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News posted on Monday, 10 July 2017

Joyce's purchase 100% of Toi Toi
Kevin and Sara Joyce and family have purchased the remaining shares in Marlborough Wine Ltd, making them 100% owners of the company that owns the Toi Toi wine brand.

'Olympic' win for Hawkes Bay Syrah
A Hawkes Bay syrah from Rod McDonald Wines has won the Champion Red Trophy for its Quarter Acre Syrah 2015 at the International Wine Challenge (IWC). The winery was already noted for scooping four trophies for its Quarter Acre Syrah 2015. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Fake news: No wine brand for Amazon
According to numerous reports out this morning, Amazon entered the wine business with its own label in partnership with Oregon’s King Estate Winery, which has launched a direct-to-Amazon wine label called “Next.” But that’s not actually the case, as it turns out. Source, Tech Crunch.

Flight staff break bottles over passenger's head
A flight attendant had to break a wine bottle over the head of a man who lunged for an exit door and fought with other passengers during a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing. The flight was subsequently turned around, but it took multiple passengers to restrain the man. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

A 100 year old woman shares her secret
Florence Bearse recently celebrated her 100th birthday in her hometown of Bangor, Maine. Asked about how she had lived such a long life, the centenarian told local TV station WLBZ: "I like my wine. Don't take it away from me." Source, The Independent.

Largest wine stash in US found, dates back to 1700's
A New Jersey museum unearthed dozens lost wines that date back to just after the American Revolution — including the largest known collection of Madeira in the country, according to a report. The monetary value of the Madeira cannot be made public — but it is the largest that has been discovered in the U.S. — and one of the most extensive in the world. Source, The New York Post.

Spray drift simulation trials
Spray drift from nearby broadacre crops is a potential problem common to many of Australia’s wine regions, yet we know surprisingly little about what each individual herbicide actually does to grape vines. A new study under way at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) in Wagga Wagga plans to start correcting that situation and to test whether it is possible to identify different types of herbicide injury based on foliage and fruit symptoms. Source, Wine Australia.

Footballer winemaker
Dylan Grimes is a good footballer. He is also the owner of a vineyard that makes very good wines. Last October, he bought Mount Macedon Winery. Grimes is a vigneron, and to our [The Age's] knowledge, he is the only one in the AFL. Source, The Age.

Winery and restaurant planned for Bridge Inn Rd
A 30ha winery and restaurant has been given the green light in Mernda in a move that could put Whittlesea on the map as a wine destination. The winery, which is planned to be built on land on Bridge Inn Rd, would contain a vineyard and facility for wine production, a cellar and a cafe/restaurant. Source, The Herald Sun.

Chardonnay: winter's greatest white
Chardonnay has swung further than most varieties, from a fashion 20, even 10 years ago, that nodded to overly rich, arguably over ripe, over oaked and cloying to drink. In the past decade, the variety has been reborn by the best in the wine biz into a more delicate style. Source, The Source SA.

Meet the James Halliday tasting team
The Wine Companion tasting team have run through a Q&A discussing topics like the best, worst and most challenging parts of being a part of the team. The team consists of James Halliday, Jane Faulkner, Ned Goodwin, Tyson Stelzer and Campbell Mattinson. Source, James Halliday.

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