Using Outside Labs to Run Analysis Tests on your Wine

There is lots of information out there about how to run various juice and wine analytical procedures at home if you want to do that. If you do not want to run the tests but you are interested in the answers, you may live in an area that has a commercial or university laboratory that does testing on wine. Here is some advice on when, why, or even whether you might want to take advantage of such resources and have testing done. Before getting into specific tests, I want to expand a bit on using the results. As a long-time laboratory manager myself, a piece of advice I often gave clients was, “don’t run the test if you won’t use the answer.” Acquiring data that does not assist with decision making just confuses the issue and wastes your money. Make sure you are clear in advance that data you pay for will be (or at least may be) applied to real-world actions concerning your wine. Finding a laboratory and communicating with the staff may present some challenges. University labs or