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News posted on Thursday, 8 June 2017

Wine descriptions sell wine
Consumers are much more influenced by wine label descriptions than previously thought. Research by the University of Adelaide has shown wine descriptions can alter consumer emotions, increase how much they like a wine and encourage them to pay more for a bottle. Source, Weekly Times.

Cloning in preparation for climate change
Australia's winemakers are uniquely placed with grape types which, if cloned, could challenge established varieties in major markets such as the USA. Michael McCarthy a Primary Research Scientist for Viticulture at SARDI has been involved in the testing of cloned grapes from warm regions. Source, ABC.

Shiraz from Clare Valley takes top spot
A Shiraz from a Clare Valley vineyard set up primarily to make world-class Cabernet Sauvignon claimed the top spot in the World Ranking of Wines and Spirits. The Shiraz was named the 2016 wine of the year in the contest conducted by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists. Source, The Courier Mail.

Wine Communicator Awards - entries open
Entries are now open for WCA’s prestigious annual Wine Communicator of the Year Awards, which this year will be offered in 10 categories. This year be split in to two distinct categories, technical and trade, and consumer. A new category has also been developed for Best Wine Public Relations Campaign. Source, Food Mag.

Export markets strengthen, prices rise
Optimism in the Australian wine industry is booming with prices up and vineyards sitting stale on the market being snatched up. According to figures from Wine Australia, China remains our biggest export market and recorded the largest growth in the last year. Source, ABC.

Shaky Bridge wines goes in to liquidation
A legal battle between Customs and a Central Otago wine company over unpaid duty is over. Customs sought an order placing Shaky Bridge Wines Limited into liquidation while the Alexander-registered company owed $349,464.86. Source, Stuff.

China's top ten wine importers by volume
China is having quite the party at the moment, with the country quaffing US$15.29 billion worth of wines last year. With China’s wine imports set to grow, we took a closer look at the country’s top wine importers that are responsible for driving up its numbers. Source, The Drinks Business.

The waiting game
"Wine keeps, but who keeps wine? Not many of us actually, a fact I've bemoaned before in this column. Australia has the edge on us in that regard. Across the ditch there's a more active cellaring culture than exists here," writes John Saker. Source, Stuff.

The new South Africa
Some outstanding and much talked about wine producers in South Africa at the moment make wine that are different from what you normally would expect from this country. Some would call their wines natural wines. But more importantly, they make wines with character and personality. Source, Forbes.

Lidl prepares its wine range ahead of US launch
Lidl US is flagging up recent large wins at two US-based wine awards, and adopting colour coded taste descriptors in store to tempt US consumers into its wine aisles. Source, The Drinks Business.

10 ways to open wine without a corkscrew
“If you’re really in a pinch, I’m not opposed to pushing the cork into the bottle with a blunt object and decanting out any cork bits,” says master sommelier Whitney Adams. Source, Paste Magazine.

The waiting game
"Wine keeps, but who keeps wine? Not many of us actually, a fact I've bemoaned before in this column. Australia has the edge on us in that regard. Across the ditch there's a more active cellaring culture than exists here," writes John Saker. Source, Stuff.

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