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News posted on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Chateau Seppeltsfield Minquan
Chateau Seppeltsfield Minquan is a brand new location set to open on May 13th in Henan province, China. A joint venture by Seppeltsfield Wines Pty Ltd and Minquan Jiuding Wine Company Ldt, the location will showcase both labels and act as a physical bond between Australian and Chinese business relations. Source, Winetitles.

Tyson Stelzer rates Seppelt sparklings
“The Seppelt Show Sparkling Limited Release Shiraz 2007 is the first Australian sparkling wine I have ever scored 97 points, prompting me to award this cuvée my Australian Sparkling Wine of the Year," Stelzer said.

Eleven Madison Park somm joins Lucas Group
Jonathan Ross, who was the former head sommelier at Eleven Madison Park in New York City has made a sea change and will be working alongside Chris Lucas at his soon to open restaurant, Kisume in Melbourne. Source, Winetitles.

Next steps for Artisans of Barossa
The Artisans of Barossa collective is entering a new phase of evolution. This includes the announcement this week of Howard Duncan into the newly-created role of chief operating officer. Source, Victor Harbor Times.

Orange's first vines
The Orange wine area’s first vineyards were planted in the 1980s, but the distinction of producing the first wine in the area 71 years ago almost certainly belongs to Italian local Carmelo D’Aquino. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

The pressures of harvest in Marlborough
When Tom Gillan finished his last shift of harvest he went home, got in bed and slept for two days. It's hardly surprising considering he and his five-man crew at the Whitehaven Wines grape press had been working 12-hour night shifts, seven days a week for some six weeks. Gillan says he "wouldn't have it any other way". Source, Stuff.

Yealands to expand Babydoll brand
The Babydoll sheep wander through the vineyards and eat the grass, but are a little bit too short to reach the grapes. The story behind the label has been received well, and the Yealands brand plan to expand with it. Source, The Shout.

Fine Wine 100 down in April
Liv-ex’s Fine Wine 100 index saw a very minor downturn in April, ending an extraordinary 17-month run of consecutive gains. Source, The Drinks Business.

Being a personal wine advisor
Some call themselves personal wine advisers. Others, such as Wilson, function more like private wine merchants. All offer a range of services to help cash-rich, time-poor aficionados manage their wine lives. Source, Bloomberg.

What's the new normal?
Everyone likes pretending that they know—or at least can imagine—what the future will look like. Wine is no different. But what is different with wine is that forecasting a future is new. Source, Wine Spectator.

The new Prosecco
"Are you fed up with the Prosecco obsession? Take a peek at the Boring, one-dimensional wine that’s currently enjoying considerable vogue because it’s possessed of one attribute, and one attribute only: bubbles," writes Nick Passmore. Source, Forbes.

Chateau Seppeltsfield Minquan
Chateau Seppeltsfield Minquan is a brand new location set to open on May 13th in Henan province, China. A joint venture by Seppeltsfield Wines Pty Ltd and Minquan Jiuding Wine Company Ldt, the location will showcase both labels and act as a physical bond between Australian and Chinese business relations. Source, Winetitles.

The new Prosecco
"Are you fed up with the Prosecco obsession? Take a peek at the Boring, one-dimensional wine that’s currently enjoying considerable vogue because it’s possessed of one attribute, and one attribute only: bubbles," writes Nick Passmore. Source, Forbes.

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