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Cold Snap Speeds Ice Wine Harvest
 
11.24.2014
 
Washington and British Columbia winemakers call November pick the earliest in years
 
Chateau Ste. Michelle Ice Wine grapes
 
 
Chateau Ste. Michelle harvested clusters of Riesling for its ice wine program Nov. 15, earlier than normal, due to below-freezing temperatures at its Horse Heaven Vineyard in Paterson, Wash.
Prosser, Wash.—The past week brought cold weather to the Northwest, just days after many wineries finished bringing in the 2014 harvest.

But the opportunity to pick grapes for ice wine trumped fears of frost damage for many vintners, with initial reports suggesting that conditions hit a sweet spot for capitalizing on wintry conditions.


 
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Putting the Focus on Oak in Winemaking
 
11.21.2014
 
Conference to feature best practices for barrels, oak alternatives and latest research
 
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Winemaker David Ramey is among the panelists who will speak at the inaugural Wines & Vines Oak Conference on Feb. 11.
San Rafael, Calif.—From the technical to the stylistic, the use of oak in winemaking will be the focus of the upcoming Wines & Vines Oak Conference to be held Feb. 11 in Napa, Calif.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will feature several expert panel discussions and technical tastings as well as a seminar about seismic safety incorporating lessons learned from the Aug. 24 earthquake in Napa Valley.


 
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