Is The Art of Vinification Becoming Too High Tech? WineRelease.com Publishes Results from Winemaking Enhancements Survey

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WineRelease.com published the results from a survey conducted in December 2006 focusing on the black art of winemaking enhancement.

WineRelease.com published the results from a survey conducted in December 2006 focusing on the black art of winemaking enhancement. This was the first survey of its kind measuring responses from both consumer and the wine trade regarding wine manipulation.

WineRelease.com publisher, Neil Monnens created the survey to better understand the reaction and sentiments regarding an increasing trend in the wine industry to manipulate the vinification process. These manipulation techniques range from adding oak chips to stainless steel fermentation tanks creating an oak influence in the wine to acidifying the wines to balance the ph level.

"Wine Manipulation is a hot topic in the wine industry and I wanted to survey varying opinions between the wine trade and consumers for each of the wine enhancements techniques," states Monnens. Adding alcohol to a wine proved to be the most controversial between the two respondents, seventy-one percent of trade respondents believed it was okay to add alcohol to either alter the taste, texture and/or structure of the wine. However, fifty percent of the consumer respondents felt this practice should not be allowed and included some written responses that challenged the high tech versus traditional winemaking practices.

The complete survey responses can be found free of charge on Winerelease.com. Neil Monnens will continue to offer these types of surveys on his site and states "After the strong response from this initial survey I will look at different aspects of the industry for consumers and the trade to voice their opinions". Monnens, an avid collector and wine enthusiast is a strong advocate for educating other wine consumers and also publishes WineBluebook, a wine value buying guide created to help consumers identify wine values.

About WineRelease.com

WineRelease.com is the industry's only published source of past, present and future wine release dates for wine enthusiasts, wine buyers, sommeliers, and wine retailers. WineRelease.com publishes a free monthly newsletter available on the 15th of each month. WineRelease.com is published by Neil Monnens who also founded WineBlueBook.com, a wine value guide that lists wines based on score then ranks by price identifying the wine value. Located at 1592 Union Street, Suite 232, San Francisco, CA 94123, WineRelease.com and WineBlueBook.com can be reached at 415-221-0345, fax: 415-276-1799, or at http://www.WineRelease.com.com and http://www.WineBlueBook.com.

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