A good article regarding the influence of total package oxygen (TPO) in the bottle on wine quality. An interesting statistic from this article: of 10,000 wines entered IWC competition, 560 had faults - nearly 308 of those faulted bottles were related to poor oxygen management (sulfides and oxidation). Only 117 bottles were corked (had TCA).
If you haven't had a chance to check out the Pennsylvania Wine & Wineries Website, now is the time to do it. It's been updated and looks fantastic! Here's a valuable resource to send out to all of your customers to learn more about Pennsylvania wine.
Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) offers practical training for vineyard and winery operations. Classes are available online and offer invaluable experiences for those that are looking to start a winery, be a winemaker or enologist, or for those that need more winemaking training and education. Visit HACC's Enology Program website for more information.
Designed as a tool to communicate more frequently with winemakers, winemaking staff, and those involved with enology, the ENOLOGY NEWS listserv was opened on Nov. 22nd, 2011.
An article published for November 2011's Fly Magazine regarding the state of the Pennsylvania wine industry: where we are and where we're headed.
This topic has come up repeatedly in the wine industry, and I've never actually found a definite conclusion. But for those using egg whites to fine their wines, this may be of interest: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that wine clarified with egg white can still cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals and should be labelled accordingly.
An article by Wines & Vines emphasizing new standards in oxygen research in winemaking. A key point is that each wine variety has different oxygen demands and ways oxygen interacts in the wine.
I really enjoyed this marketing video that VisitErie has put together to advertise Erie's winemaking region. I think it's an excellent example of what our state can do, and it emphasizes the positive nature of this industry. Keep up the good work.
Up and down the state, this summer's fiery sun has been baking farm fields into stone. The rows of drooping crops thirst for rain, and the farmers hold faint hope that the skies will bring salvation.
In July 2011, I initiated an Industry Needs survey for the Pennsylvania wine industry. The purpose of this survey was to get relatively quick input from as many Pennsylvania wineries as possible on their thoughts regarding the extension enology program as well as problem areas that wineries are currently facing. I also used this survey to get a better idea on the best time to schedule educational events and workshops. The full report is available for your review.