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2017 Retail Trends For Winery Tasting Rooms To Consider

2017 Retail Trends For Winery Tasting Rooms To Consider

“If text messaging is the primary activity smartphone users conduct on their phones, might they be interested in using text to communicate with business?  According to a report published by The Center for Generational Kinetics, “some 36% of Millennials say they would contact a company more frequently if they could text them” (http://nws.mx/2h1uNZD). Why do […]

Can your grape vines become more drought resilient?

Can your grape vines become more drought resilient?

“The main concept in our guideline is to maintain vine transpiration below evaporative demand. Irrigation is triggered only when vine transpiration drops below a certain threshold, often represented as a fraction of evaporative demand. Consequently, throughout the season, vines are expected to use less water than the evaporative demand. As you can see in the […]

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Röbller Vineyard Winery keeps the focus on technique and terroir

Röbller Vineyard Winery keeps the focus on technique and terroir

“Currently, the vineyard is home to 18 acres of grapes, mostly French hybrid varieties. Farmland surrounding the vines is kept as grassland to buffer the plants from any chemical exposure from modern farming practices. The name for the Mueller’s new adventure would be Röbller, a mash-up of “Robert” and “Mueller,” with an umlaut added to […]

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Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

“Mechanical harvesters, introduced in the 1960s, now pick more than 80 percent of Washington’s wine grapes and save the wine industry nearly $20 million each year in labor costs. Hand harvesting can cost $500 to $1,000 per acre compared with $200 to $400 per acre for mechanical harvesting. Hand labor is still important in vineyards […]

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Wine Insiders Don’t Know What Wine Drinkers Want

Wine Insiders Don’t Know What Wine Drinkers Want

“I’m not trying to argue that the customer is always right. Research also consistently shows that people who don’t understand wine will choose lesser wines; indeed, VinePair is a site dedicated to educating and informing the public. But we are a site that embraces the lifestyle of drinking, which means we believe that drinking – […]

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Sparkling Wine Production Workshop Coming to Penn State Ext.

Sparkling Wine Production Workshop Coming to Penn State Ext.

“Sparkling wine and sparkling [hard] cider production has become a hot topic for many Eastern producers.  Some are interested in traditional sparkling wine production methods, occasionally referred to as méthode champenoise, while others are integrating modern approaches into their processing facilities to incorporate bubbles in their wines.  The use of pressurized tanks, bottling under a […]

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Quality to Price Ratio: The Value of Wine versus The Cost of Wine

Quality to Price Ratio: The Value of Wine versus The Cost of Wine

“If you get married to one style of wine and one price point or one region, the ONLY real result is that you’re going to miss a LOT of great wines. Nowadays, Argentina is producing some of the best QPR wines in the world. South Africa, ditto. And Spain is the all-time QPR champ, spewing […]

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You Need To Have Flexibility In Your Vineyard

You Need To Have Flexibility In Your Vineyard

“The two pressing demands are to spray protective fungicides on the vines and get a pass through the vineyard for shoot position. Both are necessary and important for controlling disease pressure. There are number of ways to proceed, but knowing the top priority blocks will help in deciding how to proceed. Different criteria can be […]

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The Cellar after Harvest’s Dust Settles (Wine & Grapes U.)

The Cellar after Harvest’s Dust Settles (Wine & Grapes U.)

“Now is a good time to make sure you are monitoring your malolactic fermentations.  Ensure all of your barrels or tanks have been appropriately inoculated, or have started naturally, and get some initial readings on the malic acid concentration. If you have a spectrophotometer, you can purchase enzymatic kits to measure the concentration of malic […]

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Battling Oxidation in the Winery (More at VinePair)

Battling Oxidation in the Winery (More at VinePair)

“First, they move their wines sparingly. Most wines are fermented in large tanks rather than barrels, so the first winter task for many winemakers is moving wine from one vessel to another to start the aging process. Really, this is all about hoses and pumps, which winemakers connect to tanks so wine can be moved […]

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Merlot Sees Stock Rise After Yrs In The Shadow Of Cabernet & Pinot

Merlot Sees Stock Rise After Yrs In The Shadow Of Cabernet & Pinot

“That Merlot malaise lasted for years—indeed, it’s effects are still felt today. But after tasting dozens of wines, and speaking with a number of producers, it has become apparent that California Merlot is in the middle of a comeback. The quality is stunning, prices are reasonable, and winemakers are lavishing plenty of attention on the […]

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Harvest, maceration and seed tannin extraction in grapes

Harvest, maceration and seed tannin extraction in grapes

“Winemakers often attempt to reduce extraction of seed tannin, which is believed to cause wine bitterness due to its high flavan-3-ol content. Delayed harvest can lead to lower seed tannin levels. It also hikes fruit Brix levels. There is concern that heightened Brix measures might cause high ethanol levels, which then undermines the seed tannin […]

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