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December 4, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Last week we put the January issue of Wine Business Monthly to bed. Editor Cyril Penn previews the issue in his Month in Review:

Getting Ready for Bottling, Unified, and the New Year

January: Time for making New Year’s resolutions and planning for the year ahead. Personally, I like this time of year because I tend to catch my breath—if only for a moment—to take a pause to get organized and prepared before tackling the work that lies ahead.

With that in mind, check out Bill Pregler’s preparing for bottling day checklist, which just might save you a lot of aggravation; and Curtis Phillips’ article on planning for your next crush. Curtis offers many sensible recommendations; one of them being to do a post mortem now that crush is over—while you are still remembering the details of how things went.

January also means its time to prepare for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium: This issue includes a preview of what to expect at the show from our exclusive online survey, highlighting the newest products and services. The online version will be continually updated prior to the show and you can use it to create a list of booths to visit—again saving time and hassle. Our columnists additionally offer a sneak peak at what they’ll be looking for during the show.

By this time, you may have noticed bunches of Riesling grapes are pictured on this month’s cover. You may have detected the little specs on those grapes, a hint that the grapes are Riesling, or you maybe you read the huge callout across the cover that says “Riesling.” At any rate, we’ve got a Varietal Focus report on Riesling this month, with winemakers from Oregon, Washington and New York. These varietal reports are all about discovering terroir and how winemakers achieve, or try to achieve, their stylistic goals. Riesling is one of the grapes that is most expressive of terroir.

Happy New Year, Cyril Penn, editor

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