Blend Trials

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The Blend Trials feature is a way for users to mock up potential blends in the winery to see if they meet composition, production and taste targets. This allows users to compare against internal targets and better manage their lot inventory. 

Only Admins are currently able to access this feature. Admins will be able to view, create new, and edit blend trials, mock blends, and related mock blend lots. Blend Trial access will be open to Team Members and Read-Only members in the very near future.

How to Create a New Blend Trial

The Blend Trial Explorer can be found in the left-hand Navigation Bar. 

Click the "+ Add blend trial" button in the upper right-hand corner to create a new blend trial. Give your trial a name, such as 2020 Estate Cabernet, and click "Add blend trial". 

Click into a blend trial to access the Blend trial details page. From here you can click "+ Add mock blend" to create a new mock blend within the blend trial.

Click in to the new mock blend to add lots and select target volumes and percentages. Click "Select lots" to choose specific lots for one blend option. 

Mock Blends can contain up to 30 lots. If users attempt to save the mock blend with more than 30 lots, they will see an error message and will need to remove lots in order to move forward. Additionally, there is a limit of 30 mock blends per blend trial.

Once the mock blend lots have been selected, users can use the set up their blend by percentage or a specific volume of each lot. 

Blend % Workspace

The % edit workspace allows users to set a target volume and modify the percentages of each mock blend lot. The related volumes needed will automatically calculate based on the "Target volume" and percentages entered. The example shown below is demonstrating a 100 ml size sample bottle. 

As you edit each mock blend lot percentage, the corresponding volume will update as well.

Click Save blend to ‘lock in’ the lots and percentages.

Users MUST click "Save blend" to see updated composition information.

The resulting Composition information (Vintage, Varietal, Appellation and Vineyard) is calculated and displayed.

Lot Volume and maximum Blend Volume are both displayed in the Mock blend details page. The Lot Volume displays the current contents of the selected lots. The Blend Volume is the maximum size this individual blend can be, based on the percentages the user has input. 

Blend Volume Workspace

User can also choose to build a blend based on volume rather than percentages, in the volume edit workspace.

Create a mock blend, select your lots, then click "Set blend volume".

In the volume edit workspace, users will be able to enter the number and unit they want to use to build their mock blend. Users can also easily choose to “Use entire lot” when building blends. The "Use entire lot" feature is most useful when mocking-up life-size blends.

Click "Save blend" to see resulting composition information.

 

Duplicate a Mock Blend

Users can duplicate mock blends with Blend Trials. From the Mock Blend Details page, click the "More" button in the upper right-hand corner. Select "Duplicate mock blend". 

Modify the mock blend name and click "Create duplicate" to be taken to the new mock blend details page. 

This is very helpful for users that have mock blends with many lots, or try many variations on similar (but not identical) mock blends.

Upcoming Improvements

For any product feedback or improvement requests around Blend trials, please email product@innovint.us

  • Blend Trials will be accessible to users of all permission levels
  • Users will be able to create blends with lots from multiple wineries
  • Custom crush wineries will be able to assign blend trials to specific owners
  • The ability to edit names and delete mock blends
  • Estimated or Calculated analysis on mock blends