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Biochemistry Offers a New Defense

Biochemistry Offers a New Defense

Arming Vineyards with the Best Weapons Against Their Worst Enemies By: Cheryl Gray Left unchecked, an army of an invasive species as tiny as an eighth of an inch can destroy acres upon acres of vineyard grapes. We are talking about the dreaded mealybug. There are multiple species of this ...
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The Producers’ Blind Spot

The Role of the Municipality and Local Ordinances and the Producers’ Operational Goals By: Louis J. Terminello, Esq. and Bradley Berkman, Esq. Let’s face it, many of us, likely including the writer(s) and readers alike, find the making of wine, beer, and spirits not only to be a labor of ...
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Greece: A Wine Odyssey 

By: Tod Stewart It’s hot. I mean, it’s really (expletive) hot. Hades hot. The afternoon sun, with not a cloud to diffuse its merciless heat, beats down on the vines. And on me. I’m not sure if vines sweat, but I’m starting to get just a tad sticky under the ...
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What is a Website Template & Ten Reasons You Want One

By: Susan DeMatei, Founder of WineGlass Marketing In today's fast-changing landscape, web experts agree that we should redesign our websites every three years. Don't get us wrong, that doesn’t mean touch your website every three years. You should constantly update and keep your website current, but we're talking about a ...
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Maximizing Weed Control with Herbicides

By: Kirk Williams, Lecturer-Texas Tech University While there are many methods to control weeds, weed control with herbicides remains a viable option due to its lower cost versus other options such as mechanical cultivation. When herbicide applications are done efficiently it can be a much faster process when compared to ...
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Moving Wine in the Cellar

By: Tom Payette - Winemaking Consultant  Transfers are a large part of the day to day operations in the cellar and on the crush pad; yet, few documents exist what should be considered when doing transfers. Below are some ideas and tips to think of when transferring wine or juice ...
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Update on Grapevine Plant Quarantine and Certification Programs

By: Judit Monis, Ph.D. - Vineyard and Plant Health Consultant New methods are being applied for the testing of imported plants and the certified foundation mother blocks at the University of California at Davis that manages the foundation blocks for the California (CDFA) certification program.  After so many years of ...
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New Grapevine Crop Insurance Coverage Now Available

By: Trevor Troyer - Vice President at Agricultural Risk Management, LLC The USDA Risk Management Agency has just released the new Grapevine crop insurance plan. This has been something that vineyard owners across the US have wanted for years. Coverage is now available starting for the 2024 crop year. The ...
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The 21st Amendment Enforcement Act & Retail Sales in Interstate Commerce

By: Brad Berkman and Louis Terminello, Greenspoon Marder Direct to consumer (“DTC”) sales of wine and other beverage alcohol from out of state shippers is presumably here to stay, at least from the perspective of retail shippers. The Granholm decisions, as most readers are familiar with, burst open the door ...
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The Right Blend of AI Can Keep Customers from Withering on the Vine

By:  David Wachs, CEO of Handwrytten Changing U.S. consumer drinking habits have been troublesome for the domestic wine industry. Younger generations including Millennials and Gen Z are more likely to purchase ready-to-drink cocktails, seltzers, or mocktails than wine, a shift from previous generations. It was noted in Rob McMillan's annual ...