The Juice


The Sylvain Laboratory: Researching to Achieve Excellence

Guest blog from ITek Wine and the Sylvain Laboratory

” A good cooper must understand the wine maker’s problems and be able to provide appropriate solutions.”

Don’t look for lab tables or test tubes; in this research laboratory the star is wood. We could imagine that it was simply a barrel workshop, but it is here that tests are made to explore all the potentialities of the wood and their impact on the wine, depending on the grape varieties used and the feature we are looking for.

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Spotlight on Smurfit Kappa

We all know how important winemakers, vineyard managers and salespeople are to wine, but let’s not forget the significance of good packaging – it’s truly an extension of a brand and often the first thing a consumer will see. As one of the leading providers of paper-based package products in the world, Smurfit Kappa knows a thing or two about good packaging. Not only is this global company an important part of the wine industry, provide packaging solutions for everything from retail merchandise displays to cases and even bags in a box, Smurfit Kappa is also Paso Robles CAB Collective’s Title Sponsor and has been a supporter of ours for many years. Needless to say, we think they’re pretty great.

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How Long Does Red Wine Last After Opening?

Guest blog from Cass Vineyard & Winery

The pleasure of a good red wine is hard to beat. And while in the US, it’s easy to want to keep wine for special occasions, dinner parties or weekends, there’s increasing evidence that making a small glass of wine a part of your daily diet can be beneficial for your heart. As part of the ‘Mediterranean diet’ followed in Italy, France and Spain, red wine can be great for the health as well as the taste buds. But drinking a small glass of wine often means that you may not finish a bottle in a single meal. So how long does red wine last once after opening the bottle?

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The End of Corked Wine?

Guest blog from Jeremy Weintraub, winemaker at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery

I try not to get philosophical when it comes to wine, as the point is to enjoy it and not dwell on it in any existential way. But winemaking and grapegrowing are hopelessly bound up with tradition. People have been drinking some version of wine for 8,000 years, so that’s to be expected.

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The Art of Blending

Guest blog from Ancient Peaks Winery

Our winemakers recently stepped up to answer an age-old philosophical question: “Blending wines – is it art, science or a little of both?”

Indeed, Director of Winemaking Mike Sinor and Winemaker Stewart Cameron fielded this question as part of the new “Ask The Expert” series on the popular Reverse Wine Snob site.

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