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News posted on Thursday, 7 December 2017

Australian wine exports dominate in China
China imported 8.42 million litres of bottled Australian wines in October worth about US$69.6 million, while its bottled French wine imports totalled US$63.76 million for 12.89 million litres, according to the latest figures revealed by China Association for Imports and Exports of Wine & Spirits. Source, The Drinks Business.

Krinklewood vineyard to be sold
After 20 years farming the Broke Fordwich area, NSW, the Windrim family has decided to sell boutique winery Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard. The southern end of the Broke Fordwich valley has a slightly cooler climate than most Hunter Valley wineries, which allows the vineyard to explore less Hunter specific varietals. Source, Drinks Central.

Wine destined for dumping recycled as spirits
Winemakers often bleed off some juice before fermentation as a sacrifice to intensify the resulting wine and get a better concentration of colour. Called saignee (literally “bleeding”), this runoff is sometimes used to make Rosé wine but more often is simply discarded, expensively and wastefully, and treated in septic systems to prevent damage to the neighbouring soils. Source, The Chicago Tribune.

The computer that saved a vineyard
As helicopters rescued people and their pets off Atlas Peak, in Napa, Calif., one night in October, Christian Palmaz was nearby battling his own flames. His task: to save his family’s winery, Palmaz Vineyards. Source, Bloomberg.

Vinexpo prepares to take on New York
Vinexpo New York will take place over two days, from 5-6 March 2018, and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More than 115 exhibitors have already registered, representing countries including Australia, Austria, France, South Africa, Spain and the US, as well as from Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Russia, Sweden and Uruguay. Source, The Drinks Business.

Fungus resistant vines win award
Patrice Bersac, president of two wine associations SyVIF (Île de France) and SyVINO (North-West) in France hit the headlines last week when he challenged the Syndicat Général des Vignerons de la Champagne (SGV) to approve the planting of new vines in the region. Source, Beverage Daily.

Hosting events at the winery
Crittenden Estate is hosting Essential Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night as part of the company’s 16th summer of Shakespeare in the vines. Marketing manager Zoe Crittenden said the opportunity to be involved was too good to pass up. Source, The Herald Sun.

Barossa Enterprises host open day
Pride and satisfaction in the work provided at Barossa Enterprises was evident during the Nuriootpa site’s open day on Thursday. More than 50 people from the community were invited for morning tea to chat with staff and employees and tour the extensive site. Source, The Barossa Herald.

A lazy Sunday light red from Golden Child
Considering our climate, we tend to drink red wine a little warm around this time of the year. A little chill to those reds that are lighter on the tannin does wonders for both the wine and the disposition of those emptying the bottle. Source, The Adelaide Review.

Vidal Estate snags esteemed wine award
Hawke's Bay's Vidal Estate has been named the country's best performing wine producer for the year by renowned New Zealand wine advisor Raymond Chan. This week the Hastings winery achieved the Winery of the Year award, recognising the wine producer that submitted the best wines for review through the year. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Christmas wines
Tweaking old favourites or dabbling with a new glaze for the ham will be enough to keep people contented. The same could be said for the wine. Rose is going from strength to strength, being drier and more food-friendly, proving a nifty each way bet at the Christmas table served cool on a warm summer’s day. Source, The Otago Daily Times.

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