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News posted on Monday, 5 June 2017

Tyson Stelzer's AU/NZ wines of the year
Tyson Stelzer, best known for his sparkling wine report, has launched an Australia and New Zealand wines of the year list for 2017. This year, for the first time, no wines under $10 have been mentioned - in order to recognise the shift toward a premium market. Source, Tysonstelzer.com.

Krondorf wins golds
In May, the Krondorf Symmetry Barossa Shiraz 2014 won a Gold Medal in Syrah du Monde, a competition to find the Best Shiraz in the World. The 2013 vintage was also recently awarded a Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London. Source, ABC.

Wine media cadetship
Wine Communicators of Australia are offering a Media Cadetship to residents of South Australia. Open to WCA Members, the WCA Wine Media Cadetship is made possible through the Adelaide a Great Wine Capital of the World initiative funded by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA). Source, Wine Communicators.

$11.93 million for new research at Uni of Adelaide
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with solar fuel generation, developing novel mathematical techniques to solve difficult problems and improving profitability of the wine industry are among the aims of major new University of Adelaide research projects announced today. Source, Winetitles.

Brits choosing wine over beer
UK households pour £108million into their wine glasses at home every week - compared with £45million on beers. More than 38 million people – 74 per cent of adults – now regularly drink bottles of plonk according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. Source, Mirror.

Canada considers a label change
Label statement on blended wines are 'potentially misleading'. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Thursday announced a round of consumer and stakeholder consultations, running until June 30, on a proposal for new wording on wine labels. Source, Alberta Farm Express.

Japanese working women favour Chilean wine
Japan’s swelling ranks of working women have grape growers 10,000 miles away cheering. Chilean vintners have emerged as the biggest beneficiary of Japan’s booming wine market. Their low-priced, fruit-driven product has found a receptive niche among women in their 40s and 50s. Source, Japan Times.

Wine industry transforms prison town
Walla Walla used to be best known for sweet onions and as home of the state penitentiary, where death row inmates once were hanged. But the remote town along the Washington-Oregon border has reinvented itself in the past two decades into a centre of premium wines and wine tourism. Source, Daily Mail.

Gordon Russell on wine
There is nothing Hawke’s Bay winemaker Gordon Russell likes more than pushing the boundaries. The New Zealand wine identity spoke to reporter Rebecca Fox about enjoying wine at its most raw. Source, Otago Daily Times.

Save your vineyard from trunk disease
Of all the diseases which must be managed in New Zealand vineyards, trunk disease is different from the others. Why is this? Trunk disease is insidious. It will take several years for a vine infected with trunk disease fungi to show symptoms, if at all. Source, Rural News Group.

Growers struggling with electricity cost
Some in the MIA said the cost of electricity was now greater than that of water. Growers who irrigate rely heavily on electricity to ensure their farms were productive. With costs expected to rise again from July 1, growers across the country have also been left shocked at the Federal Court’s recent decision to block the path to reduced electricity prices. Source, The Irrigator.

Aussie wines showcased at Paris World Dinners
In a bid to boost wine sales in France, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and the Australian Wine Federation have figuratively locked the Bordeaux and Burgundy in the cellar to ensure the VIP guests get a taste for Australia’s award-winning wines, for the OECD forum dinner on Tuesday. Source, Courier Mail.

Brits choosing wine over beer

"Bulari" trademarked for English sparkling wine

Mr Riggs Montepulciano wins big
Family-owned, boutique McLaren Vale winery, Mr. Riggs, has been awarded a prestigious Platinum medal for its 2015 Montepulciano at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Mr. Riggs little known Italian varietal won ‘best Australian red single-varietal’ at the world’s largest wine competitions held in London, in April this year. Source, Winetitles.

Fundraising auction for Tony Keys
A fundraising auction is starting this week to help Tony Keys, wine journalist and author of The Key Report, who is struggling with a serious medical condition. In total more than 250 lots have been donated for the auction, which starts this Thursday, 8 June. There are no reserves and no buyers’ premium on the lots. Source, The Shout.

Has rosé reached its tipping point?
Previously perceived as too sweet, as an afterthought made from leftover grapes, and as a drink for grandmothers, rosé just wasn’t cool. But the tides started to turn sometime around 2013, and for whatever reason, wine drinkers—especially millennials—began to associate the pink drink with the good life. Source, Vogue.

Has rosé reached its tipping point?
Previously perceived as too sweet, as an afterthought made from leftover grapes, and as a drink for grandmothers, rosé just wasn’t cool. But the tides started to turn sometime around 2013, and for whatever reason, wine drinkers—especially millennials—began to associate the pink drink with the good life. Source, Vogue.

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