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News posted on Monday, 8 May 2017

Bordeaux frost damage up to 2 billion Euro
"For Bordeaux wines we estimate that the impact will be a loss of about 50 percent, depend on how many buds can regrow," said Bernard Farges, head of the Syndicat des vins Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur. Source, Business Insider.

$6k a bottle vineyard ravaged by frost
We've all heard that Bordeaux has been suffering frost damage in recent weeks. Some vineyards, including the one that produces grapes for wines like Chateau Petrus and other premium labels, have seen the worst frost since 1991. Although devastating, it could mean a higher demand for the 2016 vintage. Source, NZ Herald.

Moderate wine intake has positive cognitive effects
Excessive alcohol consumption has a wide range of harmful health effects, but some previous research has indicated that a moderate intake of wine can have positive cognitive effects. A new study investigates why that may be the case. Source, Medical News Today.

English bubbles export to US and Italy
A shipment of Exton Park will make its way to Modena, following a successful trade mission to Italy which resulted in a listing with family-owned importer Premiere Italia, following feedback from customers to its annual trade tasting. Source, The Drinks Business.

Alibaba to supply Argentine wines to China
Argentine Malbec exports to Asia are expected to rise after China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, becomes the official channel to sell Argentina’s top agricultural products, following a memorandum signed between the Argentine government and Alibaba group. Source, The Drinks Business.

Stink bugs brought to Marlborough
The number one bio-security threat to the Marlborough wine industry, a hitch-hiking stink bug, has made its way to the region - albeit safely inside gel filled containers. The bugs have been brought in to help identify them against other bugs in the region. Source, Stuff.

One of the best wine seasons ever for Gisborne
The 2017 vintage growing season in Gisborne was one of the best experienced, with a challenging harvest at the end. Cloudy conditions made ripening a worry but phenological ripening was eventually achieved. Source, Gisborne Herald.

Chardonnay sales on the rise
James Halliday weighs in on the future of Chardonnay, claiming its destiny on making a comeback, and Master of wine Andrew Calliard goes through his favourites of the moment. Source, The Courier Mail.

Geoff Hardy finalist at Aus-China Business Awards
Wines by Geoff Hardy has been nominated in two award categories at the prestigious AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards 2017, which recognises business excellence in the Greater China market. Source, Winetitles.

Australia's best Blanc des Blancs
Clover Hill was highly awarded in the recently released Tyson Stelzer’s 2017 Australian Sparkling Report, which was was published last week. If you haven't yet viewed it, here's a reminder. Source, Winetitles.

Tourism minister visits Hunter Valley
The importance of tourism to the Hunter Valley’s economy was at the forefront of discussions when the state’s tourism minister visited the region this week. Source, Cessnock Advertiser.

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