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News posted on Thursday, 2 February 2017

Trump move canned
A Goulburn Valley-based wine producer has slammed the decision of President Donald Trump to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a step backwards for global trade. Andrew McPherson from Nagambie-based McPherson Wine said the new United States President was talking up ‘‘isolationism and trade barriers’’. President Trump lived up to his campaign promise on his first full day on the job on Monday last week when he signed an executive order to pull the US out of the contentious trade deal. The proposed trade agreement was to include 12 Pacific Rim countries, including Australia, in a mass trading bloc that would have included 40 per cent of global GDP.

The Aus companies to suffer most from a Trump border tax
The Trump administration’s foreshadowed plans for a new tax on imports would hit a range of Australian companies including those selling wine, medical supplies, software and clothing, according to analysis by Citi. The border tax, said to be 20%, would cause major changes in trade flows across the world, especially for those countries where the US is a key market. However, Australia buys more from the US than it sells back. In 2015, Australia’s exports were $14.2 billion, while imports from the US were $33 billion. According to analysis at Citi, many of the larger Australian companies which have expanded to the US have significant local production which would cushion them from any new border tax

Want to steward at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show?
Registrations are open to express your interest in Stewarding at the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park from 17-20 July. Michael Quirk, the Chief Wine Steward for the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, told TheShout that volunteering as a Steward provides an excellent opportunity for those in the industry to build on their wine knowledge and palate. Not only does Stewarding add to your formal wine training through listening and watching the process of judging, but it also gives you the opportunity to understand how the wine show system works," said Quirk.

Wolf Blass foundation sponsor of AFL women’s league
Wolf Blass is proud to extend their AFL relationship as a foundation sponsor of the AFL Women’s League kicking off this Friday night, with a clash between Carlton and Collingwood at Ikon Park. Angus Lilley, Marketing Director for Wolf Blass, said this sponsorship is an evolution of the brands ongoing relationship with the AFL which started in 2015 with Wolf Blass named Official Wine Partner,“Wolf Blass is pleased to be continuing a tradition of involvement with the AFL and we are really proud to be a part of this exciting new era of football” he said.

Hunter Valley Sémillon is Australia’s refreshing gift to wine
This week’s column is being filed from South Australia. I’ve been on the other side of the world for a few days now to taste through an array of Hunter Valley Sémillons and Canberra Rieslings. The trip with Wine Australia began in sunny Sydney on the east coast. Hopping on a plane the next morning, our small crew arrived in Adelaide, zipping off to spend a couple of days in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, and, today, McLaren Vale. Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover many aspects of the Australian wine industry, but for now let’s start with something refreshing and bright.

New Sauvignon Blancs serve up radical new flavours
Whip-cracking acidity, tongue-tingling, citrusy-herby flavours, and pungent aromas give New Zealand sauvignon blancs a punchy, kick-boxing appeal. Immediately recognizable, reliable, predictable, and cheap, they’re tartly crisp wines you either love or hate, with grassy aromas some have likened to cat pee—not, I admit, the most appealing description. One critic suggested that if you dislike New Zealand sauvignon blanc, it might be because you had to mow the lawn when you were a kid.

Swirl, sniff and spit: pinot noir lovers hit town
Hundreds of wine growers, buyers, and aficionados from around the world have descended on Wellington for a three-day celebration of New Zealand pinot noir. Wine exports in New Zealand are a billion-and-a-half dollar industry and since 2008, the amount of pinot noir New Zealand has exported has more than doubled from just under 6 million litres to just over 12 million. To consolidate that increase, Wine New Zealand hosts an annual pinot noir celebration, consisting of meetings and taste-tests. These allow local wineries to rub shoulders with international buyers and connoisseurs, make connections, and explain their offerings.

The U.S. Wine Industry Focuses On A Sustainable Future
The 23rd Annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (AUWGS) took place last week. Something in it surely caught my interest. Christian Miller of Full Glass Research (FGR) presented at the conference the results of the latest sustainability research. Miller holds a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from Cornell University. FGR is his baby. He also co-founded and advises Wine Opinions (WO), which bills itself as the qualitative and quantitative research arm of the overall wine industry in America. WO draws from a variety of consumer and trade organizations in its wine market research.

Wine research proves 'sexy'
During a recent meeting of the Washington State Wine Commission, one of the commissioners came up to Melissa Hansen to let her know that he thought the wine research was really sexy. That's not how Hansen would have described ongoing wine research efforts at Washington State University, but she was thrilled to hear the comment. "I think it's an affirmation that research is here to stay and it's an important part (of the industry)," said Hansen, research program manager for the statewide wine trade organization. "And we're in the right direction, on the right path."

Can Water Actually Be Turned Into Wine?
What is "synthetic" wine? The concept is no different than any other synthetic food - but can it really be done for wine? Can water be turned into wine? A business in San Francisco, "Ava Winery," claims it can. Ava chemically replicates wines, formatting them to smell and taste identical to classic wines by recreating their aromatic and flavor chemical compounds. Ava Winery, in their lab - they do not appear to operate a traditional legal winery - bypasses grapes entirely in the making of their wine.

Queen’s foray into making sparkling a huge success
The Queen has unveiled a fun and exciting new venture – producing sparkling wine! The monarch's Windsor Estate have revealed that they are launching a new Chardonnay champagne, the Windsor Vineyard 2014, which has been cultivated from their very own Windsor Great Park vineyards. Although the bottles aren't due to go on sale until autumn, they're already proving a hit with royal enthusiasts who are keen to get their hands on the limited edition bottles. The British merchant Laithwaites offered a pre-order option of the wine on their website earlier this week and the 3,000 bottles, priced at £35 each (approximately $60), sold out within days.

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