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Editor's Letter

by Jim Gordon
 

Closures, Terroir and Pinot Noir  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

OUR EDITORIAL TEAM SEARCHED for a new earth-shaking trend in closures for this issue but didn’t find one. What they did find was not one trend but several, all going in different directions and gaining speed as they go.

 
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Grounded Grapegrowing

by Glenn McGourty
 

Attention Turns from Soil Quality to Soil Health  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

 
“Healthy vines make great wine” is a truism most viticulturists and winemakers can agree on. In the past two decades, we have seen great strides in defining and improving vine health.

 
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Business & Management

by Ann Reynolds
 

What Coming Excise Tax Changes Mean

 
 

Big changes to TTB regulations are continuing to gain congressional support, which is good news for U.S. wineries. These changes would mean substantial savings on TTB excise taxes.

 
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Viewpoint

by Jim Law
 

One Place, One Life

 
 

Starting from scratch: Life's circumstances led me to Virginia in 1981. I was hired to expand an existing vineyard and start up a winery in the Shenandoah Valley. It didn't take long for me to realize that I wanted to set my own roots here.

 
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Wine Industry Finance

by Gabriel Froymovich
 

Should Growers Make Bulk Wine?

 
 

Much attention has been paid recently to wine producers acquiring vineyards to secure affordable, quality supply as grape prices rise. Less discussion has focused on growers who see this rise in profits as a way to invest in themselves by diversifying into wine production.

 
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Vineyard View

by Cliff Ohmart
 

Lodi Growers Reduce Pesticide Risk

 
 

The Lodi wine community has devoted significant attention and energy to implementing sustainable winegrowing practices since the early 1990s. The focus has been on all aspects of vineyard management, from soil quality, nutrient and irrigation management to canopy management, energy efficiency, social equity and pesticide risk.

 
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Inquiring Winemaker

by Tim Patterson
 

In Search of Grapevines and Terroir

 
 

WARNING: This column, normally about winemaking topics, is entirely devoted to grapegrowing. Worse, it makes fun of several long-cherished beliefs about grapes and their contribution to wine. But at least I do quote Glenn McGourty, another writer for this magazine and someone who actually does know a lot about grapes, to help with the demolition.

 
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