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17/11/2017: London Wine Comp flat rate shipping - last day Nov 30
Suppliers from Australia can take advantage of the flat rate shipping program before November 30. Price includes all delivery charges from our nominated depot in Australia, for 3 bottles.

17/11/2017: WVJ to put organic white wines to the taste test
Australian organic white wines will be put to the test by the Wine & Viticulture Journal in the wine industry publication’s next regular tasting. This is the first time the WVJ has held a specific tasting for organic wines, and as such is open to all white varieties.

Australian Wine Industry News

24/11/2017: Business leads flourish in China
Australian wine took centre stage at the recent ProWine China fair in Shanghai. 40 brands from 20 wine regions in partnership with 22 exhibitors were showcased at the Wine Australia stand during November 13-15. Source, Winetitles.

24/11/2017: Estimating the impact of xylella in Australia
A Xylella fastidiosa incursion could cost Australia’s wine grape and wine-making industries up to $7.9 billion over 50 years, according to a new report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. Source, Winetitles.

24/11/2017: Producktive members of the winery crew
A quack pest-control squad has taken up residence at a Tasmanian vineyard after being rescued by the RSPCA. Frogmore Creek Vineyard has adopted 24 ducks from the animal welfare group to join an existing flock already patrolling the vines for pests — particularly snails — at Campania. Source, The Mercury.

24/11/2017: Sandalford Wines adds two more awards
Sandalford Wines has received two awards at the Catering Institute of WA Gold Plate Awards, bringing its total to 15 and making it the most awarded venue in the awards’ 52-year history. The winery won the awards in the Best Modern Australian and Best Tourism Restaurant categories. Source, Community News Group.

24/11/2017: China the key to SA growth
In order to survive and thrive, many wineries in the small and medium enterprise space are looking to markets outside of the country to help them expand, and China, with its proximity to Australia and burgeoning middle-class, has proven an attractive port of call. Source, InDaily.

23/11/2017: Discovery to cheer up salty vines
A recent discovery by Australian scientists is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines. While low levels of salt can improve the flavour of wine, in excess it can lead to unpalatable tastes, reduce fruit yield and damage the long-term health of grapevines. Source, Winetitles.

23/11/2017: Rain brings mixed fortune for SA regions
November rains are proving a blessing and a curse for vignerons in South Australia ahead of the 2018 vintage. In an article originally published by The Lead, Andrew Spence compiles the prospective vintage from regions around the state. Source, Winetitles.

23/11/2017: Organically grown success
Eleven years after making their first organic wine, South Australian family winery Angove has been acknowledged in both London and Adelaide this week as one of the world’s leading “green” companies, proving that family sustainability and business success goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship. Source, Winetitles.

23/11/2017: Burke and Wills Shiraz state premier
While Champagne is traditionally the celebratory drink, Burke and Wills Winery owners Andrew Pattison and Heather McCormack are toasting with their award-winning Shiraz. Crowned the best in Victoria, Burke and Wills’ 2015 Vat 1 Shiraz wowed the judges at last week’s regional Victorian Wine Show. Source, The Riverine Herald.

23/11/2017: Australian exporter of the year crowned
State Government sponsored trade missions must continue irrespective of who wins the next State Election says the head of a South Australian winery recently crowned the nation’s top exporter.The winner credited outbound and inbound trade missions and contribution of international students to the McLaren Vale winery’s success. Source, The Advertiser.

22/11/2017: Champagne keeps flowing at Vasse Felix
The champagne is rarely on ice at Vasse Felix these days. Margaret River's first wine estate, already celebrating its 50th birthday this year, is now rated the best new world winery in the world by influential US wine publication Wine Enthusiast. Source, WA Today.

22/11/2017: Anderson Winery celebrates 25 years
“Maybe I was stubbornly hopeful,” Howard Anderson says of the mindset that carried him through the first decade of running his own winery in North East Victoria. This year Anderson Winery celebrates a quarter of a century in the game. Source, The Weekly Times.

22/11/2017: Shaking up tradition at Whistler Wines
Producing a “pleasure product” is “pretty unique in an ag sense”, according to Whistler Wines owner Josh Pfeiffer. The second generation Barossa grapegrower and winemaker believes he has one of the country’s most rewarding jobs. Source, The Barossa Herald.

22/11/2017: Leading the charge on winemaking success
Oxford-educated Robyn Lewis says she is encouraged by the growing number of women who are the sole or equal decision-makers in farms. “However, I think women aren’t given sufficient credit for what they do. Running an agribusiness is a partnership. Both partners should be treated equally." Source, The Weekly Times.

22/11/2017: SA's agri-revenue hits high
Food and wine revenue across South Australia has increased by more than $1 billion over last year, a 7 per cent increase. Most of the increase can from last year’s record grain harvest and the growing value of the wine sector. Source, The Naracoorte Herald.

21/11/2017: Biosecurity tips
Tip#14: Record any abnormal growth symptoms of newly planted or grafted vines. Confirm the cause and feed information back to your vine material supplier or grafter. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

21/11/2017: Sunraysia growers rebound after storm
Remembrance Day last year is not easily forgotten by the fruit growers of Sunraysia. About 7pm that day, as many sat down for dinner, a savage storm swept through the region, unleashing 100km/h winds and dumping large hailstones the size of golf balls. Source, The Weekly Times Now.

21/11/2017: Where to go in Australian wine country
"With over 60 wine regions to choose from, Australia makes it very hard to narrow down options for oenophiles." Conde Nast has summarised Australian Wine Country for our friends in the USA. Did your region make the list?

21/11/2017: Penfolds, a winemaking inspiration
The Australian wine industry contains only one truly inspiring company of world-leading international stature: Penfolds. The Penfolds Peter Gago-led front line has taken just 15 years to build the most creative, adventurous and successful wine company on the planet. Source, Community News Group.

21/11/2017: ALDI's Jason Bowyer on its liquor success
We know that ALDI wines are cheap and win multiple awards, but Jason Bowyer says the hidden secret to its success is passion. “The golden rule we work on is that a $10 wine at ALDI should drink like a standard $20-25 wine to ensure the customer always gets a good experience." Source, Drinks Central.

21/11/2017: Fine wine, art and good humour
Artist Pieter Zaadstra, owner of the White Church Gallery in Glengarry, has joined with national company CelebriWines to produce fine art labels with portraits of celebrities for reserve-level wines. His first label, portraying ‘Con the Fruiterer’ are now being showcased on two Tasmanian wines from Nocton Vineyards. Source, The Examiner.

20/11/2017: A new president for the ASVO
On November 17 The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) announced the appointment of a new president. Dr Anthony Robinson of Treasury Wine Estates, will now fulfil the role, in place of Dr Mardi Longbottom. Source, Winetitles.

20/11/2017: Rose becoming popular with Aussie men
Sydney is seeing a Rosé revival and for the blokes the glass is half full. Forget your craft beers, instead a bottle of pink plonk is proving a hit for the guys. Duane Roy, from Glandore Estate Wines, said Rosé was definitely becoming a popular drop for men. Source, The Daily Telegraph.

20/11/2017: Nebbiolo shines in the hills
"Certain wine varieties breed obsessives – in a good way, if that’s how you roll. Nebbiolo is one of those, originating from Italy’s northwest alpine foothills Piedmonte region, the most renowned appellations being Barola and Barbaresco, whose big hitter producers head well north of $100, and often much more," writes Tony Love for The Source.

20/11/2017: Minimalist philosophy helps Seabrook
Hamish Seabrook drives around his Barossa Valley vineyard in a David Brown 885 open-aired tractor two years older than him. Seabrook, 44, says the tractor is lighter than the modern monsters that churn the good earth and then compact it. Source, The Courier Mail.

20/11/2017: Former ARL boss launches Chardonnay
Rugby league legend John Quayle is launching a Hunter Valley Chardonnay in November, exclusively available at Cellarmasters. The Cloud Cloaked Winds of Change Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2017 has been made using grapes from Quayle’s Winbirra Estate in Denman. Source, The Musswellbrook Chronicle.

17/11/2017: Counting the cost of frost
Vineyards in the Grampians wine region in western Victoria and Coonawarra region in South Australia have suffered up to 100% damage from a black frost which hit in the early hours of Saturday 4 November. There are also reports of frost damage in SA’s Padthaway region. Source, Winetitles.

17/11/2017: 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds found
Shanghai police have seized 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine being sold by counterfeiters in China. The fake Penfolds wine was being sold through Alibaba's online flea market Taobao, as well as pubs and karaoke bars. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

17/11/2017: The importance of public tastings
For James Robson, proprietor at Ross Hill Wines in Orange, showing his wines to the public isn’t just about attracting a local market. Participating in tasting events, especially in internationally recognised cities like Sydney, can be helpful for global reach. Source, Winetitles.

17/11/2017: Producers perfecting Tasmania's sparkling
While Tasmania’s sparkling wine lovers are gearing up for a bubbly weekend, the state’s wine producers were honing their skills to ensure their wine stayed at the top of wine lists. “There are two main questions: how can I reduce ageing and what is the impact of this?" Source, The Examiner.

17/11/2017: Margan Family Winegrowers win tourism award
A Hunter winery has snared a double in the NSW Tourism Awards. Margan Family Winegrowers took out both the Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services and Excellence in Food categories at the ceremony in Sydney on Thursday. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

17/11/2017: WVJ to put organic white wines to the taste test
Australian organic white wines will be put to the test by the Wine & Viticulture Journal in the wine industry publication’s next regular tasting. This is the first time the WVJ has held a specific tasting for organic wines, and as such is open to all white varieties.

16/11/2017: Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial
The 17th Len Evans Tutorial was held recently in the Hunter Valley from 6th November to 10th November 2017. Scholars come from the fields of winemaking, viticulture, liquor retailing, restaurant, marketing and journalism. The top achievement at the tutorial, known as The Basil Sellers Prize for Dux went to... Source, Winetitles.

16/11/2017: SA winery crowned best in wine tourism
On November 9, Veramonte winery in Chile’s Casablanca Valley was the scene of the 2018 international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards ceremony. The international award winners are chosen from among the ‘Best Of’ winners from each Great Wine Capital. This year, there were 377 entrants and 59 local award winners worldwide. Source, Winetitles.

16/11/2017: Dawine Gobi Desert venture burns out
DaWine was the official wine supplier to this years’s Alxa FB-Life Festival in Inner Mongolia, an ode to cars 940,000 in attendance last year. “I had the feeling leaving the event I was surprised we didn’t sell more, based on the amount of people that were there, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t sell what we thought we would," said founder Piers Lewis. Source, Stockhead.

16/11/2017: A drinker's guide to the National Wine Show
They'll spend three days swirling, tasting and spitting 1212 wines, across 48 classes, from riesling to tawny port. Blind tastings are done, done again, and Chatto is called in occasionally to settle disagreements. They'll go through 2304 Riedel glasses a day, which are washed and hand-dried with 500 tea towels. Wine shows, like wine, are a complex affair. Source, The Canberra Times.

16/11/2017: The role of sensory science in wine
It's a practice in which wine industry experts and critics have a vital role to play. But when they sniff, swirl, slurp and spit, they're doing more than just evaluating the smell, colour and flavour of a wine. They're involved in the complex science of sensory evaluation, which bridges the divide between consumer, producer and marketer. Source, ABC Radio.

15/11/2017: Biosecurity tips
Tip#13: Don’t stop looking for an answer if you know something is wrong with your vines. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

15/11/2017: Alternative variety standouts
From November 9-11 the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show brought a whirlwind of different wines to the town of Mildura. The show attracted 233 exhibitors, pouring 101 different varieties from 66 different wine regions around Australia. Here are the results. Source, Winetitles.

15/11/2017: Peru deal could impact South Burnett
Maranoa MP David Littleproud has said a new free trade agreement with Peru could be beneficial for South Burnett winemakers. In the past, Australian wine has been shut out of the Peruvian market because of tariff barriers. "This agreement has virtually eliminated them, putting our exporters in pole position to capitalise on this growing market." Source, South Burnett Times.

15/11/2017: ASVO Awards for Excellence results
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has announced the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence which recognise professional excellence in viticulture, winemaking and research. The ASVO Awards were presented to the winners last night at a ceremony held at the historic Carrick Hill property at the foot of the Adelaide Hills. Source, Winetitles.

15/11/2017: Riverland shortage signals 15% price hike
In Australia's largest wine-growing region — South Australia’s Riverland — there are no spare grapes, and supply has not been as tight for at least a decade. It comes at a time of severe shortages of wine grapes internationally. Source, The Weekly Times Now.

15/11/2017: Blackwood Valley celebrates boutique
Great local results at the 2017 Western Australian Boutique Wine Show and 2017 Blackwood Valley Wine Show saw several of our region’s winery owners proudly step up to claim a majority of trophies during the recent awards presentations. Source, Winetitles.

15/11/2017: Independent merchants impressed by Aussie drop
Ten leading wine professionals from the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland have been won over by Australian wine after an immersive 10 day trip hosted by Wine Australia. Having explored a broad range of regions and tasted more than 400 wines during the trip, Wine Australia stated that “feedback was extremely positive from guests who were impressed with the quality and diversity of wines." Source, Winetitles.

13/11/2017: Australia-Peru Free Trade Agreement
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia has welcomed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Peru as another important step in prying open trade with the wider Latin America region. FTA’s are important in removing trade barriers and giving exporters a foot into markets on a level playing field. Source, Winetitles.

13/11/2017: Josef Chromy awarded top tourism honour
Tasmanian industry titan Josef Chromy OAM has received the highest individual honour at Friday night’s Tasmanian Tourism Awards. The wine pioneer was named the Tasmanian Tourism Champion in recognition of his contribution to the state’s tourism industry and ongoing investment in accommodation. Source, The Examiner.

13/11/2017: Unearthing Margaret River's wine history
A new book exploring the Margaret River region’s journey from farmland to wine country will soon be released. Co-written by freelance wine writer Peter Forrestal and wine journalist Ray Jordan, The Way It Was tells the story of Margaret River’s early wine industry, from the first plantings by Dr Tom Cullity 50 years ago. Source, The West Australian.

13/11/2017: Hill-Smith wants Pewsey Vale recognition
When it comes to Riesling, the two instant connections are the Clare and Eden Valleys; Yalumba proprietor Robert Hill Smith calls them the “spiritual homes of the variety” in Australia, though the variety’s footprint has spread much further. Source, The Source.

13/11/2017: Winemaker releases Trump inspired wine
“Some people could say it’s politically insensitive.” As far as understatements go, this one-liner from Margaret River winemaker Nic Peterkin is right up there. Or, depending on your feelings on the state of American politics, right down there. Regardless, it’s safe to say that a recent addition to Peterkin’s Las Vino family is raising eyebrows. Source, Broadsheet.

10/11/2017: Research shows drones remove guesswork on taint
VIGNERONS could have access to drone-powered technology to detect smoke taint in grapes this fire season. Preliminary models will be presented at a conference in Argentina at the end of the month before being trialled in South Australia in December-January. Developers are hoping to have something available for use in vineyards by March. Source,The Weekly Times

10/11/2017: Brokenwood Wines breaks ground on new cellar door
The next big Hunter Valley development is officially underway with Brokenwood Wines breaking ground on their highly anticipated cellar door complex, due to open in late 2018. Along with the aim of boosting business, the new space will also bring more people to the Hunter region and increase local jobs. Source, Winetitles

10/11/2017: New platform to bring greater industry collaboration
Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) has introduced an innovative communications platform to enhance collaboration in the sector that includes 5000 grapegrowers and around 2000 wineries. WISA has partnered with South Australian social learning start-up, Opentute, to launch WINE Portal, a national wine innovation networking and e-learning platform. Source, Winetitles

10/11/2017: Rochford Winery to represent Oceania at China festival
Shanghai, China is a long way from the rolling hills and vineyard sprawled landscape of the Yarra Valley, but that’s not stopping Rochford Wines sales manager, John Bright from delivering a speech at the Double 11 Global Shopping Festival, talking all things online shopping, wine and Alipay. Source, Food & Beverage

10/11/2017: Winemaker who drained rival's wine sentenced
A Barossa Valley winemaker who deliberately destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Shiraz and Chardonnay at his former family business has been handed a suspended jail sentence. Trevor David Jones, 60, pleaded guilty to two counts of property damage. Source, The ABC

9/11/2017: Funding boost for Eyre Peninsula vineyard
Facilities to attract and keep visitors in the lower Eyre Peninsula in SA will be built at the Glen-Forest Tourist Park and Vineyard with the support of a $193,750 Regional Development Fund grant. The family-operated tourist park will expand and improve their current facilities, adding a new reception, kiosk and shop, along with a cellar door. Source, Winetitles

9/11/2017: San Miguel buys Australian company Best Bottlers
Philippines-based San Miguel Corporation is boosting its presence in the Australian bottling and packaging industry, after it bought another firm, Best Bottlers Pty Ltd, at an undisclosed cost. Earlier this year, the conglomerate acquired Barossa Bottling and Portavin. Best Bottlers is SMC's 5th acquisition in the Australasian region serving the wine industry. Source, Rappler

9/11/2017: Cheers to Nebbiolo
“Longview has one of the longest running Nebbiolo vineyards in the country and they’re trying to champion the fruit as well. It just seems to make sense that the fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills region does reflect partly what Piedmont is all about too, but, of course, the Australian producers are going to make their own style.” Source, The Adelaide Review.

9/11/2017: Truck full of bottles rolls in Birdwood
A truck driver is in hospital after rolling his vehicle loaded with glass bottles in the Adelaide Hills. The accident occurred at Birdwood just before 1pm Nov 8 as the truck drove along Warren Rd. The truck was filled with empty wine bottles that were on their way to be filled. Source, The Advertiser.

9/11/2017: Lion and Taylor's form Deliveroo partnership
Lion and Taylors have partnered with on-demand food delivery app, Deliveroo, for the launch of Bottle Butler in Melbourne. The new Deliveroo function will streamline the ordering process for multiple alcohol purchases, bringing them together under one new tile marked as ‘Bottle Butler. Source, The Shout.

8/11/2017: Wine of the year in the 17th WA Wine Guide
While the battle for wine of the year in the 17th annual West Australian Wine Guide was appropriately a head-to-head showdown between two vintages from Margaret River in a year when the region celebrates its 50th as a commercial wine region, it was a quiet achiever that took out winemaker of the year title. Source, The West Australian

8/11/2017: Inside Mitolo's new tasting room
McLaren Vale’s newest cellar door and restaurant features a striking industrial design incorporating shipping containers and a name inspired by the wolves of the Italian region from which the owner’s family hails. Source, InDaily.

8/11/2017: Barossa Valley's newest cellar door
Cameron and Allister Ashmead, co-directors of acclaimed family-owned winery Elderton Wines, have opened a stunning new cellar door on in their Nuriootpa vineyard, gifting the Barossa a warm and inviting addition to the region’s dynamic hospitality scene. Source, The AU Review.

8/11/2017: Barossa scores top dollar for tourism
A $48,000 state government grant represented a commitment to seeing the region grow and be exposed to new global markets, according to Tourism Barossa regional tourism manager Cathy Wills. The funds were provided under the latest round of the Export Partnership Program, where maximum grants were capped at $50,000. Source, The Barossa Herald.

8/11/2017: A sudden loss for Coonawarra
The Coonawarra wine region is in mourning following the sudden death last Sunday of respected senior winemaker Wayne Stehbens, 62, of Katnook Estate. He was described as an ‘institution’ on the Coonawarra winemaking scene having had more than 38 years’ local experience, making him one of Australia’s longest serving winemakers. Source, Winetitles.

8/11/2017: Truck full of bottles rolls in Birdwood
A truck driver is in hospital after rolling his vehicle loaded with glass bottles in the Adelaide Hills. The accident occurred at Birdwood just before 1pm Nov 8 as the truck drove along Warren Rd. The truck was filled with empty wine bottles that were on their way to be filled. Source, The Advertiser.

7/11/2017: Biosecurity tips
Tip#12: Regularly inspect your vines for anything unusual or different. Seek help to identify what the problem is. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

7/11/2017: Proposed pipeline a step closer for Yarra Valley
The Victorian government is supporting a proposal to pipe recycled water to winemakers in the Coldstream and Gruyere area, to secure their water supply and help them produce more wine. The Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, recently met with growers and landholders in the Yarra Valley to discuss the $15.6 million Coldstream Recycled Water Pipeline project. Source, Winetitles

7/11/2017: Margaret River's best
The 2017 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show attracted 110 exhibitors and 764 entries to Ramada Resort in Dunsborough, WA last week. A staggering 427 medals were awarded, representing 56% of entries and the depth of quality in the region. Source, Winetitles.

7/11/2017: Australia's greatest Shiraz
The 2017 Great Shiraz Challenge has wrapped up for another year. The Oatley family are particularly chuffed as their 2015 Four In Hand Barossa Shiraz was awarded Best Shiraz Of Show and Best South Australian Shiraz. Source, Winetitles.

7/11/2017: Your guide to Rootstock 2017
Rootstock Sydney is a wild party, certainly. But it's a party with far more grit and vision than most. The festival celebrates organic and biodynamic wines, beer and spirits, along with the clever artisans and producers behind them. Here's what to drink, eat and do at Australia’s largest natural wine festival. Source, Gourmet Traveller.

7/11/2017: Ashton Hills Piccadilly Pinot Noir
Hailing from three Piccadilly sites, this Pinot Noir from Ashton Hills is delicate, drinkable and downright delicious, writes Dave Brookes. "Three Piccadilly sites make the cut for this blend: the Ashton Hills home vineyard; Jim Grigg’s Cemetery Block at Uraidla and the Bickles Road, Summertown block, which is managed by the Blefari family." Source, The Adelaide Review.

6/11/2017: New chair for Hunter Valley association
The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association has appointed Lindy Hyam as its new independent chair at its annual general meeting. Ms Hyam, the former general manager of Singleton Council, takes the reins following the expiration of the term and retirement of George Souris, who had chaired the board since 2014. Source, The Singleton Argus

6/11/2017: Orange winery predicts sales to double in five years
The head of an Orange winery has forecast sales will double in the next five years thanks to an export drive and further developing its cellar door operations. Philip Shaw Wines chief executive officer Damian Shaw said there was major potential for growth among Orange region wineries. Source, Central Western Daily

6/11/2017: Change the way you buy this festive season
Tyson Stelzer announces his top 50 sparkling buys of the moment and discovers that the best deals are not where you might expect. This year prices on a bottle of champagne vary by as much as 50% from one store to another. Source, Tyson Stelzer.

6/11/2017: A passion to grow Bathurst’s winemaking industry
You would think the chance to sniff, swirl and swish more than 800 wines would be the dream job of a life time. But for first-time associate judge at the National Cool Climate Wine Show Sam Ranzaglia, it was “ridiculously hard”. Source, Western Advocate

International Wine Industry News

24/11/2017: 50 shades of green
Reducing pesticide use is a particularly inflammatory topic right now. Next week sees an EU vote on the continued use of the molecule glyphosate, most typically known as Round-Up, and consumer interest has been raised by a series of scare (or reality check) stories. Source, Decanter.

24/11/2017: Wine still flowing in Napa
JJ Dowell was asleep in her bed on Sunday, October 8th when the fires that eventually engulfed over 245,000 acres of Northern California started. Smoke was her first clue that something was wrong. “The smoke was so intense I thought: ‘I wonder if my house is on fire,." Source, Forbes.

24/11/2017: Majestic's acquisition of Naked Wines paying off
Majestic Wine’s £70 million acquisition of Naked Wines – an online wine startup that asks its customers to fund the production of new wines – seems to be paying off just over two years after the deal went through. Source, Business Insider.

24/11/2017: Katsunuma puts Japanese wines on the map
Can Japanese wine really taste this good? The surprise I got when sipping a glass prompted me to schedule a trip to the Katsunuma region in Yamanashi Prefecture. The Showa era (1926 to 1989) cliche that “Japanese wine is sub-par” seems to be a thing of the past. Source, Straits Times.

24/11/2017: Wine pioneer hosts new vine run
North Canterbury is known as beautiful wine country thanks to the efforts of wine pioneers such as Ivan Donaldson. But less well known is that Ivan had a distinguished neurology career and has an ongoing interest in that field. Source, Stuff.

24/11/2017: Great start to summer for Rockburn Wines
Rockburn Wines have received three gold medals at the prestigious Sydney International Wine Competition 2018. Now in its 34th year, this competition is unique, in that it judges its finalists beside food dishes of similar palate weight. Source, Voxy.

23/11/2017: The best cellar doors in Marlborough
On November 21 The Wine Marlborough Cellar Door of the Year final was held at Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant. On the night, Bladen and Hunter’s Wines were announced as joint winners of the title with Wairau River coming in third place. Source, Winetitles.

23/11/2017: New features for NZ tasting in UK
The New Zealand Winegrowers is to hold its Annual Trade Tasting in January at a new venue with a range of new features. The tasting, themed Flavours of New Zealand, will offer small 30 minute focussed seminars that will explore the different varieties and styles of country has to offer. Source, Harpers.

23/11/2017: Chancellor freezes wine duty
UK chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that duty on wine, beers, spirits and most ciders will be frozen. Earlier this week, The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) had called for Hammond ‘to not be a ‘Scrooge’ this Christmas’ and freeze duty on wine and spirits to be frozen in the November budget. Source, Decanter.

23/11/2017: Kistler founder Mark Bixler dies
Mark Bixler, one of the founders of leading Sonoma winery Kistler Vineyards, died Nov. 16, after a brief illness. Bixler was an original partner with winemaker Steve Kistler when the winery was founded in 1978, and as Kistler said in a statement, “[He] was instrumental to [the winery’s] growth and success over the years.” Source, Wine Spectator.

23/11/2017: California production exceeds records
Researchers have found that California’s dynamic wine production industry has likely been underreported by as much as 14-20 percent for years, and they suggest an improved method to calculate crush prices. Source, Western Farm Press.

23/11/2017: International bulk wine winners named
The winners of this year’s International Bulk Wine Competition (IBWC) have been announced with six ‘grand gold’ medals awarded, including to a Czech company. The competition, the only one of its type, seeks to support and promote the transparency and quality of world bulk wines. Source, The Drinks Business.

22/11/2017: Where un-sellable wine goes to die
It’s where all the watery beer that didn’t end up at frat parties does its final keg stand. And it’s the fate that awaits the wine Robert Parker spits and finds not up to snuff, and where cases upon cases of Merlot likely were sent after the Pinot-pocalypse that was Sideways. Source, Quartz.

22/11/2017: Everyone wants a wine experience
But how about just a nice wine? Is that asking too much? Or too little? Anyone who knew wine even 10 years ago, never mind 20 years ago or more, could echo her assertion in a wine context. You had a little piece of paper—a merchant’s newsletter, an advertisement, a restaurant wine list—with a bunch of known-to-you wine names on it, and they would sell with no fuss. Source, Wine Spectator.

22/11/2017: Barbaresco's winery in a train station
South Australian winemaker Dave Fletcher recalls his first taste of Italian nebbiolo, back in 2000. Curiosity about the native Piedmontese grape turned into fascination, and a new life. Dave and his wife, Eleanor, opened their own winery and cellar door, La Stazione, this year. Source, Gourmet Traveller.

22/11/2017: A rundown of the HK wine and spirits fair
With increased attendance at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (HIWSF) and newly introduced preferential measures towards wine imports from Hong Kong to mainland China, Hong Kong’s role as a wine trading hub was affirmed at the 10th edition of the wine fair. Source, The Drinks Business.

22/11/2017: Rural women award winner for Central
Central Otago winemaker Debra Cruickshank is the supreme winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Cruickshank, of Tannacrieff Wines, was one of four finalist vying for the award at the RWNZ National Conference in Invercargill on Saturday. Source, Stuff.

22/11/2017: Analytics to boost wine sales
nzwinehome, an online wines sale site set up to enable New Zealand winemakers to sell wine overseas, has partnered with business intelligence and analytics company, Mero to provide an analytics service, nzwinemetrics, to help winemakers boost overseas sales. Source, Computer World.

21/11/2017: Kiwi nominated for top global wine role
New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes the New Zealand government’s nomination of Dr John Barker as a candidate for the role of Director General of the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV). The current Director General, M. Jean-Marie Aurand of France, will step down from his role in December 2018, after serving a five year term. Source, Winetitles.

21/11/2017: Grape juice treated like wine
A new sparkling grape juice is being treated like booze, despite not containing a single drop of alcohol. Lisa Newlands, 43, attempted to buy a bottle of the Lindauer's new faux bubbly and left empty handed because customers must have ID and purchase within the store's alcohol-dealing hours. Source, Stuff.

21/11/2017: Gallo winery could mean free for all in Lodi
Phil Abba has a working relationship with E&J Gallo. His family has sold grapes to the Modesto-based winemaker since the 1960s. That doesn’t mean he wants Gallo, the largest exporter of California wine, building a massive new winery in the vineyards across the road from his own rural home in the Acampo area. Source, Recordnet.

21/11/2017: Georgian wine wins top prize in Poland
20 Georgian wine companies have participated in the international wine fair EnoExpo 2017 held in Krakow, Poland this month. The EnoExpo is considered one of the most important and professional events in the wine industry in Poland. Source, Agenda.

21/11/2017: Neal Martin leaves Wine Advocate for Vinous
Having worked for Parker since 2006, news of Martin’s departure was posted on Galloni’s Vinous website today. “Life should be about exploring possibilities. The prospect of joining Vinous raised so many that it was impossible to resist being a part of a truly world-class team,” Martin said. Source, The Drinks Business.

21/11/2017: Water out of wine
A University of Saskatch­ewan PhD chemistry student has devised a new and more energy-efficient way to separate water from ethanol. Leila Dehabadi is using starch-based materials such as corn, and can extract the water without using additional energy to isolate the ethanol, which could reduce the cost of biofuels. Source, Manitoba Cooperator.

20/11/2017: Triple trophy win for Saint Clair
The Winestate official awards presentation was held in Queenstown on November 16 and family owned Marlborough winery, Saint Clair Family Estate, was awarded the New Zealand Winery of the Year trophy. The Winemaker of the Year trophy also went to Saint Clair's head winemaker, Hamish Clark. Source, Winetitles.

20/11/2017: Toast success despite the weather
The weather threatened, but the rain held off as thousands flooded into Wairarapa for the annual Toast Martinborough festival. The wine festival is one of the region's largest events with music, big crowds and copious amounts of wine flooding the town of Martinborough. Source, Stuff.

20/11/2017: Taste testing synthetic wine
As engineered meat alternatives have begun to make their way into grocery stores and restaurants, wine made using similar techniques may not be far behind. The idea of a wine generated in a lab seems a bit … unromantic, for starters. Nonetheless, the potential is intriguing. Source, Slate.

20/11/2017: Burgundy's answer to Kobe beef
As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes. This weekend will see luminaries of the wine-making world descend on the ancient eastern town for its huge annual Hospices de Beaune charity auction. Source, The Local.

20/11/2017: Climate change ripens prospects in Germany
Across Europe, hotter temperatures are reshaping the wine industry. In southern Spain and Italy, growers worry the heat will dry out their vines. A fledgling wine business is taking root in the United Kingdom. In Germany, warming has been a blessing, and it comes as Riesling enjoys a renaissance, especially among American drinkers. Source, National Public Radio.

20/11/2017: After fires, California urges tourists
As the recovery continues from last month’s devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their important hospitality and tourism industry with a simple message: We are open for business. Source, The Ledger.

17/11/2017: Changing of the guard at Lafite Rothschild
Baron Eric de Rothschild, chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), the wine company that includes the iconic Bordeaux first-growth Château Lafite Rothschild, has confirmed a once-in-a-generation transition in leadership. Source, Wine Spectator.

17/11/2017: New York's rooftop wine country
New York City boasts some of the most expensive food and beverage items in the country, but when the $1,000 bottle of wine Devin Shomaker is vinting is ready, it will be known for more than just the price. The grapes are being grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn, New York, the first attempt ever in the world to create a commercially viable rooftop vineyard. Source, CNBC.

17/11/2017: Wine faux pas to avoid in France
Today is one of France's favourite celebrations -- Beaujolais Nouveau Day. To mark the occasion, here are our lesson on how to avoid any embarrassing faux-pas while drinking wine in France. Source, The Local.

17/11/2017: James Suckling and COFCO launch wine app
American wine critic James Suckling has launched a Chinese wine app with COFCO Wine & Wine, with the aim of turning his translated ratings into a, “benchmark for buying wines and informing the wine trade and consumers in China”, he says. Source, The Drinks Business.

17/11/2017: The secrets of New Zealand wine
Good soil, good management and a focus on quality at every step lie behind the success of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, says Jim White, who tells the South China Morning Post why he’s forever chasing ‘the eyebrow moment’.

17/11/2017: Family of Twelve launch wine tutorial
Invitations will be open shortly for just 12 people to join a unique two day wine tutorial. It will feature eight compelling workshops and three superb dinners, with guest speakers, a selection of Family wines including old vintages, unreleased wines and barrel samples will be presented alongside benchmark examples of wine from many of the world’s great wine regions. Source, Voxy.

16/11/2017: What NZ women in wine think
Diversity in the workplace is a catch phrase, too often an empty one when it comes to women in the wine industry. So says Jeni Port, a wine writer based in Melbourne, who addressed the Bragato Conference on the subject of Wine, Women and our Future. Source, Rural News Group.

16/11/2017: Unlocking a golden future
“With so much public focus on irrigation and water issues in the media, this is an important opportunity for farmers and growers, the irrigation service industry, researchers, academics, councils and other groups to discuss the future of water management and irrigation systems,”says Andrew Curtis, IrrigationNZ chief executive. Source, Rural News Group.

16/11/2017: Azerbaijan opens wine house in China
Azerbaijan, intending to regain its former glory in winemaking, plans to open a wine house in China, the world's second-largest economy, within the promotion of the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand. The relevant agreement was reached by the national export mission in Shanghai, organized by Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation. Source, Azernews.

16/11/2017: The gold standard guide to Italian wine
Today sees the official launch of a new book that aims to be the “gold standard for Italian wine”, according to the managing director of Vinitaly International, Stevie Kim. The publication, called Italian Wine Unplugged, is being unveiled today at Bologna’s Eataly World from the Fabrica Italiana Contadina (FICO), which opened its doors this morning. Source, The Drinks Business.

16/11/2017: Uruguay - a land full of wine surprises
South America has a long history of wine making and it is on one of the smallest countries, Uruguay, that much interest is currently being focused. It is also the fourth most important wine exporting country in South America after Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Source, The Herts Advertiser.

16/11/2017: Canada's Oakanagan Valley
The Okanagan Valley ranks among the most beautiful wine regions in North America, yet it remains relatively unfamiliar to U.S. travelers. (Chalk that up to some frustrating trade barriers that make Canadian wine a non-player in the U.S. market.) Source, Travel and Leisure.

15/11/2017: China opens all trade ports to Hong Kong
China has opened up all of its ports to wine imports from Hong Kong in a further boost to the territory’s position as a gateway to mainland China, the General Administration of Customs has announced. Effective from 9 November, the country has made all ports accessible for wine imports from Hong Kong. Source, The Drinks Business.

15/11/2017: The cult of 'natural' wine
That rise is not solely down to flavour. Like craft beer, natural is both a drinks category and a movement: a revolutionary sect in the vanguard of a radical new wine culture. “Natural very much gets away from that ‘serious’ blazer-and-jeans wine world,” says Nuttall, of a scene that – hence the disparaging tag “hipster wine”. Source, The Guardian.

15/11/2017: Evidence of oldest wine dated back 800yrs
On a small rise less than 20 miles south of Tbilisi, Georgia, a clutch of round, mud-brick houses rise from a green, fertile river valley. The mound is called Gadachrili Gora, and the Stone Age farmers who lived here 8,000 years ago were grape lovers. Source, National Geographic.

15/11/2017: Mexico gives Cali a run for its money
It’s easy to make a comparison between California’s Napa Valley and Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe. Both places offer incredible culinary experiences. The only problem is that the Mexican up-and-comer wants nothing to do with such a comparison. Source, The Independent.

15/11/2017: US billionaire buys North Cantebury vineyard
US billionaire Brian Sheth? and his wife have acquired Pyramid Valley Vineyards at Waikari in North Canterbury for $8 million. They bought it from Claudia and Mike Weersing, who will remain on the property until new managers settle in. Source, Stuff.

15/11/2017: Smaller vintages means fewer entries to award
arlborough is yet again the big winner in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. A total of 794 medals were awarded, including 80 gold medals, 221 silver medals and 493 bronze medals. But the number of gold medals awarded across the board were down from last year's total of 91, and NZ Wine global events manager Angela Willis said the number of entries were down from last year. Source, Stuff.

15/11/2017: Premium upgrade for Swartland
Wine grape cultivation was traditionally a sideline for farms in the Swartland, with the majority of grapes produced being sold in bulk. Winemaker, Chris Mullineux, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how producers have turned the Swartland from a bulk producer into one of South Africa’s premium wine-producing regions. Source, Farmers Weekly.

15/11/2017: Washington winegrape acreage growth declines
The rate of wine grape vineyards growth in Washington has been slowing down for the past six years. There were 43,849 acres of wine grapes in 2011 and that has only raised by 26.4 percent in the last six years to 55,445 acres of wine grapes in 2017. Source, iFibre One.

13/11/2017: Albania's wine renaissance
The country’s wine industry has an image problem – even within Albania. But a new generation of winemakers are digging deep into their native grape stock, with impressive results. Albania may not be known for its wine, but that is slowly changing, as winemakers such as Flori Uka, who purchases the entire ceruja harvest, start to make a name for themselves. Source, The Guardian.

13/11/2017: Inside Manhattan's enormous urban winery
At Manhattan’s City Winery, located in the heart of Tribeca, over 300 barrels of wine are ageing to perfection. The fully functioning winery, which produces over 6,200 cases of wine a year, is also a music venue and restaurant — creating a unique culinary experience for attendees. Source, Business Insider.

13/11/2017: Hong Kong keen for more wine power
Hong Kong has been an international wine trading and distribution hub for years and should consolidate its position in Asia as there is no wine duty and value-added tax in the city. All duty-related customs and administrative controls for wine have been removed since June 2008. Source, The Standard.

13/11/2017: Ohio industry in need of more vines
A winemaking expert says Ohio needs more vines to continue its growth as one of the country's biggest wine producers. Todd Steiner who directs the winemaking program in Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, says it's important to ensure there's enough fruit for the state's many wineries. Source, US News.

13/11/2017: Wine auction breaks record
Exceptional wine and deep pockets meant this year's Hawke's Bay Wine Auction exceeded expectations. The 26th annual auction, at the Hawke's Bay Opera House Plaza, raised a total of $202,000 for Cranford Hospice yesterday. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

13/11/2017: John Saker sings the praises of NZ Syrah
"Why don't you pull out your Cabernet and Merlot and just plant Syrah?" asked one British wine writer, with several others nodding assent. Sixteen years on, Syrah plantings have risen (though they still cover a modest 450ha), while the tide keeps going out on Cabernet Sauvignon. It now accounts for just 280ha. Source, Stuff.

10/11/2017: California wine regions report strong harvest despite fires
The Wine Institute has reported that the majority of California’s 2017 winegrape harvest was not negatively impacted by the wildfires that burned through more than 245,000 acres of the state’s wine regions last month. Source, Beverage Daily

10/11/2017: Chinese lovers of French wine buying Bordeaux vineyards
Chinese consumption of wine has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. This is having a profound effect on the world's wine making regions like Bordeaux. But some Chinese are interested in more than just tourism in the region. "At that moment, more and more Chinese importers began to think: 'Why not buy a chateau in Bordeaux?'" says Chinese businesswoman Lina Fan. Source, NPR

10/11/2017: Argentina ditches controversial wine tax proposal
Argentina’s government has decided to ditch a proposed tax on wine after vineyards complained the measure would cripple the industry, the governor of the country’s top wine-making province said on Thursday. Argentine President Mauricio Macri backed down from the proposed 10 percent tax on wine and increased tax on champagne. Source, Reuters

10/11/2017: Research finds there are four types of wine drinker
Wine drinkers fit into four different preference categories according to Tim Hanni MW, who believes that wine preferences are determined by genetics. Hanni asserts that people can usually be grouped into one of four ‘vinotypes’: sweet, hypersensitive, sensitive and tolerant. Source, The Drinks Business

10/11/2017: Central Otago wineries dodge frost bullet for a second night
Viticulturist James Dicey said it was warmer overnight than they expected. He says they will continue to take precautionary measures by deploying choppers and keeping wind machines on standby. "It's just a matter of waiting it out," he said. Grape growers aren't in the clear yet however. Tonight and tomorrow night temperatures are forecast to be around five degrees, dropping to three by Sunday night. Source, TVNZ

10/11/2017: Wine makers and lovers gear up for charity auction
More than 600 wine lovers will descend on the country's premier wine event this weekend for the 26th annual Hawke's Bay Wine Auction. The auction will draw together the region's most talented winemakers who have provided more than 40 lots of wine to be sold under the hammer, some specially blended for the occasion. Source, NZ Herald

9/11/2017: Queenstown vintners' dispute finally resolved
A four-year court dispute between high profile veterans of Central Otago's wine industry has ended after a ruling from the Court of Appeal over the value of a payout by one shareholder to another. Greg Hay, who won the argument said he was relieved it was over and had moved onto another wine venture. Source, Stuff

9/11/2017: Oregon winemaker dies suddenly
Patricia "Patty" Green 62, died Nov. 6 in an apparent accident inside her rural cabin retreat near Roseburg, Oregon. "The apparent cause was a fall," Jim Anderson, her business and winemaking partner, told Wine Spectator. "Unfortunately, even I have very little information." Source, Wine Spectator.

9/11/2017: A drop for Walking Dead fans
Television network AMC has launched 'The Walking Dead' wines in partnership with Lot18 in what now appears an established path in the world of brand extensions. While customised wine is not new, some research groups have pin-pointed it as a rising trend. Source, Decanter.

9/11/2017: Cold snap means early BC icewine harvest
The earliest BC icewine harvest on record should also be one of the swiftest, with most of the grapes expected to come off in just two nights. Successive nights of temperatures below -8ºC, months earlier than in some years, have provided ideal conditions in the Central Okanagan for picking grapes reserved for icewine production. Source, Vancourver Sun

9/11/2017: South Island winegrowers bracing for frost
Blizzard-like conditions have swept in sending temperatures plummeting as locals woke up to wintry scenes on the South Island. Winemakers are now holding their breath, with their young crops especially vulnerable to coming frosts. Source, TVNZ

9/11/2017: Japanese wineries grow to meet domestic demand
Mercian Corp, which owns Château Mercian in Koshu, has announced it is building two new wineries in Nagano prefecture, with one in Shiojiri and another in Ueda. The former is expected to open in September next year, while the latter is planned for autumn in 2019. Source, The Drinks Business

8/11/2017: Instagram is making wine snobbier
"Like anyone with an Instagram account, scrolling through my morning feed is equal parts mindless diversion and masochism. No matter how much I’m enjoying my week, someone else is living harder — sabering a Champagne magnum with a beer glass, say, or attending a wine dinner featuring bottles of eternally sold-out Clos Rougeard," writes Courtney Schiessl for VinePair.

8/11/2017: Wine should move freely interstate, but doesn't
Unless you live in one of the 14 states in America that allow direct out-of-state shipments, you won’t be able to make an online purchase of wine. The rest of the states forbid such shipments as a political favour to a potent special interest group – wine and liquor wholesalers. Source, Forbes.

8/11/2017: A growing market for disease-free wine
Pierce's Disease is a grapevine strangler. Once bacteria that cause it get into a plant — via insects — it clogs the plant's vascular system and deprives it of water. There's no treatment. Andy Walker, a plant geneticist at UC Davis, is developing new grape varietals that resist the disease. Source, Axios.

8/11/2017: 'Natural' wine-making in Western New York
"Natural" might make for a better marketing campaign. But in his heart, Zack Klug prefers the less catchy phrase "low intervention." Liten Buffel is one of western New York's newest wineries and among the few in the state that plans to produce all of its wine in the manner that can be called either "natural" or "low intervention." Source, New York Upstate.

8/11/2017: Vineyard posts found dumped in quarry
A pile of old tyres and vineyard posts have been dug up at a quarry in Marlborough. The buried stockpile was unearthed as council officers investigated allegations of unauthorised waste dumping at the site east of Blenheim on Monday. Source, Stuff.

8/11/2017: Martinborough winery opens new cellar door
Wellington businessman Charlie Zheng has replanted and rebranded his Martinborough wine businesses, as part of a plan to supply rising demand in the Asian market. Zheng bought Murdoch James and Alana Estate in Martinborough in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Source, Stuff.

8/11/2017: Japanese wineries grow to meet domestic demand
Mercian Corp, which owns Château Mercian in Koshu, has announced it is building two new wineries in Nagano prefecture, with one in Shiojiri and another in Ueda. The former is expected to open in September next year, while the latter is planned for autumn in 2019. Source, The Drinks Business

7/11/2017: NZ vineyard owner strikes Pinot Noir gold
Nearly 20 years ago, Felton Road Wines owner Nigel Greening went on a treasure hunt. He struck gold. Greening celebrated Felton Road's 20th vintage at the weekend with hoards of invited guests, long-time customers, friends, workers and family. Source, Stuff

7/11/2017: Why aren't there more Central Otago Chardonnays?
Found at the bottom of NZ's South Island, the wine region of Central Otago has become synonymous with Pinot Noir, thanks to a strong track record of production in the last 20 years. The region has been focused almost singularly on the red Burgundian grape variety, nearly to the exclusion of its traditional white counterpart, Chardonnay. Source, Vinography

7/11/2017: A marriage of oak and whites endures
Writing in Wine Business Monthly's November 2017 issue, the well-informed Liza the Wine Chick (Liza Zimmerman) said, “almost all mass-produced, inexpensive whites [white wines] are seeing some type of oak element, many of them with chips or some type of more-affordable barrel substitute.” Source, Forbes.

7/11/2017: The world's best job?
Moet & Chandon’s wine quality manager tastes bottles everyday. How does a professional champagne taster stay sober throughout the day? For Marie-Christine Osselin, Moet & Chandon’s wine quality manager, water is her best friend. Source, South China Morning Post.

7/11/2017: Celebrate Merlot day
Overproduction of the easy-to-grow variety nearly destroyed the U.S. consumer’s taste for Merlot. However, great producers never missed a beat, continuing to create juicy, flavorful Merlot-based wines from historic vineyards all over the world. National Merlot Day is November 7. Here’s how to celebrate. Source, D Magazine.

7/11/2017: Save on wine costs by going draught
Draught wine could be as big in the UK as it is in the States, according to the co-founders of Love Wine on Tap, but the current stigma surrounding it needs to be broken down. Source, The Morning Advertiser.

6/11/2017: Wild yeasts make potent fungicides
In a discovery that could benefit the environment and provide a multimillion-dollar windfall for grape growers the world over, researchers from Italy’s University of Milan have identified a strain of wild yeast that is more effective than fungicides in preventing common grape moulds. Source, Cosmos.

6/11/2017: The two events that shaped Washington wine
Half a century ago, there wasn’t much of a Washington wine industry - just a dozen wineries, making primarily sweet, fortified wine. And there were laws blocking all out-of-state wines. But the pioneering Ste. Michelle Vineyards was created in 1967, and two years later, the California Wine Bill was passed. Source The Seattle Times

6/11/2017: Burgundy leads gains on Liv-ex market
Burgundy wines led gains on the Liv-ex wine market last month while Bordeaux lagged, with a 2.5 percent monthly gain on the regional Burgundy 150 Index contributing to an overall rise of 1 percent in the broader Fine Wine 1000 benchmark. Source, Bloomberg.

6/11/2017: Atlas Wine Co wants to change budget wine
Alexandre Remy is not interested in making high-end wine. “$60 Pinot Noir is a huge financial disaster,” says the winemaker. “I know. I tried it.” Remy, a partner in Atlas Wine Co., is now trying to make a different sort of wine under his Oro Bello and Omen brands: inexpensive, available at grocery stores, and with a flavor profile that will appeal to middle America. Source, The San Francisco Chronicle.

6/11/2017: Luna Estate shrugs off cyclone-hit vintage
Reeling from the two devastating cyclones that hit New Zealand during the April harvest, Pinot Noir specialist, Luna Estate, is nonetheless revelling in the quality of the vintage. “The wines are tasting well with plenty of bright fruit and soft tannins. Very pleased with the results,” commented winemaker Joel Watson. Source, The Drinks Business

6/11/2017: Canadian industry heading toward pot
The Niagara region of southern Ontario is known around the world as Canada’s premiere wine destination. In among the rows of grapevines and fields of tender fruit, Niagara has also started to draw the interest of the cannabis industry as a hub for productions facilities. Source, Yahoo.

6/11/2017: Enterprising winemaker gets award recognition
When Debra Cruikshank left school, she was not sure what she wanted to do. She grew up on a sheep and beef farm and at the very least knew she wanted to do physical work. Now, at 37, she has her own vineyard and winery and a successful business, DC Wines, that is growing each year. Source, Otago Daily Times

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