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A Brief History of the Malbec

A Brief History of the Malbec

Excerpt from Malbec Mon Amour.  By: Laura Catena and Alejandro Vigil In Argentina, many people think of Malbec as a local variety. And those who know a little more about its history see the grape as an immigrant whose splendid adaptation makes her Argentine through and through. This would be ...
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The Splendor Of Moroccan Wine

The Splendor Of Moroccan Wine

By: Hanifa Sekandi On a robust Saturday afternoon in Morocco, you wander through the souk looking for a stand that brews Maghrebi mint tea. You can feel the history of this land, rich with culture and spirit. Each artisan in this market holds ancient skills, and you know that rare ...
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Barrel Sanitation: All Methods Are Not Created Equal

Barrel Sanitation: All Methods Are Not Created Equal

By: Gerald Dlubala Quality winemaking requires quality ingredients. Nothing new, you think. No big revelation there, you say. You take great care of your vineyard, with constant attention to the vines, fruit structure and soil. Your timing is just right for pruning, harvesting and the winemaking process. Then, after meticulously ...
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Conquering Vineyard Diseases From Root to Fruit 

Conquering Vineyard Diseases From Root to Fruit 

By: Cheryl Gray Vineyards are constantly on alert for bacteria and fungi, both of which can cause debilitating diseases––persistent threats to an otherwise healthy grape crop if not put in check right away. The names of these culprits sound ominous. They include black rot, grapevine trunk diseases, powdery mildew, Phomopsis, ...
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Vineyard Equipment Reflects an Efficient, Organic & Multi-Functional Future

Vineyard Equipment Reflects an Efficient, Organic & Multi-Functional Future

By: Gerald Dlubala Standard vineyard equipment is needed to work the ground around and in between rows and work above ground on the vine structure and leaf canopy. However, specialized machinery can be expensive. Rather than trying to afford and find space for each implement, tow-behind implements offer savings on ...
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Pros, Cons & Best Uses For Various Winery Tanks

Pros, Cons & Best Uses For Various Winery Tanks

By: Alyssa Ochs The cost of winery tanks tends to increase each year and can be heavily taxed in certain situations. So, it is wise to do your research and stay up-to-date about what types of tanks are available, effective and trending. Choosing a winery tank may seem straightforward enough, ...
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Vineyard Crop Insurance

Vineyard Crop Insurance

By: Trevor TroyerVice, President of Operations for Agricultural Risk Management Risk Management is always something that is subjective to a grower. How much risk do you feel comfortable with? Or maybe how much risk are you willing to take, even if you aren’t that comfortable? Farmers are naturally risk takers, ...
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Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Melding Burgundian & Willamette Valley Wines

Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Melding Burgundian & Willamette Valley Wines

By: Becky Garrison Nicholas- Jay estate winery & tasting room, Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon While many winemakers in the Willamette Valley wondered how they could survive during this ongoing global pandemic, Domaine Nicolas-Jay opened their new winery and tasting room in April 2021. When asked about the unique ...
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Wine Competitions: Are They for You?

Wine Competitions: Are They for You?

By: Nan McCreary Every year, hundreds of wine competitions are staged throughout the world. As the wine industry becomes more crowded, winning a medal—especially a gold or a Double Gold—can attract consumers and build brand recognition. But the option may not be for everyone. It’s up to the winery to ...
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Free Sulfur Dioxide: Aeration Oxidation Test (Tried & True)

Free Sulfur Dioxide: Aeration Oxidation Test (Tried & True)

By: Tom Payette, Winemaking Consultant   A precise test for a winery to measure the free Sulfur Dioxide in juices, musts, wines and at bottling is critical. Selecting the proper test can be challenging due to cost and expertise. Make certain to investigate the options of the many available tests ...
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