Analytical Measurements, Experimental Design
Wine X Ray provides measurements of the concentrations of selected families of phenolic compounds present in red wines.
We can provide results for a single sample of red wine of unknown variety, vintage, or origin, or we can analyze multiple samples from the same variety, vintage, and origin, to better understand and qualify initial grape quality, adherence to cellar protocols, or manage and maintain a wine's stylistic thumbprint.
We work closely with our clients to understand their needs, and what the highest value of the results mean to their bottom line. Is it managing style or validating vineyard experimentation? Or, is it to provide insights into new cellar equipment, a change in tank dimensions, or the differences between standard pump-over versus punch-down maceration techniques? Wine X Ray has run thousands of samples exploring all aspects of maceration adjustments, use of enzymes, fermentation temperatures, and traditional pump-overs versus punch-downs. All of these greatly affect the final concentrations of phenolic compounds in the finished wine.
Wine X Ray is prepared to engage with its clients in any of the following arrangements:
Analytical Services – Phenolics Profiling
Wine X Ray can run as few as ten samples for a client provided client delivers samples to our laboratory. For larger clients, Wine X Ray can also arrange for the installation of laboratory equipment at the client's facility for even faster results. The typical client would select a fixed number of samples per year, 250 for example, and clients are billed monthly.
Wine X Ray knows that clients have many questions as they begin using our services. Wine X Ray provides on-site meetings with clients to discuss methods of implementation, interpretation of results, and general questions and answers with Winemakers and Vineyard Managers as well as Owners. We have found that the time required for a client to be 'up-to-speed' is usually two visits and roughly fifty samples. Wine X Ray is also available for phone calls and video conferencing.
Project Services – Trials, Investigations, Research & Development
Wine X Ray can help clients design protocols to explore specific goals, or perhaps delve into areas of research. For example, are there phenolic differences between Cabernet Sauvignon clones? What are the effects of fermentation temperature on color extraction? What does a delayed Malo-Lactic fermentation do to polymeric pigments formation? Wine X Ray can help design experiments to study these fascinating elements of process understanding.