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Napa Valley Think Tank Launches New Analyses

Posted on June 08, 2011

Napa Valley Think Tank (NVTT), the St. Helena-based wine laboratory and resource center, is launching over 20 new analyses and analytical panels today. The company’s capabilities have expanded to include microbiology, volatile phenol, and haloanisole and halophenol analyses, among others.

Today also marks the official launch of NVTT’s ENOWISE™ PCR Microbiology program, under which the Brettanomyces bruxellensis test is the first in a series of yeast and bacteria micro-organisms that the laboratory is able to identify and analyze for customers. In addition, NVTT has added an Aroma and Flavor Analysis category that includes Geosmin testing and an Additives category that includes sorbic and citric acid analysis.

NVTT’s mission is to be a full-service laboratory and resource center to the Napa Valley wine technical community. “This round of capabilities takes us to a new level,” explains founder Andy Erickson. “We are very excited to offer our customers important analyses like Brett, 4EP/4EG and TCA.”

NVTT’s team of experts has grown as well. Dr. Jim Harbertson, a well-known expert in phenolics and tannins, has joined the team as a consultant. He is assisting with the expansion of the lab’s phenolic capabilities, including new methods of analyzing tannins and color in wine. Dr. Paul Richardson, formerly of the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute, has also joined the team as a microbiology consultant. Dr. Richardson is assisting with the development and launch of the ENOWISE™ microbiological program.

About Napa Valley Think Tank: Founded in 2010 by Andy Erickson, Napa Valley Think Tank offers a state-of-the-art analytical wine laboratory, well-stocked winemaking supply store and a comprehensive resource center serving the Napa Valley winemaking community from its downtown St. Helena location.

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