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News posted on Thursday, 10 August 2017

French wine certificate now available in Aus
Wine professionals and serious hobbyists can now earn their French Wine credentials at Melbourne Polytechnic through the French Wine Scholar Certification, starting on 25 September 2017. The program provides information on the wines and regions of France. Source, Winetitles.

Are you a Chardonnay producer <500 tonnes?
The Wine & Viticulture Journal are searching for Chardonnay producers that process <500 tonnes for an independent label to submit wines for their bi-monthly tasting. The results of the tasting will be published in the September-October issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal. Source, Winetitles.

Bragato Wine Awards goes single vineyard
A 13 strong judging team is gearing up to review over 500 wines entered in this year’s Bragato Wine Awards. The twist on this year’s Awards is that all wines entered must be single vineyard wines, a first in the competition’s 23 year history. Source, Winetitles.

Grapevine Pinot Gris notice
Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus (GPGV) has been detected for the first time in Australia. This virus is common in many international wine regions in Europe, USA, Canada and China. The AWRI has released a fact sheet and some steps for growers to take. Source, Australian Wine Research Institute.

First Native American-grown wine debuts
The first Native American-grown wine is about to hit the shelves and it’s made in the Albuquerque area at a unique 30-acre vineyard. “It’s an amazing success — probably one of the best vineyards in New Mexico for the second harvest so I’m very very excited about it,” Gruet Winery winemaker Laurent Gruet said. Source, KRQE News.

Gisborne winery makes top five
Gisborne's Wrights Reserve Chardonnay has been crowned among the Top Five Chardonnay in New Zealand by Cuisine magazine, a David and Goliath feat. The judges awarded 10 five-stars, 11 4.5-stars and 23 four-stars. The five-star rating defines outstanding quality and Wrights’ Chardonnay was awarded Top Five in New Zealand. Source, The Gisborne Herald.

McGuigan on China exports
Give the people what they want. A simple ethos, yes, but one that, in the wine world, is not particularly well embraced. And when it comes to exporting to China, complex wines forced on to simple palates could spell disaster. Source, The Weekly Times.

Scion vineyard & winery drives change
A Rutherglen winery is tapping into solar power to run its winery operations and cellar door. Scion Vineyard and Winery’s new hybrid energy system harvests solar energy to provide most of the power needed to run the business. Source, The Border Mail/

Preserving the growling grass frog
Pat Carmody is looking down the barrel at a bureaucratic ban on being able to spray and fertilise parts of his Sunbury vineyard if he tries to build a shed or extend his winery. Mr Carmody said the Government had imposed the restrictive frog conservation overlay across 90 per cent of his vineyard and winery without consultation or compensation. The Weekly Times Now.

Inside the biggest wine hoax in history
How one young tasters mistake upended his entire life, and rattled the industry. “Rudy took the innocence away from what we do,” says Allen Meadows. “I’ll be pissed off at him for that for the rest of my life.” Source, Eater.

Pineau wine and its history
Pineau is the result of a fortuitous mistake made in the late 16th century, when a winemaker’s apprentice poured grape must (unfermented juice containing the pulp and skin of the grapes) into a barrel that he assumed was empty. It wasn’t. Source, South China Morning Post.

Excellent harvest for Texas
Texas peaches may have fizzled this year, but not Texas wine grapes. The 2017 grape harvest is going gangbusters. Not that spring wasn't a nail-biter for growers."Everyone was expecting to get hammered," said wine writer Dr. Russell Kane. Source, Dallas News.

Tasting to showcase Chardonnay by Australia’s small wine producers
Do you make Chardonnay and process <500 tonnes per year?





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