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News posted on Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Winemaker blasts tourism officials
One of the Hunter Valley's leading winemakers has blasted New South Wales tourism officials for failing to properly support the industry. Andrew Margan, from Margan Wines, said Hunter wine country was the state's biggest tourism drawcard outside of Sydney, yet continually failed to attract government funding.

Penny’s Hill: Back-to-back Mundus Vini awards
For the second year running, McLaren Vale estate producer Penny’s Hill won ‘best of show – Australian red’ at the 2017 Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards in Neustadt, Germany. In an international field of more than 6000 entries from more than 150 wine growing regions, Penny’s Hill wines were awarded four gold medals.

More Yellow Tail TV ads for the US
Yellow Tail caused a stir in the advertising and wine communities when it brought wine to Super Bowl airwaves for the first time since 1988. Spurred by this success, Yellow Tail has plans to pursue a three-year campaign (estimated to cost more than $40 million) centred on TV spots. It’s an unusual venue for promoting wine.

Best sommeliers in the world visit Australia
Some of the world’s best sommeliers will visit Australia this April to experience the exceptional quality and diversity of Australian wine, to coincide with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 event program. Wine Australia has selected 50 sommeliers from leading restaurants and bars across the world to visit Australia to get to know our major wine regions, meet the winemakers and experience the breadth of Australian wine

Overseas workers concerned about vineyard pay
Overseas workers on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme have approached a union over their concerns about pay rates working in vineyards around Marlborough. Labour Kaikoura candidate Janette Walker set up the meeting, between the workers and a representative of the Central Amalgamated Workers Union, last week.

Looking for greatness in Pinot Noir
When we say a wine is great, what do we mean? How is greatness defined in a wine. That's far too hard a question to answer, even when attempted by luminaries of the wine world. So instead of defining greatness in wine, four panellists at the recent New Zealand Pinot Noir festival did their best to explore the idea in the context of Pinot Noir.

Fresno first to reach bud break
Pinot Grigio grapes, typically the first to exhibit bud break, are ready for the weekend, according to George Zhuang, University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture farm advisor for Fresno County. Despite the chilly, wet winter, Fresno County wine grape varieties appear to be on schedule with last year, Zhuang told Wines & Vines.

UK: Christmas fizz sales top 45 million bottles
Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. Jo GIlbert reports for Harpers.

Advances in cork quality: IQ session
The Cork Quality session was rather mind blowing. In the last two years two cork suppliers – Amorim Cork and Cork Supply USA – have developed technology that has made it possible for them to release natural cork guaranteed to be TCA free. The implications of that advancement alone are mind boggling for the global wine industry. The technology is equally impressive.

Languedoc to bid adieu to appellations
Producers in the Languedoc region are increasingly sidelining appellation frameworks in favour of supposedly inferior designations. It is precisely this freedom to make wines outside of the AOC system that many producers regard as the region's most important selling point. "Winemakers in the region are far more willing to experiment and innovate than in other parts of France," says Jean- Claude Mas, owner of Domaines Paul Mas.

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d’Arenberg will launch Mencia with an online event
d’Arenberg has added a new variety to the winery list – Mencia (pronounced 'Men-thee-ah'). And not afraid of a giving the wines tongue-twisting titles, d’Arenberg has labelled it’s Mencia as ‘The Anthropocene Epoch’.

Natural wine: your guide to the wine trend
To its band of young believers, it’s wine of the future: fresh, lively and speaking the unadulterated truth of the land. To its detractors, it’s lazy winemaking driven by dogma producing faulty, undrinkable wines that are faddish, flouting rules and conventions of wisdom, and taste. But what is “natural” wine?

Advances in cork quality: IQ session
The Cork Quality session was rather mind blowing. In the last two years two cork suppliers – Amorim Cork and Cork Supply USA – have developed technology that has made it possible for them to release natural cork guaranteed to be TCA free. The implications of that advancement alone are mind boggling for the global wine industry. The technology is equally impressive.

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