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The January/February issue of the Wine Industry Journal commemorates the contribution of outgoing Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) chief executive Sam Tolley to the Australian wine industry. In his final column before handing over to acting chief executive Jock Osborne, Tolley reflects on his time in office and industry achievements.
The Japanese and US wine markets come under the spotlight in this issue and recent visitors to those countries share their observations about the receptiveness to Australian wine.
We continue our tradition of bringing readers a concise version of the AWBC’s demand assessment for the previous year. The statistics compiled and analysed by the AWBC’s manager of information and analysis, Lawrie Stanford, highlight a recovery in domestic sales of bottled wine.
The Australian Wine Research Institute shares its latest research on chirality and its effect on wine aroma. Researchers explain that in grapes and wine, chiral forms of the same chemical compound can have very different properties.
In bottling, labelling and packaging, Vince O’Brien and Chris Colby begin a new column for the Wine Industry Journal, focusing on innovative and efficient manufacturing across the viticulture and winemaking processes. The theme for the first column is packaging and transport and the authors provide some practical aspects of product integrity and minimising the costs of packaging and shipment.
Winetitles, publisher of the Wine Industry Journal, was proud to co-present the Australian Wine Industry Outlook Conference in November last year. The presentation given by Professor Graeme Hugo of the University of Adelaide was among the most talked-about of the day’s proceedings and readers can find his research paper in this issue.
Ernst and Young’s Jonathan Scott looks at how the high value of the Australian dollar is impacting on Australian wine exports. This is timely reading after a tough past year with the Australian dollar fluctuating against the world’s major currencies.
Tony Keys recently visited Tasmania and “entered the maze” of deciphering the relationship between Gunns, the Government, Tamar Ridge and the wider Tasmanian wine industry.
Marsanne wines are becoming a favourite among smaller producers looking to offer loyal customers an alternative white wine style. In this issue’s Varietal Report, we look at Marsanne around Australia and taste a group of Marsanne wines and Marsanne blends.
Other features in this issue include a look at how some wineries are discovering competition for wine sales between on-site restaurants and the cellar door; New Zealand’s production of its own style of Ice Wine; and a discussion about the water resource situation in France and Spain that leaves these and other Mediterranean countries in the grip of a crisis.
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