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News posted on Tuesday, 1 August 2017

UPS to ship wine around the world
UPS is expanding its ability to ship alcohol, wine and beer to consumers around the world. Using one of the UPS Express™ or Standard shipping services, wine connoisseurs can have their favourite cases of wine shipped directly from the vineyards to their home. Source, Winetitles.

TWE stocks priced to sell
Goldman Sachs has cut Australia's Treasury Wine Estates (TWE.AU) to sell from neutral on concerns shares in the wine maker and exporter have priced in unrealistic volume growth. Goldman Sachs says the shares in the number one importer of wine into China may have got ahead of itself. Source, Barrons.

China's wine import growth is slowing
China has seen a slowdown in wine imports in the first half of 2017, and there are signs of higher demand for French and Australian wines at lower prices, show newly released Chinese customs figures. Fluctuating trends suggests there is a lag between imports and retail sales in the Chinese market, said trade professionals. Source, Decanter China.

SIMEI. Seminars and Workshops
Innovation and sustainability: these are the key themes of the extensive programme of events to be held during the 27th edition of SIMEI. The event is due to take place from 11 to 15 September in Munich, Germany. Source, Winetitles.

Future is in China's hands
The future for Australian wine exports lies within the Chinese market, according to Rabobank’s research, food and agricultural general manager Tim Hunt. Speaking at the SA Wine Grape Growers Summit in Tanunda on Friday, Mr Hunt said 22 per cent of Australia’s wine exports went to the Chinese market. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Flametree leading the way
WA produces 2-3 per cent of Australia’s chardonnay and, 10 to 15 years ago, dominated the lists of best wine at each price point. Despite the increasing number of exceptional wines now emanating from the eastern states The West is once again taking centre stage in the country’s leading masked chardonnay tastings. Source, Community News Group.

Dave Brooks reviews Unico Zelo Nebbiolo
"One variety that seems pleasantly at home in South Australia is Nebbiolo. The noble variety hails from North-Western Italy where it provides a wide range of delicious wines, from early drinking slurpers to the long-lived epically proportioned wines of Barolo and Barbaresco." Source, The Adelaide Review.

More women judging than ever before
More women than ever are involved in tasting the best wine in the country at this year's New World Wine Awards, with five female judges among the 16-strong panel. Australia's first female master of wine and senior winemaker at Helen & Joey Estate, Meg Brodtmann says it's great to see more women involved. Source, Stuff.

How to choose the right wine
Always read the label, ask for help and consider any missteps an adventure - those are two of New Zealand's top wine tasters' tips for choosing a good bottle. In a sea of stacked supermarket shelves it could be difficult for consumers to know which tipple to take home. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

First drop in the bottle
Science students at Kingaroy State High School are getting a taste of the wine business after bottling their first vintage. Students spent the weekend bottling their first 1000L of wine to sell online. Of course, the students won't be able to taste their product until they have turned 18 in a few years time. Source, South Burnett Times.

Biosecurity tips
Tip#11: Pruning wounds are most susceptible to Eutypa and Botryosphaeria spores within the first 6 days of pruning. To minimise trunk disease infection, apply pruning wound treatments to larger pruning wounds immediately after cuts are made, and to smaller pruning wounds within 3-6 days of pruning. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

Argentine producers pushed to premiumise
During an interview with the drinks business at Vinexpo Bordeaux last month, Keen, who is marketing manager for the major Argentine wine brand, said that an extremely small harvest in 2016 is speeding up Trapiche’s aim to sell wine at higher prices, particularly in the UK and USA. Source, The Drinks Business.

Cullen Award for Excellence winner
The winner of the 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence was announced Saturday 22 July. The annual Award is presented to an individual, group or business who contributes in a positive way towards promoting the WA wine industry under the individual banners of quality, integrity or sustainability. Last year the recipient was James Halliday who also attended this year's ceremony. Source, Winetitles.

First drop in the bottle
Science students at Kingaroy State High School are getting a taste of the wine business after bottling their first vintage. Students spent the weekend bottling their first 1000L of wine to sell online. Of course, the students won't be able to taste their product until they have turned 18 in a few years time. Source, South Burnett Times.

Flametree leading the way
WA produces 2-3 per cent of Australia’s chardonnay and, 10 to 15 years ago, dominated the lists of best wine at each price point. Despite the increasing number of exceptional wines now emanating from the eastern states The West is once again taking centre stage in the country’s leading masked chardonnay tastings. Source, Community News Group.

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