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News posted on Monday, 4 July 2016

How California Winemakers Challenged French Supremacy and Won
We look at how the historic blind tasting known as the Judgment of Paris inspired the world’s winemakers to challenge France’s lock on the wine world. This July 4th, no matter if you’re enjoying a cabernet from Napa, a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or a pinotage from South Africa, it’s in great part due to the Judgment of Paris.

Central Asia: wine offers perspective to investors
Vine-growing and wine-making are among those old traditions in all of Kyrgyzstan and the south of Kazakhstan, while the east of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are now reviving the industry under new brands. Technological upgrading with European input could boost output even further with the outlook to conquer a place among global wine exporters. Tolerable and affordable.

Peak rosé: wine-flavoured gummies now have over 3,000 people on waitlist
Rosé-flavoured gummies may be fancier than most viral foods, but like their rainbow bagel and overflowing milkshake counterparts, people are losing their minds over them. Before the candy hit stores on Friday, it already had an over 3,300-person waitlist, according to Sugarfina co-owner Rosie O’Neill. Their website had crashed a few times from the volume of traffic.

Wisconsin wine industry thriving
Visiting Wisconsin wineries is an easy way to enjoy a vast variety of wines while having the opportunity to learn direct from the winemakers, growers and purveyors of the state’s booming industry. According to Anna Maenner, executive director for both the Wisconsin Winery Association and the Wisconsin Grape Growers, she has seen the explosion of growth firsthand since she started with the state’s wine groups six years ago.

Fans 'gutted' to lose local wine
The extent of the almost cult-like following of Longview Estate's White Diamond wine became clear when news broke that the bottles would soon disappear from local shelves. Brent King, a spokesman for new owners Australasian Food Corporation (AFC), described the wine as a "star" and said Chinese demand for the candy-sweet style was higher than Longview could meet.

Hawke’s Bay Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker 2016 announced
Alex Roper from Mission Estate has taken out the Hawke's Bay Young Winemaker award for 2016. The competition took place on 1 July at EIT in Taradale followed by dinner and contestants speeches at Mission Estate. Tom Hindmarsh from Dry River in Martinborough came second in the competition which was also open to contestants from around the North Island, while Brad Frederickson from the Hawke's Bay Wine Company came third.

Australian wine in ‘healthiest place for years‘, winemaker claims
Australian wine is in the “healthiest place for years”, but needs to continue to challenge perceptions about its quality through single vineyard and site specific wines, Jacob’s Creek’s new winemaker Ben Bryant has said. Speaking to the drinks business during a recent visit to London, Bryant, who took over from Bernard Hickin when he retired in June, said there was a lot of innovation coming out of Australia, and winemakers were beginning to “turn the dial” in building the perception of Australian wine quality.

Changes may cause job cuts
NEW England wine producers have warned changes to a tax originally designed to better support wine producers in rural and regional Australia could end up pushing many to the financial wall. The fallout for the wine industry is continuing after the 2016/17 federal budget revealed changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate, which supporters say is long overdue to stop widespread rorting of the rebate, but which critics argue will have the unintended consequence of business closures and job cuts.

First timer's 'Garage Wine' won organic wine award
Biodynamic farmer Sam Statham was pretty sure his first try at organic wine would be no good. He'd made a few learn-from-it errors during the fermentation and was nervous about repeating a home-made beer disaster a few years back. And then the finished product won the bloody Australian Organic Wine Awards. "It's my first wine and really, I had only been hoping for it to be not bad," Statham told The Huffington Post Australia.

Inaugural Wine Industry Impact Awards revised
In May the inaugural Wine Industry Impact Awards were launched to celebrate the impact of value chain partnerships on the capability and competitiveness of Australian wine producers. The awards structure required a value chain supplier and an Australian wine producer to co-nominate for an award in any number of six categories including grapegrowing, winemaking, packaging, distribution & logistics, marketing & communication and tourism.

New Barossa winery backed by Argentina
ONE of the world’s leading wine consultants has teamed up with an Argentinian oil and gas billionaire in a multi-million dollar vineyard and winery development in Australia’s Barossa Valley wine region. Alberto Antonini, who was named last year by Decanter magazine as one of the world’s top five wine consultants as well as by The Drinks Business in 2013, is advising Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni on the development of Greenock Farm, a 40ha property at the northern end of Australia’s best known wine region, an hour’s drive north of the South Australian capital Adelaide.

Cops Clueless in the Great Australian Wine Heist
Police appeal to the public for help as some of Australia's finest wines go walkabout. How do you lose $3.5 million worth of wine? Australian police don't know either. In what is being described as "the mystery of the missing Grange", police and bank investigators are trying to track down a multimillion-dollar collection of top-notch Australian wine that has seemingly vanished into thin air as part of the fallout of a collapsing wine empire.

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