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News posted on Thursday, 3 March 2016

Treasury Wine increases CEO's salary
Treasury Wine Estates has increased chief executive Michael Clarke's pack package by 29.4 per cent in recognition of his hard work turning around the wine company. The company has increased Mr Clarke's fixed remuneration to $2.2 million a year, from $1.7 million, effective March 1, citing the "significant turnaround of the business over the past two years under his leadership and strategic initiatives put in place for future growth".

Wine Australia expands ProWein showcase to reflect diversity
Wine Australia will be celebrating the storied history of Australian wines at its largest showcase yet at ProWein this month. Some 46 winemakers will be showcasing more than 500 wines from 21 distinct wine-producing regions to illuminate the diversity and depth of Australian viticulture. Australian wine expert Thomas Curtius will partner with a number of exhibitors throughout the day.

Brooke leads organic wine movement
Angaston’s Yalumba Winery continues to lead the way in the country's booming organic wine industry, thanks to one passionate viticulturist – Brooke Howell – who was recently recognised as the nation’s top young organic leader. Howell, 27, was labelled Silver Young Organic Leader at the Australian Organic Awards – and was praised for her efforts in converting some of the winery’s vineyards to organic management.

Margaret River wineries to host weekend of festivities
If an exclusive weekend celebrating fine music, food and wine sounds enticing, read on. All three are pitched in perfect harmony at the exclusive Margaret River Weekend of Music in the region in early April. The Australian String Quartet will team up with some of Margaret River's most renowned chefs and wineries for four thrilling performances over the April 8-10 weekend.

Getting the hang of Cabernet in Australia
Within Australia, Margaret River has a big reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon. And yet, they've always struck me (and many other Americans) as wildly inconsistent. Some could charm with finesse and savoury flavour profiles, but too often I found myself wrinkling my nose as excess herbal, weedy and vegetal notes obscured the fruit.

WINETOPIA 'the greatest celebration of New Zealand wine'
700 New Zealand wineries can’t be wrong and this 20-21 May thousands of people will have the opportunity to dive in amongst some of our very best and search for their favourite drop. WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines is an event where imaginations will run wild, personalities come alive and all the senses will be satiated. WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines is coming to Shed 10 in Auckland’s CBD for two big days of celebration.

New Zealand Pinot Noir tops in taste
Some really top wines come from the bottom of the world. Wine making is relatively new in New Zealand. Although some grapevines were planted there prior to the 20th century, until recently winemaking was pretty much ignored. Two major changes occurred that fostered interest in winemaking. In a move toward prohibition, New Zealand enacted temperance laws in 1917 that restricted alcohol sales in pubs and bars to one hour on workdays and no sales on Sundays.

Seeking the New Classics
"I didn't realise—couldn't yet see—how in all the arts there are usually two things going on at the same time: the desire to make it new, and a continuing conversation with the past."—Julian Barnes, Keeping an Eye Open (Knopf, 2015) The British writer Julian Barnes phrased it perfectly in expressing "a desire to make it new.” Although he is writing about art, it applies equally as well to fine wine.

Next-generation winemakers work to keep sense of place
At pivotal moments in French cultural history, resistance to central authority shaped the course of events. Today in French vineyards, another pivotal moment exists. Increasing numbers of independent winegrowers have embraced alternative methods, including agriculturebiologique or organics, biodynamics and lutte raisonée, a “reasoned struggle,” in resistance to industrial-style, conventional production methods still condoned by France's central winemaking authority, the National Institute for Origin and Quality, or INAO.

Italy leads global wine market thanks to American drinkers
Italy was the biggest exporter and producer of wine in the world in 2015, while the United States consumed the most of the Mediterranean country's prized nectar, a study published on Wednesday showed. "Today, one bottle of wine exported in five is made in Italy, the biggest wine exporter in the world," Italy's Coldiretti agricultural association said in a statement.

Chinese online liquor retailer Jiuxian set to boost imported wine business
One of China’s biggest online liquor retailers, Jiuxian, is set to boost its imported wine business in 2016 due to ‘increased demand’ among Chinese consumers. The retailer, which focuses the majority of its business on Baijiu (Chinese white spirit) announced last month that it intends to ‘stride into’ the imported wine business by directly purchasing wines from global producers. The amount of intended investment has not been disclosed.





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