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News posted on Friday, 6 October 2017

EU wine harvest set for 36-year low
Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historic low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed. Source, The Drinks Business

Wine on tap is the next big thing
“It’s just getting people to realise that even if it comes out of a keg, it can be the same, if not better quality than what comes out of the bottle,” said Philip Rich, general manager of wine for The Lucas Group. “The first screwcap wines came out in the early 2000s and diners would send it back. Seventeen years later, everyone accepts screw caps.” Source, News

Why blind tasting is a barrel of fun
"Picture the scene. A dozen glasses of different, unidentified wines lined up on the table in front of you. No idea of who made them, where they're from, how much they cost. All you have to go on is what your eyes and nose and palate tell you as you swirl, sniff, sip, and scribble tasting notes." Source, Australian Financial Review

Charles Sturt Uni wines to be showcased
Charles Sturt University is known for many things, and soon they hope, it will also be known for producing boutique wines. Bathurst’s CSU campus will throw open the doors for a free wine tasting event of its latest vintages. CSU winery sales co-ordinator Narrelle Ingold said the university was hoping to reignite the public’s passion for its wine. Source, The Western Advocate

Could UberVINO bring more tourists to WA wineries?
Swan Valley winemakers hope the launch of a new Uber travel service will encourage visitors to the region. UberVINO launches in Perth today, giving small groups of up to four people an opportunity to explore the area with flexibility — all at the push of a button.Visitors, including overseas tourists, will be able to use the app to create their own itinerary with destinations including wineries. Source, The West Australian

Stars align for prizewinning Pinot Noir
Wild Earth Wines, near Cromwell, has had a good haul of gold medals this month. Its 2015 yet-to-be-released Pinot Noir won the only Central Otago gold awarded in the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards earlier this month, and it was the first time it had entered that competition. Source, Otage Daily Times

NZ wine's newest fine wine player
It is 18 years since Steve Smith co-founded Craggy Range, a venture that married his vision (and subsequent sweat) to the financial backing of the Peabody family. The relationship ended when Smith extricated himself completely from the business in 2015. Now Smith gives the lowdown on his new wine venture, a partnership between himself and American Brian Sheth. Source, Stuff

Dal Zotto Wines in partnership for international fellowship
Dal Zotto Wines in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) is offering an international fellowship worth $12,500 to encourage regional Victorians to develop social and economic skills through innovative practices and leadership. Source, The Shout

A sisterhood of women winemakers
Making wine (as opposed to marketing, selling or writing about it) has long been a male domain. But New Jersey’s female head vintners are changing that. “Though it’s a predominantly and historically male industry,” said winemaker Lorre Allen, “women’s nurturing nature helps in the development of something as primitive and connected to nature as winemaking.” Source, New Jersey Monthly

License suspended over 'wild behaviour' at Long Island winery
New York state has cracked down on a Long Island winery that neighbors say has been out of control for years. Residents of Cutchogue, Long Island were complaining that wild behavior at the winery was ruining their quality of life. They said in addition to the traffic, drunken visitors have engaged in fights and lewd acts. Source, CBS New York

Warm temps help MIchigan grape harvest
Grapegrowers in Michigan wine country love the combination of warm temperatures and little rain this time of year, particularly since it coincides with the beginning of harvest season. They started picking grapes around the second week of September or so. Typically, harvest goes into early November. Source, South Bend Tribune

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