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4/12/2014

Final issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal for 2014 out now!

The November-December issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal has landed just in time for subscribers to get in a spot of timely must-know wine industry reading during whatever downtime they may have over the Christmas and New Year period before preparations for vintage 2015 get under way.

Fresh from winning the award for Best Trade/Technical Writer at this year's Wine Communicator Awards in Sydney, regular contributor Cathy Howard keeps up the good work that attracted the judges’ attention in this issue by turning her hand to the subject of malolactic fermentation, exploring those practices that give winemakers the best chance of achieving the outcomes they desire whether using cultured or ambient yeasts.

Long-time Journal contributor Tony Hoare, who was also shortlisted for the Best Trade/Technical Writer Award, takes a timely look at the options available to growers to manipulate yields to compensate for seasonal climate variations and therefore maintain fruit quality to maximise their economic returns.

In its regular column, the Australian Wine Research Institute, which in this issue looks at the influence of oxygen exposure to juice during fermentation on the composition of wine and its sensory properties and presents the results from the first stage of a research program it is undertaking which is investigating just that. The AWRI also contributes a second article in this issue which discusses the methods available for determining the tannin and anthocyanin concentrations in grapes and wine.

Other highlights in this issue include Tony Keys' look at the rise and plateau in the popularity of Viognier and Shiraz Viognier and our related Shiraz Viognier tasting; a comparison of excise taxes on wines, beers and spirits throughout the world by Kym Anderson, of the University of Adelaide; and an article by Stefano Poni, from Italy's Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, summarising his keynote presentation at the ASVO's Mildura seminar in July which gave a European perspective on the effect of leaf removal and crop load management on fruit quality.

Subscribers can view the online version of the November-December issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal here: http://www.winebiz.com.au/wvj/current/

If you don’t already subscribe you can do so by visiting: http://www.winebiz.com.au/wvj/subscribe/

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