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News posted on Friday, 4 September 2015

Recognition for industry stalwart
The annual Queensland Wine Awards is the night of nights for the local wine industry with accolades for wine quality, service quality and contribution to the wine industry. This year Ballandean Estate matriarch, Mary Puglisi, was recognised for her outstanding contribution.

Teammates in new game: winemaking
Damon Huard’s hands are stained a deep purple. His white polo shirt has two circular splotches of the same hue. For the past hour he has been drinking wine siphoned out of new $1,500 French-oak barrels—just another day at the office. “This is our little Napa,” says Huard. It’s late July, another football season approaches, and the former NFL quarterback is surveying his new 5,300-square-foot winery outside Seattle with the look of a proud parent.

Reputation of B.C. wines tested against global benchmarks
B.C. wines were put to the ultimate test at the Judgment of BC on Tuesday, Aug.25. Twelve B.C. wines were pitted against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks, and BC's C.C. Jentsch Syrah 2013 from the Okanagan Valley ranked first among the flight of Syrah, and Soumah Chardonnay Single Vineyard 2013 from Yarra Valley, Victoria Australia came out on top for the flight of Chardonnays.

Wine taxes
Following on from last week’s discussion about wine tax are some suggestions from industry how reform of tax can meld with focusing on rebuilding demand to assist industry recovery. So what are some of the ideas put forward so far, asks Riverland Wine?

House of Arras 2005 Grand Vintage Brut crowned best Australian sparkling wine
House of Arras 2005 Grand Vintage Brut was crowned Best Australian Sparkling Wine last night at the Awards Dinner of the 2015 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. "Tasmania is undoubtedly Australia’s most exciting sparkling wine region, while Ed Carr of Accolade is definitely its most prolific, award-winning, sparkling winemaker."

FARE not playing fair: Winemakers’ Federation hits back
On Thursday, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) made public comments on wine tax that were immediately and strongly disputed by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia. “FARE makes the claim that wine taxes are low in Australia compared to other countries which is incorrect,” said Paul Evans, the WFA chief executive.

Nominations open for the ASVO 'awards for excellence'
The 4th annual Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s (ASVO) Awards for Excellence have been officially launched, with the ASVO calling for nominations for the prestigious awards. Since their inception, the ASVO Awards for Excellence have attracted a high calibre of entrants and are now recognised within the industry as a demonstration of expertise for wine industry professionals to aspire to and achieve.

Wine Marlborough board members stepping down
Wine Marlborough's longest serving board member Ruud Maasdam is to step aside at this year's elections after 15 years. Maasdam, owner and winemaker at Staete Landt Winery, has served on the board since 2001 and is one of four board members, along with Simon Clark, Laurin Gane and Guy Lissaman to step down from the 11-person board.

Bay winemaker aims to make his mark in China
It's a long way from Te Awanga to Ningxia in the heart of China but when there is wine to be made distance and location is not really an issue. And for Clearview Estate Winery's newest winemaker Matt Kirby it could be a nice little feather in the cap should what he creates during his China wine experience get the thumbs up from a judging panel in two years - not to mention a nice little earner.

Winemakers scramble to keep up with 2015 harvest
Jeff Morgan of Covenant Winery in Berkeley stood in a vineyard at the top of Sonoma Mountain recently and examined the bright green cluster of grapes he was holding in one hand. He noticed there were small brown specks covering the grape globes and a smattering of raisins on nearby vines — all signs that the Chardonnay grapes were getting ready to be picked.

Sci-Fi Vineyards: The Drones of Burgundy
The Drones of Burgundy may sound like a sci-fi movie paired with good wines but the truth is far less exciting. The drones are really in place to help hunt a pestilent scourge–with a stripper-like name: Flavescence Dorée. Flavescence Dorée is a tiny leafhopper, but it is an enormous menace to anyone in the business of growing grapes.

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