A Vineyard Manager's Best Friend?
Issue: June 30, 2007
Many winery owners keep dogs around as pets. But soon, dogs may be put to serious work: helping fight a troublesome pest. For the past year, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Assistance Dog Institute has been training a specially bred litter of golden retrievers to detect the pheromones of the female vine mealybug, a destructive insect that feeds on vines.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands May 31, 2007.