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First Pinotage planted in the UK

Members of the wine trade and press gathered at Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex for the planting of the first Pinotage vineyard in the UK yesterday, a nod to owner Penny Streeter OBE and the B...

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SMOKE FLAVORS: IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT VOLATILE PHENOLS

Most smoke taint wine analysis use gas chromatography. It makes sense since winemakers are precisely interested in volatile phenols (ie. those that are gases at wine drinking low temperature). However, the big issue is that most of these phenols compounds are not stored within grapes as volatile phenols. Rather, they are stored primarily as glycosides. Consequently, assessing only the volatile phenols does not give you the whole picture because phenols can be masked in the fruit.

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