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Grape and Juice Samples:
Grape clusters may be refrigerated and sent with a cooler pack. Juice and fermenting samples may be dropped off at our facility. We recommend that juice samples be dropped off at our location to prevent fermentation in shipment. If samples must be sent, use a plastic bottle, only one quarter full, in several sealed plastic bags and with a large cooler pack.
Cellar Samples & Bottled Wines:
Make sure you take a representative sample of your wine. This often requires mixing the tank or barrel. Composite samples can be used periodically and only if there are no signs of undesired activity. For microbial analysis it is particularly important to use a sterile container and that the sample is taken from a well mixed tank or barrel. An unopened bottle is required for post-bottling microbial analysis.
Preparing and Sending Samples: