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News posted on Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fogarty Wine Group & McWilliam’s expand alliance
The Directors of FWG and MWG are pleased to announce an expanded alliance between the two family wine companies. This will strengthen a significant portfolio of wine brands in Western Australia and establish a platform to grow the two businesses nationally and globally. Source, Winetitles.

WFA and AV welcome ERWSP grant guidelines
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Australian Vignerons welcomed the Australian Government’s release of the draft guidelines for the grant components of the $50m Export and Regional Wine Support Package. There are three grants under the package. Source, Winetitles.

McGuigan and Peterson buy ‘Ben Ean’ from TWE
Local Hunter Valley wine identities, Brian McGuigan and Colin Peterson, have entered into an agreement to purchase the site at 119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW. Popularly known as ‘Ben Ean’ and historically home to the Lindeman’s Cellar Door and 1843 Harvest Café, McGuigan and Peterson will acquire the site from Treasury Wine Estates. Source, Winetitles.

Family wineries unite with DtC sales
Family-run wineries throughout Australia have joined forces to counter the dominance of major supermarkets, in an initiative led by WA businessman Kevin Sorgiovanni. Fed up with cheaper supermarket labels being disguised as high-end brands and diminishing shelf space for small independent winemakers, Mr Sorgiovanni has developed Seekwine Australia. Source, The West Australian.

From bubbles to blueberries
In 2009 there was a glut of wines grapes on the market, and the prices were plummeting. West Cape Howe winery knew. they needed to add another crop. Vineyard manager Grant Lubcke said Mount Barker Blueberrie,is was established after some market research and a visit to a blueberry operation in eastern Australia. Source, The ABC.

NZ aromatics play the long game
One can scarcely talk about New Zealand wine without mentioning Sauvignon Blanc. Today, the two are inseparable, so intertwined that it’s difficult to remember what the country’s winemakers did before striking gold with Marlborough Sauvignon. Source, The Drinks Business.

Program launch in brand new Urban Winery
Summer Food and Wine Classic was officially launched last night in among the barrels at the Bay's newest winery in Ahuriri. The Urban Winery, in the old National Tobacco Company building, was filled with sponsors, organisers and partners of the region's premiere wine and food event. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

The beginning of the end of wine procurement
"Will wine sales and delivery channels be swept up in the national trend – from pushing a squeaky shopping cart at your local supermarket to the “let your fingers do the walking” virtual shopping cart?" Source, The Examiner.

Supermarket receives complaint about wine label
UK supermarket chain Iceland has received a complaint from a customer in Clydebank in Scotland, questioning the positioning of the Fat B*****d wine range stocked by the retailer. The customer asked why Iceland believed it was acceptable to stock the Fat B*****d wine range at “child eye-level”. Source, The Drinks Business.

Why it's so hard to tell if expensive wine is fake
As In Vino Duplicitas emphasises, people are prone to "fooling ourselves into believing". There is something about the proximity to a rare old bottle that induces a kind of dizzying frisson that suspends critical judgement. Source, Luxemborg Wort.

French somm praises Armenian wine
One of France’s best winemakers Franck Thomas, who was named Europe’s best sommelier in 2000, has praised the quality of Armenian wine, reported Armenia’s Ministry of Agriculture. “Armenia is an interesting country for me because it is one of the birthplaces of wine,” said Thomas. Source, Asbarez.

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