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News posted on Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Champagne and sparkling awards results
The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) is delighted to announce that the number of countries entering the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships this year rose to 29 with first-time entries from the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Romania, all of which won Silver medals. Source, Winetitles.

The value of China's wine imports is dropping
The value of wine imported into China dropped again this month, continuing its downward trend into the fifth month of the year, albeit it at a slower pace than in previous months. Source, The Drinks Business.

Consistency vs uniqueness of place
Wine divide: uniqueness of place vs. consistency of product. There is room for both, but they are almost mutually exclusive. Wines that emphasise vintage and terroir soar but consistent wines are safe harbours. They may not soar but they do not crash and burn. Source, Lubbock Online.

Top 10 investment wines with stable return
The value of fine wines has risen by 20pc over the past year, with demand climbing as investors look for novel ways to diversify their portfolios. The 10 best performing wines over the past five years have increased in value by an average of 150pc. Source, The Telegraph.

Pinot at forefront of New World Wine Awards
The initial test for this year’s wine vintage is underway with a record number of 1400 entries received for the New World Wine Awards. Pinot Noir's under $25 make up the largest category of entries at 15%, followed by Sauvignon Blanc at 13%. Source, National Business Review.

Fatal vineyard car crash driver challenges
A man charged with reckless driving causing death after a car crashed into a vineyard is challenging the police version of events. Police claim Stewart Douglas Edward Holdem, 36, was driving recklessly in Marlborough on March 24 and ploughed into a vineyard. Source, Stuff.

Brian Walsh talks export and support
Targeting inbound international wine tourists and the key export market of China are likely to be key planks in the new $50 million export and regional wine support package, according to Australian Grape and Wine Authority chairman Brian Walsh. Source, The Advertiser.

Ochre Nation a - giving back to grapegrowers
Through its sustainability-minded labels Unico Zelo Wines, Applewood Distillery and Harvest, Ochre Nation is being, and facilitating, the change it wants to see in the world. Source, CityMag.

Wine researcher named as STEM star
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture research fellow Dr Fiona Kerslake was recognised by Science & Technology Australia as a Superstar of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). After being encouraged to apply for the program, viticultural researcher Dr Kerslake was thrilled to hear she had made the cut on Friday. Source, The Examiner.

Barossa vignerons get extra water supply
An additional three gigalitres of irrigation water will be added to the region’s vineyards by the end of 2018. The investment will drought-proof many Barossa vineyards and create capacity for new plantings and has been welcomed by locals. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Doorstep wine delivery for Melbourne
Beginning today, Deliveroo will deliver alcohol in 30 minutes or less, Monday through Sunday, between 12pm and 11pm. The new alcohol-only service in Melbourne is the first for Deliveroo in Australia, though the company says other cities will come next. Source, Broadsheet.

Biosecurity Tips
Tip#6: Monitor the growth of newly planted vines. Record any abnormal symptoms, confirm cause and feed information back to your vine material supplier. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

Minimising microbial spoilage risk during packaging
AWRI Commercial Services offers microbiological audits for wine packaging facilities to investigate microbial problems.

Peter Nixon to judge Asian International Wine Comp
Peter Nixon, Dan Murphy’s National Fine Wine Manager joins as a judge at the Asia International Wine Competition.

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