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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

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...

Successfully Sell Wine No One Wants or Knows About

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Wine Industry Advisor connected with regional heads, brands, and marketing masterminds who discuss how to revive a sagging reputation, or create one from whole...

Wine Label Color Drives Sales and Communicates Brand Values

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Wine consumers do judge a wine by its label—whether they mean to or not.  —Kathleen Willcox The decision to buy one product over another often seems...

Wine Closures—An Open Discussion

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There are a plethora of closure options for producers—all of which have different strengths and weaknesses in terms of the ability to preserve wine...

Wineries Success in the Face of Mass Consolidations, Shutdowns

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The number of wine products continues to increase, distributors continue to decrease. What now? —Kathleen Willcox In 2020, the global wine market was valued at around...

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...
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