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News posted on Monday, 8 August 2016

Clare Valley winemaker Peter Barry in court over alleged assault
A PROMINENT member of one of the state’s most decorated winemaking families has faced court charged with assaulting another man. Winemaker Peter Barry, of Clare, was charged by police after an incident at North Adelaide on June 30, in which he allegedly assaulted John Litchfield. Barry is the managing director of acclaimed Clare Valley winery Jim Barry Wines, which was established by his father in the late 1950s.

Invitation extended to cool climate Chardonnay producers
Australian producers of cool climate Chardonnay are being invited to take part in a tasting of the style soon to be conducted by the Wine & Viticulture Journal. It follows a tasting of cool climate Shiraz by the Journal earlier this year with the results to be published in its September-October issue which will have a special focus on cool climate viticulture.

Tax changes will prompt layoffs in WA wine industry, vintners warn
Geoff Barrett planted 80 hectares of grapevines on his property near Margaret River in Western Australia in 2001. Watershed Premium Wines has since become one of the region's success stories, employing 56 workers across its viticulture, restaurant, cellar door and sales teams. But with Federal Government changes to wine taxation due next year, Mr Barrett said some of those jobs were at risk.

IWSC trophies see a mix of winners from big and boutique brands
The International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2016 were held last week, and the winners included spirits by big names like CCA/Beam Suntory and Bacardi-Martini, to boutique brands like Australia’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. Beam Suntory were one of the biggest winners on the night, taking out three major awards, including the Worldwide Bourbon trophy for Jim Beam Black and Worldwide Whiskey trophy for Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, both of which are distributed in Australia by Coca-Cola Amatil.

Expanding the Marlborough wine industry
To grow any further, the Marlborough wine industry needs accommodation and it needs labour. Reporter Oliver Lewis takes a look at the challenge facing the $1 billion industry. Behind every bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the wine that put New Zealand on the map, lies the unseen work of thousands of pairs of hands. From a handful of vineyards in the 1970s to the engine room of the pumping wine export economy, the Marlborough wine industry has transformed the physical and social landscape of the region.

Wine flood 'was act of sabotage'
A RADICAL group of wine producers in the Aude has claimed responsibility for flooding the streets of Sète with thousands of gallons of wine. The Comité Régional d'Action Viticole (CRAV) said it was behind the sabotage of vats of wine at a wine facility in the town owned by Biron, which caused an estimated 50,000 litres of wine to flood basements, car parks and homes, Midi Libre reports.

What killed these three vineyard workers in California’s Central Valley?
United Farm Workers—America’s largest farm workers union—is reporting that the three farm workers who died last week on three separate vineyards in California were suffering from undue heat exposure. All of the deaths took place in Kern County in California’s fertile Central Valley. However, the Kern County coroner’s office is disputing that heat was a factor in at least one of the women’s deaths, who fell ill after working in the hot sun.

Egypt wineries struggle to revive derided industry
Men and women harvest Merlot grapes under the scorching sun in one of Egypt's up-and-coming vineyards, as the Muslim-majority desert country strives to win over international wine connoisseurs. "It's a great story, what we've done with Egyptian wine," said a proud Labib Kallas, as he inspected vines planted in reclaimed desert land north of Cairo on a hot day in July.

Hundreds farewell wine pioneer
No one was ever in much doubt about what Richard Riddiford was thinking. Those were the words of Tim Castle, who recited a Karakia which wrapped up yesterday’s private funeral service for the wine pioneer. Between 500 and 600 people gathered to remember Mr Riddiford in his hometown of Martinborough at Palliser Estate, of which he was a founding director. The 65-year-old died last Tuesday following a short battle with cancer.

Team takes steps toward examining the DNA of the world's wine regions
UBC researchers are one step closer to identifying the biological personalities of the world's greatest wines. In a recent study, UBC researchers Dan Durall and Mansak (Ben) Tantikachornkiat developed a technique that combines a process to identify the full spectrum of DNA in yeast and bacteria samples with a technique that distinguishes between live and dead micro-organisms.

A shake-up for Rockpool's wine team
The Rockpool Group’s beverage director and sommelier David Lawler, has announced he’ll leave the Sydney restaurant group this month to start his own business venture. Lawler will be replaced by the current head sommelier of Rockpool est. 1989, Sebastian Crowther MS, who will move to Melbourne to assume the beverage director role and management of the wine lists for Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple and Rosetta Ristorante.

Sherry makes comeback as tipple of choice
SHERRY, once the go-to aperitif for the English tea-drinking classes, has been making a comeback, against the odds, and with such dramatic force that the power of its appeal needs understanding and interpretation. Its decline was fairly recent — primarily in the past two decades of the 20th century — and it came off so splendid a bull run that for a time the pundits said it was simply "a market correction".

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