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Calling it the “world’s most advanced cork closure to last more than 30 years,” Diam unveiled its Diam 30 closure for the North American market at the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. The closure is designed for wines made for extended bottle aging and features one of the lowest oxygen permeability rates on the market. “The Diam 30 is perfect for the luxury wine market to safeguard wine throughout the aging process and to assure a consistent aging process,” said Mihailo Panovich, vice president of sales for G3 Enterprises, which imports Diam products to the United States. Details: diam-closures.com
Rehrig Pacific Co., a manufacturer of reusable transport packaging containers for beer, wine, spirits and other products, announced the launch of its new keg recycling program for wine and beer. The Pubkeg program enables wineries and breweries to ship full kegs and Rehrig handles tracking the kegs for return and recycling. The 1/6 barrel PET kegs are designed to fit the U.S. Sankey valve systems and weigh 49 pounds when full. Details: pubkeg.com
Renaissance BioScience Corp., in Vancouver, B.C., announced it has exclusively licensed the technology to commercially develop yeast that have little propensity to produce hydrogen sulfide gas. University of California, Davis microbiologist Dr. Linda Bisson used selective breeding techniques to produce the yeast strains, and Renaissance commercialized the production and will handle technical support and further development. The company has released three yeasts Andante, Vivace and Maestoso. Details: renaissanceyeast.com
Winemaking tool designer Vinnovation released its new Lotus pump over irrigator device. According to a statement by the company, the firm’s designers used molds made with 3D printers to produce shapes that previously could not be fabricated with standard tools. The Lotus is light-weight, allows an unobstructed flow of fee-run wine and is easily adjustable to fit any tank or cap size. The unit is being manufactured and sold through York Machine Works in St. Helena, Calif. Details: vinnovationllc.com
James Marshall Berry, owner of JMB Web Consulting, has announced the release of an addition to the Wine and the Web product offerings, with the release of CellarCart. CellarCart is a WordPress based eCommerce solution installed within the website that has been customized for wine sales. “Over the course of the last year, it became clear that a really basic, entry-level eCommerce solution was needed to help many small wineries get their products directly to the consumer,” said Berry, who is also Chief Strategy Officer for Wine and the Web. “Although our “lite”* version of Vin65 is still our primary product offering for winery eCommerce, many found the copious amounts of features available in Vin65 to actually be too much for those who are just getting their feet wet with online eCommerce.”
Vancouver, BC — January 21, 2014 — Renaissance Yeast Inc. introduced Maestoso, the latest addition to its family of hydrogen sulfide-preventing wine yeasts. Maestoso joins three other Renaissance wine yeasts – Vivace, Allegro and Andante – now available for sale and use by winemakers worldwide. All were developed using traditional classical wine yeast breeding techniques.
Napa, CA (January 21, 2014) – WineDirect and subsidiary company Vin65, leaders in winery Direct-to-Consumer sales, are launching an exclusive new membership program, 46Brix. For an annual fee of only $79, members can get their ground shipping covered for as many orders of two or more bottles of wine as they would like from all participating wineries. Usually cost prohibitive, wine lovers can receive shipments from their favorite winemakers without worrying about the shipping expenses.
govino founder Joseph Perrulli today announced that an investor group led by Napa vintner Pat Stotesbery has acquired a majority interest in Napa Valley-based govino, the award-winning, innovative glassware company, for an undisclosed sum. The Stotesbery investor group, comprised of family members, has purchased all assets including brand technology, product lines, distribution and customer database. govino founder Joseph Perrulli, who maintains an ownership interest, will remain as creative director responsible for design, growth and development.
The new Diam 30, the world’s most advanced cork closure with the ability to last more than thirty years, will make its U.S. debut later this month at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento. Based on independent laboratory accelerated aging studies, the Diam 30 far surpasses the lifetime of natural corks.
St. Louis, Mo., January 14, 2014--Wine bottles with 3-D labels won a Bronze award in the 2014 World Beverage Competition’s packaging division for bottles. The specialty labels provided a new perspective for Okanagan Villa Estate Winery’s Vibrant Vine wine.
January 9, 2013 Walnut Creek, CA – AgroThermal Systems announced results from the company’s 2013 trial programs involving eight cultivars from 12 trial blocks in California, Oregon and New Zealand where Thermal Plant Treatment was applied to vineyard blocks throughout the growing season.
Andritz Separation revealed its new cross-flow filtration units featuring the company's new “dynamic” filter system. The new system employs overlapping rotating disks that create differential speeds to “generate a cross flow without requiring a pump to circulate the slurry and without any circulation line at all.” Andritz describes the new units as “a plug-and play” solution for recovering lees or fining wines. Details: andritz.com.
FT System's award-winning L.Sensor.C02 unit will make its North American debut at the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. The sensor won an innovation award at the 2013 SIMEI-ENOVITIS exposition in Italy. According to a statement by FT System, the unit is the first of its kind to use laser spectroscopy technology in the gaseous phase to provide a non-destructive measurement of oxygen and carbon dioxide in glass and plastic containers. Details: ftsystem.com.


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