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News posted on Wednesday, 8 June 2016

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show Announced
Beverage Trade Network is pleased to announce the launch of the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) in San Francisco on July 26-27, 2017. IBWSS will give supermarkets, retailers, restaurants, wineries, distilleries and other buyers a premiere international platform to source bulk wine and spirits and meet private label suppliers.

Barossa loses a favourite son
The Barossa Valley became a little less voluble over the weekend, as word spread of the loss of a man loved and respected by many. Fifth-generation grape grower and winemaker Kym Jenke passed away suddenly on Saturday. Through a myriad of online tributes, Kym – who was also known for his love for hot rods – has been remembered as a character with a zest for life and infectious smile.

PHILIP WHITE: The climate is ripe for some workable wine policy
Philip White goes looking for election policy which could help the wine industry face the new extremities of climate. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I do believe the posh bits of the east coast of Australia just started to fall into the Pacific Ocean. Like ancient Viking gods that feed on CO2, the evil weather warriors, Niño and Niña, are at war in a manner few understand. We’ll call this wild tide early coastal collateral damage.

Australia’s Mediterranean varieties driving next cycle of interest in UK
Australia’s future popularity in the UK may well ride on the growing number of Mediterranean varieties emerging from the country, delivering a more niche and premium proposition than the established reliance on volume sales. “The mood in Australia is slowly moving back to some cautious optimism,” John Angove of Angove Family Wines told Harpers.

Around 15,000 people expected to visit local wineries this weekend
Silos Estate is among the many vineyards opening their cellar doors for a three-day festival of wine and local produce this long weekend. Owner Rajarshi Ray is the festival coordinator and said most of the wineries involved were in the Gerringong, Shoalhaven Heads, Kangaroo Valley and Nowra areas. “We have got a good group of people involved this year starting in the north with Crooked River Wines and Roselea Vineyard near Gerringong.

Tyrrell's Semillon earns Legends title
A 22-YEAR-OLD Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Semillon has been declared an international Legend of Wine by the British “bible of wines”, Decanter magazine. The listing places the Tyrrell’s flagship 1994 Vat 1 Semillon among such Decanter Legends as Krug champagne, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc, Egon Muller-Scharzhof, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Lafite and Chateau d’Yquem.

Marlborough wine students get helping hand with scholarships
A change in career has proved the right move for a Marlborough lawyer and chef, who have won scholarships to support their winemaking studies. Family law practitioner Barbara Mead and Karaka Cuisine chef Sander de Wildt, who are both in their second year of study for a Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking at the NMIT campus in Blenheim, are two of 120 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students to receive $1500 scholarships.

Invivo signs wine distribution deal with Lion
A Waikato winery backed by Irish comedian Graham Norton has signed a distribution deal with beverage giant Lion. Lion will distribute Invivo Wines' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough Pinot Gris and Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc nationwide. Invivo is big on branding and notched up a marketing coup in 2011 when it secured Graham Norton as a "brand ambassador".

Women winemakers of Burgundy
They used to call them “the hidden generation.” The women of Burgundy’s domaines: once banned, never heard, and rarely seen. Women in the shadows. The women of the hidden generation were the mothers and grandmothers of today’s rock star wine makers like Ludivine Griveau, Hospices de Beaune’s first female wine maker since 1443. Her 2015 inaugural vintage broke all previous auction records.

A 1,000-Euro investment in French wine repays bonds with booze
French winemakers are looking for new investors, and for 1,000 euros (A$1,500) they’ll let anyone in. Bordeaux-based entrepreneur Maxime Debure says producers in his famous wine-making region, and others like it, need money and they are opening up to raising it online from private investors with smaller tickets.

Dispelling China’s Prosecco confusion
Prosecco producers need to invest more time in cultivating the Chinese market in order to clear up the ‘confusion’ which currently surrounds Prosecco, says the CEO of historic winery, Villa Sandi. Speaking to the drinks business Hong Kong during this year’s Vinexpo, the CEO of Villa Sandi, Giancarlo Moretti Polegato said that China could be a “prime market” for Prosecco but a lack of information put off potential consumers as they viewed Prosecco to be a “poorer version” of Champagne.

Interview: Moët Hennessy’s Rodney Williams talks Champagne
Champagne, often considered a leading indicator of the health of the overall wine market, has shown strong growth in the U.S. lately, with volume up 5% to 1.38 million cases and per-case value leaping 20% to $334 last year, according to Impact Databank.Moët Hennessy USA’s Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon combine for 835,000 cases annually, accounting for more than 60% of the total U.S. Champagne category, and both brands showed solid progress in 2015, as Veuve Clicquot climbed 9% and Moët & Chandon grew 4%.

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