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Mid-Atlantic Wine Consumer Demographics & Behaviors

Mid-Atlantic Wine Consumer Demographics & Behaviors

“Currently, over 100 million people in the U.S. drink wine (vino-california.com). Although knowing and understanding the characteristics that describe the U.S. wine consumer are extremely important, keying in on wine consumers who live in the Mid-Atlantic, and who have better access to wines produced in the region, can provide even more valuable information. Demographics (age/generation, […]

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Making The Case for Merlot (more at Imbibe Magazine)

Making The Case for Merlot (more at Imbibe Magazine)

“No worthy wine professional would say that Merlot is incapable of producing good, or even great, wine—Bordeaux, Washington state, Long Island, Northern Italy (and yes, California) are all solid sources. But when it comes to the water-cooler discussion of which wines are hip enough to be Instagram-worthy, Merlot is conspicuously absent from the conversation. On […]

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Are wines sweeter when they are younger? – ask Decanter

Are wines sweeter when they are younger? – ask Decanter

“This is a phenomenon we often experience in Tokaji. Sometimes we say the wine ‘digests’ its sugars, but I don’t know the scientific explanation. What we do know is that the measurable sugar level does not change. It is the same after 20 years as it was at the bottling – but the wine tastes […]

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Delaying spur-pruning to around bud burst and vine performance

Delaying spur-pruning to around bud burst and vine performance

“Susceptibility to frost injury increases with advanced phenological growth stage [1], therefore, growers and scientists have explored different techniques for delaying bud burst of grapevines to increase the chance of avoiding spring frost damaging events. Vegetable-based oils (e.g., Amigo oil) can be sprayed on the canes/buds during the winter to slow down bud de-acclimation and […]

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Respect sap flow: Pruning for optimal vine health & homogeneity

Respect sap flow: Pruning for optimal vine health & homogeneity

“Return cuts are common in the wine industry. As you make a large return cut into the wood, this produces a big wound on the plant. Inside the wound, desiccation cones can start to form. The larger and deeper the cut, the bigger and deeper the desiccation cones. Furthermore, large return cuts can also lead […]

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Nebraska grape expert tries to flip wine and whiskey barrels

Nebraska grape expert tries to flip wine and whiskey barrels

“Loseke, a viticulturist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, started his first side business three years ago on a boring Saturday afternoon. He went to an estate sale and a power washer caught his eye. It set him back $20, and he discovered later at home that the motor was busted. He fixed it, realized he […]

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Integrating Herbicide and Cover Crop Management for Cost Effective Results

Integrating Herbicide and Cover Crop Management for Cost Effective Results

“There may be a potential for cover crops to improve the effectiveness of weed control.[2]  We can observe this not just in row middle management, but to a lesser extent under trellis management.  Cover crops do not offer the potential to reduce herbicide applications in situations where growers are applying between 1 and 3 per […]

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Boxxle Wine-On-Tap is the Newest Trend Taking Over the Foodie World

Boxxle Wine-On-Tap is the Newest Trend Taking Over the Foodie World

“Growth in restaurant industry has been attributed to consumers becoming more accepting of alternative packaging, convenience and the increasing quality of wines. “The premium 3L box consumer — relative to the total table wine consumer — is younger and more affluent, thus an attractive demographic group,” said Danny Brager, VP group client director, beverage alcohol […]

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Northern New York cold hardy grapes nursery being remodeled

Northern New York cold hardy grapes nursery being remodeled

“In 2015, the old vines at the Willsboro were removed with the exception of the Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac gris, and La Crescent varieties that have proven to be suited to the NNY climate and soils. Those plantings continue to produce grapes for wine production research by Cornell University. Regional growers will be invited to help […]

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Mid-Atlantic Wine Consumer Behaviors Toward Sustainable Wine

Mid-Atlantic Wine Consumer Behaviors Toward Sustainable Wine

“Over half of all participants were either “very interested” or “extremely interested” in all six practices presented. Pertaining to the individual practices, 35.5% of participants were “extremely interested” in “wildlife protection and/or native plant conservation practices,” which was a higher than the percentages for “very interested” to “not at all interested” (Table 2). In the […]

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Robots in the vineyard (More at The viticulture blog)

Robots in the vineyard (More at The viticulture blog)

“With looming challenges in the labor market, the use of robotics and advanced analytics will likely spread beyond the small community of adventurous winemakers. We wrote previously about how our customers have benefited from intelligence delivered by our signature products such as Sap Flow. At one point, the question of whether to adopt latest vineyard […]

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Wine Growers Are Just As Important As Winemakers

Wine Growers Are Just As Important As Winemakers

“These jobs require two different skill sets, and while the roles overlap, especially at the harvest hand-off of grapes, their key traits and critical skill sets are completely different and warrant separate college degrees. Growers are plant scientists — skilled in identifying vine diseases and threats — who know how to make vines thrive. Winemakers, […]

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