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News posted on Friday, 5 December 2014

Turkish viticulturist helps with Hawke's Bay research
Dr Elman Bahar, an associate professor of viticulture from a country with one of the world’s longest records of winemaking, recently worked with EIT scientists on several major industry research projects. From Namik Kemal University in Turkey, Bahar primarily worked with EIT researchers on a study aimed at establishing whether the use of an anti-transpirant spray may be a viable alternative to removing foliage on grapevines - a practice aimed at achieving optimum berry ripeness and wine quality.

Invivo seeks $2m for growth
Award-winning winemaker Invivo Wines is on the capital-raising trail to help pay for faster growth and expansion into new markets, after a year of record sales. The company wants to raise $2 million (A$1.8m) through private investors, which will be used to fund expansion and increase the amount of wine produced, with the aim of boosting turnover from about $5.5m ($5.1m) this year to $10m ($9.2m) within two years.

Bordeaux consultant to test oak influence on wine aroma
Winemakers may gain more influence over aromas in their wines if a new research project led by trained perfumer and winery consultant Alexandre Schmitt goes to plan. Schmitt, whose perfume training and subsequent re-invention in wine has earned him the nickname 'nose of Bordeaux', has started a three-year experiment with barrel maker Charlois on different oak treatments for wine.

Global and Chinese 'Sparkling Wine Report' announced
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the 2014 'Global and Chinese Sparkling Wine Industry Report' to their offering. The Global and Chinese Sparkling Wine Industry Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global sparkling wine industry with a focus on the Chinese situation. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.

FUN FRIDAY: Rock star says cannabis-infused wine delivers "full body buzz"
Pot brownies, cookies and other potent treats have been around for years, but as more states pass legislation to legalize marijuana, a rock star would like to introduce you to a more sophisticated form of cannabis cuisine. In partnership with the owners of Greenway Compassionate Relief, a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Cruz, California, Melissa Etheridge, Grammy award winning singer-songwriter is cultivating a line of "cannabis-infused fine wines." Due to legal restrictions, however, she's only allowed to call her creation a "wine tincture."

Swiss winemaker Giroud cleared of wine fraud
Swiss winemaker, Dominique Giroud has been cleared of illegally topping up tens of thousands of bottles of AOC St Saphorin with unapproved wine. Swiss officials in the canton of Vaud said they found no evidence that Giroud had bulked up St Saphorin appellation wines with unapproved Fendant wine.

Australian winemakers turn to alternative grape varieties
The wine-speak term "alternative" is fairly neutral. On iTunes, "alternative" is a catchall, covering everyone from The Killers to your uncle's garage band. But something rarely considered "alternative" is Australian wine. To most drinkers, Australian wine is much more Chardonnay than Rotgipfler, more Kylie Minogue than Nick Cave.

Korea free trade deal about to take effect
Australia's free trade agreement with South Korea will take effect from December 12, Andrew Robb, trade and investment minister, has confirmed. The South Korean National Assembly has just passed the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) Bill, which was signed in April by Robb and Yoon Sang-jik, Korean trade, industry and energy minister.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago on Grange, death and luck
Peter Gago’s first sip of Grange was not, as it is for so many other devotees, an epiphany. In fact, he hardly recalls the moment. It was during his university days. “There was no ceremony... It was all a bit of a blur,” he says. Instead, Gago’s appreciation of the drop evolved “as a gradual realisation... Grange became something that just made sense to me. It’s like death in a way, in the manner that you don’t know how to deal with it [Grange] at the time. It only hits you later - the realisation of what you’ve missed when you go back to a bottle and see what you lost. You think, ‘that is profoundly wow’.”

Beer, spirits have stolen our playbook: building 'brand wine'
Troy Christensen, Enotria Wine Cellars chief executive officer, warns the wine industry that spirits and beer have stolen its play book and says the industry needs to build ‘brand wine’ more effectively to attract consumers who can afford premium wines. Christensen's resume includes stints as Accolade Wines' chief executive officer and was previously president of Constellation Australia.

FUN FRIDAY: 10 things every wine lover should know about Henschke
Far from their roots in Poland, South Australia's Henschke family make some of the country's most respected wines. The rich history of the Barossa and Eden valleys is partly defined by the diaspora of Silesian Lutherans who exited Europe in the mid-1800s. Fifth-generation winemaker, Stephen Henschke, is a direct descendant of Johann Christian Henschke, founder of Henschke Wines, whose journey brought him to settle in the region after departing from the village of Tschicherzig in Poland, under some duress.

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