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News posted on Friday, 6 March 2015

Countdown begins to cool climate wine symposium
Attracting a ‘who’s who' of the international wine community, the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) will take place in the UK from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th May 2016. The ICCWS is a major international forum focusing on the production and marketing of quality wines from cool climate regions. Held approximately every four years, with the last Symposium taking place in Hobart in 2012, the ICCWS attracts delegates and speakers from all corners of the world to network, discuss and exchange ideas and best practice through lectures, seminars, tastings and workshops.

Dr Julie Culbert wins $22,000 study grant for fining agents research
Dr Julie Culbert has won the $22,000 Viticulture and Oenology 2015 Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, sponsored by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). The study grant, one of 11 awarded as part of the Department of Agriculture’s Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, was presented during the ABARES Outlook conference dinner held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

Scientists warn lack of funding will ruin research facilities
A group of leading scientists has written to the Prime Minister warning that Australia's research facilities are on the verge of shutting down due to uncertainty over funding. Commonwealth Government money needed to run the nation's research infrastructure dries up in the middle of the year, and as yet it has not been renewed. The infrastructure comprises more than two dozen facilities that employ hundreds of scientists and underpins much of the country's major scientific research. Scientists say without it, innovation will dry up and there will be a brain drain out of Australia.

China a 'huge opportunity' for Australia
China’s post-boom hangover hit Australia far less than Bordeaux, and the potential for top-end wine is as great as ever, according to Andrew Caillard MW. “For the smaller boutique wineries in Australia there is a huge opportunity,” said Andrew Caillard MW about the Chinese market, after a recent trip there. The fine wine specialist for Woolworths Liquor and co-founder of Langton’s wine auctions, Caillard told The Australian: “I think Australia is extremely well-placed for the challenges of the future. We have an opportunity to play in the fine wine space within China.’’

#FlashbackFriday: How the 2012 vintage changed everything I thought about Australian wine
Australian wine was my “gateway drug” into the world of wine appreciation. I remember sitting at a formal dinner during graduate school, ordering a glass of Shiraz, and drawing glances of surprise and awe. Before long, it was Shiraz for everyone. A few years later, when the wine bug really bit me and I began exploring the regions of Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and France, I developed a dimmer view of Australia. Even the more serious wines seemed too one-note, bombastic, and Parkerized… Matt Sitomer talks about how the 2012 vintage revived his love of Aussie wine.

Villa Maria named as fourth most admired wine brand in the world
Drinks International has named Villa Maria as the fourth most admired wine brand in the world, the only New Zealand winery to make the top 10 list. More than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists took part in the annual poll, which pits wine brands from all regions, styles and qualities against each other. Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria Estate founder and chief executive officer said he was elated with the accolade. “To be number one in New Zealand and fourth in the world is truly phenomena," Fistonich said.

Marisa D’Vari: Can NZ build a reputation for quality reds?
Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is the success story of the modern wine world, yet is a double-edged sword in terms of the country’s ability to promote the excellent quality of all its fine wines. Gimblett Graves with its gravel soils, North Otago with its limestone soils, and a myriad of other top vineyard areas as well as talented, energetic winemakers combine to make New Zealand wine among the best in the world. Yet, is it possible to motivate the wine-drinking world to associate New Zealand with “quality red” wine?

Wildfires threaten South African wine region
Raging fires have ripped through Cape vineyards, leaving winemakers worried about the rest of the harvest. Bushfires raging through one of South Africa's most popular international tourist destinations have destroyed vineyards and scorched thousands of hectares of spectacular scenery. Firefighting teams and water-bombing aircraft were in action as the flames swept down Cape Town's southern peninsula, a mountainous spine of land running from the city to Cape Point, Africa's most southwestern tip.

Shifting retail landscape likely to benefit independents, Wilson says
Shifts expected in the off-trade over the next 12 months are likely to create a “huge opportunity” for independent merchants, according to Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report. Speaking at the March for the Independents conference, Wilson said there had been a lot of debate over the impact of Tesco’s range changes over the past few weeks. “However it shakes out we’ll see fewer SKUs in Tesco and the other big retailers and that has got to be good news for the independents,” he said.

170-year-old beer and wine from sunken ship is taste tested
Bottles of 170 year old beer and champagne were preserved underwater in a sunken ship discovered off the coast of Finland. Scientists were able to take a test, and now they have published a forensic chemical analysis of the ancient beer in order to discover what it tasted like in comparison to modern beer. In a related report by the Inquisitr, beer foam has never been a desired trait on a tall pint glass, but for those who complain at the bartenders, there’s now a study which claims the beer foam plays a very vital role.

#FunFriday: Wine makes you attractive and 10 other reasons to pour yourself another glass
There's a new reason to drink wine — as if we needed one. Researchers at Bristol University found that students rated photographs of people who had a glass of wine as more attractive than those who didn't have anything to drink. While we always thought it worked the other way around, we're not mad about this new finding. Don't get too excited just yet, though. If you go for that second glass, you fall back in the not-so-attractive zone. The good news is, whether you think this is legitimate or not, there are actually several other good reasons to drink a glass of wine.

#FunFriday: Here men in the wine industry: Beer-drinking men are ‘cheap and tasteless’





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