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News posted on Friday, 9 June 2017

$500k toward non-GMO yeast research
Renaissance BioScience Corp. is to receive up to $500,000 in research and development funding from the Government of Canada to advance its next-generation yeast development platform. The funding will support the company's research in to developing non-GMO yeast strains. Source, Winetitles.

Australian Women in Wine Awards
Wine Australia has teamed up with the Australian Women in Wine Awards to host the 2017 awards in London - the first time that the winners will be announced outside of Australia. As part of the event, Wine Australia will be running tastings for trade and consumers on 26 September. Source, Winetitles.

Frenchman says Aussie wine is best
He is the great nephew of Lily Bollinger and the descendant of a Champagne dynasty, but Xavier Bizot, general manager of Brian Croser’s Tapanappa in the Adelaide Hills, says the best wine he has ever tasted was Australian. Source, The Drinks Business.

Wine waste to feed abalone
Waste from the wine industry is being developed into aquaculture feed with highly promising results. The research has so far produced a cheaper, better performing food source made from grape marc for the farmed abalone industry. Source, The Lead.

A new cellar door for Rutherglen
James&Co opened on Thursday in the Main Street building formerly occupied by homewares store Passion Flora. Cornishtown couple Ricky and Georgie James wanted a space to showcase their James&Co wine range and a wedding photography studio. Source, The Border Mail.

Free lay-baaaah
Sheep are the newest employees at Featherstone Winery, where they will help tend the vineyards by munching on weeds and lower leaves over the summer. They are really good at thinning the vines, and they never eat the grapes. Source, The Globe and Mail.

What to expect from Vinexpo
Close to 50,000 visitors from 150 countries will mingle, swirl, taste, dine, attend conferences and swap business cards within 15 covered acres (6 hectares) where more than 2,300 exhibitors—many in custom, sumptuous booths—will be available to answer questions and let visitors sample their wares. Source, Forbes.

A surprise sparkling success
Cambridge Wine Merchants is celebrating in style after a Champagne that it imports topped a 100 strong field in a global tasting organised by Decanter magazine. Hal Wilson, who owns Cambridge Wine Merchants, submitted samples of Champagne Pierre Bertrand Premier Cru Brut. Source, Cambridge News.

UK supermarket exercising creative license
New Zealand winery Villa Maria has asked a British supermarket giant to pull a rival house wine label from its shelves, claiming the labels are too similar. Villa Maria has approached Sainsbury's in London following public confusion around the supermarket's cheaper Villetta Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc label. Source, Stuff.

Port Nelson wins environmental award
Port Nelson has been nationally recognised after cutting the time its trucks are on the road by 10,000 hours.Its QuayConnect freight logistics model aimed to reduce fuel consumption and energy usage, with particular focus on the way wine is transported. Source, Stuff.

Margaret River takes out gold award
The Margaret River region has been recognised as the ‘Best Australian food and wine region' in Luxury Travel Magazine's annual Gold List Awards. Source, The Busselton Mail.

Wine awards come to Wolfville
The wine industry gets plenty of attention in Nova Scotia this month as, just days after the Atlantic Wine Symposium wraps up in Halifax, the WineAlign National Wine Awards are to be held in Wolfville. Source, The Chronicle Herald.

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