The Search: Boutique Wine and Big Data

Wine producers are not immune to the allure of data.  And it goes beyond assessing the contents of a wine bottle. DNA analysis of both vines and yeast, soil assays, drone monitoring and water usage analysis are being employed in vineyards around the world.  With data analysis and computer modeling, it is becoming possible to identify and dial-in particular attributes designed to get a high score in wine publications.

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The American Roots of Viticulture: How the U.S. Saved European Viticulture

For the next 20 years, phylloxera ravaged European vineyards -- France’s in particular -- and wine production cratered 70%.  Panic.  Thousands of farmers were watching their lives and legacies die in front of their eyes, and once the enemy became known, a frantic search for solutions began.

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Doing Right by the Kids: Why Suffering Grapevines Make Great Wine

When tasting at a winery, it is common to hear about how a wine has extra character because the vines were encouraged to struggle.  It’s one of those oft-repeated statements that doesn’t even attract scrutiny, but just receives nodding acceptance before you gulp down a small pour of another wine that tastes pretty similar to the last one.

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