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Messina Hof Winery: Tapping Into Keg Wine

Messina Hof Winery: Tapping Into Keg Wine

Photo Courtesy of Messina Hof By: Nan McCreary One of the hottest trends in the wine industry today is wines on tap. Far from its inauspicious beginnings in the 1970s when haphazard equipment and practices marked the keg wine debut, drinking wine on tap is now a totally different story ...
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How Does Your Safety Program “PAIR” With Your Workers?

How Does Your Safety Program “PAIR” With Your Workers?

By: Michael Harding, Senior Risk Solution Specialist, Markel Specialty With the intensity of the wine season gearing up and peak times just around the corner, how prepared are you to protect the health and safety of your workers? Protecting your employees is crucial to attaining your orchard and vineyard goals ...
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Post-Pandemic: How Small Wineries & Vintners Can Get Back to Business, Better!

Post-Pandemic: How Small Wineries & Vintners Can Get Back to Business, Better!

By: Rod Hughes Wildfires, faulty tanks, flooding, a pandemic, lockdowns, water shortages, tornados, tropical storms – the past two years have been, in a word, biblical in terms of challenges faced by vintners and winemakers. However, like the rest of the U.S. economy, there are signs of positivity on the ...
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Royal Slope Designated as Washington State’s Newest American Viticultural Area

Royal Slope Designated as Washington State’s Newest American Viticultural Area

By: Becky Garrison In September 12, 2020, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published the final rul-ing for Royal Slope American Viticultural Area, making it Washington State’s 15th AVA, de-fined by variation in elevation, slopes and aspect. A month after the publication of the ruling, wineries within this ...
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End-of-Line Packaging Solutions

End-of-Line Packaging Solutions

Photo Courtesy of A-B-C Packaging By: Alyssa L. Ochs Much of the winemaking process focuses on growing and harvesting grapes and turning raw materials into the amazing beverage that is loved worldwide. But once those bottles, cans, pouches or boxes get filled, some essential work is still to be done ...
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Aluminum Wine Closures vs: Cork

Aluminum Wine Closures vs: Cork

When packaging their product, winemakers look to preserve aroma, color and flavor at a reasonable cost while avoiding the chances of debilitating contamination or premature oxidation. Additionally, wine closures may be chosen depending on the wine’s qualities, expected consumption date or the market in general. The combination of these factors ...
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Reigning Riesling: Germany's Sweetest Crown

Reigning Riesling: Germany’s Sweetest Crown

By: Hanifa Sekandi The exact origin of Riesling in Germany, no one really knows. What is known is that the premier vine, frost-resistant with small berries, could have been birthed by wild grapes in the Rhine Valley. A handwritten invoice for the purchase of six Riesling vines to be planted ...
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How Vineyard Management Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

How Vineyard Management Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Judit Monis, Ph.D.  I attended an interesting session at the 2021 Unified and Wine Symposium.  As most of the meetings and seminars during the COVID pandemic, all sessions were held virtually.  We learned from three different vineyard professionals:  Sadie Drury (North Slope Management, Washington), Tony Bugica (Atlas Vineyard Management, ...
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Cross-Contamination and the Winery Cellar

Cross-Contamination and the Winery Cellar

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Cross-contamination is something we have all been made aware because of the food industry. We have learned that using the same plate to take food to the grill as well as to serve food from the grill, prior to proper cleaning, may result in ...
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Simplified Risk Management for Your Winery

Simplified Risk Management for Your Winery

By: Michael Harding, Senior Risk Solution Specialist, Markel Specialty Take a look around. You must be so proud of where your winery is today! You’ve worked very hard to develop, finesse, and grow your winery to what you see in front of you. Countless hours and limited staffing have created ...
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