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News posted on Friday, 5 May 2017

Phylloxera spreads north in the Yarra Valley
New detections of phylloxera have seen the boundary of Victoria’s Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) boundary extended to the north – incorporating four additional vineyards. Inca Pearce, Vinehealth Australia chief executive officer, said the extension to this PIZ boundary was a concern. Source, Winetitles.

Tax spat between anti-alcohol lobby and winemakers
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has called for the anti-alcohol lobby to play fair with tax facts. Tony Battaglene, WFA chief executive said the latest allegations were “outrageous” as well as “insulting to the 170,000 workers” across the grape and wine community. Source, Winetitles.

WA Premier 'uncomfortable' with ALDI cheap wine
Premier Mark McGowan says he is "uncomfortable" with ALDI selling cheap wine after the German supermarket giants won an appeal to allow alcohol to be served at its Harrisdale store. In 2016, the Director for Liquor Licensing rejected Aldi's bid to sell wine as cheap as $2.79 a bottle at the southern suburbs store, despite Woolworths being allowed to sell booze in the same shopping complex. Source, Collie Mail.

Low-cost interactive labels now a reality
Transistors consisting entirely of 2D nanomaterials have been printed for the first time, making the advent of economic, interactive labels a reality. Printed electronic circuitry will allow consumer products to gather, process, display and transmit information. Source, FoodProcessing.

Same, same but very different
After almost 20 years in the industry, corporate winemaker Peter Dredge decided it was time to introduce his independent alter ego, Dr. Edge, to the world with some unconventional design. “It was a bit of a risk; a lot of guys rely on very floral, bright, lovely, happy labels – I just wanted to go on the other side of the spectrum.” Source, CityMag.

Top 10 markets for NZ Sauvignon Blanc
To mark International Sauvignon Blanc Day (5 May), here's a closer look at one of the grape’s most prolific producers – New Zealand – and the markets that are moving this versatile variety. Source, The Drinks Business.

Who's winning Sauvignon's popularity contest?
It is fair to say there is one grape variety that has well and truly achieved worldwide domination of the entire wine-drinking spectrum – Sauvignon Blanc. It has become the gateway grape variety for new wine drinkers and, while being a crowd-pleaser for many, also offers some of the finest, top-end dry white wines currently available. Source, Wine-Searcher.

Bordeaux’s worst frost since 1991: What now?
Damage reports are coming in after 'black Thursday' and the impact looks severe, writes Jane Anson, who also considers how frosts might affect the Bordeaux 2016 en primeur campaign. Source, Decanter.

Extreme weather and natural disasters
Mendoza and San Juan wine regions of Argentina face the highest risk of production losses due to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, according to a wine index study by a multidisciplinary research team led by Dr. James Daniell of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Source, Beverage Daily.

First Jobs: A toast to how winemakers got their starts
Not all of the world's most notable winemakers are to the manor born, and they are not all from France or Italy. Some took a more circuitous route to the vineyard and now toil anywhere from Napa Valley to New Zealand. Source, Reuters.

A former arms dealer and a spectacular wine region
Two hours' drive out of Santiago, Santa Cruz is the beating heart of Colchagua, a region known for producing quality red wines, particularly Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon, at astonishingly cheap prices. The man who put it on the map is Carlos Cardoen, a businessman alleged to have made a vast fortune supplying cluster bombs to Iraq. Source, 9Elsewhere.

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