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News posted on Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Drought turns spotlight on future of California farms
MICHEL MARTIN: If there is a piece of fruit, a vegetable or even a nut or two on your dinner table tonight, there's a good chance it was grown in California. That state has endured four years of extreme drought. And while some of California's agriculture industry is suffering, a few farmers have found a way to adapt and even thrive in the dry conditions. Ben Bergman of member KPCC has this report.

Questions Raised by Hong Kong Wine Auction
Authentication experts have publicized concerns over some of the wines on sale at an auction last month. Allegations of wine fraud continue to plague the auction world. Ten days ago, a new Hong Kong company held its first major auction despite being accused online beforehand of – at the least – deceptive marketing.

Is a lack of emotional commitment the modern wine way?
It's a contemporary wine paradox: The more wines we have to choose from, the less emotionally committed we become. This is unique to our time. Indeed, you could go so far as to say that it's a 21st-century phenomenon, so recent is it. On the surface, the problem—if that's the word—is sheer abundance. Anyone who follows wine in the United States knows that we're seeing today a diversity and abundance of wines never previously witnessed.

Seppeltsfield rallies to support CFS after Pinery fire
Seppeltsfield Wines, FINO restaurant and JamFactory At Seppeltsfield have rallied together to support the South Australian Country Fire Service through a combined donation effort, following the extensive mid-North fires throughout the region last week. The collective businesses have committed to giving all tour takings, gallery donations, a percentage of retail sales and 100% signature dish revenue from this week’s trade.

d’Arenberg Winery reveals its $13 million ‘Rubik’s Cube’ development
D’ARENBERG Winery has released its first artist’s impressions of its $13 million function centre which resembles a Rubik’s Cube. Work on the building, known as the d’Arenberg Cube, started in spring but artist impressions have remained secret until now. The pictures show the five-storey building set among the McLaren Vale winery’s Mourvedre vines, with the top two storeys turned askew from the rest.

Ross Hill Wines - Australia’s first certified carbon neutral winery
Energy and carbon management specialists, Pangolin Associates, celebrate a client’s ‘Australian first’. Ross Hill Wine Group in Orange NSW has just received carbon neutral certification under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). It is the first Australian winery to achieve the Australian Government-recognised certification. Whilst other schemes exist, they are the tailored creations of a few carbon management companies.

Canberra: 2015 tipped to be one of the best vintages in decades
Some of the district's first 2015 Rieslings are already proving to be the best since 1971. Winemakers are hoping their Shiraz, other reds and whites will follow suit. Chris Shanahan reflects on a year which could become the best yet. He also reveals an exciting maverick attitude towards growing new varieties.

The climate is right for cabernet grapes at Glenmaggie Wines
WHILE their neighbours are pulling out cabernet vines, Glenmaggie winemakers Fleur and Tony Dawkins and planting them. A rapidly heating micro­climate has meant they can ripen cabernet grapes perfectly. “Most of Gippsland has trouble ripening cabernet because it’s too cold, but we don’t. We have a very hot site,” Fleur said. “It’s the same sort of climate they have to produce French Hermitage wine.

Delegat wines forecast record profit
Delegat Group, New Zealand's largest listed wine company, forecast record operating profit and case sales for 2016 on growth in the North American market and in the Asia-Pacific region. Operating profit is expected to rise 5 per cent to $36 million in the year ending June 30, 2016, managing director Graeme Lord told shareholders at their annual meeting in Auckland. Sales are forecast to rise 8 per cent to 2.4 million cases, he said.

Church Road maker's 'baby' is top glass
Hawke's Bay's Church Road Winery has taken out the top award at the prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards staged in Nelson on Saturday night. Which was special enough - but what made it more exciting for chief winemaker Chris Scott was that it was a Syrah - the variety he treats as his "baby". But this is pretty much a case of wait, there's more.

US wine booming in UK on-trade, new report reveals
Listings of US wine in the UK on-trade have doubled in the last year, according to a new report. The report, Wine On-Premise UK 2015, which is published by Wine Business Solutions, reveals that US wines are benefiting from the global food trend for Texas barbecue and Southern US food. The new popularity of US wines in the UK extends across every price bracket.

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