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Monday, September 18, 2017
September 18, 2017 | 7:35 AM

New York's grape growers have rejected a Research & Development Order that would have funded research through the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets. Results here 

While we are understandably disappointed in the results, we are by no means done with our quest to work with the grape and wine industry to create a self-funded and self-directed pool of funds available to support the industry's research needs.

We have learned valuable lessons by going through this Research Order process. The biggest lesson, and most likely the one that will guide our endeavors in this area in the future, is that there are widely varying research and marketing needs by region. It is possible that those needs will actually have to be addressed by different research and marketing funding mechanisms (private and/or public) at different times.

As you may already know, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation already supports a significant amount of grape research $561,550 (FY17-18) in the state. This research is also matched by generous private sector contributions of approximately $255,550 and we anticipate continuing this critical funding stream for 2018 and beyond. - 
Sam Filler, Executive Director, New York Wine & Grape Foundation

Morten Hallgren comments: Let's make something quite clear. This proposal was NOT rejected by Finger Lakes wineries. This proposal was defeated by juice growers along Lake Erie, that already have funding for their own specific research that has essentially no overlap with that needed in the Finger Lakes or on Long Island for that matter.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
September 6, 2017 | 3:00 PM

So, we were checking this out at the office today.

Cool stuff, look for more about it in the January '18 Wine Business Monthly. ...

The age of talking labels is officially here ... we now point our smart phone with its AR app at the bottles label and before our very eyes, we see a video and find ourselves immersed in the story

September 6, 2017 | 9:03 AM

Wineries decreased their job postings as of August 2017 according to the latest report released by Postings for all winery jobs on the industry's leading job site in August 2017 decreased 1 percent from August 2016, however, are up 5 percent year-to-date.

Harvest positions are up 11% year-to-date. This increase in harvest positions is a prime reason for the increase in winery hiring this year.

Winemaking positions saw the greatest growth in August 2017, up 17 percent from August 2016 and are up 15 percent year-to-date.

DTC, tasting room and retail (Hospitality) jobs decreased slightly in August 2017, down 3 percent from August 2016 but are up 4 percent year-to-date.

Sales & marketing positions decreased in August 2017, down 10 percent from August 2016, and are down 7 percent year-to-date.

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Friday, September 1, 2017
September 1, 2017 | 11:13 AM

Wine Business Monthly's September 2017 digital edition is now available  

Tempranillo and Trials

One of the features that sets Wine Business Monthly apart is the Varietal Focus reports we publish twice a year. They’re a cool reference tool, and can be found in the online archives. We’ve published more than a dozen, covering most major varieties, blends, sparkling wine, and Rosé. This month’s issue features a Varietal Focus on Tempranillo.

In the report, Lance Cutler and the participating winemakers get into the details of making Tempranillo, talk about stylistic goals, about the specifics of what they do to achieve those goals, and also about challenges with Tempranillo: high pH, tannins and vigor. Tempranillo is widely planted throughout the world, it’s the fourth-largest variety in terms of planted acreage, but not that much Tempranillo is made in the U.S.

According to our database, 451 wineries, or just 5 percent of the 9,091 U.S. wineries currently make Tempranillo. Two hundred are from California, 76 are from Oregon, 54 are in Washington and six are from Idaho. (note, there are also 65 wineries making Tempranillo in Texas). Our Tempranillo report contrasts wines from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Lance thinks Tempranillo might be the next big thing and, you never know, he might be right.

Another feature of WBM that sets it apart is an emphasis on vineyard and winery trials. This month we report on a screw cap trial that focused on how different levels of O2 affect a wine’s fruitiness, freshness and other characteristics. The winemaking team held in-house sensory analysis sessions and discussions, but also wanted feedback from peers, so shared the wines with ultra-premium winemakers during the annual Innovation + Quality conference. The session at IQ also included useful discussion of the things that can go wrong with screw caps on the bottling line—things to look out for.

Barrel trials are the most common of all winery trials but our resident curmudgeon suspects that barrel trials all too often are set up in a manner that precludes useful results. So he’s got a few pointers this month about setting up a successful barrel trial.

Topping off this month’s issue are results of a trial where the winemaker fermented separate lots of grapes in both stainless steel and wood barrels. There was a noticeable difference in extraction and aroma and flavor profiles between the two trialed lots. That trial, and more than 70 others we’ve collected so far, can also be found in the Trials Forum that just launched at It’s a space where winemakers can share trials so that others can learn from their findings. Here’s to finding the next big thing, to useful winemaking trials and to a successful 2017 harvest.

Cyril Penn – Editor


Thursday, August 31, 2017
by Curtis Phillips | August 31, 2017 | 1:12 PM

I was a little startled to learn that Dr. Linda Bisson is retiring, effective September 1, 2017. I guess time flies. Although I was still trying to finish my degree, I was already making wine when she joined the Viticulture and Enology faculty so I’ve only had the opportunity to attend Extension courses from her over the years. Though these, and professional organizations like the ASEV, where she has been the science editor of the AJEV for many years. Bisson’s research in yeast genetics is a scientific legacy that will not be surpassed easily.

As V&E Extension Director Kay Bogart reminded me when she informed of Dr. Bisson’s retirement, Bisson’s early contributions, “A few years ago she put most of the teaching material she used for the initial UCD Extension winemaking class on the UCD V&E website. Much of it can be found under Enology Resources here: There is a wealth of information there, as well as other data searchable through the wineserver website. There is also a collection of all the videos we posted from V&E Extension programs there.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
by Erin Kirchenmann | August 30, 2017 | 7:00 AM

A self-professed explorer, David Parrish is no stranger to new discoveries. Heralded for pioneering the GSP trellising system, Parrish continues his vineyard adventures, this time touting the benefits of a new shade cloth he’s developed.

Wine Business Monthly recently took a tour of his vineyard in Paso Robles, where the newly installed shade cloth is proving beneficial for a number of the grapes he’s growing--he’s also finding applications in the Central Valley, on kiwi, peach and cherry plants.

In a nutshell, his shade cloth can prevent 70 percent of the UVA and UVB light from reaching the grape, provides sunburn protection from the harsh afternoon sun and allows longer hang-time and more even ripening of grapes, the latter is said to create a higher phenolic profile. In rougher, calcareous soils, the cloth has been shown to help take some stress off the vines, allowing it to spend its energy on fruit and canopy development.

“It gives you the ability and cover to do all the crazy things you want to do to a vine to boost phenolics,” Parrish said, showing that some of the trials and testing he’s run show anthocyanin levels much higher than “Napa levels” of 250+.

Parrish designed the material himself and, produces, sells and installs it. It features black thread reinforcement, frequently and evenly spaced holes to connect to existing trellis systems and a mesh consistency to allow air and some light to reach through. Most importantly, Parrish stressed that white was the best color for vineyard shade cloth.

There hasn’t been much precedent in shade cloth research. Duckhorn Wine Co. published a paper in 2007, testing blue, red and white cloth, and there has been some research from UC Davis and other viticulture schools. Speaking on the basis of his decades of vineyard experience, white reflects and transmits light, diffusing the full spectrum of color. Black, on the other hand, only absorbs it.

Winemakers on the Central Coast are appreciating its benefits. Daniel Daou has been using it for the last four years, and Parrish recounted a year in which his own grapes went without shade cloth because he sold out of the material. Parrish sells a number of his own grapes to wineries like L’Aventure, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, Clos Selene and Edna Valley Vineyards.

His shade cloth runs about $68 per acre in material $50 per acre in labor to install and lasts 10 seasons. He places the cloth on the vine just before veraison and removes it a few days before harvest. By using this cloth, Parrish saw a 15 percent savings in juice, thanks to fewer raisins and damaged berries.

“Light is free and abundant and when it is we don’t think about ‘how do you manipulate it.’—but photosynthesis is so important.”


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
July 26, 2017 | 6:53 AM

Breaking News: We received this statement regarding ownership changes at Adelsheim Vineyard. 

In Order to Remain Locally and Independently Owned, Founders David and Ginny Adelsheim Sell Their Ownership to Lynn and Jack Loacker, Co-Owners Since 1994

Newberg, Oregon (July 24, 2017) – Adelsheim Vineyard announces today that Lynn and Jack Loacker have purchased the ownership of David and Ginny Adelsheim and are now 100% owners of the winery, started in 1971.

“Nearly 25 years ago, we made a commitment to Adelsheim Vineyard and became partners with David and Ginny. It’s a partnership we’ve enjoyed immensely. We all agree that keeping the winery in the hands of local owners should be the future for Adelsheim Vineyard. We thank David for his years of dedication and leadership. It is an honor for us to ensure that his vision and legacy continue.” – Lynn and Jack Loacker

Founder David Adelsheim recently transitioned all day-to-day operations, including vineyard and winery, finance, administration, marketing, and sales, to new CEO, Joth Ricci. David will continue an active role with the winery, focusing on large picture issues like the legacy of the winery, the role of the wine industry in Oregon, and expanding export sales.

“For 46 years, this industry has been my life. It is the fulfillment of a dream Ginny and I had when we were in our 20’s. I have to admit there is a bittersweetness to stepping away from ownership, but I am excited to be able to continue work in the areas that are critical to the winery and the state. Ginny and I are grateful to our long-time partners Lynn and Jack Loacker, who are committed to keeping Adelsheim independent and locally owned, and to our new CEO, Joth Ricci, who has an amazing set of business skills (that I never had) and will be able to lead the winery into an amazing future.”- David Adelsheim

Monday, July 10, 2017
July 10, 2017 | 8:54 AM

Canned wines are HOT right now -- we get press releases about new brands of canned wine being released every week! Are you thinking about canning your wine? Check out Bill Pregler's What's Cool column in the July issue to learn about the individual components of a new canning line installed at Free Flow Wines and their protocol for maintaining strict quality control standards as well as the compliance certification of “can-to-product” as required by Ball Beverage Packaging (the makers of aluminum cans). Visit to access the digital issue of WBM or click here to subscribe to the print edition.

Friday, July 7, 2017
July 7, 2017 | 8:49 AM

These guys have stories to tell. Most winemakers do! In our July issue, writer Lance Cutler asks several winemakers to tell the haunted tales of harvests gone wrong and their rather creative solutions to the problems. From car troubles to grower relations gone wrong, Rosé showers and equipment struggles, these winemakers have been through it all! Some of the winemakers include: Jerry Seps of Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Steve Edmunds, Jim Bundschu of Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Chuy Ordaz of Palo Alto Vineyard Management, John Batto, Zeke Neeley of Kenwood Vineyards, Charlie Tolbert, Sam Bilbro of Idlewild Wines, Lance Silver, of Tobin James Winery and others. Check out the July issue of WBM for more. For a print copy, click here to subscribe.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
July 6, 2017 | 10:18 AM

Wine Business Monthly's July 2017 digital edition is now available.

Inside July 2017 you will find:

WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY's 2017 WBM/SVB Tasting Room Survey Report

Three Successful Approaches to Customer Relationship Management


Checklists: Preparing the Crush Pad and Lab for Harvest

Closures: Survey Results, Trials and News

The Long, Hard Truth About Producing Spirits

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