Where in the World Is My Wine?

Whether it’s wine for tonight’s supper or a case bought at auction, pristine provenance has never been more important. Winemakers want nothing more than for you to uncork the wine they made. But with wine traveling to an increasing number of global markets, heat shock during transportation and storage can alter the aromas, flavors and color of wine, as well as damage the wine’s ability to age.

“We work very hard to grow our grapes and to make our wine, and yet the last link, the delivery of our wine, could be the most uncertain,” said Christopher Howell, winemaker and general manager at Cain Vineyard and Winery in Napa Valley.

A second-generation, high-tech sensor made by eProvenance could help both professionals and consumers scrutinize the delivery process and feel confident about the provenance of their wine. The tech firm introduced the first generation of sensors in 2007, which were adopted by several Bordeaux and Napa producers. But the new 2G sensors are a step up. They track both temperature and humidity, and combine radio frequency identification (RFID) technology with the near-field communication (NFC) protocol for smartphones.

The sensors gather regular temperature and humidity readings during a case’s travels. And if retailers or consumers want to know what the wine has endured, NFC-capable telephones allow for wireless communication over a very short distance (4 inches). After downloading the eProvenance app, anyone with an NFC telephone can place the phone against the WiFi symbol on the case, and the data from the sensor is transferred to the phone. The data appears as either a friendly summary or a detailed graph. At the same time, information about the consumer is transmitted to eProvenance and the shipper.

Click HERE to read more….