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Highlighting the Women of Washington State Wine

Highlighting the Women of Washington State Wine

By: Becky Garrison A media luncheon of Washington winemakers hosted by the Washington State Wine Commis-sion during Feast Portland 2019 featured presentations by Rachael Horn of AniChe Cellars, Mari Womack of Damsel Cellars and Kent Waliser from Sagemoor Vineyards. This luncheon afford-ed a glimpse into the bounty of Washington State’s ...
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Reliability, Performance & Versatility Determine Winery Pump Choices

Reliability, Performance & Versatility Determine Winery Pump Choices

Photo Courtesy of Gorman-Rupp Pumps By: Gerald Dlubala When it comes to pumps used in the winery, there’s a pump to match every size and budget, and usually, those two variables are the deciding factors,” said Ross Battersby, sales and equipment design professional for Carlsen and Associates, an industry leader ...
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Crush Season Opens with New Methods and Challenges

Crush Season Opens with New Methods and Challenges

By: Cheryl Gray Annual harvests of wine grapes are already underway, and that means two words are now in motion: crush season. Whether in-house winery processing or custom crush and wine production services, crush season 2020 is like no other. While the challenges in each wine region are different, industry ...
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Wine Filtration Basics

Wine Filtration Basics

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Filtration is a technique that winemakers use to clarify wine and remove sediment and haze. Through one of several processes, filtration prevents wine from appearing cloudy and re-fermenting in the bottle. It’s typically done using membranes or pads, but there are various methods that wineries can ...
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Preparing for a Successful Harvest

Preparing for a Successful Harvest

By Dana Hinders Most vineyards in North America and Europe will harvest grapes in August, September, and October. Typically, sparkling wine grapes are harvested first to ensure lower sugar levels, followed by the white wine grapes. Red wine grapes take a bit longer to reach full maturation, so they’re harvested ...
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The Unexpected is Growing in Niagara

The Unexpected is Growing in Niagara

By: Alyssa Andres As a cool climate wine region, the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada, is traditionally known for planting specific grape varietals that thrive in a colder climate. The region is known for its delicate Riesling and Cabernet Franc with a distinct note of green pepper. Chardonnay and Pinot ...
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Covid, Community & Commerce:   The Emergence of Online Engagement & eCommerce

Covid, Community & Commerce: The Emergence of Online Engagement & eCommerce

By: Carl Giavanti Many wineries, business partners and consumers are at home in some form of quarantine or under stay at home restrictions. This is a communications opportunity – to interact with other tasting room and wine industry professionals on social media – as well as with your customers, and ...
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Keeping it Social: How to Approach Your Online Connections Post-COVID

Keeping it Social: How to Approach Your Online Connections Post-COVID

By: Tracey L. Kelley Aspects of target marketing are quite fluid right now and are projected to be for some time. As the world continues a slow but seemingly progressive recovery from COVID-19, and as the United States, in particular, addresses other key issues affecting its citizens, how you approach ...
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Carbon Farming for Successful Vineyard Systems

Carbon Farming for Successful Vineyard Systems

By: Becky Garrison At the Oregon Wine Symposium held in Portland, Oregon from February 11-12, 2020, Dr. David Montgomery, MacArthur Fellow and University of Washington professor of geomorphology, presented his work researching and writing about farming methods that use less fossil fuel, fertilizer and pesticides than traditional farming. In his ...
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Liability Coverage for Chemical Drift

Liability Coverage for Chemical Drift

Protecting your vineyard from damaging pests and grapevine diseases with pesticides may be an essential part of your vineyard management.  Keeping these chemicals on your property can be challenging even if you have followed all the required procedures.  Nationwide, the EPA estimates up to 70 million pounds of pesticides valued ...
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