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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

Non-Binary Winemaking: The Rise of Mellow Malo in a Bid for...

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Winemakers are expressing Chardonnay in an entirely new way. By Kathleen Willcox  Malo + Chardonnay = J. Lo + Ben Affleck.  You either love them together or...

Under Pressure: Behind the Battle to Lighten Champagne’s Bottle Weights

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The standard Champagne bottle — 1,250 grams at the beginning of the 20th century, has lightened considerably. The industry as a whole is continuing...

Wine Brands Find Traction with Consumers When They Take a Stand

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Wine brands are becoming more open about company values as consumers and social media users demand transparency.  By Kathleen Willcox  Political polarization has been increasing faster...

Where DTC Sales Are Slowing to a Trickle, Where They’re Surging...

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Two key reports on direct-to-consumer (DTC) wines sales have been released, and their findings make for fascinating — if, at times, alarming — reading.  By...

Will Space Grapes Change the Future of Agriculture?

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The headline question sounds hyperbolic. Let’s put it in context.  By Kathleen Willcox  Since life began on earth about 4.5 billion years ago, almost everything —...

Vintners Recruit Lacewings to Destroy Vineyard Pests

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Lacewings, also known as aphid lions for their predatory nature in the vineyard, have become a key ally for growers across the world. By Kathleen...

Colorado Rising: Behind the World’s First High Desert Hybrid Wine Region

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The Mile High State leans into hybrid varieties in response to extreme climate challenges. By Kathleen Willcox  Colorado has been producing locally grown and bottled wine...

Beyond the (Standard) Bottle: Wineries Are Embracing Greener Packaging

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Growing and making wine can be done sustainably. According to Grand View Research, the production of organic wine is projected to grow 10.2 percent...

Winegrowers Are Recruiting Birds to Their Vineyards

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A symbiotic relationship between birds and grape growers is emerging, and its implications are vast. By Kathleen Willcox  Since 1970, bird populations in North America alone...

Using Yeast to Combat Climate Change and Improve Flavor

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Yeast is to winemaking what faith is to religion. Without that one essential element, the rest collapses. Today, tech innovations are letting vintners use...

Hot Grapes for a Hot (Cold, Hailing, Rainy) World

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The climate is changing, and overall is trending warmer. That trend is “unequivocally” tied to human activity, and is “proceeding at a rate that is...

Out of This World: Wine Aged in Space and Underwater Teaches...

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Winemaking sometimes feels like an Olympic sport. It’s a practice so honed and perfected by training, technology and centuries of experience, the difference between...

Hudson Valley Wine Project Aims to Help Whole US Wine Industry

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We’ve all seen the headlines and read the stark reports: climate change, and the unexpected frosts, hailstorms, droughts, floods, and fires that come along...

Cashing in on Cannabis’ Stratospheric Growth

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Is Your Company Missing Out on a Billion-Dollar Opportunity in Cannabis? —Kathleen Willcox Business is booming in cannabis country. Sales of legal cannabis in the U.S....

Fire & Ice: Can Pruning Practices Mitigate Effects of Climate Change?

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As scientists and legislators search for large-scale solutions to extreme weather patterns, wine-growers are look for short-term fixes that they hope will help increase...
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