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News posted on Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#7: Thinking of sending off diagnostic samples this season? Ensure you aware of state quarantine regulations and the documentation required for movement within and between states. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

US files two complaints over BC wine sales
The U.S. has filed a second complaint with the World Trade Organization over what it perceives as B.C.'s unfair rules regarding wine sales in the province's grocery stores. In the complaint, the U.S. argues that local wines have an unfair advantage in B.C. due to the province's rules that ban imported wine from grocery store shelves. Source, CTV News.

There's a new twist to wine distribution
“We wanted access to these awesome small-production wines, and we wanted to deliver them directly to people that appreciate them," said Scott Washburn, co-owner at Winstyr, a new direct to consumer online wine buying platform. Source, Forbes.

Italy's future lies in white wines
Gaia Gaja, manager of one of Italy’s most prestigious red wine estates, believes the future of Italian wines lies in its white varieties. "Everyone thinks of us as a red wine making country but we’re surrounded by sea [...] and the quality of our white wines has improved so much." Source, The Drinks Business.

Kiwi 'stickies' on the rise at global wine contest
NZ wines have triumphed in two categories at a prestigious wine competition in Britain, scooping the awards for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. But a gold medal haul for other styles including the sweeter varieties is being seen as a boost for under-appreciated Kiwi sweet wine makers. Source, Stuff

NZ wine company does its bit for mental health
A wine company is doing its bit to help tackle NZ's mental health epidemic, launching a Rosé, with a chunk of the proceeds going to help mental health foundations. For every bottle of Soho Wines' new Pink Sheep Rosé sold, 50 cents will be heading to various nominated charities. Source, Newshub

Winemaking trend grows in Nebraska
While it probably is a reach to think that Nebraska might someday be regarded with the same kind of high esteem as other winemaking regions around the globe, there are a growing number of hobbyists and commercial growers in the state. Jared Faltys said he hopes publicity about his venture will help him connect with more of them so they can share information. Source, Norfolk Daily News.

Tahbilk winery gets global exposure
The affordable, but highly regarded wine of Tahbilk Winery has been given global exposure in a viral Buzzfeed video. The video, which is part of the Worth It series, gives American foodies Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyi a crash course in various indulgences. Source, Shepparton News.

The new Australia
"Here is perhaps the key takeaway, when it comes to learning about Australian wine: just because that particular style and price point of wine dominated market share and perception for so long doesn’t mean that every winemaker and every grower subscribed to it," writes Cathy Huyghe for Forbes.

The wine that keeps on winning
South Australia must be sick to death of the Tyrrell family – they’ve clearly taken this deja vu thing way too far. This week Tyrrell’s took out the award for top Semillon at the prestigious Adelaide Wine Show with their outstanding 2005 Vat 1 Semillon. Source, The Maitland Mercury.

Gold rush for local wine
Andy Williams spent 21 years in the Queensland Police Service, 14 of them as a detective in the major crime squad. Williams always had an interest in wine and made a dramatic career change, taking a job at Sirromet cellar door and studying winemaking. Source, News.

Profile: Alexia Roberts of Penny's Hill
As a 16-year-old with a passion for science and the outdoors, Alexia followed a family friend's suggestion that she consider a career in the wine industry. “I don’t remember how I managed to get Penfolds! I didn't have any contacts and I’m not from a wine family, so I guess I just wrote them a letter. Penfolds must have seemed like a good place to start!” she laughs. Source, James Halliday Wine Companion.

Tons of grapes stolen during Bordeaux harvest
At least seven tons of grapes have been stolen in the dead of night from vineyards in France's prime wine growing region of Bordeaux after a yield hit by poor weather, police say. Three vineyards have had grapes and even whole vines stolen since mid-September. Source, News 24.

Growing grapes for oysters
This year Windowrie Wines, near Cowra in New South Wales, produced about 5,500 litres of Piquepoul under contract for Steve Feletti. Winemaker Anthony D'Onise said the high yielding variety had adapted well to the Central Ranges climate. Source, The ABC.

The new Australia
"Here is perhaps the key takeaway, when it comes to learning about Australian wine: just because that particular style and price point of wine dominated market share and perception for so long doesn’t mean that every winemaker and every grower subscribed to it," writes Cathy Huyghe for Forbes.

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