May Articles & Resources
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by Christopher Mark
1M ago
Welcome to this Monthy’s Articles & Resources. Whether you’re a winemaker, vineyard manager, or work on the business side… you’ll find something to interest you and support your work!Look out soon for a piece from us expanding on the articles (below) on the changing California market. WinemakingResearch: Do Early Acid Additions Truly Lead to More “Integrated” Wines? Timing was very important. Source ..read more
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Glacial Soil & Wine Quality
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1M ago
With a degree of frequency I hear from farm and wine people that our soil isn’t that interesting. It seems less romantic than the chalk of Champagne or terra rossa of Coonawarra.This is a mistake – we have fascinating soils with a high degree of variability and quality potential. And there’s a reason to understand them for the massive impact it has on growing and winemaking. Source ..read more
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Andy Nadler & Ben-Min Chang on cold damage, vine hardiness & climate modelling
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1M ago
Ben-Min Chang, research scientist at the Summerland Research Center, and Andy Nadler, agricultural meteorologist from Peak Hydromet, discuss and share data from the January 2024 winter freeze. We talk bud hardiness, climate projections, bud dissections, and what cold numbers we really hit. And a lot more. Source ..read more
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An Industry in Crisis?
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
9M ago
So we published this in our newsletter, but wanted to also share our thoughts here. This was a challenging piece to write, and one that certainly is short on answers and long on opinion and supposition. As a company, I want Vintality, to be a positive and useful place for our industry. And I also want us to be able to talk openly and honestly about our industry. I really want Vintality to be a hub... Source ..read more
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BC Shouldn’t Grow Pinot Noir?
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1y ago
Well, this is going to be controversial. The StorySarah Marsh of Club Oenologique takes BC Pinot Noir through an absolute thrashing. This might be the most critical article on BC wine I’ve yet read. After all “there’s more than enough cash sloshing around the valley to bring a sense of bling to the wine trade here” yet “Okanagan Pinot Noir currently lags behind Ontario in terms of finesse. Source ..read more
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Drones, Satellites, and Other Futuristic Vineyard Technology @ Insight 2023
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1y ago
We gave a talk at #bcwine‘s Insight conference on “Drones, Satellites, and Other Futuristic Vineyard Technology”.The topic came up because of requests from members to hear more about the state of tech and where we’re going for vineyards.We primarily covered:1. Vineyard Spraying 2. Irrigation Systems 3. Multispectral (eg. NDVI)We spent less time on major capital investments like automatic tractors... Source ..read more
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Should You Your Increase Vine Trunk Height?
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1y ago
Should we be increasing vine trunk height? This study says: Yes. (https://oeno-one.eu/article/view/53650)It also says cover crops may cause a bigger temperature problem than we thought. The trunk height part grabs my attention because many winegrowers we talk/work with are thinking about training systems. (Especially with all the new vineyards being planted). “Should we stick with VSP? Source ..read more
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A Christmas Reflection
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1y ago
It’s been a major struggle to write my Christmas reflections this year. I’m 5 hours in and I’ve written and deleted over seven drafts and can’t seem to capture what has been captivating and troubling me this holiday season. I write this message each year, the last couple of years shared here (here’s 2020’s), as a means of encouragement (both for myself and you, the reader). And yet, this year I’m... Source ..read more
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What’s Been Going On?
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1y ago
“Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne.“ ― Bryan Procter ― So, it’s been a few weeks! I hope the season has been treating you well. I know many of you have been catching up on a bit of vacation before harvest. Tasting rooms have been busy and, even with a wet spring, it looks like we’ll have a good year. And, well, we’ve been busy!First of all... Source ..read more
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What’s up With the Okanagan?
Vintality » Viticulture
by Christopher Mark
1y ago
We can never stop asking “Where are we going?” If you stop and think about how many of your conversations, especially around our work in the wine industry, focus on this very question. And there’s conflict in the asking. Should we go here or there? Is the answer in the past, a sign we passed along the way, or is it in a new, uncharted future? The Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno captures this... Source ..read more
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