Special Mention: 2015 at Unified Wine & Grape...

Special Mention: 2015 at Unified Wine & Grape...

Laffort’s Applied Research Cooperative (ARC) was one of the “coolest products” at Unified this year, though it wasn’t on the tradeshow floor nor is it really a product. Laffort USA technical manager, Peter Salamone, hosted a seminar describing ARC at the Citizen Hotel during Unified. ARC is a framework where member-winemakers collectively decide upon an applied research goal and set up commercial-scale experiments in their wineries to attempt to meet that goal. Laffort, in cooperation with ETS Laboratories (which is providing analytical support), is acting as a facilitator rather than as research-director.

Ordinarily the rules I impose on myself for this list would exclude the ARC, but I did want to make a special mention of it because sometimes the most significant innovations are social rather than merely technical. I’m pretty old school. I tend to prefer academic research over commercial research, but the gap between academic research and its application is often very wide indeed.

What’s Cool: The Laffort Applied Research Cooperative can be used to help wineries get the most use out of the in-house experimentation (AKA winemaking trials) that they are already conducting on their own by enforcing better experimental design and putting the winery in communication with other wineries looking at the same issues.

Winner of a 2016 WBM I&Q Innovation Award INN...

Winner of a 2016 WBM I&Q Innovation Award INN...

The INNOVATION + QUALITY awards spot light the most innovative products and services for wineries and feature them on the tradeshow floor in the Trials Tent.

Each year products are hand selected by the I+Q Advisory Board and the Wine Business Monthly editorial team solely on criteria of innovation that lends itself to high-quality, ultra-premium winemaking and included both product categories and individual products.

COOL PRODUCTS

The most innovative products and services for winemakers today will be featured on the tradeshow floor. These products have been hand selected by the IQ Advisory Board and the Wine Business Monthly editorial team solely on criteria of innovation relevant to Ultra-premium wineries. The Laffort booth proudly displayed both of our I&Q Innovation Awards, the 2015 I&Q Award for the new product Oenolees and the 2016 I&Q Award for the industry service organization the Applied Research Cooperative (ARC) sponsored by Laffort.

Oenolees article:  www.winesandvines.com/buyersguide/company/11298/Laffort-USA/article/173068

ARC by Laffort to present at 2017 WIN EXPO

ARC by Laffort to present at 2017 WIN EXPO

All enzymes are not created equal. Likewise, every enological tannin does not have the same characteristics. We will discuss how enzymes and tannins differ and what product attributes will enable you to meet your winemaking application expectations.

The Applied Research Cooperative (ARC by Laffort), has over 40-member wineries across regions throughout California, Oregon and Washington. In 2016, 15 different trials were conducted that focused on the application of enzymes for extraction and stabilization. Additionally, fermentation tannins were used with enzymes to illustrate the synergistic action these components have together for color and tannin extraction, stabilization and preservation.

The best of these trials will be presented by ARC member winemakers who participated in the program and include a comparative tasting of trial wines at 1-year post-fermentation.

www.wineindustryexpo.com/conference.php#session1a

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