Newsletter Articles

Carbon Dioxide – ‘Tis the Season for Bubbles!

December 13, 2019

Many people like to include sparkling wine in their winter holiday celebrations, especially for the New Year. After all, what’s not to love about a picturesque, bubbly, food-friendly wine that comes in so many styles and from so many regions?

However, carbon dioxide plays multiple roles in the winemaking world, beyond the fizz that tickles our tongues after we (carefully!) pop the cork. Read more about Carbon Dioxide – ‘Tis the Season for Bubbles!


Holiday Office Hours

December 12, 2019

Hello! As the holidays are quickly approaching, our offices and lab times will be affected.

During the week of December 23-27, December 31-January 1, WE WILL BE CLOSED.

If you wish to submit a sample before this, please make sure it arrives to our labs by Thursday, December 20. The mailing room will be closed so we wont be notified if your samples have come in after this date. Read more about Holiday Office Hours


Building Skill and Confidence in Your Wine-Tasting Palate

August 26, 2019

Maureen Moroney

I recently had the privilege of attending the International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) as a judge. The competition was organized by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, and featured more than 300 wines from cold-climate varieties, plus 24 judges and numerous hard-working volunteers.

Earlier in my wine-world career, the idea of serving as a judge at a wine competition would have seemed inconceivable to me. Now I have three under my belt, and I don’t find it at all uncomfortable or stressful. Read more about Building Skill and Confidence in Your Wine-Tasting Palate