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ETS Laboratories Expands California Operations

Submitted By: Maisie Lyman, June 16, 2016
The first ISO-accredited wine laboratory in the Central Coast

May 14, 2016 (Paso Robles, California) – ETS Laboratories, the world’s leading independent laboratory serving the global wine industry, has opened a new ISO-accredited facility in Paso Robles, California. The new ETS location will fill the need for technical assistance and laboratory support for the California Central Coast’s rapidly growing wine industry, from grape growers to winemakers.

The new laboratory, which has received ISO 17025 accreditation, will be the first ISO-accredited wine laboratory in the Central Coast. "To some people, test results are nothing more than numbers. It’s important to realize that not all numbers are created equal,” says Gordon Burns, CEO of ETS Laboratories. “In order for analytical results to have any value to a winemaker, they have to be unquestionably reliable and accurate.” The ISO 17025 accreditation, which requires ongoing audits, specifically evaluates a lab’s ability to produce precise and accurate results.

This new space in Paso Robles houses both the new ETS laboratory and Scott Laboratories, a fermentation products and winery equipment retailer. This arrangement allows winemakers to drop off samples and procure winemaking supplies in one location, saving time and travel during the hectic harvest and crush season. The location is open 7:00am to 7:00pm weekdays (with extended weekend hours during harvest) and is located at 3320 Ramada Drive, just off of Highway 101 in Paso Robles.

ETS Laboratories continues to grow alongside the wine industry, from California to Oregon and Washington, making its new location in Paso Robles and recent expansion in Oregon a natural step for the company. ETS’s new laboratories bring new techniques and equipment to their respective areas, giving winemakers local access to some of ETS’s most advanced analytical tools. Having the latest technology on-site means that ETS is able to expand their local offerings, including an HPLC for phenolic analysis and local service for most their export analyses.

“What we provide from our labs is more than technology and precise data, we provide expertise,” says Dr. Richard DeScenzo, Microbiology Group Leader at ETS Laboratories. “Our specialized technicians and scientists become an integral part of your winemaking team, helping interpret the results of our work so that winemakers and grape growers have a full understanding of both the tests and the results.”

Watch for future updates about ETS Laboratories’ expanded services as they prepare for the upcoming 2016 harvest. Information on all ETS locations and services may be found on their website at


ETS was established in 1978 by Gordon and Marjorie Burns in the basement of their Main Street home. As the wine industry developed in size and complexity, ETS responded by investing in modern equipment and facilities and by hiring highly trained technicians and researchers. As ETS grew, the company constantly developed new methods of analysis and introduced many new technologies to the wine industry. Whatever the innovation, winemakers saw it first at ETS.
At ETS, accuracy is more than a virtue—it is a passion embraced by our entire staff. Our clients have always wanted fast and accurate results, so ETS is dedicated to strong quality control programs in order to meet these goals. In 1997 ETS became the first ISO ‐ accredited independent laboratory serving the wine industry. The ISO 17025 standard requires internal and external audits of methods, systems, training and results. Today ETS is one of the most advanced wine laboratories in the world, and offers the industry’s largest selection of ISO-accredited analyses.