Articles & Resources
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
A look at consumer survey data on why, which, what, and when they are drinking wine. Drinking with food is a big driver and an opportunity for wineries.
So VinePair stole my idea! Texting is an under-utilised marketing tool for wineries, and having a “somm” on speed dial is an awesome perk. It’s a big value add for club members. Just set some limits (such as time),buy a cheap phone with only texting that you or staff can use.
Mike Veseth discusses 3 questions on the coronavirus and looming recession.
An interesting look at data on New Zealand wineries, their size and profit margins. BC is always different but it’s also useful to see data on other wine regions.
Using cover crops and apical dominance to manage vigor.
This article feels a little behind the time. The scientific literature (and vineyards I’ve spoken with) find the usefulness of biochar to be variable.
An in depth discussion of the role phosphorus plays in the vineyard and in making wine.
For some reason, there was an explosion of articles on biodynamics this week. So it get’s its own section. Also, I’m not taking a stance here either way on biodynamics.
A look at how Rob does biodynamic farming. Be warned, it’s a terrible website to read.
Joshua Dunning on the soil microbiome, but he most interestingly takes biodynamics to task: “In summary, peer-reviewed research provides little evidence that biodynamic preparations improve soils, enhance microbes, increase crop quality or yields, or control pests or pathogens.”
Joshua Dunning more fully breaks down why he distrusts biodynamics.
Craig Mapp responds to Dunning’s piece.
Alder Yarrow briefly responds to both Dunning’s & Mapp’s articles.
A more positive take on biodyamics.
Fun & Interesting
Congrats Sev, very cool!
Not only is this an attractive refresher on aroma producing compounds, it’s a great share with your email list or social media followers.
GQ does a fun piece on natural wine in France.