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Damaged Grapes Most at Risk From Fruit Fly
 
03.04.2015
 
Drosophilia can spread spoilage bacteria to cracked or damaged berries
 
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The female spotted wing drosophila uses its large and jagged ovipositor to break the skin of wine grapes. Photo source: Virginia Tech
Corvallis, Ore.—The tiny insect pest spotted wing drosophila has cast a large shadow over wine grape growers since 2008, when it was first identified in North America in a patch of strawberries at Watsonville, Calif.

Known scientifically as Drosophila suzukii, the fruit fly was identified among Pinot Noir vines in Oregon’s upper Willamette Valley in 2009, as well as in a non-commercial vineyard south of Abbotsford, B.C.

The fly is frightening because of a jagged ovipositor that allows it to saw into ripe fruit and deposit eggs rather than simply taking advantage of damaged fruit like the better-known species D. melanogaster. Under the right conditions, it is also able to reproduce rapidly—up to 13 generations per season in Japan—though the cooler climate of the Pacific Northwest appears to be limiting its fecundity to as little as four generations per season here.

 
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Blind-Tasting a Mini-Stave Trial
 
03.03.2015
 
Participants in Oak Conference prefer a blend of flavor profiles
 
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Two wines were aged with a variety of oak barrel alternatives for a trial presented at the Wines & Vines Oak Conference.
Napa, Calif.—Winemakers attending the Wines & Vines Oak Conference on Feb. 11 had an unusual opportunity to blind-taste winery trials utilizing oak barrel alternatives in young wines from Sonoma County and Napa Valley, Calif. Presenting the tasting were Eglantine Chauffour, winemaker for Enartis Vinquiry, and Victoria Wilson, assistant winemaker for Wilson Artisan Wineries


 
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