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News posted on Monday, 9 May 2016

New awards celebrate partnerships in wine
ENTRY IS NOW OPEN for the national ‘Wine Industry Impact Awards’. Hosted by Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA), the awards are an evolution of the highly-successful ‘supplier of the year awards’ according to Matthew Moate, WISA executive officer. “This new format will be far more industry inclusive, accessible and newsworthy allowing for greater participation and relevant outcomes," Moate said.

New awards celebrate partnerships in wine
ENTRY IS NOW OPEN for the national ‘Wine Industry Impact Awards’. Hosted by Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA), the awards are an evolution of the highly-successful ‘supplier of the year awards’ according to Matthew Moate, WISA executive officer. “This new format will be far more industry inclusive, accessible and newsworthy allowing for greater participation and relevant outcomes," Moate said.

Treasury Wine hopes big UK brand will blossom in Australia
Treasury Wine Estates will bypass big liquor store retailers Woolworths and Coles in the first phase of an Australian launch of powerhouse United Kingdom brand Blossom Hill to help reduce cannibalisation with its own bulging local portfolio of brands. Treasury, the maker of Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Rosemount, is taking a punt that it can replicate the success of Blossom Hill, which is the No.1 selling white wine in the United Kingdom by both volume and value, and No.1 in the fast-growing rosé category. Blossom Hill is also the No.2 red wine brand in the UK market.

Riverland’s top wine gems on the London stage
IT’S a long way from the red earth and flowing Murray of the Riverland wine region to the capital of the United Kingdom, but that’s where six selected wines from the often underrated corner of SA are starring this week at the London Wine Trade Fair. Just three Australian regions from Australia’s 70 designated wine growing districts have been chosen as a focus in masterclasses at the fair which attracts major importers, independent retailers, hotel groups and top restaurants.

Fears for a taxing time for local wine
Bendigo winemakers are crunching the numbers after the federal government announced changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax in this year’s budget. For some, the changes could spell financial disaster. For others, it could create a more even playing field.

Wine competition heats up: Penfolds to the Philippine market
AFTER Spain, it is now Australia’s turn to seek a bigger share of the Philippine wine market, as it introduced Penfolds, one of its oldest wineries, in the country. Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador Patrick Dowling said during its upscale launch in Makati City that they have to bring their iconic brand to the Philippines, because of a growing middle class that is fast understanding the finer points wine.

New Zealand’s leading wine company welcomes new managing director
Constellation Brands New Zealand, the country’s leading wine exporter, is pleased to announce that Simon Towns will take the reins as President and Managing Director. Mr Towns, an Auckland native, returns home to New Zealand after serving as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development for Constellation in the US, and leading growth strategies for several food and beverage brands internationally.

Unmanned helicopter could revolutionise spraying vineyards in Marlborough
A super-drone could be the future of spraying seed and fertiliser across back country farms and boutique vineyards. The Yamaha RMAX, unmanned helicopter or UAV, dwarfs your traditional helicopter but is bigger in size than a remote controlled toy. Yamaha sky division UAV operator Greg Quinn put it through its paces in front of 30 intrigued farmers and vineyard operators at Omaka airfield, outside Blenheim on Friday.

The wine tasting that shocked the world
Forty years ago, a publicity stunt for a small wine school in Paris changed the world of wine forever. The scene would look unremarkable today: Nine wine professionals swirling, sniffing, sipping, spitting and scoring their way through 20 wines in a 'blind tasting', meaning the wines were not identified until after the scores were tallied. Yet the Paris Tasting, also known as the 'Judgment of Paris', became famous because of its quirky cast of characters, a bit of luck and, most of all, the results: California wines beat the best of France.

How wine sulfites became the 'bad guys'
Interest in more naturally made wines—whether they’re organic, biodynamic, or brandish neither certification—is growing alongside a general consumer shift towards foods that contain fewer artificial, processed ingredients. But when imbibers flip over a wine bottle for more information on what’s inside, they don’t find an ingredient list or a nutrition label. Instead, the tag 'contains sulfites' jumps out menacingly. And while most people don’t know exactly what the phrase means, the warning has created a perception that sulfites must be harmful and should be avoided.

Buy it now: EBay decides it's time to sell wine
EBay has become the latest e-commerce business to launch a major wine initiative, announcing eBay Wine and its 10,000 selections last week. It's joining an increasingly crowded field—dozens of startups have scrambled for a piece of the online beverage-sales pie in the past few years, a dramatic change from 15 to 20 years ago, when some large online retailers, eBay included, tried wine and failed.

Rethink, rediscover South African wine
Sommelier Will Predhomme, brought a new vision of South Africa to a thirsty crowd of wine lovers at Fred, on Agricola Street in Halifax, who attended a South African inspired pop up dinner event catered by Local Source and hosted by With Zest. The event featured wines from quality minded producers such as House of Mandela, Cederberg, Reyneke, Thelema, Beyerskloof, The Drift and others.


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