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Kathleen Willcox writes about wine, food and culture from her home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She is keenly interested in sustainability issues, and the business of making ethical drinks and food. Her work appears regularly in Wine Searcher, Wine Enthusiast, Liquor.com and many other publications. Kathleen also co-authored a book called Hudson Valley Wine: A History of Taste & Terroir, which was published in 2017. Follow her wine explorations on Instagram at @kathleenwillcox

Leveraging QR Codes to Increase Wine Sales

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Just a few years ago, QR codes were the anchovies of the wine label. A very specific product that consumers would either automatically gravitate...

Staying Ahead of the Supply Struggle Curve

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Historic trucker shortages, port logjams and labor strikes are just some of the elements bringing the wine industry to its knees this year. Supplies...

‘Tis the Season: Wineries That Give Back With Every Bottle Purchase

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Doing good can translate into doing well. Consumers want to give back, and brands that empower them to do just that, while simultaneously acquiring...

Winemakers Are Slashing Sulfites—Without Sacrificing Quality

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Efforts for lowering sulfite levels go beyond consumer demand. It's also raised the bar on thoughtful farming and winemaking practices. —Kathleen Willcox In their most basic...

Old & Obscure Is New & Cool in Wine Country

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As climate change charts new, unpredictable temperature and weather patterns, the pursuit of outstanding wine means turning to lesser-known grape varieties.  —Kathleen Willcox Old, rare grape...

Flash Deténte and Cryo-Maceraction Save Tough Vintages

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How high-tech, intervention winemaking can actually boost wine quality. —Kathleen Willcox Advocates of low-intervention winemaking posit a wine should be an expression of all the good...

Winemakers, Distributors Experiment with Supply Chain & Carbon-Shrinking Shortcuts

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Whether shipping wine across the globe in giant bladders, or biking a bottle down the street, there’s likely a way to make the trip...

Texas 2021 Harvest Report: Low Quantity, High Quality

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Amid shortages, new grower contracts, and experimental varieties, Texas vintners hail the 2021 vintage as excellent. —Kathleen Willcox Texas vintners experienced a vintage filled with unexpectedly...

Winegrowers Bring in Worms to Manage Waste

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Top US wine estates have become expert worm-wranglers in order to advance sustainability efforts and combat ever-increasing drought conditions. —Kathleen Willcox Wine regions across the world...

Vineyard Tech & The Green Cyber Revolution

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Wine Industry Advisor dives into the modern vineyard where satellites, AI, and robotics all work toward more sustainable viticulture. —Kathleen Willcox The wine industry has been...

Females in the Field—How Women in the Vineyard Make for Better...

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Unlike reports on women’s tasting abilities, there are no studies on relative merits of  female vs. male vineyard workers, but anecdotal evidence abounds. Wine...

Climate Has Changed—How Global Wine Regions Are Responding

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Wine Industry Advisor reached out to scientists and vintners around the world to get a sense of how vulnerable wine regions are addressing the...

The Future of Winemaking Is Hybrid

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Why US winemakers are seeking out non-vitis vinifera grapes —Kathleen Willcox There will always be a place for conventionally produced vitis vinifera. But, in truth, more...

The Hock Bottle and Fighting a Wine Stereotype

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Between consumer (mis) conception, business logistics, and marketing techniques, wine industry pros consider the right package for classic aromatic white varieties. —Kathleen Willcox For many consumers,...