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Concrete tank manufacturer Sonoma Cast Stone unveiled its new line of 320-gallon, concrete amphora designed for aging and storing wine. The company reports red and white wines can benefit from the slow oxidation, natural insulation and addition of subtle mineral characteristics provided by concrete. The tanks are available in different colors of concrete including an optional second color and can also be adorned with a winery logo. Details: concretewinetanks.com 
Verallia, the global leader in glass manufacturing headquartered in Europe, announces the creation of SGP Packaging, a US-based division for North American customers. The new division represents the entire Saint-Gobain-Verallia global lines of glass packaging and services offering brand new options for distinctive bottles and jars.
Napa, CA (December 9, 2014) - In an effort to help its winery customers build direct-to-consumer sales and drive repeat business, WineDirect has introduced five innovative new services.
John Bacigalupi is the first California grape grower to use an ozone generator to reduce pesticide use in fighting vineyard pests. “You are taking something as old as the earth and reapplying it,” so says 2nd generation Russian River Valley grape grower, Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi Vineyards is well known because of its place in history as a major contributor of chardonnay grapes to the 1976 Paris Tasting winning chardonnay. But searching for sustainable farming methods trump fame when it comes to standards in the Bacigalupi Vineyard.
As a result of the worldwide success of the free winemaking calculation application OenotoolsTM Oenobrands has now released a new version that is even more comprehensive, fast and easy to use, while still free of charge. More than 10,000 winemakers (and growing) in over 60 countries are now using this application, which was recently awarded an innovation prize.
Catalyst Manufacturing, a new supplier based in Seattle, Wash., unveiled its first line of small-volume tanks designed for wine and beer making. The new IntelliTanks are made with high-quality and high-density polyethylene and 304 grade stainless steel and come in either six- or fifteen-gallon capacity. The tanks are fitted to work with Tri-Clover sanitary fittings and other stainless steel accessories such as a “ported spout” that is shaped like a “T.” The spout can be attached to an inert gas tank on one end and a topping spigot on the other to turn the tank into a topping wine tank that can be moved throughout a barrel room or a keg system in the tasting room. Details: catalyst-manufacturing.com
GF Piping System’s Cool-Fit Plus system is insulated plastic piping designed for indirect cooling applications. The system features a core pipe made of ABS that is insulated with high-density polyurethane protected with a black polyethylene jacket that is watertight and UV resistant. The system is suitable for applications with water-based coolants from -58F to 104F at an operating pressure of up to 10 bar and within diameters from ¾” to 12”. The system is assembled with “patented joining technology” based on an inner nipple that allows the system to be quickly and efficiently joined with Cool-Fit ABS Cement & Cleaner.
Global Package announced it has added the new Claire bottle to its Elegant Light line of glass. The Claire is a Burgundy bottle featuring more “reserved styling” with an elegant swan’s next and substantial label area. The Elegant Light line bottles are lighter to help wineries cut costs but still feature striking design. Details: globalpackage.net
The new sanitary belt conveyor by Key Technology features a positive drive urethane (PDU) belt, stainless steel frame and components and open construction to make sanitizing the machine easier and quicker. The unit is available in “dog leg,” flat and inclined configurations and can be mounted on the floor, on casters or be suspended. Belts can be designed with a flat surface or other configurations. The conveyor can also be equipped with an optional motorized pulley to eliminate shaft-mounted motors and gearboxes. Throughput capacity ranges from less than 2,000 lbs per hour to more than 60,000 lbs. Details: key.net
Nelson Irrigation Corporation unveiled its new 1000 series of irrigation control valves that it claims saves energy and provide higher flow capacity with lower friction loss. The new valves also offer more precise and stable pressure regulation over a wider range of flow and with minimal pressure differential required across the valve. The valve is available in three different flow path options, inline, tee and elbow and can be equipped with five different inlet/outlet styles. Details: nelsonirrigation.com
PakSense launched a new temperature and humidity logger that can be programmed and reused for up to 15 months and can record 32,000 data points. The units download data via a USB connection to a PC. Details: paksense.com
Napa, CA, November 13, 2014—Free Flow Wines, the pioneer of premium wine on tap, announced that several boutique Napa Valley wines are now available in a keg format and are currently featured on tap at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Free Flow Wines provides wine kegging and logistics services for a number of Napa Valley wineries and those featured at the festival include Somerston’s Priest Ranch, Peju’s Tess, DEFINE Wines, and Flora Springs. Napa Valley Film Festival attendees will get a chance to taste these acclaimed wines on tap at select film festival special events, giving attendees access to the latest trend in wine packaging.
Sebastopol, CA – VingDirect and eWinery Solutions announced they have forged a strategic partnership providing a new approach to grow tasting room sales and wine club signups.
The new semi-automatic, Y-350 analyzer by the Spanish firm BioSystems and distributed in the U.S. by Admeo Inc., is designed specifically for wine analysis and employs a LED system spanning 280 nm to 750 nm. The unit can be used to measure sugars, acids, nitrogen levels, glycerol and more using BioSystems’ range of reagents. Details: biosystems.es 


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