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News posted on Tuesday, 6 June 2017

"Bulari" trademarked for English sparkling wine
A vineyard near Cirencester has announced it has trademark registered the word ‘Bulari’ – a variation of the Latin word for bubbles – to describe English sparkling wine. Source, Wilts and Gloucester Standard.

China predicted to drive growth to 2021
China is a major driving force in the global wine market and will contribute a third of world wine sales growth between 2016 and 2021, according to data from Euromonitor International. Source, City AM.

Five things to know about Swiss wine
"The first time someone told me they were from one of Geneva’s best known wineries, I started to laugh. Then I realized they were serious. Even today, unless one lives in Switzerland, it’s easy to go an entire lifetime without ever considering the existence of Swiss wines." Source, Palate Press.

Andrew Jefford: Burgundy's other self
"They’re out there, wherever you go in Burgundy, silently and greenly growing in low-profile, overlooked, sometimes secret spots." Andrew Jefford discovers the surprising Crémant de Bourgogne, and recommends several of the sparkling wines to try. Source, Decanter.

IWC trophy winners revealed
The Australian trophies at this year’s International Wine Challenge have been revealed. The four major trophy winners have been named in the Australian Sparkling, Australian White, Australian Red and Australian Fortified categories. Source, The Shout.

Engineer's first vintage, praises life in Coonawarra
Luke Trotter knows what freedom feels like. He runs his aeronautical engineering firm from the office behind his family's cellar door and reckons "fluid flow" is what planes and wine have in common. Source, ABC Rural.

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.

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.

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.

Biosecurity tip
Tip#3: Thinking about virus testing your vines? Remember to obtain correct documentation before sending diagnostic material between states or between phylloxera management zones within a state. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

Why some wines do better in flight
The wine tasting experience in the air can also be impacted by many factors, from the temperature of the wine, the glassware used, to the food pairing. Much care needs to be placed to ensure the best qualities of the wines chosen can still be enjoyed on flight. Source, Peak Magazine.

Sir John Kirwan gets into the wine game
The All Black legend and former Blues coach has hung up his rugby boots to focus on another passion of his - wine. Established with his daughter Francesca nearly a year ago, Jk.14 wines is a boutique wine company, importing the finest blends from the Veneto region of Italy. Source, Stuff.co.nz.

Investment group buys vineyard with plans to export
United States buyers have snapped up a Marlborough vineyard, intending to redevelop it when its lease runs out. The Overseas Investment Office has approved the purchase of 274 hectares of land in Awatere Valley, from Craggy Range Vineyards, for $23 million. Source, Stuff.co.nz

Save your vineyard from trunk diseases
Richard Smart visits New Zealand frequently and has seen trunk disease damage in every region. Generally it is on vineyards where the extent of disease is not recognised. Of all the diseases which must be managed in New Zealand vineyards, trunk disease is different from the others. Why is this? Source, New Zealand Winegrower.

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