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An Industry in Crisis?

So we published this in our newsletter, but wanted to also share our thoughts here. This was a challenging piece to write, and one that certainly is short on answers and long on opinion and supposition.   As a company, I want Vintality, to be a positive and useful place for our industry. And I also want us to be able

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Articles & Resources for October 9th, 2023

Harvest is finishing up, the leaves are changing, and it seems like everyone will get a nice longer winter. Maybe more time off? Although one colleague said to me – “Having time off in the offseason is a myth that never existed!” Well, we’re heading to France (SITEVI) again, and we’ve got lots of great articles down below. Take a

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BC Shouldn’t Grow Pinot Noir?

Well, this is going to be controversial.  The Story Sarah Marsh of Club Oenologique takes BC Pinot Noir through an absolute thrashing. This might be the most critical article on BC wine I’ve yet  read.  After all “there’s more than enough cash sloshing around the valley to bring a sense of bling to the wine trade here” yet “Okanagan Pinot Noir

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Articles & Resources for June 11th, 2023

Well here we are! The weather is getting hot, vines are budding, and life is exploding! If you didn’t check out the newsletter this week, make sure to as it’s jam packed. Let’s get to it! In the Farm & In the CellarThe Wine BusinessFun! In the Farm & In the Cellar BC Wine News BC Acreage Report 2022 BC

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Articles & Resources for May 1st, 2023

Well here we are! The weather is getting hot, vines are budding, and life is exploding! Let’s get to it! In the Farm & In the CellarThe Wine BusinessFun! In the Farm & In the Cellar Winemaking The real Origins of Grape-growing and Wine-making?A bit of history (and weakness of research papers). Native Yeasts & FermentationBiodynamic wiz Craig Camp has

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Drones, Satellites, and Other Futuristic Vineyard Technology @ Insight 2023

Drones, Satellites, and Other Futuristic Vineyard Technology We gave a talk at #bcwine‘s Insight conference on “Drones, Satellites, and Other Futuristic Vineyard Technology”. The talk is here and the slide deck here. The topic came up because of requests from members to hear more about the state of tech and where we’re going for vineyards. We primarily covered: 1. Vineyard Spraying2.

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Articles & Resources for March 12th, 2023

Another week, another dollar. Or grape. Or glass of wine. Or something.  Here we go! In the Farm & In the CellarThe Wine BusinessFun! In the Farm & In the Cellar A Case Study in Growing an Emerging Wine StateMaking wine and farming a little differently in New Mexico. Winemakers Are* Reimagining Grape Waste as a Resource*have been for a

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Should You Your Increase Vine Trunk Height?

Should we be increasing vine trunk height?  This study says: Yes.  “Characterisation of the vertical temperature gradient in the canopy reveals increased trunk height to be a potential adaptation to climate change” (https://oeno-one.eu/article/view/53650) It also says cover crops may cause a bigger temperature problem than we thought.  The trunk height part grabs my attention because many winegrowers we talk/work with

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A Christmas Reflection

“Without being bound to the fulfillment of our promises, we would never be able to keep our identities; we would be condemned to wander helplessly and without direction in the darkness of each person’s lonely heart, caught in its contradictions and equivocalities.” (Hannah Arendt) It’s been a major struggle to write my Christmas reflections this year. I’m 5 hours in

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Articles & Resources for November 14th, 2022

Hey, I hope harvest has gone well and ferments are bubbling away!  We’ve been so buys for the last couple of months we’ve missed our newsletter and these posts. Well, we’re back! And now that harvest is winding down, hopefully you have more time to dig in.  As well, you’ll have to be extra forgiving of any errors – we’re

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