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 The Lallemand Wine App has been updated with new features to assist winemakers. Initially designed for North America, the updated app now covers Australia and New Zealand, South America and South Africa. A new feature called “Wine Bacteria Sensory Profiling” is designed to help winemakers select the best wine bacteria for malolactic fermentation, based on their winemaking conditions and the desired wine style, to achieve a particular sensory definition, according to Lallemand. Details: lallemandwine.us
 Lanxess announced it has developed an improved line of dosing units for the microbial control agent Velcorin. The new Velcorin DT Touch line comprises seven doser sizes that can handle bottling lines of 600 to 79,200 liters per hour. The units are controlled by a touch-screen display and are designed for quick integration into an existing system. Details: velcorin.com
NetSuite Inc., the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced that NetSuite and eWinery Solutions, the #1 provider of DTC (direct-to-consumer) software and systems for the wine industry, have formed a partnership to develop and offer an industry-specific cloud software solution, VinSuite targeting wineries throughout the world. The planned solution will give wineries the tools they need to truly compete at both the local and international levels. For more information about NetSuite for the wine industry, please visit: www.netsuite.com/wineries.
The AireWine bottle is designed with dimples on the interior of the bottleneck to aerate wine as it is poured from the bottle. The recyclable bottle is made from BPA-free PET plastic. Details: airewine.com
Italian automation equipment manufacturer Emmeti S.p.A introduces “The Octopus” bulk and case depalletizer. The machine is capable of handling a variety of bottle styles from pallets and then changing to depalletizing cased bottles “without even so much as a tool,” according to a statement by Emmeti. A single head is employed to capture a layer of cases, sweep off bulk bottles or pick and place odd-shaped bottles. The machine can also be programmed to run specific depalletizing protocols. Details: emmetiusa.com
Winemaking supply company Laffort released an app for iPhone and Android to help winemakers use its Nobile line of oak alternatives. The app will calculate how much and what type of Nobile stave a winemaker should use based on the percentage of new oak desired (based on the surface contact of a Bordeaux barrel) and the volume of the tank that needs to be treated. Details: laffort.com
The new Sanosil Halo room fogger fills a room and covers all exposed surfaces killing 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses and mold and fungi spores, according to a statement by the unit’s distributor Med Effect, Inc. The company says the fogger employs a combination of 5% hydrogen peroxide and a trace amount of silver to produce the powerful kill rate. One unit can reportedly decontaminate a 2,000 cubic foot room in 20 minutes. Details: medeffect360.com
The Pouch-Up line of beverage pouches by Smurfit Kappa are now available with a single gusset at the base or a gusset at the top and bottom of the pouch. The company reports the double gusset reinforces the pouch without appearing much different than the single gusset pouches and is available in 1, 1.5 and 1.75-liter capacities. Details: smurfitkappa.com
Wright Global Graphic Solutions, a leader in packaging & marketing solutions, announced it will exhibit at the upcoming Wineries Unlimited Trade Show, March 13 – 14, where it will showcase its full portfolio of labeling and accessory products. Additionally, Wright will introduce striking new photography to illustrate the company’s design capabilities, range of offerings and reflect its continued growth within the industry.
Nomacorc, the world’s largest producer of alternative wine closures, in cooperation with Insumos Andinos, Nomacorc’s exclusive distributor in Argentina, has opened a manufacturing site located in the San Juan province of Argentina. This is the first phase in a multi-year expansion plan that aims to provide Argentina and regional export markets with locally-produced, co-extruded wine closures, the first of its kind in Latin America.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner held on March 2 raised over $1.5 million, with Lot 1 – Alexander Valley Vineyards CYRUS 2008 setting a new world record selling for $215,000. The Wetzel family and winemaker Kevin Hall attended the auction and presented the wine on stage during the auction. Family partner, Robert Wetzel commented: “CYRUS has received a number of 90+ point accolades and great reviews from critics across the country. For us, this one award stands above all others.”
Nobile® provides a tool that helps determine quickly what quantity and type of Nobile Stave should be used depending on:
The SupaTuff bins by Flextank come in a standard 1,000 capacity or a “heavy duty” 1,500 pound capacity. Bins are made with a FDA-approved material with a bottom that offers four-way forklift or pallet jack accessibility. The bins can be stacked three high when full and up to 10 to 12 units can fit in one pallet space for shipping or storage. The bins can hold half a ton of grapes for fermentation and come with lids. Details: flextankusa.com
Kubota Tractor Corp., introduced its new BX70 Series sub-compact tractors featuring an array of ergonomic enhancements and convenience adjustments including cruise control and a new deluxe, high-back reclining seat with armrests. According to Kubota the tractors can accommodate five different mid-mount mower attachments and all front loaders for the new tractors have been upgraded to accept an optional “Quick Attach” system. This two-pin system allows quick and easy switching from the standard bucket to two new front attachments a 60 inch straight blade or pallet forks. Details: kubota.com
The Barrel Mill released its new Eastern European Oak Spiral made with oak from the forests of Slovakia. For the Eastern European Oak Barrel Pack, a combination of three medium toast Oak Spirals and three medium plus toast spirals make up a single barrel application, according to a statement by The Barrel Mill. The company also claims the patented spiral design allows for complete extraction in six weeks leading to better integration of oak and wine. Details: infusionspiral.com


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