Promoting innovation through experimentation in the wine industry

The Winemakers Research Exchange is a non-profit organization of Virginia winemakers pursuing quality improvement through practical experimentation in vineyards and wineries.

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Evaluating experiments though chemical and sensory analysis

Experimental results are evaluated using appropriate chemical measures. Sensory sessions allow for blind tasting and group discussion of each project.

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Sharing results broadly

Results from past experiments are shared during sensory sessions, on the website, through newsletters, and at regional and national meetings.

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Upcoming Events

North Carolina Winegrowers Association Meeting: Modern Protein Stabilization

Friday, February 3, 202310:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The NCWGA meeting will be held Feb 2-4 with talks and workshops on viticulture, enology, and the business of wine. Dr. Joy Ting, the research...

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Virginia Tech Enology Extension: Wine Acidity Sensory Analysis Workshop

Wednesday, February 8, 20231:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As much as we think we know about acidity, nothing replaces our own sensory experiences. This workshop will featuere a hands-on deep dive...

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Virginia Vineyards Association Winter Technical Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 20238:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join colleagues from throughout the state for the annual technical meeting

Highlights this year will include a focus on H-2A Labor...

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How reliable are your juice chemistry values?

Whether you are using in-house testing or sending samples to a service lab, juice chemistry values inform crucial winemaking decisions such as harvest dates, chaptalization and acidulation. How do you know if you can trust the numbers you are getting?

In 2021, Rick Tagg of Delaplane Cellars investigated this questions with a “Secret Shopper” experiment to determine precision and accuracy of juice chemistry testing for three of the service labs offering juice testing in Virginia. I met up with Rick via Zoom to discuss the results.

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