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COLTON, Calif. – Author Steve Hammersmith combines 20 years of battling severe frost on his family’s farm and his research on frost and cold air accumulation to supply a resource to other farmers. Hammersmith’s experience includes studying and apprenticing under Dr. Rafael Guarga, president of the University of Urugay. The two collaborated on a new frost protection method of controlling cold air flows and draining cold air masses. He is currently president and CEO of Shur Farms Frost Protection, a company specializing in managing cold air flows in vineyards and orchards worldwide. His new book, “Cold Air Accumulation and the Grower's Guide to Frost Protection” (published by WestBow Press), discusses the causes of frost and methods growers can use to protect their yield.
Novavine CEO Jay Jensen welcomes the public to the new Protocol 2010 Grapevine Increase Block in Yolo County. This newly developed increase block has been planted with material released by Foundation Plant Services (UC Davis) called Protocol 2010, making it the newest and cleanest grapevine stock in the world. On Friday, October 24th from 11am-2pm, Novavine has invited the community and its dignitaries to an informational event at their Yolo increase block (19501 County Rd 97, Woodland CA), in which they will introduce their operations and newly planted material.
Oregon – Responding to the requests of clients throughout the region, Ferment Marketing has expanded its services to include comprehensive DTC (direct-to-consumer) programs and a guest experience management tool called Secret Sipper.
Napa, CA, October 17, 2014 – - Tapp Label Acquisition Company LLC has signed a definitive and binding agreement for the purchase of Tapp Label Technologies Inc. The deal is expected to close in December.
Sonoma, CA – Collotype Labels, the leading global wine and spirits label supplier, won the top award for digital label printing in two leading North American 2014 print industry competitions. Collotype Digital is the most advanced West Coast digital printing facility from Los Angeles to Canada. In both of North America’s most distinguished label printing competitions, the North American Gold Ink Awards and the North American Tag & Label Industry Association, Collotype Labels was awarded the top honor for a digitally printed label. In both competitions the winner was the “Freakshow” label brand by Michael-David Winery of Lodi, CA.
October 16, 2014, San Jose, CA — Vines OS, a comprehensive eCommerce winery solution built specifically for wineries, announces a new feature that encourages online Wine Club signups while purchasing online. Club discounts are clearly displayed, along with a simple pop up window that allows shoppers to select the Club option of their choice, without ever leaving the checkout page.
AstraPouch® announced today that it is now offering digitally printed AstroPaq® pouches at a low minimum quantity of 1,000 pouches per SKU. Pre-printed pouches had previously only been available in quantities of 25,000 or more. With this change, fully branded pouches will be more accessible to wineries of all sizes.
October 14, 2014 (Paso Robles, CA) – According to Matt Ortman, not all fermenting vessels are created equal. In just his second year as winemaker at Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, he had already purchased four concrete tanks because he believes that, for some wines, they’re ideal.
Santa Rosa, CA, October 10, 2014 – M.A. Silva, manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, announced the purchase of Vintners Global Resource’s (VGR) packaging business. VGR, located in Washington, is a supplier of wine bottles, closures and packaging serving the Pacific Northwest wine industry. In cooperation with M.A. Silva’s long-time partner Oak Tradition, located in Walla Walla, the combined companies will offer a high quality product portfolio and an unparalleled spectrum of expertise and customer service to wineries in the Pacific Northwest region. Andy Brassington, VGR’s CEO and founder, and Teresa Lawrenson, VGR’s account manager, will join the M.A. Silva team. VGR’s Kent, Washington operations are now part of M.A. Silva.
Amcor Flexibles Capsules announced it is offering Stelvin closures in a choice of 24 colors that are available in two weeks after ordering. The closures are intended to help wine companies take advantage of new opportunities for large and small product runs with optimal lead times and original packaging. The 24 traditional and modern ColorSprint closures include four original metallic colors. The new product range is offered exclusively with the Stelvin 30x60 capsule and Saranex liner. Details: amcor.com
Flame Engineering reports its flamers are now approved for the use in organic farming. The Red Dragon GP-Series of flame units for vineyard and orchard use are designed for “berm flaming” and can be used as an effective method of weed control or to control pest pressure by conducting a complete winter burn down to remove insect habitat. Details: flameengineering.com 
Mercier’s newest barrel is the Affinity, which is made with staves of tight grain French oak that are air seasoned for 24 months and formed with a special water bending process. The cooper says the combination of tight grain and a specific toast helps extract smoother tannins that respect the fruit and its “elegance” as well as accentuate freshness, minerality and fat. The barrels are available in 225, 228, 300 and 500 liter capacities. Details: tonnellerie-mercier.com
RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 7, 2014 – Mims Distributing Company, a wholesale beverage distributor in North Carolina, has announced that it is adding wine to its portfolio and expanding its distribution reach to include all of North Carolina. The company will grow its distribution area from its current nine counties to the entire state for its wine division and select craft beers.
In collaboration with DSM Food Specialties, Oenobrands created the liquid mannoprotein Final Touch Pop to improve the organoleptic qualities, freshness, balance and the bubbles of sparkling wines. Based on three years of tests in Italy, Oenobrands reports the product can increase aromatic intensity and suppleness as soon as it’s added to a wine and the wine will retain these improved qualities over time. Final Touch Pop can be added after the second fermentation right before bottling in the Charmat method or in the dosage of liquer in the traditional production process of sparkling wine. Details: oenobrands.com 
Pellenc unveiled its new Optimum harvester that features the next generation of its on-board optical sorting system, the Selectiv’ Process 2, which the company claims can bring in 99.8% clean grapes. According to Pellenc, the new Optimum is the most compact and lightest harvester tractor on the market and can make 95° turns making switching from one row to another easier and faster. An improved engine and better load sensing technology has reduced fuel consumption by 40%. “The new Pellenc Optimum is a concentration of technological innovations combining performance, quality and cost effectiveness without compromise,” said Jacques Servoles, Pellenc’s department director. “From this point of view, it will bring viticulture into a new era.” Details: pellenc.com

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