Organic and Biodynamic Pest Control in Wineries

In ensuring a bountiful harvest, wine farmers make certain that their vineyards are not teeming with weeds or swarmed with bugs and other pests. Nowadays, crop farmers are depending on commercially produced herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers. Meanwhile, organic farmers avoid chemical mixtures but instead use compost or mulch, and employ biodynamic farming.

The application of organic and biodynamic farming in vineyards will allow the grapes to exude more varietal character and have a deeper tang and flavour. Steering clear your winery from pesticides will also yield quality harvest. Moreover, studies show that over reliance to insect repellents or bug killers that are chemical in nature can be harmful to your vineyard.

Fighting the Pests

Problems involving wasp control or managing other pests are among the reasons why some farmers opt for chemical pesticides. That being said, there are a lot of ways on how crop growers can a wage a war against these harmful insects without the use of chemical substances. For instance, farmers can use beneficial insects in combating other insects. This can be done by encouraging a sustainable number of diverse insects, such as lacewings, predatory wasps, and thrips, to grow on vineyards or insectaries. To further intensify the efficiency of this method, crop growers utilise cover crops. Here, insect-friendly and flower-rich crops are being planted on sections of the vineyard. Instead of using pesticides and herbicides, the beneficial insects thriving in the cover crops will act as your natural bug killers or insect repellents.

One of the most common threat in growing crops, such as grapes, are leafhoppers. These pests draw off the liquid from the vines, thereby draining the vine’s strength. In controlling these leafhoppers, farmers introduce lacewings. If the occurrence of leafhoppers on crops can’t be managed, crop growers spray the grapevines with organic oils.

In getting rid of spider mites and aphids, it is recommended to concoct your own organic pesticide. To do this, just mix a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap with a cup of vegetable oil. Stir the mixture until it became an emulsion. Then, add a quart of water. Your homemade pesticide should be sprayed every 10 days to your crops.

The methods discussed here are just among the numerous alternatives that winegrowers can employ in pest management. We are optimistic that these approaches will ensure a productive and profitable organic winery.

Horses and Wine: A Lifestyle Sublime

The good life is full of prancing horses and tranquil wines. The thundering hooves of a stallion in flight and the pools of reflection in my cups of night. I stand in top and hat and tails, a bevy of maidens on my arm, and the winning thoroughbred saluting the finishing post. Horse and wine: A lifestyle sublime for the select few. Not everybody can have this combination of thrilling and luxurious moments in their lives. It would not be so special if just anybody could have it. I have mounted the mare called success. I have nobbled the race of life. I have arrived in the member’s stand.

Horses and Wine: A Lifestyle Sublime

They call it the ‘sport of kings’, horseracing that is. We share the enclosure with princes, politicians and captains of industry; and we are all partial to a drop of fine wine. We want that intoxication that comes with wealth, pleasure and showing off. The alcohol is merely an added extra, we are high on our fortunate place in the scheme of things. We need poor people in the outer, because without the coarse contrast it would not be nearly so much fun. We select few surround ourselves with beauty in both horse and female friends; not really friends, but gorgeous vaginal acquaintances.

Gambling is another cheap thrill for the rich, because unlike those in the cheap seats we can afford to lose on occasion. Whisper, www.betsfree.com.au in the shell-like of an old soldier and smile with a wink and a nod. Backing our own piece of horseflesh to win is another sinful pleasure. Holding that cup aloft, with the scruffy trainer and invariably smelly little men who ride our horses beside us, is a bit of a hoot, what. We stand before our peers of the realm and shine in the sunshine of a glorious day.

Later that night we sip our favourite tipple, a Haut-Brion, or something more run of the mill like Grange, and we contemplate our lives. The fact that we are so very special and that the world around is so lucky to have our presence. Horses and wine: A lifestyle sublime, sounds like Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn. I have several Grecian urns by the way. I collect fine things. It is lovely to surround oneself with the best that life has to offer. Pretty things of that order. I find that they reflect a little of my aura to those around me. “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

Asian Thirst for Wine Growing Fast

More and more Asian countries, such as China and Japan, are increasing their wine imports from nations like France, Australia and Spain. In fact, a report from the University of Adelaide shows that as the global wine market continues to surge, Asian countries will become the world’s top wine consumers with China leading the wine craze. Economists expect that China’s thirst for wine will swell to 60 percent by 2018. Even if China ranked fifth in terms of global production of grape wine, wine imports are seen to increase as much as 790 million litres by 2018. According to the ACM Asian Wine Group, China’s importation on wine had increased by 1.86 percent in 2014.

The Asian Obsession to Grape Wine

Over the past years, the wine culture in Asia has flourished. Aside from top wine-consuming countries like Japan and China, their Asian neighbours are also quenching their thirst for wine. A predominantly beer-nation, the Philippines’ wine imports will grow by 8 percent in the next few years. Wine trade in Indonesia and Vietnam is also projected to increase. It is reported that Indonesia will consume 2.1 million cases of wine by 2017; while Vietnam’s annual expenses on wine may reach the billion-dollar mark by 2019.

In China, after the strict campaign to reduce the demand for luxurious items including wine, the wealthy Chinese class is now in the mood to get their hands on fine Australian wine. Australia’s wine exports to China increased by 32.1 percent, while it is 28.4 percent In Hong Kong.

Red wine has become popular in China mainly because of the wine’s colour. In the Chinese culture, red symbolises prosperity, power and good fortune. These three values are extremely important especially to Chinese businessmen. That’s why red wine is pretty common in business events, gatherings, socials and meetings.

There is also a correlation that exists between gambling revenues in Macau and the price tag of premium French wine. Due to China’s economic slowdown, Macau’s gambling revenues were slightly affected. As a matter of fact, government data confirms waning profits in the months of June, July and August. Until recently, wine trade in Macau started to get active. This is an indication that rich Chinese gambler who love Bordeaux are now flocking the casinos in Macau.

The Future of Wine: Biodynamic and Organic

Some say, the future of wine is biodynamic and organic. Which both sound to me like some new forms of physical exercise. Will my wine be very fit in the future? Will each sip ripple with muscle and low fat? Will my tongue get even more of a work-out from my drinking sessions? Golly gosh I hope not. The world of wine for me is replete with reclining Romans on couches. Symposiums of drinking gents with togas, each with a profound point of view. Shapely women sharing smiles and peals of laughter that ring like Riedel.

The Future of Wine: Biodynamic and Organic

If the future of wine is biodynamic and organic, where will the fat people go? Where will the lushes hang out? What will the extra-large indulgers imbibe if wine becomes a health drink? Doris Day told us that the future is not ours to know. I feel history when I drink wine. That is a very profound statement, if you didn’t already know. Wine from the grape has been with us big-brained monkeys for a very long time. Wine is a sign that we have arrived, that we have reached a state of leisure. To kick-back and drink identifies the practitioner as human.

Predicting the future is not something you want to do sober. Otherwise, aspirations get confused with manifestations, and, looking a gift horse in the mouth is called selectivity. So, fit new wines with healthy environmental credentials will be filling the bottle shop shelves in the very near future. When tasting these wines, you will be encouraged to say, mmm herbaceous, clean finish, pure on the tongue, unpolluted, no chemical after-taste, well wooded but rainforest free, and the saviour of the terroir shows no sign of toxicity.

The future of wine: Biodynamic and organic and built not to last. These wines are, invariably, fresh and young; designed to be drunk in the here and now. Don’t put away these babies for a rainy day, because you will only be disappointed. Spoilage without sulphur. Chemical free means keep me close at hand, and closer to mouth and tongue. Pure fruit flavours undiluted by the tricks of devious winemaking. Naked wines proudly displaying their curvaceous intensity. Don’t leave this young lady on the shelf; deflower now and penetrate with forked tongue.  Lift and stretch, really feel it and hold, the biodynamic bench-press is crushing life’s grapes ever so naturally.

The Sensual Dimensions of Red Wine

Red, red, red wine, I taste your body in my mouth. The silken softness on my tongue, and those crushed berries filled with flavour. I sit with glass in hand and reconnoitre the sensual dimensions of red wine. At the end of my working day I come back to myself with the aid of this taste sensation. I mull over memories, and murmur about aroma. I sip at the blood of my saviour. I anoint my tongue in the fermented juice of soil, oak and fruit. The days become a daze; and I hear the beating of my heart.

The Sensual Dimensions of Red Wine

Good red wine is like no other wine. I cradle that glass bowl in my hand. I ponder on the magic of time and technique. There is passion and process in the making of this elixir. I think about the last deep and moving experience in my life. The last helping of love. I am inclined to remember, reclined to review. Inside I am jam, sweet, and honey too. The gelling with another, lips touching, levity and longing mixed up with one another. Red wine stimulates sensory recollection and love’s echo sounds deep inside my heart.

I tell a lie. It is just a glass half full. The promise of future expectations drain like the last few sips of something slightly bitter. Like the allure of sweet smooth phone sex on your tongue, full of undeliverable delights. Like the whisper of first love, deep in your dreams on a sleepless night. Red wine begins something it cannot finish alone. In the drinking you reach a point of negative returns. A drop-off zone that stains your tongue blackly red. That leaves you with nothing but a dry mouth, no longer a mouth full of the memories of love.

Wine is a processual performer; and you need to know when the party is truly over. The sensual dimensions of red wine delight, deepen and then, determine your short, and sometimes, long term future. Keep a lid on it Sunshine. Quaffing leads to a permanent red nose day. The next morning you sound like a muffled sufferer of the flu. Jeffrey Bernard is unwell. Machiavellian machinations undo the simple pleasure of being alive. Dehydration and a swollen liver ringbark the resurrection. Until next time, that is, of course, when the blood-like brew once more winks at you and the spell is pronounced out loud again. Red, red, red wine.

 

Starting Your Own Online Wine Store: How to Win

More and more people are getting invested with the multi-billion dollar wine industry. In fact, business owners have opened wine stores online to attract more customers and penetrate new market. Success stories of wine retailers on the Internet have persuaded many aspiring entrepreneurs to embark in the same endeavour. But with many established wine stores online, how can you compete against them?

For starters, here are some tips on how you can build your dream wine empire:

  • Identify Your Target Market

According to research, there are five types of wine drinkers in Australia. These are the enjoyment oriented (casual wine drinkers); experimenter (highly knowledgeable wine drinkers); your basic wine drinkers; image-oriented (knowledge seeking wine drinkers); and conservative (wine knowledgeable wine drinkers). From here on, you will know which wines you need to stock your store with.

  • Study Your Competition

For your online wine store to be a clear cut above the rest, you have to research and study you competition. What makes them successful? What are the things you would do differently? Scrutinise everything on a customer standpoint. You can also look for less popular wine stores and note the things that should be changed or improved.

  • Create a Business Model

Determine which wines you should sell. Think over what will be your store’s specialty. In addition, plan your future deals, promos, sales and discounts. When is the best time in making such offerings?

  • Study Your Local or State Laws

Ascertain what laws will have an impact on your business. Comply with the tax laws and submit necessary permits before you start your operation. Moreover, know what areas ban the shipping of alcohol via mail to avoid future repercussions.

  • Choose Your Distributor

If you want to sell wines that are cheap but have superior quality, source your wine from small-scale winemakers who produce quality wines but do not have the means of marketing their product. Be that as it may, you can still source your products from your usual winemakers and merchants. 

  • Build Your Website

You will need funds so that you can finance a web designer and developer. That is why a small business loan might be important at the beginning of the process. Sourcing a no credit check loan has its ups and downs, therefore you should only transact with loan agents who understand what it’s like starting a business.

In designing your website, it should look professionally and must have a shopping cart with 128-bit security encryption. You can also opt for trusted shopping partners. Moreover, avoid a web design that has too much stuff on your home page. Remember that less is more.

  • Promote Your Store

After creating your store’s website, increase your traffic by promoting your products in Wine-Searcher.com or WineZap. You can also advertise using social networking sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Alcohol, Personal Responsibility, And Compensation Laws

Many people drink to forget. Some folks drink to get high. A lot of us just drink because it is there. Whatever the reason that you imbibe alcohol, never forget that you cannot avoid your responsibilities in the eyes of the law. If you get drunk and kill someone in your car, you are still responsible for that death. Alcohol, personal responsibility, and compensation laws are what this article is all about. Alcohol has been with us since the dawn of time, ancient men, and maybe some women, were brewing up fermented batches of intoxicants.

Alcohol, Personal Responsibility, And Compensation Laws

Hell, they probably needed it more than we do today, with no television, and illness and disease around every corner. Not to mention the number of predators in their neighbourhoods, I mean wild animals of course. At the end of a hard day’s hunting, they would gather about the fire and drink up their homebrew, and tell stories about their adventures. Sounds very much like what goes on at the nineteenth hole at my local golf club. Booze and bravado go hand in hand, like Amy Winehouse (what a well-named celebrity she was) and drugs.

Alcohol, personal responsibility, and compensation laws are, however, no laughing matter, just ask the families of the deceased victims of car accidents involving drunk drivers. Drinking does not mix with driving transportation of any kind, whether on the road or at sea. Driving is a serious activity and not something to approach with any frivolity. Compensation laws and motor vehicle accident compensation often involve large amounts of money. Although, no amount of money can bring a loved one back from the dead or from states of permanent disability. Drunk driving its a crime.

Drinking needs to be confined to places where everybody is, basically, sitting down and stationary. Sure, have a good time and get pissed, but don’t be a bloody idiot and spoil the rest of someone else’s life, not to mention your own. Guilt never goes away in these tragic instances; you will have to live with yourself and your actions for ever more. Compensation helps people recover in the material sense, especially if they have to care for a permanently disabled family member. Remember that you are always responsible 24/7, and that you never get time off from that. That is what being an adult member of our society is all about.

Ways to Make a Small Vineyard Financially Viable

The wine business, as anybody who has owned, or worked in, a winery will attest, is a tough game. It is highly competitive; and it costs more than you think to consistently produce top quality vino. There are vested interests at the heart of the industry, established families and corporate players, who do not take kindly to interlopers and dilatants. Crushing grapes can lead to crushed egos and crushed finances.  What do they say about how to make a small fortune in the wine business, start off with a big one.

Ways to Make a Small Vineyard Financially Viable

What ways are there to make a small vineyard financially viable? Getting the right level of industry expertise at the very beginning, can be one way to avoid spending lots of money on your mistakes. Getting some viticulture training yourself, or someone close to you like a family member getting that knowledge, can be a very fortuitous thing. Even if you are employing viticulturists and winemakers it pays to know what they are talking about, so that you can be an effective business leader. Join an industry association so that you can pick the brains of its members, who have direct experience running a vineyard.

It all comes down to money in the end, as most of us know, it is the same in every industry. Getting the most bang for your buck in terms of productivity is vital if you are to succeed in the long run. Making top quality wine at affordable prices is half the battle; and getting as much professional help in terms of business plans and financial advice is the only way to do this. Your next pitched battle in the wine business, is selling the stuff. You can have a wonderful product, but if you do not have a market, you are dead in the water, as they say. You might be looking for no credit check loans in this instance.

Winemaking is as much about marketing as it is anything else. If you have a vineyard and you are making your own wine on it, you need to work out who you are going to sell it to. Will you have a tasting room for vineyard sales on the property? Will you be attempting to get your boutique wines onto the wine lists of the best restaurants in town? Will you be making enough product to distribute through the big wine retailer chains? These are all questions you need to have answers for before you go into production.

Waste Management in the Wine Industry

First up, it would be remiss of me not to say that the wine industry as a whole is pretty good when it comes to the responsible removal of wastes it produces. Wine is a natural product and the industry tries to keep the use of agrochemicals to a minimum. But as with any large scale production there are certain issues, which need to be dealt with. Here is a general overview of waste management in the wine industry.

Waste Management in the Wine Industry

The number one priority is the chromated copper arsenate and creosote posts in the vineyard. These are strong potential toxic pollutants in the soil and when getting rid of old fence posts it usually calls for controlled landfill sites, as these sites are lined to prevent seepage into the surrounding water table. Burning of these treated posts is very dangerous for those in the vicinity who may breathe in the toxic fumes. The wine industry is investigating safe alternative waste management solutions for these treated posts.

Winery wastewater is a more constant issue that fluctuates from heavy production during vintage to more moderate levels in non-vintage periods. The biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and the total suspended solids (TSS) of the winery wastewater can vary greatly depending on season and type of winery activities undertaken. The pH levels of winery wastewater also fluctuate according to activities happening at the winery. High pH levels occur during the cleaning operations after fermentation. This is often when winery pollutants are at their highest ratio. Currently in most regions winery wastewater is not treated separately, but there have been several reports into the projected efficacy of doing this.

If certain oxidation ponds were reserved for winery wastewater during the peak production periods of vintage, more effective treatment of the chemical wastes could be achieved. The use of an anaerobic digester has also been looked into, specifically for winery wastewater. This would involve higher strength wastewaters of no less than 20 000mg/1 BOD being injected into the anaerobic digester. Understanding limited digester capacity would be important during high production times in season.

Plastic packaging waste during packing operations is another waste that needs to be dealt with by the appropriate waste management provider. Different types of waste management must be recognised and allocated to the various specialists. Caustic cleaners need to be disposed of in this way, as do any other chemicals that have reached the end of their lives. There are great opportunities for recycling of solid grape waste matter and these can be explored by the individual wineries in their locales.

Red Wine Is Good for You

‘Red wine is good for you’, this statement has become a contentious issue of late. The wine industry jumped on it, of course, when it first emerged following some research into the health of some surveyed sections of the community. It was found that those who imbibed regularly, in moderation with a glass or two of red wine a day, were less likely to suffer from a heart attack. Many doctors, especially GPs, see the ravaging results of too much alcohol consumption in their patients and are loathe to praise any part of the liquor industry and their products. They spend large parts of their day attempting to convince their patients to drink less, and so it seems counterintuitive to acknowledge this information.

Red Wine Is Good for You

The important part of this ‘red wine is good for you’ message, is that it is only good for you in moderation. The real problem that most countries face, is that the people who drink alcohol most regularly do not drink in moderation, they drink excessively. Too much alcohol kills you, through liver cancer and a variety of other very serious health failures. Now that we have clearly put that truth on the table, let’s talk about red wine. Red wine, and wine in general, has been with us since the very beginning. When studying our ancient history one can make a case for the fact that wine was the most important thing in the life of the ancients.

In ancient Greece and Rome, both strongly agrarian cultures, the grape was preeminent, along with the olive, in providing the staples of their diet. Wine and feasting, in Greece it was called a symposium, when folks got together to drink wine and share what was important in their lives. When somebody died, they would be accompanied into the grave with drinking cups and vessels, for some good times in the next life, in the after world. Being able to have the leisure time to feast and drink was a sign of wealth and material attainment in the ancient world.

Today some people talk about women’s health and even anti-ageing when it comes to the moderate consumption of red wine. This is due to the presence of some anti-oxidising properties in red wine, which can reduce the amount of free radical destruction happening on a cellular level. It all sounds a little too complicated for my gentle appreciation of a fine red wine. Best advice I can give you is to sip it and don’t slurp it.