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News posted on Monday, 10 October 2016

Australian negotiators arrive to begin post-Brexit trade talks
Australian officials are ready to begin work on a free-trade deal with the UK, and have recently flown in to begin hammering out the details of a landmark pact, the country’s top official in Britain has revealed. A deal could make goods such as wine, beef and dairy products cheaper.

Adelaide Hills Terramin gold mine plan worries wine industry
A gold mine proposed for Woodside in the Adelaide Hills could harm the region's food and wine production, local businesses and primary producers who are fighting the plan say. Inverbrackie Creek Catchment Group chairman Jim Franklin-McEvoy said they were worried there could be an adverse tourism impact as the mine site would be adjacent to two big Hills wineries, Petaluma and Bird-in-Hand.


Wine democracy, part II: Crowd-sourcing
If one way to make wine more democratic is to make wine writing more “accessible,” another is crowd-sourcing, asking “the consumer” what they want and finding ways to make it for them. Washington State’s Columbia Crest billed the “Crowdsourced Cabernet” it released in June of this year as “the first wine to be crowdsourced all the way from the vineyard to the bottle” via community input solicited online and, of course, filtered through one of their staff winemakers.

International Riesling Week Starts in Canberra
One of the biggest international promotions of Riesling starts on Monday at the Albert Hall in Canberra. The 17th Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) over this week, 10-15 October, will see the judging of 512 Rieslings from 241 wineries across eight countries. Then winemakers, consumers and the wine trade will learn about the secrets of Riesling at Master Classes and Seminars, before the week concludes with one of the biggest consumer tastings of Riesling in the world.

Performance report shows Wine Australia is delivering value
Wine Australia’s recently released Performance Evaluation Report 2015–16 provides an overview of the value delivered through Wine Australia’s investments and activities last financial year. The report includes international and regional benchmarking, the measurement of key performance indicators and benefit–cost analysis of research and development projects. Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the comprehensive report provides a clear measurement of performance over the financial year.

Fiano and Montepulciano shine at the new Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards
This year saw the launch of a brand new wine show, the Australian Italian Varietals Wine Awards (AIVWA), and the inaugural results have just been announced highlighting the ever increasing quality and popularity of wines produced from Italian grape varieties grown in Australia. Nearly 200 wines - all made with Italian heritage and Australian style - were entered into the show from across the country and were collected into an impressive range of 26 different varietals/blends/styles; including amongst others, Prosecco, Moscato, Arneis, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Friulano, Aglianico, Lagrein, Nero d’Avola, Primitivo, Sagratino and Dolcetto.

First look at new vintage wines reveals outstanding quality
The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards. The judging for the New World Wine Awards takes place mid-year, making this the first major wine show of the year to evaluate new vintage wines. There were twice as many new vintage wines entered this year, as well as a record number of entries overall, reflecting the value winemakers see in entering these awards.

Changing the perception of New Zealand sauvignon blanc with Giesen Wines
If I were to say “New Zealand wine,” it is likely that the first thing you would think of is sauvignon blanc from Marlborough. After all, sauvignon blanc is New Zealand’s most widely planted varietal. It makes up 72 percent of the wine production of New Zealand, according to the 2014 New Zealand Winegrowers’ Annual Report.

California tightens rules on popular pesticide Telone & designates it a carcinogen
California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use the common pesticide Telone, listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators said Thursday. The change doesn't ban Telone but creates a uniform rule for its application each year.

Chinese wine-tasters scoop surprise win in France
Chinese wine-tasters have won a taste test in France, in what organisers call "a thunderbolt in the wine world". They came first out of 21 teams by identifying details of six white wines and six red wines without seeing the bottle or label.

Wine Ink: Solid stems — great glass for great wines
I love a great wine glass almost as much as I love a great glass of wine. There is something special about holding a well-made, well-balanced, glass in your hand, tilting it towards your nose, sniffing the wine inside and eventually bringing it to your lips for the first sip.

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