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November 2004
The Barcode Meets the Barrel
More winemakers are managing their barrels via technology that can track barrel location, alcohol levels, tasting scores, purchase date and wine status.
by Paul Franson
Though the winemaker at a small winery may be able to remember what's in each of his or her barrels, anyone with more than a few barrels soon learns the need for a more sophisticated system.Some companies just maintain paper records, but most are now turning to modern technology, notably specialized computer programs and barcode readers.K-J Pioneer of Barrel ManagementFew wineries manage more barrels than Kendall-Jackson, which has 200,000 barrels in various locations throughout California. K-J ...
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