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News posted on Tuesday, 9 August 2016

No matter the stated trade agreement, wine Protectionism lives on
A recent story in Wines and Vines Magazine (W&V), Made me think way back to the 1980s when, in an effort to help New York grape growers whose livelihoods were on the line because of the collapse of the state’s large wineries, the New York legislature and governor had a bright idea: limit sales of wine coolers in grocery stores to products produced with grapes grown only in New York.

Bordeaux: The Fallacy of Futures
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it made “cents” to pay for wine up to two years in advance. Those were heady times, and the equation was simple. It was found in nearly every wine book I purchased back in the 1980s and early ’90s. It went something like this: “Buy two cases. Cellar one and sell the other after it’s appreciated in value. It’s like drinking for free.”

Nearly 90% of UK wine drinkers considering themselves ‘wine buffs’
According to a recent survey of 1,586 Brits, conducted by UK research and consulting firm Ginger Research, 88% of respondents said they considered themselves a wine buff or a wine lover. The research was undertaken on behalf of The Co-Op. Ben Cahill, Co-Op wine buyer, said the survey produced some really interesting insights into how we’ve become more interested in wine as a nation.

Iranian investor moves in on Georgian wine region
A private Iranian investor holding company, ARIC LLC is building a ‘Green Village’ wine tourism attraction in Kakheti, one of Georgia’s most historic wine producing regions. Initial plans for the Green Village project include to develop vineyards, fruit gardens, a nut plantation, a wine production facility and five-star villas in Sagarejo, a town in Kakheti, 58 kilometres from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

Drinking in the science with the AWRI
Wine lovers will learn more about their favourite drop from scientists at The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) in an evening of wine tasting and science on 16 August in Adelaide. For more than 60 years the AWRI has provided scientific research and support for the Australian wine industry. This event will give AWRI scientists a new opportunity to share their findings with wine consumers.

Shiraz and Mediterranean reds woo Heathcote judges
Heathcote’s international reputation for exciting wines has been enhanced with impressive results for Mediterranean-style varieties at the fourth annual Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show. Judges awarded medals to 24 wines Mediterranean class where entries more than doubled to 36 this year. Among the seven gold medals announced was the 2015 De Bortoli Villages Heathcote Shiraz Grenache also awarded trophies for best in class and best wine other than Shiraz.

Judges gear up for Bragato Wine Awards 2016
A 13 strong judging team , including international judges Andrea Frost and Nick Ryan, is gearing up to judge over 600 entries for this year’s Bragato Wine Awards in Auckland, on 16 and 17 August. Andrea Frost is an award winning wine writer, columnist and author based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, Andrea was named Wine Communicator of the Year and her first book, ‘Through a Sparkling Glass, an A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine’, was awarded Best Wine Publication.

Calling all young at heart winemakers
Entries for the eleventh annual Young Gun of Wine are now open (until September 16), and the competition organisers, judges and sponsors are on the hunt for the best ‘young at heart’ winemakers around Australia. Established in 2007, the Young Gun of Wine has become the most exciting wine trophy in Australia. Celebrating the finest and most innovative rising stars, it is the place to spot the best new talent and trends in wine.

McWilliam's clarify The Wine Society position
McWilliam's Wines has sought to clarify its role as part of the group which is planning to buy The Wine Society. As reported by TheShout last month a consortium called Australian Wine Finance, which is led by the Fogarty Wine Group is looking to purchase The Wine Society. McWilliam’s has a small shareholding in that group and managing director Jeff McWilliam has said that the company is not planning any retail arm as part of The Wine Society deal and that the shareholding is only part of the its WA wine production arrangements.

Qantas business, first class could use some local sparkle
Qantas makes a big deal of being a proud supporter of the Australian wine industry. The airline spends $15 million a year on locally produced booze — that’s about two million bottles — and whether you’re drinking in Qantas economy, business or first class or in the lounges, all the wines on offer are exclusively Australian. Well, almost all.

Tickets now on sale for New Zealand’s first natural wine and food festival
In 2015 a dozen wine lovers - made up of wine educators, distributors, restaurateurs, sommeliers, retailers, writers and winemakers - congregated at an office on Courtenay Place. They were there as a result of intense exchange of ideas on social media about what natural is and why it’s important. For the following three hours the group discussed at length their motivations, hopes and dreams to see a natural wine festival held locally in Wellington. Budburst is an opportunity to explore the concepts of artisan craft, healthy consumption, ethical and sustainable production and diversity in available wine styles.

2016 AUSTRALIAN HIGHLANDS WINE SHOW ENTRIES OPEN
Australia's only exciting event that judges all the best wines from the high altitude wine regions of Australia. The Australian Highlands Wine Show is open to all Australian wines made from grapes sourced from vineyards above 500 metres in altitude. These regions can include Southern Highlands NSW, Orange NSW, Mudgee NSW, New England NSW, Tumbarumbra NSW, Hilltops NSW, Gundagai NSW, Canberra District NSW & ACT, Adelaide Hills SA, Beechworth VIC, Strathbogie Ranges VIC, Macedon Ranges VIC and Granite Belt QLD.

2016 AUSTRALIAN HIGHLANDS WINE SHOW ENTRIES OPEN
Australia's only exciting event that judges all the best wines from the high altitude wine regions of Australia. The Australian Highlands Wine Show is open to all Australian wines made from grapes sourced from vineyards above 500 metres in altitude. These regions can include Southern Highlands NSW, Orange NSW, Mudgee NSW, New England NSW, Tumbarumbra NSW, Hilltops NSW, Gundagai NSW, Canberra District NSW & ACT, Adelaide Hills SA, Beechworth VIC, Strathbogie Ranges VIC, Macedon Ranges VIC and Granite Belt QLD.

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