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News posted on Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#12: Regularly inspect your vines for anything unusual or different. Seek help to identify what the problem is. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

Proposed pipeline a step closer for Yarra Valley
The Victorian government is supporting a proposal to pipe recycled water to winemakers in the Coldstream and Gruyere area, to secure their water supply and help them produce more wine. The Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, recently met with growers and landholders in the Yarra Valley to discuss the $15.6 million Coldstream Recycled Water Pipeline project. Source, Winetitles

NZ vineyard owner strikes Pinot Noir gold
Nearly 20 years ago, Felton Road Wines owner Nigel Greening went on a treasure hunt. He struck gold. Greening celebrated Felton Road's 20th vintage at the weekend with hoards of invited guests, long-time customers, friends, workers and family. Source, Stuff

Why aren't there more Central Otago Chardonnays?
Found at the bottom of NZ's South Island, the wine region of Central Otago has become synonymous with Pinot Noir, thanks to a strong track record of production in the last 20 years. The region has been focused almost singularly on the red Burgundian grape variety, nearly to the exclusion of its traditional white counterpart, Chardonnay. Source, Vinography

A marriage of oak and whites endures
Writing in Wine Business Monthly's November 2017 issue, the well-informed Liza the Wine Chick (Liza Zimmerman) said, “almost all mass-produced, inexpensive whites [white wines] are seeing some type of oak element, many of them with chips or some type of more-affordable barrel substitute.” Source, Forbes.

The world's best job?
Moet & Chandon’s wine quality manager tastes bottles everyday. How does a professional champagne taster stay sober throughout the day? For Marie-Christine Osselin, Moet & Chandon’s wine quality manager, water is her best friend. Source, South China Morning Post.

Celebrate Merlot day
Overproduction of the easy-to-grow variety nearly destroyed the U.S. consumer’s taste for Merlot. However, great producers never missed a beat, continuing to create juicy, flavorful Merlot-based wines from historic vineyards all over the world. National Merlot Day is November 7. Here’s how to celebrate. Source, D Magazine.

Save on wine costs by going draught
Draught wine could be as big in the UK as it is in the States, according to the co-founders of Love Wine on Tap, but the current stigma surrounding it needs to be broken down. Source, The Morning Advertiser.

Margaret River's best
The 2017 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show attracted 110 exhibitors and 764 entries to Ramada Resort in Dunsborough, WA last week. A staggering 427 medals were awarded, representing 56% of entries and the depth of quality in the region. Source, Winetitles.

Australia's greatest Shiraz
The 2017 Great Shiraz Challenge has wrapped up for another year. The Oatley family are particularly chuffed as their 2015 Four In Hand Barossa Shiraz was awarded Best Shiraz Of Show and Best South Australian Shiraz. Source, Winetitles.

Your guide to Rootstock 2017
Rootstock Sydney is a wild party, certainly. But it's a party with far more grit and vision than most. The festival celebrates organic and biodynamic wines, beer and spirits, along with the clever artisans and producers behind them. Here's what to drink, eat and do at Australia’s largest natural wine festival. Source, Gourmet Traveller.

Ashton Hills Piccadilly Pinot Noir
Hailing from three Piccadilly sites, this Pinot Noir from Ashton Hills is delicate, drinkable and downright delicious, writes Dave Brookes. "Three Piccadilly sites make the cut for this blend: the Ashton Hills home vineyard; Jim Grigg’s Cemetery Block at Uraidla and the Bickles Road, Summertown block, which is managed by the Blefari family." Source, The Adelaide Review.

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