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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.
  Bex introduced the TWK Nozzle Series for cleaning and rinsing applications. The nozzles feature a self-rotating head to provide 360° spray coverage in a compact assembly. The nozzles can be installed in any orientation, operate up to 100 psi and 180°F and are ideal for vessels up to 10 feet in diameter.
  Bucher Vaslin introduced the Delta Evolution 2 destemmer to provide what it describes as "superior protection of the most fragile grape varieties" when paired with the company's Delta Trio XS sorter. The destemmer is equipped with a cylindrical cage that turns in the same direction as the destemming shaft to prevent any shear on the grapes.
  Green Grid and Wente Vineyards are collaborating to develop a "terrestrial, hyperspectral imaging system" that will enable high resolution spatial and temporal monitoring of vines to consistently produce high quality grapes at increased yield rate.
05/10/18
  P&L Specialties' new Must Vessel is designed to provide a simple way to move sorted and destemmed berries from the processing line to the fermentation tank. The stainless steel bin features 8-inch wheels with locking brakes and fork lift channels so it can be lifted above tanks.
  Roanoke Trade, a subsidiary of Munich Reinsurance Company, is now offering what it calls "quality shortfall coverage," which is based on the technology developed by eProvenance for monitoring wine during transport and storage. According to Roanoke, the new quality shortfall coverage will insure wine shipments during transit or while in storage incidental to transit.
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