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Business & Management

by Ann Reynolds
 

What Coming Excise Tax Changes Mean  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

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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Packaging

by Andy Starr
 

Niche Packaging Services Let You Test the Market  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

An article titled “Wine Packaging for Leaner Times,” printed in the November 2009 issue of Wines & Vines, stated, “Alternative packaging lies at the confluence of two major trends in the wine industry. The first is economical,” and “environmental awareness has been on the rise.

 
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Grounded Grapegrowing

by Glenn McGourty
 

Production Costs for Alternative Winegrowing Farming Systems  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

Certified organic and Biodynamic winegrowing are separate systems that use independent third-party organizations to verify members are following prescribed farming practices. Winegrowers have their vineyards certified for a variety of reasons, including pursuing market niches, addressing environmental stewardship and also wine quality.

 
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Viewpoint

by Jim Law
 

One Place, One Life  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

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?  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

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  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

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  Access to this article requires a subsciption.

 
 

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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