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Why are Barrel / Cooperage Trials Important in Winemaking?

Wine education with Pine Ridge Vineyards Assistant Winemaker, Jason Ledbetter. Choosing the proper barrels for each wine made is a crucial decision in showca...
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On my I first visit to the caves at Pine Ridge, I was struck by the number of different tonnelleries, forests, and toasts that were being applied to single vineyard varietals of the same vintage.  It was explained to me by Chris Purdy (who was a member of the Pine Ridge social media organization at that time)  that this practice was essential to assure quality and consistency between vintages on a single vineyard varietal, long before the blending exercises could begin.  That's the kind of careful winecrafting that I have come to expect of the best winemakers.  Here is my VineBuzz report from that occasion, which took place about 3 years ago http://vinebuzz.biz/node/63

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Head Shaping Ancient RRV Zinfandels for Single Vineyard Designates and Heritage Blends

Brian Maloney, a modern day renaissance artesan winemaker in charge of Sonoma county for the Boisset Family Estates, explains the level of attention that goe...
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$ocial media bleedia? | STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG

$ocial media bleedia? | STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG | Wine Aficionados | Scoop.it
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Sometimes Wine Bloggers may misunderstand the shifts and corrections that go on between social media entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  Even the very best of wine bloggers, like Steve Heimoff, whom we all know and love, is not immune.  So while his advice in wine frequently constitutes a gold standard, his advice in social media may be of a more organic composting mix.

 

Social media startups are more reliant upon #leancontent methodologies, such as those demonstrated by Wix.com, whereby they are radically reducing their desire for VC funding.  In other words, it is the VC community that is failing to attract the entrepreneurs, rather than the attraction flowing in the opposite (and traditional) direction.  Regardless of the level of VC investment, social media companies are in the forefront of metrics and analytics, even if the number of hard currency units going into deals appear to be lower.  The strength of vision is in understanding the capabilities that are being exercised and the results that are being accomplished, not the number of dollars that it took to acquire those capabilities and results.

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French study finds pesticide residues in 90% of wines | decanter.com

French study finds pesticide residues in 90% of wines | decanter.com | Wine Aficionados | Scoop.it
Pesticide residues were found in the vast majority of 300 French wines tested, say researchers.
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considering the large number of pesiticides, fungicides, and anti-rot chemicals being applied, serious health consequences for vineyard workers is almost certainly a ticking bomb.

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riebli-vineyard5.jpg (2816x2112 pixels) | Wine Aficionados | Scoop.it
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Retrained for years by Deloach Winery, long forgotten heritage Zinfandel vines in the Riebli Valley Vineyard stand proud like giant bonsai, free of modern trellises, wearing the remnants of the arms that had grown out just barely above the ground like a medal of honor for having survived many years of neglect beginning with the prohibition era http://refer.ly/aVCH

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Discovery and Innovation - A Strategic Roadmap for Customer Success at Raymond Vineyards | VineBuzz

Discovery and Innovation - A Strategic Roadmap for Customer Success at Raymond Vineyards | VineBuzz | Wine Aficionados | Scoop.it
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Most wineries' visitors centers need to continuously deepen the effectiveness of their engagement with, and delight of customers. The successful cross-functional team always keeps it eyes and ears open toward the aches and the pains that conflict with the customers' readiness to have a beautiful, unforgettable experience. The hospitality staff must persist in their quest to craft perfect moments, the lifelong memories that places them at the top of their customers' mindshare.

One of the very best cases of these precepts works every day at Raymond Vineyards. Each section of the visitor's center is architected to appeal to some specialized niches in the spectrum of needs and preferences, such that the place becomes the most desirable hangout that an ever-growing number of customers can imagine, afford, and attain. Boisset Family Estates CEO Jean-Charles Boisset is among the more masterful in leading his team by example. On August 2, 2012, he shared with me the inspiration for the Frenchie Winery, which has opened the winery tourism experience to the millions of persons who are the loving guardians of dogs. He tells me about how he saw this suffering and found (inside his empathy of the situation) an innovative win-win solution.

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Comportamiento del mercado del vino en Europa (I)

Comportamiento del mercado del vino en Europa (I) | Wine Aficionados | Scoop.it
Mercados del vino.- Europa (parte 1): Análisis en el blog de Wine Zentric de las cifras de importación de vino en el continente europeo, haciendo especial hincapié en las exportaciones españolas de vino.
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Spain eclipses Italy in imports to Germany in 2012, and became their primary provider of sparkling wine.  While the norm throughout Germany was declines in volume and value, Spain grew 4.5 percent in volume, and 2.3 percent in value.

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WineWize Introduction

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An excellent mobile wine application for smartphones called "WinewiZe" is currently in Alpha test mode. In its present release, it helps you to decide among potential eating/drinking establishments, by helping you to get a handle on how well the wine offerings agree with your palate and budget. The program learns about your tastes for different styles and types of wines, as well as your price brackets, rather than simply draw on the collective preferences of reviewers and tasting notes writers, when you tag your favorite wines and short lists inside of WinewiZe's up-to-date feed on the wine lists of restaurants in your area. It uses the knowledge that it acquires about your preferences to recommend wines to you when you find yourself in a restaurant that offers to you unfamiliar choices for the best values and qualities in your brackets.

If you would benefit from a service like this, and wish to participate in the Alpha test (which runs only on Android, but a momentary limitation), then I highly recommend that you signup at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/winewiZe-signup .

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HoseMaster of Wine™: God Sells His Kingdom

HoseMaster of Wine™: God Sells His Kingdom | Wine Aficionados | Scoop.it
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When Robert Parker sold The Wine Advocate he unleashed the virtual hell hounds of wine writing, fueled by their holy spirit.

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