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<b>UC Davis study finds microbial terroir</b>

A new study led by UC Davis researchers offers evidence that grapes and the wines they produce are the product of a microbial terroir, shaped by the climate and geography of the region, vineyard and even individual vine.

DNA sequencing revealed patterns in the fungal and bacterial communities that inhabit the surface of wine grapes, and these patterns are influenced by vineyard environmental conditions.

The findings appeared online in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"The study results represent a real paradigm shift in our understanding of grape and wine production, as well as other food and agricultural systems in which microbial communities impact the qualities of the fresh or processed products," David Mills, a microbiologist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and Department of Food Science and Technology, said in a statement.

<b>Modern Cooperage inks distribution agreement</b>

Modern Cooperage has inked an agreement to distribute the Healdsburg company's stainless steel wine barrels in California, Oregon, Washington and Canada.

Metro Label will serve as the company's West Coast distributor.

"Metro Label is a forward-thinking company and shares our vision for bringing innovative technologies to the wine industry," Jon Roleder, president of Modern Cooperage, said in a statement.

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