New titles – September 2012

Here are a few interesting new titles that came to the Wine Library over the summer:

The Organic Backyard Vineyard: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Grapes, by Tom Powers. WL 634.8 POWERS

This book provides the basics of planning, installing, harvesting, and maintaining a small vineyard. The book includes important information about grape variety hardiness, vine and row spacing, building trellis and irrigation systems, pest control, and various harvesting and crushing topics, and features a useful simple glossary.

Wine, by André Dominé. WL 663.2 WINE

The sixth "updated" edition of this comprehensive resource on wine is a beautiful and extensive book useful to anyone from lifelong oenophiles to those completely new to wine. In the first couple of chapters, there are long and detailed sections in available on enjoying wine; grapes, vines, and terroir; vineyard and winery operations; and barrel and bottle making. The bulk of the book details regions of the winemaking world, with detailed maps, numerous photographs, and extra side information.

The update contains significant new information about wine regions and grape varieties around the world as well as a plethora of new images. 


The Drops of God, written by Tadashi Agi; Illustrated by Shu Okimoto. WL G AGI

This set of Manga novels chronicles the story of Shizuku Kanzaki, son of a world-famous wine critic. He has deliberately snubbed his father's business for years, working sales for Taiyo Beer, and has never tasted wine–but now that his father has died, his inheritance hangs on his ability to win a year-long competition with a famous young critic, identifying fabulous wines described carefully by his father.


Winery and vineyard transitions

This is the first in a series of posts called "Wine News" highlighting articles and trends in recent journals and magazines of interest, both to those in the wine industry and those interested in winemaking…not to mention the consumption of wine and food!

This month in Vineyard & Winery Management (v. 38, no. 5, Sept–Oct 2012), one finds a couple of articles related to beginnings and endings of winery ownership. "Preparing for an Ownership Change" by Rob Morris is directed at winery owners at any stage of the ownership process, intended to provide advice for making future transitions smooth. "How to Get a Business Loan — in Good Times and Bad" by Adam Beak provides sound advice for anyone looking to find a boost in funding, and informs the reader about trends in commercial lending by banks and about the building blocks for a successful business model. Finally, "Selecting and Training Your Company's Next Leader" by Greg Scott lays out successful methods of planning a succession of leadership, both long-term and short-term.

In Wines & Vines (v. 93, no. 9, September 2012), there are a few other articles of use to new owners and grapegrowers as well. "Special Report: Wine Industry Finance" by Ben Narasin explores the top 20 lenders specializing in wine industry lending on the West Coast, offering perspectives on the market, services offered, types of credit available, and some useful financing scenarios for assessing a situation. "Leasing Meets Cash-Flow Demands" by Andrew Adams further explores the different ways of acquiring assets.

You can access these articles and more at the Wine Library. Contact us for more information!