cards or sleight of hand, but magic ...
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Defining the Best Single-Vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula

Defining the Best Single-Vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula

By: Alyssa Andres The Niagara Peninsula is the largest viticultural area in Canada, with two regional appellations and ten sub-appellations. The peninsula sits between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, creating a unique microclimate that is sheltered from prevailing winds and insulated by its proximity to the lake. Many small ...
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Impact of the 2020 Wildfires on the Oregon Wine Industry

Impact of the 2020 Wildfires on the Oregon Wine Industry

By: Becky Garrison Dr. Gregory V. Jones, the Evenstad Director of Wine Education and a professor and research climatologist at Linfield University, describes in a telephone interview the weather conditions leading up to and causing the current wildfires in Oregon and the western US. “This unprecedented and likely a once ...
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How To Get The Most Out Of A Virtual Trade Show

How To Get The Most Out Of A Virtual Trade Show

By: Susan DeMatei All indicators suggest we will continue our social distancing well in 2021, which means the late winter trade shows in North America will be chiefly virtual this year. The vast majority of us have never attended a virtual trade show, let alone hosted a booth in one ...
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Viral Diseases in the Fall:

Viral Diseases in the Fall:

Grapevine Leafroll and Red Blotch By: Judit Monis, Ph.D. As the fall season progresses, symptoms of virus infection become more pronounced in the vineyards. Arguably, leafroll and red blotch are the most notorious and important viral diseases that manifest in the fall season. Often, it is difficult to distinguish leafroll ...
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Fining Agents

Fining Agents

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Next to sound ripe fruit, great winemaking control during the harvest and excellent blending – finings trials are a next great resource to possibly “fine tune” your successful hard work. This task is often overlooked or under performed due to time and the skill ...
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SAFETY FOR YOUR WINERY:

SAFETY FOR YOUR WINERY:

Have You Fortified Your Workers’ Compensation Program? Even though there may be many aspects that are similar, the safety programs for every winery will in all likelihood look very different. Like any other effort to manage your risks, your plan will need to identify the risks you face and in ...
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ACQUIESCE WINERY:

ACQUIESCE WINERY:

Lodi’s Hidden Gem By: Nan McCreary When wine aficionados think of Lodi, California, Zinfandel comes to mind. Yet, in this sea of red, is Acquiesce Winery, a hidden gem that makes nothing but white Rhône wines. When Rodney and Susan Tipton purchased an 18-acre plot of land near Lodi with ...
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Protecting & Preserving Wine Through Chemical Reaction:

Protecting & Preserving Wine Through Chemical Reaction:

Wineries Turn to Nitrogen as the Superhero of Industrial Gases.   By: Cheryl Gray Nitrogen use in winemaking is a carefully orchestrated and scientific process. Its chief role is to guard against the adverse effects of oxidation, which diminishes both the quality and shelf life of wine. Consider the vinegar-like ...
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There’s a Closure for That:

There’s a Closure for That:

Variety & Customization Enhance Wine Closure Options By: Gerald Dlubala The choice of closure options and accompanying customizations that awaits today’s winemaker can be mind-boggling. As has been the norm, the tried and true cork still holds the title of most requested. However, due to evolving technological advances, performance enhancements ...
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