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News posted on Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Australia dominates Saperavi awards
A gold miniature of “azarpesha” - ancient wine drinking vessel - will become the award of Saperavi World Prize, the first wine contest of Saperavi wines produced around the world. 13 of the 19 producers that have entered the competition have come from Australia, demonstrating the variety's success. Source, Winetitles.

Heavy rainfall across South Australia
South Australian farmers say the heavy falls recorded across parts of the state over the weekend might be enough to turn their failing seasons around. There was 10–30mm in the gauges across towns in the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula, with parts of the Lower Eyre Peninsula and the South East seeing rainfall events in excess of 60mm. Source, The ABC.

WFA Industry Briefing Communique
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) hosted an Australian Wine Industry Briefing in Adelaide on Thursday 20 July 2017. The WFA have released an official summary report on the briefing, for those who missed it. Source, Winemakers Federation of Australia.

Pig in the House shines for Windowrie
Windowrie Winery’s Pig In The House wines have shone at this year’s Cowra Wine Show, picking up medals across its range. Windowrie winemaker Anthony D’Onise was pleased with the result, up against wines from Margaret River and Adelaide Hills. Source, Cowra Guardian.

Dave Brooks reviews Crittenden Estates
"As a fan of sous voile wines, I’ve been waiting for the release of this Crittenden Estate 2013 Cri de Coeur Savagnin for a while.[...] A few Australian winemakers have attempted the style but Crittenden Estate has absolutely nailed it." Source, The Adelaide Review.

Millennials warping traditional wine market
They have made the trendy pink wine the fastest growing wine segment in the country and they are buying it heavily right through winter, destroying the idea it is only an Instagram-friendly summer tipple. Source, Stuff.

NZ medical authority wants supermarket wine ban
The New Zealand Medical Association said having alcohol in supermarkets normalised the drug, and made buying it cheap and easy – meaning people put a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in their trolley alongside their bread, milk and toilet paper without a second thought. Source, The Guardian.

Harvest begins in California
The 2017 grape harvest began early Monday morning in the North Coast. This year’s season resembles more of the historical norm as opposed to the early harvests in recent years and should wrap up by early November. Source, The Press Democrat.

A new Napa-Focused wine website
The San Francisco Chronicle, one of California's oldest and most relied-upon newspapers, uncorked their newest media property today, a new wine-focused website fittingly called The Press. The new site will act as an interactive guide to neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties. Source, Food and Wine.

Dispute over Canadian wine sales
The U.S. government’s annual report on trade barriers highlights a complaint that would be shared by many Canadian consumers: in many parts of the country, province-run liquor control boards restrict the sale of wine, beer and spirits. Source, The Star.

Wine compounds could prevent flu infections
A compound found in foods such as black tea, red wine and blueberries can prevent severe flu infections in mice, according to new research published in the journal Science. The research, by the Washington University School of Medicine, also indicates that consuming the plant flavonoids before flu develops will limit its impact. Source, Spectator Health.

Biosecurity tips
Tip#12: Avoid pruning during or immediately after rain (>2mm) to minimise trunk disease infection. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

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