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News posted on Friday, 9 September 2016

WSTA explores Australia Brexit talks, as minister talks of ‘cheap Aussie wine’
The WSTA has embarked on preliminary talks with the national industry body for Australia’s winemakers to explore post-Brexit trade as the country’s trade minister admits that cheap Australian wine would be “a fringe benefit” of a new trade deal.

Que Syrah, Syrah… or Shiraz?
Until Australia’s inventive winemakers decided to call their Syrah-based wines ‘Shiraz’, the original historically correct and generally blended wines – grown in the Rhône Valley in south eastern France – were quietly sinking into comparative obscurity.

The High-Pressure Life Of A Famous Winemaker And His Wine: Peter Gago And Penfolds Grange
Regarded as one of the world’s finest wines, Penfolds Bin 95 Grange also serves as the iconic wine of Australia. Collectors pay impressive sums (upwards of $850 for a recent vintage) for this exquisite Australian Shiraz. However, unlike most of the world’s ultra-premium wine labels that only change hands in the rarefied air of the one percent, Penfolds also makes pop and pour entry-level wines to be enjoyed every day.

Researchers want to hear it from the grapevine with new study
GRAPE and wine producers are being asked to participate in an online survey about production practices. The survey, launched last week by The Australian Wine Research Institute, is aiming to determine how common a range of different production practices are.

Australian grapegrowers vote for change
The national representative winegrape growers organisation has a new constitution and a new trading name. Yesterday, members of Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) voted in favour of a new constitution and a new trading name, Australian Vignerons. “This is not the end of a period of hard work – it is the start of it,” said Andrew Weeks, WGGA executive director.

International judges announced for Air NZ Wine Awards
Two highly respected international wine personalities will be joining this year’s judging panel for the country’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Wine: Baby, don't fear the screw cap
My feelings about screw caps on wine have been complicated. I know that good wine can be under a screw cap, but I also have had fear of the screw cap.

Wine Market Council Partners with Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University to Bring an Academic Perspective to Wine Industry Research
Wine Market Council, a non-profit association of grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, retailers, and other affiliated wine businesses, today announced a partnership with the Wine Business Institute, a research and education institute of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, to bring an academic perspective to Wine Market Council’s research and industry insights.

How can a wine made in Georgia be labeled ‘Napa Valley’?
A California-led proposal to tighten wine-labeling rules has rallied the state’s lawmakers, split the industry and spurred a debate that shows no signs of resolution. Flexing political muscles, 48 members of the House of Representatives, including three dozen Californians, are seeking tighter labeling rules to protect the value of names like “Napa Valley.”

Excitement from Michigan and New York
Although I have enjoyed judging wines in Australia and New Zealand, Europe and British Columbia, in recent years the most excitement has come from the Midwest and the East.

Wine Kerfuffle Stains Vietnamese Banquet for French President
Vietnam's government has drawn criticism for its choice of imported wine at this week's welcome banquet for French President Francois Hollande. Photos published by local media show bottles of Australian-made alcoholic beverages alongside Vietnamese specialty dishes.

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