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News posted on Thursday, 2 November 2017

California wine industry escapes damage
While 11 of the area’s roughly 1,200 wineries were destroyed or heavily damaged, most wine tasting rooms are open for business and are eagerly waiting for customers to return, an industry group reports. Source, Capital Ag Press.

Wine: $5.4 billion impact
Michigan's wine industry provides more than $5.4 billion in economic impact to the state, according to a release from the Michigan Grape & Wine Council. The state's wine industry directly creates nearly 28,000 jobs, pays $773 million in direct wages and pays more than $426 million in state and local taxes, the release states. Source, Traverse City Record Eagle.

Millennials are changing the wine industry
Having a glass of wine with dinner is a nightly ritual for many, but it turns out that more millennial couples are coming home and having almost an entire bottle. It's a trend wine makers are tracking. Wine makers said social media savvy millennials and their drinking habits have started a whole new era for the wine industry. Source, Your Central Valley.

Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Fair next week
A record 1070 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions will return for the 10th edition of the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, taking place from 9 November to 11 November, and featuring 30 group pavilions of wine-producing regions, trade organisations and governmental organisations from around the world, with highlights from grower Champagne to honey wine from Slovenia. Source, The Drinks Business.

Small winemakers grow internationally
Australia’s small winemakers have reported strong growth in revenue and production across all sales channels for the second consecutive year, according to the findings of Wine Australia’s Small Winemaker Production and Sales Survey 2016–17 report published today. Source, Winetitles.

2017's best wine communicators
On November 1 the Wine Communicators of Australia announced the winners of their 2017 Wine Communicator Awards. The top title of Wine Communicator of the Year was taken out by McLaren Vale native, Gill Gordon-Smith. Source, Winetitles.

A Semillon success at the NSW Wine Awards
The Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards have just announced the main trophy winners for 2017. "In the red wine categories, Shiraz was a standout but it was interesting to see that the Hunter did not dominate here, a true testament to the quality that is coming out of all of the state’s wine regions at the moment.” said Judge Nick Spencer. Source, Winetitles.

Griffith growers shocked after hailstorm
Grape growers surrounding Griffith remain resolute after a shocking and unprecedented deluge of hail thrashed their vines on Monday. The storm hit at about 2pm in the afternoon, and while the town of Griffith avoided the pelting, grape farms were hit heavily, and some more than others. Source, Area News.

Truck carrying load of wine rolls near Taupo
Crates of wine have been destroyed after a cargo truck rolled on the highway near Taupo. Broken bottles and remnants of the vino spread across State Highway 1 just north of Wairakei late Wednesday night. Source, Stuff.

Raising the bar for NZ Syrah
Thirteen New Zealand Syrah producers have come together in a collective bid to raise awareness about one of this country’s great wines. There was unanimous agreement in the room that the Syrah tasted was of exceptional standard. Source, Winetitles.

Barossa wine brand set for rebirth
An iconic Barossa wine brand of the 1970s and ’80s is being revived to appeal to nostalgic drinkers and celebrate the history of the region. While times have changed significantly, Chateau Yaldara general manager Anthony Grundel says the new owners are preparing to relaunch the brand in Australia. Source, inDaily.

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