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News posted on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

More than just Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir will always rule the roost in New Zealand, at least for the foreseeable future, but new opportunities are emerging for its lesser-known aromatic varieties – the country’s “next discovery” – believes one winemaker. Source, The Drinks Business.

AFC Group audit attracts scrutiny again
NZAX-listed AFC Group has attracted the attention of the Financial Markets Authority for a second year in a row after its auditor couldn't find enough evidence in the company's accounts to give it a clean bill of health. Its portfolio of businesses includes the Longview Estate vineyard in Northland. Source, National Business Review.

Lucifer threatens Italy
A searing heat wave forecasters have nicknamed "Lucifer" is bedeviling Italy's grape farmers. The high temperatures, which have hovered near or above 100 degrees across much of Italy for weeks and which have been accompanied by months of drought, has brought forward this year's harvest making it the earliest start to the grape harvest in a a decade. Source, CBS News.

Californian wine enjoying a golden age
California has entered a “golden age” of wine production, one producer has claimed – with its wines being more readily embraced by the UK market. The value of California wine shipments to the US market hit $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on the previous year and a record for the golden state’s winemakers, The Wine Institute revealed in May. Source, The Drinks Business.

Wine store to change names after US complains
An owner of a wine and spirits store near the gates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday said he is changing the store's name after the government accused him of infringing trademarks belonging to the Army. Source, Reuters.

Sessionable wine will help boost US sales
Stephanie Gallo, vice president of marketing at E&J Gallo Winery said one of the biggest challenges – as well as the biggest opportunity – in the US market was to continue growing wine sales, but to do so, the focus needed to be not just on selling wine, but on “selling wine in the style, packaging and price points to meet the evolving needs of our consumer”. Source, The Drinks Business.

Tamburlaine's organic success
Four wines from Tamburlaine Organic Wines were awarded medals during the eighth International Organic Wine Awards in Germany. Tamburlaine’s 2016 reserve shiraz, cabernet and merlot all won gold medals and the riesling won silver. Source, Central Western Daily.

Wine intelligence insights from Australia
A radical overhaul of alcohol taxation and innovative packaging design could have a deep and lasting impact on the Australian wine market. Wine Intelligence Australia & New Zealand Country Manager Liz Lee discusses trends and potentials for change. Source, Wine Intelligence.

Philip White reviews Dell'uva winery
"Being a nurseryman, Wayne’s a bit spoiled as far as his range of selection of disparate varieties goes, but I can happily advise that if you’re a producer who has a wide range of flavours available behind various labels, take a look at this." Source, InDaily.

Once the wine has been drunk
Let’s take an empty bottle of wine. When it gets thrown out, the council picks it up in your recycling bin on the roadside every two weeks. It picks up the bin and also picks up the bill for carrying it away. After processing costs, it can be a loss leading situation for recycling plants. Source, Glen Innes Examiner.

The South East reflects on vintage
A national increase in crush and average purchase prices for the 2017 vintage has been reflected in some, but not all, of the South East’s wine regions. Wrattonbully Wine Region chair Tim Fletcher described the season as “mixed”. Source, The Naracoorte Herald.

Flinders Uni seeks to connect wine and cancer
Flinders University academic Emma Miller said despite the proven link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption, more women aged 45-64 were drinking alcohol, at the same time as breast cancer rates in their age bracket were increasing. Source, Adelaide Now.

International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show
Bulk Wine producers of Australia are invited to register before August 31 for the IBWSS London Show.

Asia International Wine Competition submissions open
Submissions are now open for the Asia International Wine Competition in Hong Kong.

Asia International Wine Competition submissions open
Submissions are now open for the Asia International Wine Competition in Hong Kong.





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