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News posted on Thursday, 2 June 2016

“All killer, no filler” line-up announced for wine festival
Australian rock bands You Am I, Something For Kate and Spiderbait will team up for the first time for an onslaught through A Day on the Green wineries in November. As triple headliners, the bands have a revered place in Australian rock culture as chart toppers and ARIA award winners. Jebediah and The Meanies round out the “all killer, no filler” line-up, adding to the theme of Australian rock favourites.

Hot 100 wines celebrates 10 years
This year, the Hot 100 Wines SA celebrates a significant milestone: a decade of discovering this state’s most drinkable wines. The Adelaide Review-run wine show will mark this milestone with some exciting new events including a two-day publicly-invited celebration in the heart of the city called Hot 100 Harvest on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, an awards gala on Thursday, December 1, as well as a masterclass event in Singapore on Monday, July 25.

Naked Wines in the running for online retailer prize awarded by Star Track couriers
A NEWPORT-based wine distribution business is up for a People’s Choice Award as Australia’s favourite online retailer. Naked Wines Australia are in the running for the awards run by the courier company Star Track. Established in 2012, Naked Wines customers fund talented independent winemakers in return for wine at wholesale prices.

Vineyards at Wargan and Gol Gol for sale through Elders
TWO vineyards, 34km apart and straddling two states, boast plentiful water, a contracted grape buyer and long-established plantings of some of Australia’s most popular wine varieties. Yelta Vineyard, at Wargan, 14km from Merbein, and Bel Vineyard at Gol Gol in NSW, 12km northeast of Mildura, are offered either as a pair or separately. Vendors Michel Tilley and Stephen Costley jointly own Bel and hold a 75 per cent interest in Yelta.

Melbourne's First Permanent Urban Winery is Opening
Noisy Ritual’s name stems from the idea that some cultures historically used “noisy rituals” to aid wine fermentation. When Cam Nicol, Alex Byrne and Sam Vogel open its doors on June 18, Melbourne’s first permanent urban winery will offer these raucous rituals in the form of workshops, a cellar door, exhibitions and pop-ups. The team began making wine when they found a fermenter under Nicols’ house in 2014. In 2015 Noisy Ritual was born as a pop-up, group-winemaking experience in Preston.

Mahana Estates winemaker Michael Glover rejects ‘paid for’ reviews
Mahana Estates and its winemaker Michael Glover are taking a stand against the practise of ‘paid for’ reviews in the interest of transparency for wine consumers. Glover said he has been surprised by the prevalence of the ‘paid for’ wine review since moving to New Zealand and taking up the role of winemaker at Mahana.

Cooler and Wetter: Study Links Irrigation to Inaccurate Climate Perception
It’s the height of irony. Irrigation systems designed to buffer farmers from the effects of a warming planet may be causing them to think their local area is cooler and wetter than it is, says research published June 1 in the journal Global Environmental Change -- perceptions that other studies suggest may slow their efforts to address climate change.

California: IPOB calls it quits
California's In Pursuit of Balance winery association is calling it quits. With fewer than 40 small wineries from around the state, it never amounted to much in a commercial sense. But its stance and that it knew balance echoed faintly across the vast market of U.S. consumers like someone talking in a canyon. It could be heard when the wind blew in the right direction.

Once fashionable, sweet wine has run its course
ONCE the style queen of the wine world, sweet wines are decidedly out of fashion. Flash back a century and the sweet wines of Germany were commanding higher prices than the first growths of Bordeaux. How things have changed! The preferred wines of ancient Greece and Rome were appreciably sweeter than modern wines.

Searching for China’s signature wine grape
A French crossing and the Chinese equivalent to Carmenere are among the likely candidates to become China’s signature wine grape, local experts believe. Although Cabernet Sauvignon is currently the most widely planted wine grape in China, taking up 60%-70% of Chinese wine growing areas, local producers believe that China needs its own ‘signature grape’ to establish its identity in the global market.

Texas wines on the rise
While visiting Austin some five years ago, friends took me to a wine festival. The wines were all from Texas and almost all were…well…just bad, really bad. The ones we labelled “drinkable” came from grapes sourced from California. Last year I met a fellow journalist in Paso Robles, California, who over a beautiful1980 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon, swore that things were changing in her home, the Longhorn State, and encouraged me to give the wines another consideration.

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