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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 165 kW DC solar system at Comstock Wines in Healdsburg, CA. While they have been growing grapes in Dry Creek since 2002, their winery opened in 2015.
August Wine Group today announced an exclusive U.S. import partnership with Grupo Peñaflor, South America’s largest wine company, to import Navarro Correas, the iconic Argentine estate known for its Malbec and other premium offerings. In recent years, the Mendoza-based Navarro Correas brand reached volumes exceeding 80,000 cases in the United States.
(JUNE 2018) Uco Valley based winery Tapiz saw 32% growth in the U.S. market in 2017, landing at 34,400 cases shipped under importer Vino Del Sol. This growth is largely driven by their Tapiz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, a high elevation single vineyard wine that grew 135% as a single sku in 2017.
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 31, 2018) — Craft Beverage Expo (CBE) 2018, the only show dedicated to independent beverage producers, announced today a newly enhanced format to their one-of-a-kind conference and tradeshow for alcoholic and non-alcoholic craft beverages.
ALEXANDRIA, MN. (May 30, 2018) – Douglas’ compact Vantra intermittent motion cartoner provided the ideal solution for a beverage producer to run 4-pack cans into a fully enclosed carton and 6-pack bottles into open corner cartons at speeds up to 50 cpm. This small-frame cartoner provides a rugged solution for operations with filler rates of 200-400.
Windsor, CA (May 24, 2018) — Wine Grenade, a leading wine technology company based in New Zealand, has partnered with Enartis USA, a premier supplier of winemaking products, analytical services and winery technology, for the exclusive distribution of the Wine Grenade in North America.
  Ball Corporation is now offering the option of a decorative lid on the top of its aluminum cans. The proprietary cameo end printing "extends customer branding to the top of the can," and is intended to make canned beverages even more appealing to a customer. The option will be available in early 2019.
Today’s wine market requires that wines be visually appealing to consumers, meaning that they be clear and free of sediment, with no off-colors, flavors or aromas. Wine stabilization is an important part of winemaking and includes microbial, protein, tartrate, aroma and color stability.
  Inoxpa debuted the RVN Helicoidal Pump that is a centrifugal pump with a helicoidal shaped impeller. The supplier reports the pump is ideal for pump overs that require a high flow rate with minimal impact on the must and can even contribute to better extraction with reduced lees formation. The pump can also be used for wine transfers and other cellar operations.
  Isagro USA announced the California EPA has approved Taegro 2, which is a broad-spectrum biofungicide. The new compound can be used as protection from major soil-borne and foliar diseases and is suitable for conventional crops as well as on organic fields as it is listed with the Organic Materials Review Institute.
  Process2Wine announced an enhanced compliance reporting function to help vineyard managers by generating monthly pesticide use reports. Automated data entry is also coupled with GPS tracking of vineyard work to track which vineyard blocks have been sprayed, time of application and duration.
  Quest unveiled "The Unstandard" collection of 24 wine and spirits bottles at the recent Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America conference. The new line features bottles from a collection of manufacturers including Estal, Pavisa, Verallia, Allied, Bormioli Luigi and Piramal.
  Saverglass added the Aikido bottle mold to its Avant-Garde collection of glass. The bottle features "slanted shoulders punctuated by a chiseled" edge in a design that also is inspired by the "assertive lines from the world of spirits." The bottle is available in 750 ml and in antique green or clear glass.
San Luis Obispo, CA—After years in the trenches as a Central Coast winemaker and winery general manager, Fintan “Fin” du Fresne grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of local specialized service options—and now he is doing something about it.
  AWDirect, which provides wine and grape sourcing, brand development and sales support, is now offering wine canning services by The Can Van. Santa Rosa, Calif.-based AWDirect and The Can Van can provide 187ml, 250ml and 375ml cans in 24-can cases for domestic or international varietal and blended wines.
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