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News posted on Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Noosa Food & Wine Festival and Berardo’s collapse leaves creditors stranded
The collapse of the Noosa Food & Wine Festival has left a storm of discontent for the many local small businesses, particularly restaurants, queuing up for their share of the $801,195.38 owed to unsecured creditors. The future of the popular festival remains uncertain after the collapse of the company that owned the event and the restaurant Berardo’s. The voluntary administration of Noosa Food & Wine Events Pty Ltd has left not only local restaurants as unsecured creditors but also employee entitlements of $134,316.00.

Telling the story behind wine will boost global standing, says Wine Australia
Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products. The organisation says the challenge affects the whole sector but particularly fine wine, and means products currently command lower prices than warranted. It hopes to tackle the problem with ‘an unwavering focus on increasing the appreciated of our distinctively Australian fine wine.’

Crowdfunding helps convert Margaret River winemaker to organic operation
A West Australian winemaker has been paid by consumers to convert to organic, after a successful crowdfunding campaign helped him buy a Margaret River vineyard. Ben Gould used the money raised through crowdfunding for a deposit to buy the vineyard in Yallingup Siding, where he will produce his wine organically on site. "We told our mailing list: 'Look, here's a big place we want to get. We need a deposit, we want to convert it organic, buy your wine from us just for this period of time and we might be able to get it'," he said.

Communities welcome AGL's licence sell back
Vignerons in the Hunter Valley say a decade-long battle against gas company AGL has paid off, now they have secured their land against coal seam gas exploration. The New South Wales government has cancelled two petroleum exploration licences in the Hunter, covering much of Wine Country and the Upper Hunter. The licences were sold back to the government under a buy-back scheme and has reduced the coal seam gas exploration footprint in New South Wales to nine per cent.

Rosemount Estate launches Meal Matchers
Rosemount Estate is launching a new ‘Meal Matchers’ range of wines through Liquorland stores nationally, from 15 July. The range features Rosemount Estate ‘Shiraz & Steak’ 2014 and Rosemount Estate ‘Chardonnay & Chicken’ 2015 with screen printed packaging to create a fun and casual interpretation on the traditional wine label. The new range places classic food and wine pairings on the front of the bottles to give consumers an easy choice for a wine match with meals.

Rosemount Estate launches Meal Matchers
Rosemount Estate is launching a new ‘Meal Matchers’ range of wines through Liquorland stores nationally, from 15 July. The range features Rosemount Estate ‘Shiraz & Steak’ 2014 and Rosemount Estate ‘Chardonnay & Chicken’ 2015 with screen printed packaging to create a fun and casual interpretation on the traditional wine label. The new range places classic food and wine pairings on the front of the bottles to give consumers an easy choice for a wine match with meals.

Hawke's Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 announced
Caleb Dennis from Craggy Range has been named the Bayer Hawke's Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 and now goes through to the National Final. This annual competition is now in its 10th year and has become an important fixture in the viticultural calendar, giving young vitis the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge as well as make a name for themselves within the industry.

Two brands, three blokes, one new wine company
Two renowned Marlborough wine brands are joining forces, with the backing of former employees. Highfield and TerraVin Wines will now be known as Highfield TerraVin Ltd. Winemakers Alistair Soper and Gordon Ritchie have joined with General Manager Pete Coldwell to run the new company, with all three men having some strong goals in mind. “Both brands have made names for themselves with high quality wines,” Mr Coldwell said. “Highfield is renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Traditionelle, while TerraVin is celebrated for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.”

Winegrowers tackle climate change issues at annual meeting
The 38th annual World Congress of Vine and Wine opened on Monday in the western German city of Mainz, a city situated just east of southwestern Germany's premier wine-growing regions. Among the key topics for some 450 experts attending the Congress, which runs until Friday - how wine growers can deal with the impacts of climate change. The Congress was opened by Peter Bleser, a deputy minister in Germany's ministry of agriculture. "We're focusing on quality, originality and regionality rather than quantity," Bleser said in relation to the country's wine industry.

Californian wine struggling with supply
There is a “growing mismatch” between supply and demand that is badly hampering the Californian wine industry, new analysis has claimed. Bumper harvests and vineyard expansion across the state over the last three years has created a situation where those bulk producing areas that least require overstocked inventories are struggling to shift produce. Similarly, because of changing consumer trends towards premium wines, the more esteemed regions that could do with more production aren’t expanding quick enough.

Hong Kong: Red obsession
While whites are starting to be taken seriously in Hong Kong restaurants, the city is still seeing red, with Bordeaux continuing to steal hearts. “THE HONG wine scene is where London was 10-15 years ago,” declares Master Sommelier Yohann Jousselin over lunch at Petrus restaurant up in the clouds on the 56th floor of the Island Shangri-La hotel in HK’s business district, Pacific Place. Jousselin has been head sommelier at the hotel for the last year, having moved from gambling Mecca Macau where he was in charge of wine at L’Atelier de Joe¨l Robuchon.

London Wine Fair 2016 brought forward
The organisers of the London Wine Fair have confirmed dates for next year’s show, bringing it forward by two weeks to better tie in with the buying schedules of UK and international visitors. The 2016 London Wine Fair will run from Tuesday, 3 May to Thursday, 5 May at London’s Olympia. This year’s event ran from 18 to 20 May. Ross Carter, show director, said of the change: “Our exhibitors and visitors have been saying to us that an earlier date would dovetail more effectively with their buying timeframes.”

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