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Grapevine Red Blotch Virus: Update on Disease Epidemiology

Grapevine Red Blotch Virus: Update on Disease Epidemiology

By: Judit Monis, Ph.D. Vineyards in the fall, often display a palette of colors that differ from those expected during senescence (yellow leaves that turn tan). In many cases, the whole vine may turn completely red or perhaps patchy red spots are interspersed with green color that have a blotchy ...
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Bernhardt Winery: New World Winery, Old World Wines

Bernhardt Winery: New World Winery, Old World Wines

By: Nan McCreary Deep in the heart of Texas, located in the piney woods and rolling hills surrounding Plantersville, is a small boutique winery that offers visitors not just an opportunity to taste quality Texas wines in a picturesque setting but also to experience the wines of the ancients, be ...
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Best Practices for Soil Protection in the Vineyard

Best Practices for Soil Protection in the Vineyard

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Soil protection practices help prevent erosion, improve grape quality, improve crop yield and aid environmental conservation. To practice sustainability and maintain a profitable business, it is necessary to find a balance between soil conservation and water consumption. Also relevant to the soil, fertilizer can make a ...
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Material Handling Within the Winery and Vineyard

Material Handling Within the Winery and Vineyard

By: Gerald Dlubala “Most winery owners don’t see the whole picture when considering the best ways to move their product around the winery and vineyard,” said Sam McHenry, president of Accurate Forklift Inc. McHenry has been providing material handling equipment to the wine industry for decades, even designing some of ...
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FILTRATION FOR WINERIES: Purifying Wines With Traditional Means and Cutting-edge Technology  

FILTRATION FOR WINERIES: Purifying Wines With Traditional Means and Cutting-edge Technology  

By: Cheryl Gray “Why?” is not the question when it comes to filtering wine. How best to perform filtration is the real question, answered in part by the technology and innovation now available. First, some history on the evolving process of filtration may help wineries looking to upgrade gain some ...
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Undiscovered Gems: Wine Regions of Africa 

Undiscovered Gems: Wine Regions of Africa 

By: Hanifa Sekandi Some say that South Africa is the only wine region in Africa that you should venture to if you ever make it to this beautiful continent. Is this true? It might be if you are unaware of the breathtaking vineyards in other countries. Viticulture in Africa has ...
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Hunting the Great White Grape 

Hunting the Great White Grape 

By: Tod Stewart So, what if, as a winemaker or grape grower, you could create the “perfect grape.” Since it’s summer, we’ll narrow it to the perfect white grape (assuming that more people purchase white wine during the summer and that purchases ensure you remain a winemaker or grape grower) ...
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Text Marketing Plan:  3 Easy Steps to Get Started

Text Marketing Plan: 3 Easy Steps to Get Started

By: Bryan St. Amant, Founder & CEO of VinterActive Now that leading wineries have discovered the power of SMS marketing, the race is on to see which brands will profit and at whose expense. With consumer engagement 32-times better than email marketing, even new wineries can quickly grow a small ...
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How to Clean Winery Hoses

How to Clean Winery Hoses

By: Tom Payette, Winemaking Consultant In the last issue of The Grapevine Magazine this section addressed how to clean a wine tank. In reality a clean wine tank is of little benefit if the means of getting the juice or wine to that tank is a contamination source in itself ...
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When is the Correct Time to File for a Claim?

When is the Correct Time to File for a Claim?

By: Trevor Troyer, 
Vice President 
Agricultural Risk Management, LLC When should I file for a claim? That’s a question I get a lot. Some growers think that they should wait until they know that they have a loss. They want to harvest to see if they have a loss. That ...
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