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20/10/2016: Waiheke Island winemaker best in New Zealand
A former New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year has taken out the title of New Zealand Winemaker of the Year. A panel of four international wine judges picked Patrick Newton of Mudbrick Vineyard as the inaugural winner on 15 October. The competition replaces the New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year as part of the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, administered by the Canterbury A&P Show. The Waiheke Island winemaker was thrilled with the award.

Announcements and Suppliers

26/10/2016: Well-insulated sheds: Next step in wine cooling
For centuries, winemakers have been inspired by purist, romantic traditions of using well-insulated storage sheds as the ‘artisan’ standard for the time-honoured craft. At the same time, a growing number of young and up-and-coming wineries also pay homage to their produce through organic, eco-friendly and carbon-neutral processes. In more recent times those age-old techniques have been challenged, and a growing number of savvy winemakers are now embracing innovative technology to help mature and store the fruits of their labour without compromising on traditional techniques.

17/10/2016: National wine trade events survey
Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc (WISA) has commissioned research to better understand the wine industry trade show/trade event market with a view of working with all industry stakeholders, including other industry bodies and organisations, to grow and build more comprehensive and valuable trade event offerings. WISA has commissioned Harrison Research to conduct a survey of our key stakeholders, mainly focusing on industry visitors to events. As a result, the organisation is looking for people to complete a short survey that will take 15 - 20 minutes.

13/10/2016: Wet White French Oak Wine Barrels
We have available up to 500 wet French Oak wine barrels. These have seen 2 vintages and are white. Available Melbourne Warehouse. Contact Rob Ford 0424570081 or provincialplatters@gmail.com.

13/10/2016: Get the right support for 2017 vintage trials
Vintage is fast approaching. Are you a wine producer looking to get real performance data on that new equipment you’ve had your eye on? Are you interested in one of the numerous new winemaking additives on the market, but unsure how to properly assess it? Are you a supplier looking to prove how effective your product is?

12/10/2016: Wine words
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Australian Wine Industry News

28/10/2016: 'Red dawn' for Australian wine
China's position as Australia's largest wine export market has ushered in a 'red dawn' for winemakers, according to agribusiness banker Rabobank. China imported 41 per cent more Australian wine in the six months to June compared to the previous year, making it a key barometer for future red wine grape market conditions. Red wine grape varieties from more premium, cool/temperate climate regions have seen the largest recovery in market conditions

28/10/2016: Potential for locals in China free trade deal
The significant value the wine industry contributes to the Orange economy has been further highlighted with the success local producers are having exporting their product overseas, principally to China and Korea. Of course this success is only the tip of the iceberg. When the current tariffs on wines are lifted, in the next few years, the Orange industry will be on a level playing field with its international competitors including New Zealand and Chile. Under The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHaFTA) tariffs of 14-20 per cent on Australian wines will be eliminated by January 1, 2019.

28/10/2016: Pepper Tree wins Limestone Coast Wine Show
Pepper Tree Wines has dominated the Limestone Coast Wine Show for the second year in a row. The 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Elderslee Road’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon won the David Wynn Trophy for ‘Best Red Wine of Show’, the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove O.B.E. Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show’ and was also named the ‘Best Individual Vineyard Wine’ at last night’s VINE | STONE | COAST presentation feast hosted by the Robe and Mount Benson wine regions. The wine then went on to claim the Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’, with viticulturist Peter Balnaves claiming the highly coveted Arthur Hoffman Trophy and back-to-back titles as ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’.

28/10/2016: Growers fearful of retribution: ACCC
Fruit and vegetable growers have told the competition watchdog they are reluctant to report complaints against the major supermarkets and wholesalers because they fear retribution. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says its meetings with fruit, veg and wine grape growers across the country has identified several concerns, the fear of retribution being a key and widespread one. Its report Perspectives in horticulture and viticulture, released on Thursday, says most growers are reluctant to report issues.

28/10/2016: d'Arenberg winemaker Chester Osborn wins entrepreneur of the year
d'Arenberg Chief Winemaker, Chester Osborn, was named a National Finalist in the recent 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, joining other outstanding entrepreneurs from across Australia who competed for the ultimate prize of being named 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. After being selected earlier this year, Chester travelled to Sydney in October to compete with other Regional Finalists, meeting the national judges during one-on-one ‘speed judging’ interviews, from which he was named the National Finalist for the Central Region in the category of ‘Industry’, which included retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of products from all industries.

27/10/2016: Behind the rise in Australian wine grape prices
Australia takes the pulse of wine grape markets, while the Northern Hemisphere harvest appears set to fall on the short side, and China headlines developments in global wine trade, according to Rabobank’s Global Wine Quarterly for Q4 2016. The Australian wine grape industry has experienced a ‘red dawn’, with prices rising from their 2011 lows, particularly for red wine grape varieties sourced from more premium growing regions. “Life has returned to Australian wine grape prices, with China driving much of the recovery in market conditions,” said Rabobank senior analyst Marc Soccio.

27/10/2016: Australia 39th most expensive country to buy wine
Australia ranked as the 39th most expensive country to buy wine in the latest Wine Price Index. New Zealand, by comparison, was ranked as the 10th least expensive country to buy wine with an average cost of $14.43. The index, released today, is a comprehensive study comparing the cost of wine in 65 countries worldwide, averaging and comparing local and imported wine prices in each country. The least expensive country to buy wine was Paraguay, which offered wine at an average of $9.90, while at the other end of the ranking United Arab Emirates calculated at a cost over 5 times higher, at $51.15 per 750ml bottle.

27/10/2016: Morrison backs single Australian export brand for China
Australian products sold to China could soon come under a “one brand, one logo” labelling strategy as exporting deals ramp up following the recent free trade agreement. The new campaign — led by Australian mining and agriculture magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest — would see all Australian food products — including beef, vegetables, cheese, wine and high-end condiments — sold to China marketed as “Australian” as opposed to their individual branding. Along with umbrella marketing, the labels are designed to be counterfeit-proof so that quality-conscious Chinese consumers know where they’re product is sourced from.

27/10/2016: New era of winemaking at Kirrihill Wines
Kirrihill Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley has appointed Will Shields as Senior Winemaker. Shields comes to Kirrihill with a wealth of experience from a vine and wine career spanning a Hunter Valley vineyard upbringing and more than two decades of winemaking across Australia and New Zealand. CEO Matthew Lawson says the appointment comes at an exciting time for Kirrihill and places Shields at the helm of an inspiring new era for the business and the brand. “We are delighted Will has crossed the Pacific to make Kirrihill and Clare his new home, bringing with him the essential knowledge and perspective we value and strive for.

27/10/2016: The Wine & Viticulture Journal finalist for Best Wine Publication
The Wine & Viticulture Journal has been named one of three finalists for Best Wine Publication (technical, trade or consumer) in the 2016 Wine Communicator Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Wine Communicator Awards recognise outstanding contributions to, and excellence in, wine communication in all its forms and is presented by Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA). The Wine & Viticulture Journal has previously been represented in the awards, with long-time contributor Richard Smart winning Best Trade or Technical Wine Writer last year, with regular writer and winemaker Cathy Howard presented the same award in 2014. Wine & Viticulture Journal editor Sonya Logan and regular writer and viticulturist Tony Hoare were also shortlisted for this award in 2014.

26/10/2016: Australian wine earns premium in the Chinese market
Chinese demand for quality wine has given the Australian industry a huge boost in 2016, according to the latest Rabobank report. In its Wine Quarterly report, the bank said Chinese imports of bottled Australian wine for the first six months of the year had risen 41 per cent from the same period in 2015 to 35.3 million litres. The value of Australian wine imports by China had risen 39.2 per cent to $353 million.

26/10/2016: TWE expands portfolio in Japan
To capitalise on Japan’s growing demand for premium wine, Treasury Wine Estates has increased its selection of Australian and New Zealand brands in an improved route-to-market strategy. Under the new strategy, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) will directly import, market and sell a number of premium wine brands including Rawson’s Retreat, Lindeman’s, Wynns, Coldstream Hills, Yellowglen, Pepperjack and Secret Stone which will be available to the trade from 10 January and will add to TWE’s existing brands in Japan which are Penfolds, Beringer, Wolf Blass, Rosemount and Matua. In addition, plans are afoot to introduce a number of TWE’s Californian wine brands under the direct import model from April 2017.

26/10/2016: Stephanie Jacob awarded the Daniel Pontifex Scholarship
The Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust, with the support of Wine Australia, has awarded the 2016 Daniel Pontifex Scholarship to Stephanie Jacob, assistant wine buyer at Supernormal in Melbourne. Ms Jacob will travel to Europe in 2017 to gain valuable experience in some of Europe’s finest restaurants and visit some of its wine regions, with the scholarship covering all associated costs. On being awarded the scholarship, Ms Jacob said, ‘I'm thrilled to be awarded this travelling scholarship, it is really tailored to the needs of the individual, and recognises the invaluable knowledge that comes from travel and experiencing the culture of a place first hand.

26/10/2016: WA wines exceed expectations for international judge
West Australian wines exceeded the expectations of Wine Show of WA international judge Jane Parkinson. The UK-based wine journalist, author and broadcaster was in WA for two weeks as part of the 16-person panel of judges for this year’s annual event. Parkinson said her expectation of high quality wines was “more than met”. “It was my first experience judging in a state show – I have been the international judge at a city show in Australia before – and I really enjoyed focussing on the wines from that particular state, especially when we don’t see as many WA wines in the UK as we do wines from other Australian states,” she said.

26/10/2016: Revealing the science of Aboriginal fermentation
Wine researchers at the University of Adelaide are investigating the traditional practices of Australian Aboriginal people in producing fermented beverages and foods. Although referred to in early European texts, little is known about the processes involved, the yeasts and bacteria at work, or the chemistry, taste and smell of the plants and finished products. Led by Professor Vladimir Jiranek, Professor of Oenology and Director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, the research will focus initially on fermentations of cider gum sap (from Tasmania), nectar from Banksia and other native blossoms (from various locations) and quandong roots (from South Australia).

25/10/2016: Finalists in the Australian Women of Wine Awards
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, together with the AWIWA Advisory Board, has announced the finalists of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards. This year there are six awards, an increase from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. Jeni Port, wine writer and AWIWA Advisory Board member, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in the second year of the awards. “Our finalists announced today represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine.”

25/10/2016: First female Legend of the Vine has been named
After being involved in Australia’s wine industry for nearly 40 years Kathleen Quealy has been named as the first female Wine Communicators of Australia Legend of the Vine. Quealy started her love of wine working on the bottling line for McWilliams in the late 70s as an after school job. Her parents though, were shocked when Quealy subsequently enrolled at winemaking school in Wagga Wagga. It was there she met life long mentor and Pinot Gris advocate Max Loader. Loader saw the courage and vision in Quealy, and took her under his wing.

25/10/2016: Vinehealth Australia announces new board
A new board for Vinehealth Australia has been appointed following an independent selection process, with Roseanne Healy elected as chair. Ms Healy has broad experience of the wine and grapegrowing industry and has been re-appointed for a second term on the board. She is joined by new members, Anna Hooper, Prue McMichael and Andrew Clarke, former members Marc Allgrove and Nigel Blieschke who were reappointed for a second term, and Ashley Chabrel who has been reappointed for a third term.

25/10/2016: Cracking the Chinese market, one dish at a time
A South Australian production company is making inroads into the labyrinthine Chinese market with cooking show Chef Exchange, which follows Adelaide chef Jock Zonfrillo and Shandong chef Qu Jianmin as they explore each other’s food, culture and customs.“Chef Exchange is helping to create awareness of the state’s primary producers in a key export market with Boston Bay Wines, Ferguson Australia Lobster, Hutton Vale Farm and Seppeltsfield Winery among those featured in the first series,” 57 Films Director and show producer Paul Ryan said. Four half-hour episodes of the show, made by Adelaide company 57 Films, will be screened on China Central TV News, which is broadcast to 180 countries around the world.

25/10/2016: De Bortoli wines revealed as finalist in 2016 AFR & PWC’s private clients aspire awards
De Bortoli Wines has been named as a finalist for the ‘Asian Success’ category in the AFR & PwC’s Private Clients Aspire Awards. The AFR & PwC’s Private Clients Aspire Awards celebrate outstanding achievements made by Australia’s private and family businesses. The quality of the 2016 entrants were as high as ever, as businesses from all of Australia’s major vertical industries presented the solid business practices that successful companies portray.

24/10/2016: China now our leading wine export market
Australia's 1743 active wine exporters sold 10pc more wine in offshore markets to achieve export sales of $2.17 billion for in the past year. Mainland China has outstripped the United States as the leading destination for Australian wine exports for the first time, with the soaring industry-wide sales momentum providing a further boost for Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates. Exports by Australian wine producers to China jumped by 51 per cent to $474 million in the 12 months to September 30 overtaking the US, which increased by 4pc to $448m.

24/10/2016: Margaret River cabernet from Deep Woods wins Australia's most sought-after wine award
Western Australia continues to dominate 2016's major national wine shows after a Margaret River winery won Australia's most sought-after wine trophy on Thursday night. The 2014 Deep Woods reserve cabernet sauvignon won the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best young dry red (one or two years old) at the Melbourne Wine Show. Some of Australia's most famous wines, including Penfolds Grange, have won the Jimmy Watson since it was first awarded in 1962, when the owner of one of Melbourne's most famous wine bars died suddenly and his friends established the trophy in his memory.

24/10/2016: Tamburlaine First in for 2017 Sydney Wine Festival
The Sydney Wine Festival will be held at Rosehill Gardens on October 14 & 15, 2017 and is set to be a showcase of NSW wineries, wine related products and services, food purveyors and live entertainment. The event’s main focus will be to promote NSW Wines and as such this new initiative has the support of the NSW Wine Industry Association. Tamburlaine, Australia’s largest organic wine producer, has been the first to sign up with marketing co-ordinator Ayla Wilton saying “We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the inaugural Sydney Wine Festival. The time of year is ideal and the location is unique to any other wine event we’ve been to. Looking forward to seeing you Rosehill!"

24/10/2016: Limestone Coast Wine Show starts today!
501 bottles of Limestone Coast wine will be put to the ultimate test this week, with the 2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show now officially underway. Judging will take place inside Coonawarra Hall over the next four days, with Chief of Judges, Jane Faulkner, leading the high-profile panel of six national and international wine critics looking to unearth 16 trophy winners at the 16th annual event. “I am thrilled with response,” Jane says. “501 entries is an excellent result and of course, extra wines means one thing – more medals. I have a feeling this year is going to be the best show yet.”

24/10/2016: Falling pound may affect Accolade Wines sale
The backers of CHAMP Private Equity’s Accolade Wines were maintaining over the weekend that the timetable of the sale for the Australian-based operation was on track, despite speculation mounting that the falling British pound could prompt delays. Accolade — widely viewed as a strongly performing business — was expected to come to market in the first quarter of next year, but the suggestion from those close to the situation is that it was always on track for a sale some time between January and June. Working on a divestment of the $1 billion-plus operation on behalf of Champ is Reunion Capital, while Citi and Morgan Stanley have been selected to provide advice on an initial public offering of the business, should it head to the Australian Securities Exchange.

21/10/2016: Innovative businesses honoured in the inaugural Wine Industry Impact Awards
A group of leading businesses are the toast of the Australian wine sector as winners of the inaugural Wine Industry Impact Awards. The awards, an initiative of Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA), were presented in a glittering ceremony at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide last night. The gala event showcased business excellence and innovation in improving the competitiveness and capability of the nation’s grape and wine industry. Just over 300 industry leaders from across the country’s grape and wine value chain attended the awards presentation hosted by Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards.

21/10/2016: Australia’s highest priced wines drive strong export growth
Australian wine exports’ double-digit growth continued in the 12 months to 30 September 2016 according to Wine Australia’s Export Report, released today. From October 2015 to September 2016, the value of exports grew by 10 per cent to a total value of $2.17 billion, with growth again being primarily driven by bottled exports, particularly at higher price points. Bottled exports grew by 14 per cent to $1.8 billion and the average value of bottled exports increased by 9 per cent to $5.47 per litre, a 13-year high.

21/10/2016: Australian Vintage in new profit warning
Australian Vintage, maker of wines such as McGuigan, Tempus Two and Nepenthe, has issued its second profit warning in three months amid the economic fallout from the UK’s Brexit vote. Shares in Australian Vintage (AVG) sank 10 per cent after the company warned the continued fall in the value of the British pound, which has already sunk as much as 34 per cent against some currencies, would see the winemaker’s profits drop by between $3.5 million to $4 million.

21/10/2016: Asia-pacific regulators meet to grow international wine trade
Pacific Rim officials and industry representatives met in Ottawa, Canada to streamline import-export requirements and reduce costs for governments and winemakers. The Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) were amongst more than 60 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 14 nations who gathered at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum's (WRF) 6th Annual Technical Meeting on "Winemaking Practices and International Trade" to share good regulatory practices on wine certification, laboratory analysis and winemaking practices in the important trade region.

21/10/2016: West Australian Cabernet Sauvignon awarded coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy
For the first time since 2010, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, Australia’s most coveted wine award which recognises the Best Young Red Wine has been won by a Cabernet Sauvignon, with Western Australia’s Deep Woods Estate 2014 Reserve taking home the illustrious honour at last night’s 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA). Deep Woods also took home the trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon for the same wine, whilst other major trophies were spread across the country. The François de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine was awarded to Victoria’s Seville Estate for their 2015 Chardonnay.

20/10/2016: China is now Australia's biggest wine exports market
The massive growth in China’s middle class has been a godsend for the Australian wine industry, with exports jumping 51% in the last year to $474 million, making it the top export market by value for the first time. The rise of China is no more apparent than in the fact that just a decade ago, sales there were worth just $27 million. Wine Australia’s Export Report, released today, reveal double digital growth for local exporters in the 12 months to 30 September 2016, up 10% to a total value of $2.17 billion.

20/10/2016: Calabria make large Riverina buy
Calabria Family Wines (CFW) has bought a large Riverina facility, which has seen the family-owned wine company has double its capacity overnight. The transaction, which is due to settle later this month, includes the winery, cellar door and warehousing and was purchase to assist the family with storage and production facilities. CFW’s Sales and Marketing Manager Andrew Calabria told TheShout: “It’s a big step for us, what it has done is double our capacity as a winery overnight. The wine business, for us, is something that is long-term so we are in a bit of a transition at the moment, where my dad built the business to where it is today. Then my brothers and my sister and I decided that we have no intentions to sell, we love what we do and anything in our wine business is about the long-term.

20/10/2016: Antipodean wineries lead sustainable energy production with major solar farm installations
Yealands Wine Group has added 918 photovoltaic (PV) panels to its winery roof, making it the largest solar panel system in New Zealand. Meanwhile, in Australia, work has begun to expand sustainable energy sources at Yalumba winery. Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, together with AGL energy limited is currently installing the largest solar photovoltaic system installation at an Australian winery.

20/10/2016: Cellar doors in SA get funding boost
Wine tasting tours in South Australia are set to get even better with the state government putting up $1 million in grants for wineries looking to improve their cellar door experiences. The Cellar Door Grants Program was announced by the government on Wednesday as part of a $1.8 million funding package aimed at boosting wine sales and visitor numbers in SA. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to all SA wineries for cellar door upgrades and diversifications like new tasting rooms or bed and breakfast facilities.

20/10/2016: Liquorland, Idyll Wine Co launch Australia’s first blue-coloured wine, The Blue Bird
IT’S the colour of Smurfs and trendy lattes, now wine has got the blues, too. Blue wine has hit Australia for the first time following the trend that swept the European summer and featured widely on Instagram feeds. Made for Liquorland by Idyll Wine Co near Geelong, The Blue Bird is a blend of white grapes (predominantly moscato) from Australian vines, but must be labelled a wine product because it has had anthocyanins — a natural compound that gives red wine its colour — and indigo food colouring added to give it its blue hue.

19/10/2016: Australian Women in Wine Awards finalists announced
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society together with the AWIWA Advisory Board today announce the finalists of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards. There were six awards on offer this year, up from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. AWIWA Advisory Board member, wine writer, and long-time advocate for women in wine Jeni Port, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in this, the second year, of the awards.

19/10/2016: Grande Grange: big bottle with a big price
It's a big bottle at a big price. The latest luxury offering from iconic Australian winemaker Penfolds - a six-litre bottle of Penfolds Grange 2012 in a hand-crafted crystal pouring cradle - will set you back $185,000. And, they are very rare. There are just five of the imperial - or six-litre - bottles of Grange 2012 and their accompanying service vessel. If you want one of these rarities, you'll need a big place to put it and strength to lift it. The crystal pouring cradle is almost one metre high and weighs 50 kilograms.

19/10/2016: Managing Botrytis Bunch Rot and Powdery Mildew
In what looks set to be a potentially ‘wetter than normal’ year for many wine regions, growers are likely to continue to face challenges in managing the spectrum of diseases present in Australian vineyards in the 2016/17 season. While captan has long been a cost-effective fixture in many spray programs for the management of key diseases, its future remains unclear and use in grapes that may end up in wine destined for the EU should still be avoided.

19/10/2016: Views to love wine
THE country’s best cool climate wine producers have entered their top tipples in preparation for next week’s National Cool Climate Show. Now in its 18th year, the show attracts the best cool climate wines from some of the country’s most well-known wine producing areas. And, this year is no different with 760 entries received from vignerons in Bathurst as well as winemakers in Orange, Mornington Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley and southern parts of Western Australia.

19/10/2016: Top 10 Australian fine wines to watch
Australia is producing the best wines in its history. Grape growers are honing in on the ideal spots for specific varieties to thrive, vine age is increasing, clonal selections are improving and cool-climate regions are enjoying their moment in the sun. In the winery, vintners are becoming ever more retrained in their use of oak and alcohol levels are decreasing, resulting in elegant wines that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of the Old World.

18/10/2016: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan buys Constellation Brands’ Canadian wine business for $1.03 billion
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has agreed to pay $1.03 billion for the Canadian wine business of Constellation Brands, one of the country’s top wine sellers, with seven of market’s Top 20 brands and a network of retail outlets in Ontario. The deal comes less than two weeks before new rules governing alcohol sales in Ontario — which will make wine available in selected grocery stores — begin to take effect. Constellation’s Canadian brands include Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs; Teachers’ will also continue to distribute the company’s international brands, such as California’s Robert Mondavi and New Zealand’s Kim Crawford, according spokeswoman Deborah Allan.

18/10/2016: Wine Australia scholarships open for wine's next generation
This year’s Wine Australia scholarships for wine-focused PhD and Masters by Research students are now open for application. Each year, Wine Australia provides scholarships to postgraduate students studying in the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business to assist new researchers in the sector. Wine Australia General Manager Research, Development and Extension Dr Liz Waters said the scholarships are one of the ways that Wine Australia invests in the development of the next generation of leaders in the grape and wine sector.

18/10/2016: Over 19,000 bottles of smuggled wine to go under hammer
Investigators discovered the company had smuggled wine from Australia totaling 1.77 million yuan ($263,000) in value since 2015, possibly evading taxes worth about 420,000 yuan by declaring lower prices, it was added. The suspect, company general manager Chen Liping, had fled to Australia a year ago and was persuaded only recently to return to China and surrender to law enforcement authorities, the paper said. Chen was under compulsory measure pending further investigations. The wine will go under the hammer on JD.com as a whole, and only those who have been granted wine or food business operation permits are eligible to bid on them.

18/10/2016: PAFA Bacchanal Wine Gala Toasts Land Down Under
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host its 18th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction “Celebrating the Wines of Australia” next month on Saturday, November 12. The flagship fall soiree raises funds to support the next generation of artists through student scholarships and education programs. This year, the prestigious Australian winery Hentley Farm will receive the Thomas Jefferson Award, a Bacchanal tradition honoring exceptional members of the wine industry.

18/10/2016: Hungry ducks to replace snail baits on WA vineyard
Inspired by a YouTube video of some 800 ducks lining a vineyard in South Africa, a Great Southern winery has decided to try their hand using ducks instead of pesticides and baits for problem snails. Apricus Hill in Denmark is one of just a handful of wineries in Western Australia using the animals as natural pesticides, just recently completing their first trial of the Indian Runner and Muscovy ducks.


17/10/2016: Riesling Challenge Results a Reflection of Outstanding Vintages
The 17th Canberra International Riesling Challenge featured an outstanding collection of wines from eight countries with a record number of medals awarded. This is clearly a reflection of the outstanding 2015 and 2016 vintages in the Southern Hemisphere, coupled with a heightened professionalism and attention to detail by winemakers and viticulturists. The Chair of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC), Ken Helm said the increased appetite and awareness of consumers in quality Rieslings will be met with the release of these wines to the market.

17/10/2016: Happy drinkers willing to pay more – study
Whether you're drinking away your sorrows or celebrating with a few bubbles could determine how much you're willing to pay for your grog. New research has found people in a better mood are willing to shell out more for wine. Participants in the Australian study were given four different Shiraz wines of varying quality. Some they drank at home, some in the lab, and the rest in a restaurant setting.

17/10/2016: 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow
In two weeks’ time, at Oxford Town Hall, Matthew Jukes kicks off the biggest ever 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow. He will then take this elite Australian wine tasting to incredible locations in Manchester, London, Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh (all dates and venues confirmed below) and then on to three other prestigious venues in the New Year (dates to follow). Matthew has been compiling his 100 Best Australian Wines Report for 13 years and this initiative is regarded as the true barometer of the finest Aussie wines on the shelves in the UK each year.

17/10/2016: Finger Lakes wineries awarded top honors
Anthony Road Wine Company and Keuka Spring Vineyards recently received top honors in the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia. Anthony Road Winery was awarded White Wine of Show and the Best Riesling trophy with its 2014 dry riesling. Keuka Springs Vineyards’ 2014 gewurztraminer won a Best of Class trophy for Aromatic Non-Riesling Wine. The competition featured wines selected from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the U.S.

17/10/2016: Electronic tongue can taste wine and tell you its age
In yet another attempt to make humans obsolete, scientists at the University of South Australia have developed an electronic tongue they say can taste wine and tell you its age, the type of barrel in which it is aged, and its overall quality. ‘We wanted to demonstrate the huge capabilities of electronic tongues as analytical tool for the analysis of wine samples,’ said Dr. Xavier Ceto Alseda, who ran the project with his colleagues at the university.

14/10/2016: $10,000 Tasmanian Viticulture Fellowship announced
The sixth recipient of the $10,000 Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award, presented by the Alcorso Foundation, has been announced as Francine Austin of Delamere Vineyards. Fran will undertake a study tour of Champagne to investigate the vineyard, winemaking and marketing practices of this benchmark sparkling wine region. In particular, Fran will explore the specific economic and environmental sustainability of Champagne growers / producers and the relationship they have with Champagne Houses. These relevant learnings will be shared with the diversity of Tasmanian sparkling wine business and production models in Tasmania. Potential linkages between Tasmania and Champagne will also be explored during Fran’s travel.

14/10/2016: PhD students and Coonawarra vignerons working together
An initiative designed to bring together PhD wine industry research students and regional vignerons commenced today in the Coonawarra wine region; and the first-time in regional South Australia. Under the ‘Regional Program’ funded by Wine Australia, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council partnered with the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (TC-IWP) – based at the University of Adelaide, to deliver the unique program. Each of the eleven students gave a 10-minute snap-shot presentation on topics ranging from: berry shrivel and cell death; optimization of early harvest regimes; the alcohol ‘sweet spot’ and the use of RO; and, extracting greater benefit from waste components of vinification.

14/10/2016: Scholarships to support the next generation of grape and wine researchers
Wine Australia is inviting applications from grape and wine focused PhD and Masters by Research students for scholarships to commence in 2017. Wine Australia is inviting applications from grape and wine focused PhD and Masters by Research students for scholarships to commence in 2017. Each year, Wine Australia provides scholarships to postgraduate students studying in the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business to assist new researchers in the sector.

14/10/2016: The Perth Food & Wine Expo is on for the second time and promises big things this year.
Two new feature areas will keep things interesting. The Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Alley will showcase the best cheese in the biz, while at the Luigi Bormioli glass masterclass you can sample four wines for $50 and get a take-home set of four glasses valued at $70. Last year 13,000 people strolled through the Expo doors, which according to CTM Events sales and events coordinator Emily John was a magic number.

14/10/2016: Wine Tastings Are Boring, Wine Parties Are the Future
Imagine a wine event that’s … fun. You don’t have a pencil in your hand. You’re not racking your brain for clever things to say on brightness or salinity. You can just say, “Yum. Can I have more?” Pinot Palooza is back this Saturday for its fifth and biggest year yet. A wine party celebrating pinot noir, the one-day festival features DJs, great food and more than 100 wine producers. We chat to Dan Sims, the event’s organiser and founder of Bottle Shop Concepts, about why you should get a whole lot of pinot into your life this weekend.

13/10/2016: Falling consumption hurting beer more than wine
The on-going trend of falling alcohol consumption is continuing with IBISWorld revealing that in 2016-17 domestic consumption of alcohol is expected to reach its lowest level for 50 years. The trend of consistently declining alcohol consumption has played out over the last decade, falling from 10.53 litres per capita of total consumption in 2009-10 to 9.37 litres per capita in 2016-17. This trend is forecast to continue, with alcohol consumption in Australia expected to fall to 8.54 litres per capita by 2023-24, down from 10.57 litres in 1990-91.

13/10/2016: Duffy driving Holm-grown success
REBECCA Duffy is a wife, a mother to spirited six- and seven-year-old sons, Tasmania’s 2016 Rural Woman of the Year and the 2015 winner of the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards owner-operator of the year title. Bec, as she’s mostly known, has run Holm Oak Wines at Rowella, north of Launceston, with her viticultural agronomist husband Tim since 2006. She has emerged as one of the bright young stars of Tasmania’s growing wine industry and Holm Oak holds a red five-star rating in James Halliday’s 2017 Wine Companion.

13/10/2016: Minimum pricing of booze a dangerous move, warns Alcohol Beverages Australia
PUTTING a minimum price on alcohol will “demonise and denormalise” drinking and raise prices on all products, peak body Alcohol Beverages Australia has warned. The State Government has pledged to raise the issue of minimum pricing at a national level in response to recommendations in a review of the state’s liquor laws. But ABA says it won’t stop risky drinking – because many problem drinkers and alcoholics will pay whatever it costs to keep drinking.

13/10/2016: Oddbins sees growth from Australia as it expands range
Buyer Ana Sapungiu said the Australian range, which she has added to on an ad hoc basis, was ripe for review as the quality of the wines had improved so much – but admitted that Chile had been more of a challenge. “There are so many good wines and such a choice coming out of Australia,” she told db at Friday’s tasting. “Lot of people are going back to doing an Australian wine as it should be, rather than doing a European-style wine in Australia as they have done in the past. And as well as going back to what they are good at, it is at an accessible price point.”

13/10/2016: Largest solar array installed at an Australian winery passes half-way mark
The installation of what claims to be the largest solar PV array at an Australian winery – and one of the largest commercial solar installations in the state of South Australia – has reach the half-way mark. The progress of the 1.4MW array, which began construction in August, was marked on Wednesday by project partners AGL Energy and Yalumba Family Vignerons at the site of the iconic Barossa Valley winery. The PV system, made up of 5,384 panels, is being installed across three locations, including the Angaston Winery, Oxford Landing Winery and the Yalumba Nursery. It is expected to cut the wine maker’s energy bill by 20 per cent, annually.

12/10/2016: South Australian wine industry wins as Accolade Wines invests $40m
South Australia's Riverland region will benefit from a $40 million investment by one of Australia's largest wine companies. Accolade Wines will spend between $35 million and $40 million setting up a new glass bottling plant and warehouse facilities at its existing winery in Berri.

12/10/2016: Yalumba installs largest solar system at an Australian winery
Today, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba Wine Company, together with AGL Energy Limited (AGL), celebrate a milestone in the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system installation at an Australian winery. The 1.4 MW Solar PV System, one of the largest commercial solar system installations in South Australia, will consist of 5,384 panels, installed across three Barossa locations: Yalumba Angaston winery, Oxford Landing Winery and the Yalumba Nursery.

12/10/2016: Queensland winery Sirromet wins big at international wine awards
QUEENSLAND winery Sirromet has taken home a large haul of awards from recent international wine shows. The Mount Cotton winemaker has won over international critics at both the Austrian Wine Challenge in Vienna and China Wines and Spirit Awards, bringing home 14 gold, silver and bronze awards. The awards included a double gold for its 2014 Signature Collection Merlot and its 2016 Vineyard Selection Verdelho at the China Wines and Spirit Awards, as well as a gold medal at the Austrian Wine Challenge for its 2014 Sirromet Le Sauvage Pinot Noir.

12/10/2016: Wine show showcases Blackwood Valley and small Boutique wines
THE 14th annual Blackwood Valley and WA Boutique Wine Show will showcase the premium wines being produced by smaller wineries and growers both locally and from across the state. The show continues to grow each year and develop its reputation as the only show in WA specifically catering for boutique wineries from across the state who crush less than 250 tonnes of fruit per year.

12/10/2016: Winemaker recognised with prestigious science award
A PROMINENT South Australian winemaker has been recognised as a leader in science for his contributions to oenology. The Royal Institution of Australia today awarded Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago a prestigious Bragg Membership for his contributions to the science of winemaking. The award is named after the South Australian scientists Sir William Henry Bragg and Sir William Lawrence Bragg, a father and son team who won the Nobel Prize in 1915 for establishing X-ray crystallography, a scientific technique still widely used today.

11/10/2016: IBIS World report: Domestic alcohol consumption slump to hit wine
DOMESTIC alcohol consumption is expected to reach a 50-year low, making wine exports more important than ever. A recent report by market research analyst IBISWorld revealed that in 2016-17, domestic consumption of alcohol per capita is expected to reach the lowest level of the past 50 years — part of a trend of consistently declining alcohol consumption over the past decade.

11/10/2016: The price of gold in the wine world
Whitey considers the current tendency among wine critics and publishers to award more wines higher scores. “If you’re not a good farmer in this country, you just don’t survive,” the respected ABC Landline reporter, Pip Courtney, recently told us. After the release of James Halliday’s latest guide to the wines and wineries of Australia came the annual frisson of excitement about the large number of wineries awarded five stars. It would seem James and his team believe that most wineries that survive are pretty good, too.

11/10/2016: Wine aficionado seeks $2.8 million from Fiat Chrysler Australia
Halfway along the secluded mountain drive of Buckland Valley Road in Victoria's Alpine region is the exclusive Villa Gusto. Replete with a recently-built swimming pool, a swanky restaurant and a convoy of flash Jeep Cherokees in the driveway, the resort has been locked away for the sole use of Fiat Chrysler Australia's marketing operations since 2013.

11/10/2016: Showstopper wine design
Australian sparkling wine has never been better, particularly if it’s from Tasmania. Although many people think of Australia as a hot country, Tasmania – the island at the bottom of the continent – not only has a moderate maritime climate, but is the gateway to the Antarctic. Temperatures rarely rise above 24°C, and thanks to its mild summers and long autumns, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive. Since the turn of the century, Tasmania has attracted Australia’s top sparkling winemaking talent, and their wines have won multiple accolades, trophies and critical acclaim.

11/10/2016: Industry clusters can create a wave of business success
Successful clusters of competing, complementary and interdependent businesses can boost the wealth of regions – including South Australia – if they are developed and supported in the right way, writes Richard Blandy. The wine industry is our classic economic cluster, of course: myriad small, high-tech firms, networked together with strong intellectual and research foundations, and brilliantly marketed. Collectively, they produce a world-class product that sells competitively all over the planet.

10/10/2016: Australian negotiators arrive to begin post-Brexit trade talks
Australian officials are ready to begin work on a free-trade deal with the UK, and have recently flown in to begin hammering out the details of a landmark pact, the country’s top official in Britain has revealed. A deal could make goods such as wine, beef and dairy products cheaper.

10/10/2016: Adelaide Hills Terramin gold mine plan worries wine industry
A gold mine proposed for Woodside in the Adelaide Hills could harm the region's food and wine production, local businesses and primary producers who are fighting the plan say. Inverbrackie Creek Catchment Group chairman Jim Franklin-McEvoy said they were worried there could be an adverse tourism impact as the mine site would be adjacent to two big Hills wineries, Petaluma and Bird-in-Hand.


10/10/2016: International Riesling Week Starts in Canberra
One of the biggest international promotions of Riesling starts on Monday at the Albert Hall in Canberra. The 17th Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) over this week, 10-15 October, will see the judging of 512 Rieslings from 241 wineries across eight countries. Then winemakers, consumers and the wine trade will learn about the secrets of Riesling at Master Classes and Seminars, before the week concludes with one of the biggest consumer tastings of Riesling in the world.

10/10/2016: Performance report shows Wine Australia is delivering value
Wine Australia’s recently released Performance Evaluation Report 2015–16 provides an overview of the value delivered through Wine Australia’s investments and activities last financial year. The report includes international and regional benchmarking, the measurement of key performance indicators and benefit–cost analysis of research and development projects. Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the comprehensive report provides a clear measurement of performance over the financial year.

10/10/2016: Fiano and Montepulciano shine at the new Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards
This year saw the launch of a brand new wine show, the Australian Italian Varietals Wine Awards (AIVWA), and the inaugural results have just been announced highlighting the ever increasing quality and popularity of wines produced from Italian grape varieties grown in Australia. Nearly 200 wines - all made with Italian heritage and Australian style - were entered into the show from across the country and were collected into an impressive range of 26 different varietals/blends/styles; including amongst others, Prosecco, Moscato, Arneis, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Friulano, Aglianico, Lagrein, Nero d’Avola, Primitivo, Sagratino and Dolcetto.

International Wine Industry News

28/10/2016: Jane Hunter Honoured by Marlborough Wine Industry
Jane Hunter, owner of Hunter’s Wines in Marlborough, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the board of Wine Marlborough. The annual award is given in recognition of services to the wine industry over a period of time. Jane, who arrived in Marlborough in 1983, has played an integral role in making Marlborough a household name in international wine circles.

28/10/2016: Kiwi wine among the world's most affordable
New Zealand has been named as one of the most affordable countries in the world to buy wine. Ranking in 10th place, the average cost of a 750ml bottle of New Zealand wine is $15.21. In comparison, Australia was ranked 26th as the most expensive country to buy wine with an average cost of $22.76 per bottle. According to SHAREaCAMPER's 2016 Wine Price Index New Zealander's drink an average of 25.80 litres of wine per capita annually - ranking 17th overall in the world for the most litres consumed.

28/10/2016: Your Wine Preferences Aren't Written In Your Genes
Joining the growing list of startups exploiting our love of DNA-personalized products is a a company called Vinome, which is cashing in on the notion that your wine preferences are written in your genes. The startup, connected to the DNA sequencing company Illumina, promises to provide you with your perfect bottle of wine, based on a DNA analysis of your saliva. This claim holds up as well as a sauvignon blanc to a bloody steak. The problem with Vinome is that there’s no scientific evidence that shows which DNA variations affect a person’s wine preference.

28/10/2016: McIntyre leads sustainability efforts in Monterey
Wine tasting in Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County: Long-time vintner Steve McIntyre met us, a traveling group of wine writers, in his vineyard. He pulled up in his pick-up truck, jumped out, opened the tail gate and rummaged around for glasses to give us tastes of his McIntyre rose of pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot noir. There are only a few spots in the world that can consistently grow world-class pinot noir grapes, McIntyre said. One of them is the Santa Lucia Highlands, this slender 12-mile stretch of land perched on the eastern slopes of the Santa Lucia mountain range.

28/10/2016: How Wine Spectator thrives 40 years on
Among wine lovers around the world, Wine Spectator has taken on a familiarity and fame reserved for only the most influential people and publications: Ask a sommelier or a retailer about a particular wine, or a vintage in a specific region, and the answer is likely to begin with the phrase, “I was just reading in the Spectator…” Like Cher, like Armani, like the great chateaux of Bordeaux, Wine Spectator is instantly recognizable by uttering just half of its name. The “Spectator” could, at this point in our collective wine lives, mean only one publication.

28/10/2016: Chilean wine finds its way to Minnesota
These wines are finding their way into Minnesota stores and restaurants. For years, many of us have been waiting for Chile to produce truly grand fermented grape juice, to become a source of more than “nice enough” reds and whites at value prices. A new wave of Chilean wines is just starting to roll into local stores and restaurants, representing what importer Elizabeth Butler calls “an underrepresented part of Chile: smaller production, hands-on, with a deeper exploration of varietals and regions.”

27/10/2016: Regional research institute for New Zealand wine industry
Marlborough is the driving force of New Zealand wine, and a new funding announcement has ensured it will be the base for research that drives the industry forward. A proposal by industry body New Zealand Winegrowers to create a new wine research institute in the region has been given the nod of approval by Government. Steven Joyce, minister of science and innovation, made the announcement at Nautilus Estate, near Renwick, on Wednesday to delighted members of the New Zealand wine industry.

27/10/2016: Winning student has wine making in DNA
EIT students harvested a bumper crop of medals at the regional wine awards, an event in which their entries were judged using the same criteria as for commercially produced wines. Fifteen of the 20 student entries in the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards won medals - seven silver and eight bronze. That made it the best-ever result achieved by EIT in the awards' student wine class

27/10/2016: Gusbourne makes three senior appointments
English wine producer Gusbourne has promoted its chief winemaker to chief executive officer in a raft of senior board appointments. Charlie Holland, who has been head winemaker at the Kent-based estate since 2013 after four years heading up winemaking at rival producer Ridgeview, will take on the CEO role in addition to his new role as chief winemaker. An alumnus of Plumpton College, Holland has also worked as winemaker in vineyards in France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and California. Holland will manage the day to day running of the business in conjunction with newly promoted chief operating officer Jon Pollard, who has also been promoted to chief vineyard manager in what the company describes as a “highly collaborative and relatively flat organization”.

27/10/2016: ‘Get a grip’, Virgin wine boss warns industry
Virgin Wine’s boss Jay Wright has warned the UK drinks trade against running down the UK wine market in the wake of the volatile exchange rate and Brexit. Wright was speaking to db following the online specialist’s announcement that it would not be putting up prices despite a move to do so by a number of high profile wine retailers and suppliers including Naked Wines and Bidendum. His argument was the industry was “not doing itself any favours” with talk of price rises and trade tariffs. “I think people talk themselves into it and think it’s all doom and gloom, but if you look at all the technical advances, analysis of data, personal and relevant ways to attract people with the new marketing, that all gets chucked out,” he said.

27/10/2016: Red Wine Compound Reduces Inflammation in COPD Patients
A mechanism used by a compound found in grapes and red wine may help alleviate inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) patients. Resveratrol is a part of a group of compounds called polyphenols, and is believed to act like antioxidants that protect the human body against damage. Furthermore, it has been long considered as a therapeutic agent for a variety of diseases. In a new study published in Scientific Reports, researchers found that resveratrol was effective against inflammation caused by the bacterial pathogen Haemophilus influenza (NTHi).

27/10/2016: Price of wine set to rise as value of pound plummets
The price of wine and gin is set to rise because of the falling value of the pound, industry experts warn. Current government policy dictates alcohol duty increases are pegged to inflation, which mean the price of your next drink could cost more, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). Many experts are forecasting inflation to increase by three per cent this month, which means a bottle of gin, along with all other spirits, will go up by an extra 34p a litre.

26/10/2016: Saint Clair Family Estate NZ ‘producer of the year’
The AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016 has awarded Saint Clair Family Estate the trophy for the Best New Zealand Producer of the Year. A trophy was also awarded for the Saint Clair Pioneer Block 25 Point Five Sauvignon Blanc 2015, for Sauvignon Blanc (more than 13.0 percent alcohol). The AWC Vienna is the largest officially recognised wine competition in the world with over 12 thousand wines entered from 41 different countries in 2016. This leading show has been operating for the last 13 years and through the use of the official blind tasting system and strict tasting rules it has developed a reputation of having incredibly high standards.

26/10/2016: Gold medals announced at Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Following three days of judging over 1,400 wines, 91 gold medals have been awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varieties and regions. “Pinot Noir was once again the star performer with 17 golds. Predominantly the wines came from Marlborough and Central Otago, but a Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir was also in the mix.”

26/10/2016: Investigation into South African work conditions
The Western Cape Member of the Executive Council of economic opportunities Alan Winde will investigate allegations of dire employment conditions for those working in the wine industry after a documentary by a Danish filmmaker painted a bleak picture showing the exploitation of employees. Reports emerged of some Danish businesses boycotting the sale of South African wines after the airing of Tom Heinemann's documentary in Sweden and Denmark last week. Winde in a statement on Tuesday said the allegations are viewed in a serious light.

26/10/2016: Kim Jong Un loves wine and cheese
Kim Jong Un is reportedly gaining an unhealthy level weight because he can’t stop consuming two of his favorite European food items. A report blamed the North Korean leader’s excessive consumption of French wine and Swiss cheese, International Business Times said. It is believed that Kim began gaining weight since his ascension to power back in 2012. Kim reportedly favored an expensive Bordeaux wine, which he drank with Kenji Fujimoto, his family’s former sushi chef, during a dinner in April. He also enjoyed Emmental, a medium-hard Swiss cheese, which he learned about back in his school days in Switzerland.

26/10/2016: Million-dollar Brooklyn wine idea
When you think of wineries, rolling vineyards in Napa Valley or the Finger Lakes may come to mind. But Brian Leventhal and John Stires want you to think of Brooklyn. The entrepreneurs co-founded Brooklyn Winery in 2010 after meeting at an internet startup years earlier in 2007. They liked wine and knew a bit about it, after having participated in several years of team-building exercises with their coworkers making and bottling their own wines. "Each year we made a different vintage, and went through the entire process from fermentation all the way through bottling with our own custom label," Stires recalls.

26/10/2016: It ‘wine o’clock’ the reason women out-drink men?
Women may now be out-drinking men after a century which has seen traditional gender differences wiped out, major research has found. Experts said that the march of “wine o’clock” had seen daily drinking become the norm for many women, putting them at risk of long-term harm. The study of four million adults, published in BMJ Online, found that in the past, men were twice as likely as women to drink alcohol, and three times as likely to do so at a harmful level.

25/10/2016: First chance to taste 2016 NZ vintage
New Zealand Winegrowers will be hosting the first comprehensive UK tasting of wines from New Zealand’s 2016 vintage, alongside wines from previous vintages, at its upcoming tasting. Over 160 wines from 50 producers, sourced from seven of New Zealand’s wine regions will be available to taste at New Zealand Winegrowers' Annual New Release Tasting. In particular, the tasting will seek to highlight New Zealand’s growing diversity, with 18 varieties on pour, as well as sparkling, lower alcohol, rosé and dessert wines, alongside the country’s ever-popular expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

25/10/2016: Matawhero rose wins gold at aromatics competition
THE New Zealand Aromatics Competition has awarded Matawhero Wines with the gold medal and Champion Rose Trophy. Formerly called the International Aromatics Wine Competition, the contest is now in its 14th year and highlights the best aromatic wine varieties available in New Zealand. “We are thrilled to receive this accolade as it acknowledges all the hard work our viticulture and wine-making team has put into our wines,” said Matawhero Wines owner Kirsten Searle.

25/10/2016: World wine output seen at 4-year low on French, S. America weather
Worldwide wine production is expected to fall this year to its lowest since 2012, chiefly due to adverse weather that sharply cut output in France and South America, wine body OIV estimated on Thursday. Global wine output is set to decrease by 5 percent compared with last year to 259.5 million hectolitres (mhl), one of the three smallest volumes since 2000, the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said in preliminary estimates for this year. An expected 12 percent drop in French production, to 41.9 mhl, and steep declines in Chile (-21 percent to 10.1 mhl), Argentina (-35 pct to 8.8 mhl) and Brazil (-50 pct to 1.4 mhl) accounted for most of the projected global fall, the OIV said.

25/10/2016: The one thing that will (scientifically) make your wine taste better
A recent study slapped some facts behind a widespread (and seemingly obvious) legend: cheese makes almost every wine taste better. The study -- conducted by the Centre for Taste and Feeding Behavior in Dijon, France and published in the Journal of Food Science (which I'm sure you've read extensively) -- took 31 so-called wine experts and asked them to rate four types of wine (two red, two white, with flavors across the spectrum) before and after pairing them with a variety of soft and hard cheeses.

25/10/2016: South African wines removed from Denmark’s shelves
Some supermarkets in Denmark have removed South African wines off their shelves. The move follows the screening of a documentary which focused on the working conditions of farm workers in South Africa. The short film also included the destitute livelihood farm workers in South Africa are exposed to. Bitter Grapes - Slavery in the Vineyards was produced by Danish filmmaker Tom Heinemann and was broadcast in Denmark and Sweden this past week.

25/10/2016: The Miracle of Montalcino
In 2010, something special happened to Sangiovese for Italy's famed Brunello di Montalcino; a tasting showed four paths to excellence. What makes the stately Sangiovese reds of Italy's Brunello di Montalcino special? A roomful of Wine Experience attendees attempted to divine this during a tasting of four distinctive wines from the appellation, made in different styles from disparate terroirs, but united in the blessing of what Altesino owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini summed up as "the miracle of Montalcino."

25/10/2016: World wine output seen at 4-year low on French, S. America weather
Worldwide wine production is expected to fall this year to its lowest since 2012, chiefly due to adverse weather that sharply cut output in France and South America, wine body OIV estimated on Thursday. Global wine output is set to decrease by 5 percent compared with last year to 259.5 million hectolitres (mhl), one of the three smallest volumes since 2000, the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said in preliminary estimates for this year. An expected 12 percent drop in French production, to 41.9 mhl, and steep declines in Chile (-21 percent to 10.1 mhl), Argentina (-35 pct to 8.8 mhl) and Brazil (-50 pct to 1.4 mhl) accounted for most of the projected global fall, the OIV said.

24/10/2016: Fingers crossed for another great vintage
From Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, to Chardonnay, the range of wine styles recognised at the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayley's Wine Awards on Tuesday night impressed the panel of local, national, and international judges. Chairman of judges was Trinity Hill chief winemaker Warren Gibson, who has been at Trinity Hill since it was established in 1997. Mr Gibson said the awards, presented at a extravagant dinner on Tuesday night, showcased the "huge range of styles" of wine produced in Hawke's Bay.

24/10/2016: HB heads the way for full-bodied reds
After three years of chardonnay domination in the successful pursuit of the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards Champion Wine of Show title a syrah has emerged, leading Hawke's Bay Winegrowers Association chairman Michael Henley to simply remark "no surprise there". The return to form for the red was arguably overdue. It enjoyed a remarkable six years on the trot winning run between 2005 and 2010 before a merlot stepped up, but then it was syrah again in 2012.

24/10/2016: Price of wine set to soar
Global wine output is heading for an an almost 20-year low as "climatic events" including El Nino severely hit grape production in many countries. Argentina is set to report wine production plummeted by more than a third this year - news that will worry fans of malbec, while Chile is on course for a 21 per cent drop. Brazil, less well-known for its wine, will see its output cut in half, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

24/10/2016: Gary Eberle’s comeback: How he rebuilt his namesake winery in Paso Robles
After a difficult couple years in which Gary Eberle lost then regained control of his namesake winery, the Paso Robles pioneer said the business is back on track and he’s looking forward to moving on from the ordeal. Eberle Winery is profitable again, he said, even with larger business and personal mortgages he took out to buy the shares, he and wife Marcy needed to regain ownership. “We are free and clear finally, and I don’t have to think about it anymore,” said Eberle, 72, who also had to tap into his pension plan to finance the purchase.

24/10/2016: A snapshot of the German wine market
Germany is a country that produces its own wine. However, unlike many other wine-producing countries, domestic production falls far short of satisfying the consumption of the German population. Moreover, the limited production means that Germany is the largest importer of wine by volume in the world. Although the USA is ahead in value terms, the German market imports the largest volume, at around 16m hL. However, not everything that is imported stays in the country. Around 3m hL are re-exported, mostly in the form of low-price wines for the European food retail sector, which are bottled by the large German bottling wineries acting as subcontractors for the companies concerned.

24/10/2016: Sales are soaring at the Trump Winery
Sales of Trump Winery wines are up by 55% year-on-year, according to Kerry Woolard, general manager of the Virginia winery. The news comes as Donald Trump’s eponymous brand is having a difficult time in other categories. According to a recent report in the New York Times (link is external), consumers are cancelling reservations with Trump properties, cutting up Trump neck ties, and returning clothes bearing the Ivanka Trump label, in protest at the behaviour Donald Trump has displayed during his campaign to become President of the United States.

21/10/2016: Building bridges through wine
John Belsham has been producing fine wine for 40 years. His American-born partner Kelly Brown has a passion for exceptional customer experience. Together they’ve created a tasting room in Ponsonby that’s fast becoming an urban legend. My first question for John Belsham and Kelly Brown, the couple behind The Foxes Island Tasting Room (link is external) in Auckland’s Ponsonby, is “how did you first meet?” Turns out, it was a shared passion for wine that brought the Kiwi and American together.

21/10/2016: Marlborough sub regions need ‘quality controls
Marlborough has achieved global success with its Sauvignon Blanc, but producers should be working harder to communicate sub regional differences rather than blending across the region, believes one winemaker. Winemaker Matt Thomson, who has worked as an international wine consultant for the past 20 years, released the first vintage of his Blank Canvas range in 2013, having founded the brand with his wife, MW student and director of the company Sophie Parker-Thomson.

21/10/2016: El Nino suspected as world wine output drops
Global wine production in 2016 is expected to be among the lowest in 20 years, an industry body said Thursday, suggesting climatic events such as El Nino could be to blame. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) estimated this year's output at 259 million hectolitres (Mhl; there are 100 litres in a hectolitre), a year-on-year drop of five percent. This worldwide annual total, released at a news conference in Paris, is among the three lowest since 2000.

21/10/2016: Report: Greek wine shows resistance to the crisis
Greek wine is not only resistant during the crisis but managed to grow despite adverse economic conditions prevailing in the country and the imposition of "unfair and counter-development" taxes, Stelios Boutaris, president of the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard (ENOABE) said. peaking to reporters, Boutaris noted: "I dare to say that the crisis has done good to the Greek wine, despite problems and an unfair and counter-development tax imposed...During the crisis, Greece was at the front page of news around the world and we see that in the last few years people abroad are searching for good Greek stories. Greek wine is one of these good stories. The quality of Greek wine has risen sharply, at this point you don't see any bad wines, you can find non interesting wines, but not bad".

21/10/2016: Is the red wine compound resveratrol a miracle drug for infertility and ageing?
“A glass of red wine a day could keep polycystic ovaries at bay,” said a news headline this week. This and similar reports were based on research from a team in Poland and California that showed high daily doses – 1,500 mg – of a natural compound found in red wine, called resveratrol, could lower steroid hormone levels in women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This, in effect, should lower symptoms of PCOS including weight gain, excess hair, infertility and abnormal menstrual cycles.

21/10/2016: Acquisitions and partnerships: Alhambra, Calabria Wines and AdVini
A leading Spanish brewery, a French wine company and New South Wales winemakers have announced new partnerships and takeovers this week in the hope of extending their reach to key international markets.


20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.

20/10/2016: Judging underway for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicked off earlier this week in Auckland, with today marking the end to an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition, which recognises excellence in winemaking. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between New Zealand Winegrowers and naming rights sponsor Air New Zealand.


20/10/2016: Brexit Hike for UK Wine Prices
The early fallout from the UK's decision to go it alone economically is already having repercussions. The United Kingdom is steeling itself for a rise in the price of some of its favorite treats as its currency continues to fall, driving up the cost of imports. Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg warned that recent price hikes for wine and grocery items, sparked by sterling's steep falls against the dollar and the euro, were just the "tip of the iceberg" when it came to the UK's future outside of the European single market.

20/10/2016: Red wine a fertility boost for some: study
A daily glass of red wine could help boost fertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a new study. PCOS causes hormonal imbalance and is a cause of infertility in hundreds of Australian women. Researchers in the US have discovered a natural compound found in red wine and grapes, known as resveratrol, significantly lowers levels of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) in PCOS patients - therefore enhancing their chances of falling pregnant.

20/10/2016: Clash Over Wine Merchant Shipping Laws Expands to Missouri and Michigan
In a Missouri courthouse and the Michigan statehouse, retailers are battling for the right to ship wine to customers across state lines. Lawyers who filed a suit last month in an Illinois federal court challenging a ban on wine sales by out-of-state retailers have launched another salvo, this time in Missouri. And in Michigan, legislators are considering a bill that would allow in-state shipping by retailers but explicitly ban sales by out-of-state stores.

20/10/2016: Christie's to auction fine and rare wines from the Avery family cellar
Christie’s will host a major auction of fine and rare wines from the Avery family cellar. It is not one for collectors to miss and has been described by the wine writer Michael Broadbent as, “undoubtedly one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of old and rare wines ever to appear at auction.” The Averys have been wine merchants for several generations, founding their family business, Avery’s of Bristol, in 1793, and until his death in 2012, fourth-generation John Avery MW was one of the most colourful and best-known members in the wine business.

19/10/2016: Students shine at wine show
EIT students harvested a bumper crop of medals at the regional wine awards, an event in which their entries were judged using the same criteria as for commercially produced wines. Fifteen of the 20 student entries in the Hawke’s Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards won medals – seven silver and eight bronze. That made it the best-ever result achieved by EIT in the awards’ student wine class. Convenor of judges Warren Gibson said it was a very strong student class, with strong wines across different styles. While another good Hawke’s Bay vintage was a plus for all those entered in the awards, the students faced the challenge of working with small lots of fruit, most donated by local wineries and vineyards.

19/10/2016: American student young vintner of the year
Just a few years ago, pretty much all Ben Jones knew about wine was that came in two colours – white and red. The American, a second-year wine science and viticulture degree student at EIT, is now being feted as the Hawke’s Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards’ Young Vintner of the Year. The prestigious title is a significant kick-start to any young winemaker’s career. Ben also benefits from a prize package that will see the Hawke’s Bay A & P Society, sponsor of the Young Vintner award, helping with his study fees, and he will be offered valuable work experience at Craggy Range.

19/10/2016: Wine and climate change: 8,000 years of adaptation
These days it is almost impossible to say anything moderately optimistic about climate change. But geographers, archaeologists, historians, agronomists and biologist can show some positive effects, because they allow for the immense creativity and resilience of human societies, and of living things in general, as demonstrated throughout the ages and across the great variety of different habitats on the planet. One of those positive effects could be the evolution of wine.

19/10/2016: Ste. Michelle Vs Treasury Wine: Corporate Stags Behaving Badly Or A Brilliantly Executed Sucker Punch?
At first glance, the violation of a 31-year-old peace accord between Napa Valley’s dueling stags appears to be a case of two big corporations behaving badly. That is what court documents, most legal sources and winery executives initially told Wine Industry Insight over the past 2 weeks for an article intended for publication last Thursday. However, a different perspective came in on Friday that points toward the possibility that this legal tit-for-tat may actually be a carefully laid trap, designed to sucker punch Ste. Michelle Wine Estates into inadvertently convicting itself of the very same violations it has accused Treasury Wine Estates of committing. All while providing Treasury a publicity boost for a new brand.

19/10/2016: Thailand bans alcohol after King`s death
The Thai government has announced an indefinite ban on the public consumption of alcohol following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week after 70 years on the throne. The government has declared a year-long period of mourning, calling for people to avoid “joyful events” for the next 30 days and asked visitors to the country to act respectfully.

19/10/2016: Cab is world's most-planted red wine grape
Cabernet sauvignon is the progeny of two grapes — one inky black, the other white and fabulous with food. Their child became the most successful red wine grape of all time. Cab is genetic cross between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. It is characterized by small berries and very thick skin, which engenders tannin and character.

18/10/2016: Awards lift lid on Bay's best wines
Tonight is the night for the region's winemakers who are testing themselves against their peers at the 16th annual Hawke's Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards. Nearly 400 entries encompassing a wide range of grape varieties and wine styles were presented for an 11-strong judging panel this year at the country's oldest regional wine awards competition. The line-up of leading New Zealand and international wine writers and winemakers spent three days at the EIT's wine and viticulture centre late last month judging the entries to select the recipients among nine major awards, 15 category awards, and the Doug Wiser Memorial Trophy.

18/10/2016: Yealands completes New Zealand’s largest solar panel installation
The Yealands Wine Group has put up New Zealand’s largest solar panel installation at its vineyard in Marlborough as it reinforces its claim to be the most sustainable winery in the world. The new investment in renewable energy means that Yealands is now capable of generating 411.12 kiloWatts of solar power, which is equivalent to powering 86 New Zealand homes, and will offset 82 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Nevertheless, the installation – which comprises a total of 1,314 photovoltaic panels on its winery roof – does not mean that Yealands is self-sufficient: the solar panels will generate 30% of the power necessary for winemaking.

18/10/2016: Constellation Brands sells Canada arm, buys Millennial wines
Constellation Brands has sold its wine business in Canada, including award-winning Inniskillin estate, to a teachers' pension fund for one billion Canadian dollars, and will buy a collection of new wave wine brands from Washington State. The move to sell up is part of Constellation’s plan to re-focus around premium and high end US wine brands aimed at millennials, alongside a burgeoning beer arm and small-scale spirits division.

18/10/2016: Naked Wines to raise prices amid Brexit fallout
Naked Wines has warned its investor-consumers that prices will rise in the aftermath of Brexit, amid a weak sterling and growing unease Britain's EU exit strategy. Naked Wines, which is owned by Majestic Wine, has said that it will raise prices by 5% on half of its range from next month. It blamed the weak sterling currency in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Wines at Majestic will not be affected. ‘We have increased prices as little as possible,’ said CEO Rowan Gormley. He said the rise is ‘around 50p on some of our most popular wines’.

18/10/2016: Russia may increase wine imports tax: Views from Georgia
Georgian wine exports to the Russian Federation may decline. Higher taxes will create problems to distributors and producers. It is not known when exactly the new rate will come into force, but the working process was intensified in this direction. Russia plans to double excise tax on wines. Ministry of Finance of Russia has already submitted due initiative to the government.

18/10/2016: There's such a thing as condoms for wine bottles and it's kind of genius
When you open a bottle of wine and don’t finish it (rare, we know) there’s always that annoying issue about the cork not fitting back in. Well, someone’s come up with a solution: The Wine Condom. The hilarious disposable bottle stoppers – made of rolled up rubber – create a water-tight seal so the bottle can be stored sideways or upright. Genius right?

17/10/2016: Night to remember created by team effort
In a new twist on a beloved event, guests will dine under the stars as they celebrate Hawke's Bay's excellence in viticulture tomorrow night. Teams have been working hard over the weekend to prepare for the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards- the country's oldest regional wine awards competition. The winning wine entries - assessed by a panel of 10 judges - will be announced at a spectacular awards dinner held tomorrow night at the Hawke's Bay showgrounds.

17/10/2016: Wairarapa town toast of global wine world
The little Wairarapa village that's won the hearts of the world's top wine writers is now to be toasted in a prestigious New York City showcase. Larry McKenna of Martinborough's Escarpment Vineyard will this month speak about his pinot noir to around 1000 people at the NZ$3500-a-head New York Wine Experience, after it ranked among the top 10 in a leading magazine. The winery's Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2013 placed seventh in Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of 2015, whittled down from more than 20,000 labels.

17/10/2016: Constellation Brands Close to Sale of its Canadian Wine Division
Constellation Brands Inc. is close to an agreement to sell its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in a deal valued at about 1 billion Canadian dollars ($760 million), according to people familiar with the deal. The acquisition could be announced as early as Monday morning, these people said. Constellation, based in Victor, N.Y., announced in April it planned to explore an initial public offering for its Canadian wine business but put the business up for sale after receiving overtures from a handful of Canadian wineries and Ontario Teachers’, the people said

17/10/2016: An ancient drought-friendly farming process could become the next organics
In 2008, when Brice Jones decided to stop irrigating his grapevines, California was in the middle of a drought. Jones, however, wasn’t thinking about water conservation. He was thinking about making California pinot noir that would rival French burgundy. Jones had been in the winemaking business in California for decades and like most wine makers in the state, had never questioned the need to add extra water to his vineyards to compensate for the lack of summer rain.

17/10/2016: Grapevine, Texas: Yes, The Lone Star State Has A Wine Scene
I had no idea Texas had a wine scene, let alone one as vibrant and interesting as what I discovered inGrapevine, a town of 49,000 that swells annually to about 300,000 when it hosts the largest wine festival in the southwest United States. Stuart Bourne, on the other hand, has been aware of Texans' wine production skills for a long time. A winemaker from Australia's Barossa Valley, Bourne attended the 30th annual GrapeFest earlier this month, representing his nation with a selection of varietals from six wineries.

17/10/2016: New ‘Red Revolution’ Underway In China
Chinese are traveling abroad in record numbers and those traveling to bring with them disposable income. According to GfK’s analysis, nearly 110 million Chinese traveled overseas last year, spending US$229 billion. And these travels have heightened Chinese consumer’s overall interest in wine consumption.

14/10/2016: Cape Coast sea breeze ideal for new Riesling vineyard for Clearview Estate
Clearview Estate in Hawke’s Bay is taking advantage of an abundant natural resource - the onshore wind fondly known on the Cape Coast, as ‘the doctor’. Over 400 Riesling grapevines have been planted in its Te Awanga front paddock over the past week, and the sea breeze, in addition to the stony soil, will have a big impact on the resulting wine style. The new Riesling vineyard is considered to be among the closest to the sea in New Zealand, and Clearview winemaker and co-owner Tim Turvey says the wind will cool and moderate grape ripening.

14/10/2016: Pioneering Marlborough vineyard for sale
A pioneering vineyard that led the conversion from sheep farming to grape growing in its region has been placed on the market for sale, ending six generations of family ownership. Francis Estate Vineyard at Ward, South-East Marlborough, was established as a sheep and beef breeding farm by Frederick William (Billy) Francis and his wife Agnus Elizabeth Francis in 1905. The farm remained a meat and wool production focused operation until the late 1980s when the removal of farm subsidies affected the profitability of the sector nationwide. Seeking better yields from the land, the great-great-grandchildren of founder Frederick Francis planted grapes, while part of the farm was retained for grazing and cropping purposes.

14/10/2016: Free red wine fountain opens in Italy
The town of Caldari di Ortona in Abruzzo has installed a free, 24-hour wine fountain. The fountain was put in place by the Dora Sarchese winery and is primarily designed to quench the thirst of pilgrims taking the Cammino di San Tommaso, thousands of who pass by every year. The winery has not said what wine is dispensed from the fountain but the region is the home of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG. It added it was not there for people to get drunk but was a gift to the town and its pilgrims.

14/10/2016: Tory ministers drank their way through £50k of top notch wine from their cellar last year, figures show
TOP ministers guzzled nearly £50,000 of top notch booze from the Westminster cellar last year, figures today revealed. Politicians and their guests necked 3,730 bottles, with the average cost per bottle £12.66. English and Welsh wine was the most drunk tipple, making up 44 per cent of the total booze consumed in 2015, the same as in 2014. The government’s cellar, which was established in 1922, contains 33,669 bottles of wine and spirits with a total stock value of £809,990 – while in the shops the cellar would cost you an estimated £3.25million.

14/10/2016: Red-Wine Compound Holds Potential for Treating Respiratory Infections
From fighting depression to curing cancer, the potential of resveratrol seems sky-high, spurring both excitement and skepticism. Much of the scientific research surrounding the polyphenolic compound, found in grape skins and red wine, has focused on its ability to relieve inflammation. But how it does that has remained largely unknown. Now, researchers at Georgia State University (GSU) have zeroed in on a specific function of resveratrol that could shed more light.

14/10/2016: Bottoms up! Research finds women drink more wine
University of Memphis graduate Christine Cabrera once ended her day by kicking off her shoes and crawling into bed with her laptop to read the latest Buzzfeed articles, but not anymore. Now that she started her first real job, she likes to wind down with a tall glass of wine. Her favorite is a Riesling. Cabrera’s habits are not unique. Wine consumption is a growing trend across the United States, and women are the driving force behind it. In fact, women account for 57 percent of wine volume in America, according to a study conducted by Jennifer Pagano, the director of Research for Wine Market Council.

13/10/2016: Yealands Wine Group puts in largest solar panel installation in New Zealand
A Marlborough winery has so many solar panels it could power 86 houses. The Seaview Vineyard winery, owned by the Yealands Wine Group, has a total of 1314 photovoltaic panels across its roof. The company first had solar panels fitted at its Seddon winery over the course of 2012 and 2013, which at the time was the largest installation in the country before it was surpassed.

13/10/2016: Sileni Estates appoints new Chief Executive Officer
Sileni Estates has announced the appointment of a new CEO for their award-winning New Zealand winery. Nigel Avery has recently returned to New Zealand from the United States and his role as CEO of Sileni Estates’ U.S operations. He has been involved in the family business in various capacities since its inception in 1997, but joined full time in 2008 as General Manager of New Zealand and Asia. Responsible for significant growth in these regions, Nigel then transferred to the U.S.A in 2013. Sileni President, Sir Graeme Avery, says Nigel has significant experience across the wine industry and brings a valuable mix of leadership, strategic skills and financial experience to the role.

13/10/2016: Optimizing sludge treatment
Wine harvesting season is a challenge for wastewater treatment plants. When the grapes are being processed, the effluent load rises steeply – by a factor of 17 in the Palatinate town of Edenkoben. High-load anaerobic digestion provides a flexible solution that cuts power consumption by 20 percent, generates over half of the required electricity on site and greatly reduces sewage sludge volumes.

13/10/2016: Autumn sun brings hope for English wine’s 2016 harvest
Hopes are rising for another strong vintage for English wine, thanks to a warm September and October adding legs to the growing season. There are few sections of the UK wine trade with as much confidence as the fledgling English wine industry in this current state of Brexit limbo. A promising 2016 harvest for English wine looks set to add to the optimism that has been building around the sector for several years now.

13/10/2016: The war over wine, water and fuel in New York’s Finger Lakes
With the glut of natural gas from the fracking boom, the energy industry is digging deep for new ways to store it. There are already over 400 underground storage facilities across the US in places such as old mines and depleted aquifers. But still more storage is needed — and now, some residents and businesses in the Finger Lakes area of New York have found themselves tangled in a long-term standoff with Crestwood Equity Partners, which owns a vast underground storage facility in the region.

13/10/2016: There's a Weed-Infused Wine on the Market — But There's a Catch
Pot wine has been around ever since people decided they wanted to be tipsy and high at the same time (in ancient China, it was said to have been used for pain relief), but it’s lately gotten more official by entering the marketplace. The latest is a product called Canna Vine, a commercial marijuana-laced wine from winemakers in California. The Los Angeles Times reports that Canna Vine combines organic marijuana and biodynamically farmed grapes (organic with a dose of spiritual). While it may be exciting that it exists, it’s not very easy to get your hands on.

12/10/2016: Pinot Noir NZ 2017 Almost Sold Out
It’s just four months until the kick-off of one of New Zealand’s most significant wine events - Pinot Noir NZ 2017. The celebration, which attracts over 500 of the world’s greatest wine minds and palates, has nearly sold out. The event which takes over the Wellington waterfront from 31st January to the 2nd February next year has fast become one of the best Pinot Noir events on the planet. This celebration happens just once every four years, and brings together the wines, people and places that benchmark New Zealand Pinot Noir; there will be 117 wineries bringing over 600 wines to 500 visionaries, industry leaders, influencers and lovers of this variety.

12/10/2016: John Saker: Meeting of the minds creates great regional win
Good things happen when like-minded people gather, share ideas and passion, and often try to outdo each other. Such groups are sometimes called "schools". With enough momentum they can become movements. The collection of painters that congregated in Paris in the 1920s, a group that included Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Modigliani, and Mondrian, come to mind. At home, think of that cabal of 1970s Olympic medal-winning middle distance runners – Walker, Quax, and Dixon.

12/10/2016: Berger: Light and other wine-packaging issues
Wine is a fragile product that’s susceptible to all sorts of problems, most of which can ruin the enjoyment that wine makers intend. Most of the bottles we buy look fine. Only in a few cases are there indications that the bottle has had problems.

12/10/2016: Joseph S. Steinberg Purchases 3,954 Shares of Crimson Wine Group Ltd (CWGL) Stock
Crimson Wine Group Ltd (NASDAQ:CWGL) Director Joseph S. Steinberg bought 3,954 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 7th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $8.78 per share, for a total transaction of $34,716.12.

12/10/2016: 10 Cases launches drop wine delivery app
Covent Garden wine bistro The 10 Cases has launched a dedicated seven-days-a-week online wine delivery service across London, co-owner Will Palmer has announced. The Drop wine delivery app is being launched by the team behind The 10 Cases in Convent Garden The wine delivery service, called Drop, will operate every day from 12pm-12am, offering 150+ wines at shop prices. A Drop app is due to launch on October 24. Delivery options can be immediate (guaranteed within the hour) for a cost of £3, in hourly slots for £1, or within a window of three hours for free, Palmer told db.

12/10/2016: There’s more to California wine than Napa
By his own reckoning, Sideways author Rex Pickett estimates that his creation gave a tenfold cash infusion and populist appeal to wine appreciation, which was previously considered an elitist pursuit in American culture. Although California is world-renowned for its winemaking region to the north, the Napa Valley, there are now more than a 100 wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, located some 130 miles north of Los Angeles.

11/10/2016: Second man appears in court charged with receiving stolen wine in Marlborough
A second man has appeared in court following a $50,000 wine heist in Marlborough, denying a charge of receiving stolen wine. Robin Glen Hauwai, 49, of Blenheim, denied a charge of receiving stolen property at the Blenheim District Court on Monday. Police allege Hauwai received wine worth $4455 from persons unknown on September 7.

11/10/2016: New World Wine Awards 2016 releases results
The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards. The judging for the New World Wine Awards takes place mid-year, making this the first major wine show of the year to evaluate new vintage wines. There were twice as many new vintage wines entered this year, as well as a record number of entries overall, reflecting the value winemakers see in entering these awards.

11/10/2016: Burgundy grape wars: Harvest thefts hit new levels
There has been a sharp rise in grape thefts during the Burgundy 2016 harvest, say police and winemakers, with reports of extra surveillance being set up around vineyards. A Beaune police source confirmed to Decanter.com on 7 October that there have been at least four separate complaints of stolen grapes from the Burgundy 2016 harvest. That’s a new record for the force.

11/10/2016: Georgian winemakers concerned about possible growth in excise duties in Russia
As reported, the Russian government is discussing the possibility of increasing the excise tax on wine, especially imported. Georgian winemakers fear that this decision could have a negative impact on the export of wine to Russia. According to General Director of "Tbilvino" Zurab Margvelashvili, if the decision is adopted, the export of wine from Georgia would be hampered.

11/10/2016: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 winners revealed
See all the winners of this year's Decanter Asia Wine Awards, including more than 140 medals for Chinese wines, a platinum best in show prize for Japanese Koshu and strong performances from Australia, France and several other wine producing countries.

11/10/2016: Syrah – Wine's International Success Story
Syrah, if you think about it, is a wonder grape. It results in wines with deep color, tantalizing black fruit, a charming spiciness and moderate tannins. It is grown in many countries, with notable efforts from cool climates (such as Monterey County and Chile's San Antonio Valley) as well as warm ones (Sicily and the Barossa Valley, to name two). A few of the finest examples, such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie are world famous.

10/10/2016: First look at new vintage wines reveals outstanding quality
The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards. The judging for the New World Wine Awards takes place mid-year, making this the first major wine show of the year to evaluate new vintage wines. There were twice as many new vintage wines entered this year, as well as a record number of entries overall, reflecting the value winemakers see in entering these awards.

10/10/2016: Changing the perception of New Zealand sauvignon blanc with Giesen Wines
If I were to say “New Zealand wine,” it is likely that the first thing you would think of is sauvignon blanc from Marlborough. After all, sauvignon blanc is New Zealand’s most widely planted varietal. It makes up 72 percent of the wine production of New Zealand, according to the 2014 New Zealand Winegrowers’ Annual Report.

10/10/2016: California tightens rules on popular pesticide Telone & designates it a carcinogen
California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use the common pesticide Telone, listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators said Thursday. The change doesn't ban Telone but creates a uniform rule for its application each year.

10/10/2016: Chinese wine-tasters scoop surprise win in France
Chinese wine-tasters have won a taste test in France, in what organisers call "a thunderbolt in the wine world". They came first out of 21 teams by identifying details of six white wines and six red wines without seeing the bottle or label.

10/10/2016: Wine democracy, part II: Crowd-sourcing
If one way to make wine more democratic is to make wine writing more “accessible,” another is crowd-sourcing, asking “the consumer” what they want and finding ways to make it for them. Washington State’s Columbia Crest billed the “Crowdsourced Cabernet” it released in June of this year as “the first wine to be crowdsourced all the way from the vineyard to the bottle” via community input solicited online and, of course, filtered through one of their staff winemakers.

10/10/2016: Wine Ink: Solid stems — great glass for great wines
I love a great wine glass almost as much as I love a great glass of wine. There is something special about holding a well-made, well-balanced, glass in your hand, tilting it towards your nose, sniffing the wine inside and eventually bringing it to your lips for the first sip.

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