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News posted on Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Vinnovation finalists announced
Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) yesterday annnounced the finalists in the 2016 PIRSA Vinnovation Award, created to recognise innovations which produce gains in efficiency, reduce OH&S risk and increase vineyard profit potential. Five entries have been chosen as finalists, with two entries being from one person.

Yalumba and Pernod Ricard in court fight over use of the word ‘signature’ on wine labels
ONE of South Australia’s wine luminaries is involved in a legal battle with a global winemaker over the use of the word “signature” on its labels. Adelaide based wine merchant Samuel Smith and Son — owned by the Hill-Smith family — has taken its dispute with Pernod Ricard to the Federal Court. The Hill-Smith family runs one of Australia’s oldest family owned wineries, Yalumba, at Angaston, which carries The Signature range.

Information for growers at Irymple
THE Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) will give growers some guidance on expectations for next year’s vintage at a grape and wine roadshow to be held at Irymple this week. Key topics will include the latest news on water availability in the coming season and whether a surge in wine exports points to industry recovery. Murray Valley Wine Growers (MVW) executive officer Mike Stone said that while the 2016 harvest finished only two months ago, growers were about to start preparing for next year.

Are fruit infused wines the next big thing?
The fruit infused wine category is relatively new to Australia but has been making waves over in the UK, so should retailers be paying attention? Led by a growing trend in the UK, the fruit infused wine category is one to watch, with retailers and suppliers who are looking to capture that 18 to 35-year-old female demographic, or entice new entrants into the wine market.

Adam Bone’s plan to boost sherry and port production in Australia
LOVERS of Australian whisky should consider it their patriotic duty to drink a sherry for mum, a port for dad and a Tasmanian dram for the country. That way they’ll continue to support the local whisky industry and protect the future supply of sherry and port barrels for whisky maturation. Folks, whisky derives many of its flavours and characteristics from the barrels during maturation. The US supplies bourbon barrels, leaving port and sherry casks, which complete the trinity of whisky flavour profiles, to come from Australia and Europe mostly.

WineFriend: the wine buddy that delivers
An innovative wine company has been described as “primed for growth and investment” thanks to its focus on getting the basics of business right. WineFriend, which launched late last year, is a subscription service that takes the hassle and guesswork out of choosing a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price. It is the first company of its kind in New Zealand, delivering a customised selection of wine to its subscribers, based on their individual taste preferences.

Serving wine in larger glasses encourages people to drink more
Selling wine in larger glasses encourages people to drink more, even when the amount of wine served in different sized glass remains the same, new research suggests. Scientists at the University of Cambridge believe bigger glasses may encourage drinkers to consume their wine faster and therefore to order more. But they found the opposite effect did not occur when the same quantity of wine was served in smaller glasses.

Suspected death threat sent to Burgundy winemaker
French police are investigating a possible death threat sent to the home of a Burgundy wine union president, as tension in France grows over the use of pesticides in vineyards. A letter sent to the head of the Mâcon producers’ union, Jérôme Chevallier, warned of deaths unless growers stop using pesticides in their vineyards. Local police are treating the anonymous letter, sent to Chevallier’s home address, as a possible death threat.

Tesco simplifies own label range
Tesco has overhauled its own label wine range, removing two ‘confusing’ sub-brands to offer a more coherent and ‘recognizable’ range. The retailer confirmed today that 118 wines had been included in the “redesign” of the own label range, which has ditched the entry level ‘Vineyards World Wines’ and ‘Simply’ sub-brands to allow it to strip out duplication and devote more space to better-selling lines. Availability is also being improved, it said.

Jamie Ritchie appointed Sotheby’s head of wine
Jamie Ritchie has been named as Sotheby’s new ‘worldwide head of wine’ and will oversee all of the house’s wine auction and retail businesses. Ritchie, who has been at the auctioneer since 1990 and based in New York since 1994, has been responsible for conducting some of Sotheby’s most important fine wine sales to date.

New Zealand winemakers have a taste for punk rock
BLENHEIM, New Zealand — You expect pretty arrangements of flowers and just-so shrubs outside a wine-tasting room. And it’s not surprising to see lovely wine bottles and crystal drinking glasses displayed behind a classic wooden bar. But it’s not every winery you visit that has “I’m So Bored With the USA” by the Clash blasting while you swirl your chardonnay. Nor do most wineries have famous lyrics from the likes of John Lennon and the Stranglers imprinted in blocks between rows of yellow roses in the exterior garden.

Hunter Valley Wine Festival draws massive crowds
Hundreds of people swirled through the Crowne Plaza, wine glasses aloft, sampling the region’s finest drops for the Hunter Valley Wine Festival on Saturday. The biggest names in Hunter wine – from Tyrell to Tamburlaine – poured thousands of glasses to people from across the state. But there were a fair few underdogs spruiking right alongside the giants – proof that the Hunter has plenty more opportunity to yield.

New Zealand winemakers have a taste for punk rock
BLENHEIM, New Zealand — You expect pretty arrangements of flowers and just-so shrubs outside a wine-tasting room. And it’s not surprising to see lovely wine bottles and crystal drinking glasses displayed behind a classic wooden bar. But it’s not every winery you visit that has “I’m So Bored With the USA” by the Clash blasting while you swirl your chardonnay. Nor do most wineries have famous lyrics from the likes of John Lennon and the Stranglers imprinted in blocks between rows of yellow roses in the exterior garden.

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