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Protein Fining Trials Step by Step

Protein Fining Trials Step by Step

By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant Fining trials on white, blushes and some rose wines can be critical to determine the least amount of bentonite needed to achieve heat stability or protein stability.  Other fruit wines may need fining also. The most difficult part of fining trials is to have ...
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Grapevine Plant Quarantine and Certification Programs

Grapevine Plant Quarantine and Certification Programs

Apparently healthy grapevines growing at the nursery. By: Judit Monis, Ph. D. As I write this article, the world is experiencing the SARS-COV-2 pandemic responsible for causing COVID-19 disease.  Generally, I find it difficult to explain quarantine measures.  Today, I am sure that all of my readers might had practiced ...
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Grapevines and Water Stress, a Key to Quality

Grapevines and Water Stress, a Key to Quality

By: Dr. Richard Smart, vinedoctor@smartvit.com.au, www.smartvit.com.au Where is the best place to grow wine grapes,” I am often asked. The answer I give surprises many people. I say, “A cool desert, that is where! Deserts are typically sunny, but should be cool, and with sustainable supplies of irrigation water.” A ...
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Email Is Not Dead…But You Can Be Deadly With It!

Email Is Not Dead…But You Can Be Deadly With It!

Woman watching online videos on desktop By: Susan DeMatei I actually looked it up; AOL started in 1993, which brought in a revolution of using email for personal and business communication. Because this is not a new marketing channel, people assume it is passé. In fact, if you look at ...
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Palmaz Vineyards:  The Winery of the Future

Palmaz Vineyards: The Winery of the Future

The barrel room in the cave. Christian Palmaz is designing an artificial intelligence system that will monitor wines as they age in barrels. By: Nan McCreary If you want to envision the winery of the future—a winery that leverages cutting-edge technology with the ancient art of winemaking—look no further than ...
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Mobile Bottling Provides Experience, Expertise and Cost Control

Mobile Bottling Provides Experience, Expertise and Cost Control

Photo Credit: Signature Mobile Bottlers By: Gerald Dlubala The proper bottling of your wine is important. Timing, experience, state of the art equipment and expert knowledge are critical to the wine’s integrity, taste and shelf life. However, many wineries don’t have the budget for all the intricate machinery needed to ...
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End-of-Line Packaging:

End-of-Line Packaging:

Protecting Your Product, Productivity and Profit By: Cheryl Gray For any winery, end-of-line packaging is the protector of hours expended by both man and machine to get the finished product safely from vineyard to glass. Such a huge responsibility is shouldered by companies whose integrity is measured solely by how ...
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The Best Wine Labels Capture Attention and Reflect Brand

The Best Wine Labels Capture Attention and Reflect Brand

Photo Credit: Sara Nelson Design (saranelsondesign.com) By: Gerald Dlubala A wine bottle is more than just a vessel that gets wine into the hands of consumers. The wine inside that bottle reflects the winemaker, providing a story of their life and their passion. It creates an identity and image for ...
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Southbrook Vineyards:  Living a Sustainable Mantra

Southbrook Vineyards: Living a Sustainable Mantra

By: Alyssa Andres Many wineries are starting to move toward more sustainable practices, not only because it’s ethical but also because it results in a superior product. The term sustainable could include the transition to organic winemaking and vineyard operations, the use of less water and energy, or the utilization ...
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Pricing Strategies to Maximize Profit in the B.C. Wine Market

Pricing Strategies to Maximize Profit in the B.C. Wine Market

By: Briana Tomkinson Mass-market Canadian wine producers like Arterra and Constellation Brands have something most family-run boutique wineries don’t: teams who use insights from sales data to optimize their pricing strategies. Smaller wineries who don’t have the expertise, staff or time to do this tend to price based on intuition ...
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