Your questions on Wine answered by industry experts.

Q Do manual and semi-auto bottle-fillers gauge a liquid's volume automatically? Can I set my filler to fill only 750 ml of wine and have it gauge that amount without me having to eye-ball the level?

A Our semi-automatic units will fill to a desired level. The new redesigned automatic fill head senses the liquid level. On the deluxe units, the operator can set a delay in ...

Q What are the most popular wine bottle shapes used to bottle ice wine? Starting up a production winery here in the Great White North.

A From what I've seen, the most popular bottle style for ice wine is Bellissima.

Q Are most wine bottle shapes/colors available in both cork and screwcap styles, or is cork style much more prevalent?

A For standard moulds, both cork and screw cap finishes are available. For lower volume or special moulds, cork is much more prevalent.

Q I'm considering purchasing a membrane pneumatic press. Can anyone spare some thoughts on getting an open-tank version vs a closed-tank version?

A Each type of pneumatic, or "bladder" press has a tank which is perforated on one side. The other side is where the uninflated membrane resides while in the deflated position. ...

Q Is it pretty common to incorporate a thermal print engine into a wine bottle labeling setup for printing UPC bar codes?

A Not generally. I've only ever seen bar codes hard printed on the labels themselves. I've seen very small lot number labels like that though.