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News posted on Thursday, 11 February 2016

Wine industry trading practices questioned
AN INDEPENDENT review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct has suggested that trading practices within the Australian wine industry should be analysed. The mandatory horticulture code was introduced almost nine years ago to improve trading relationships between growers and traders of fresh fruit and vegetables, following complaints from growers that trading terms were vague and often undocumented, and that growers had no formal dispute resolution process to which they could refer complaints.

Canberra district wine pioneer Edgar Riek dies aged 95
Canberra district wine pioneer Edgar Riek OAM has died, aged 95. He has been remembered as a visionary who had a knack for choosing where to build a vineyard and an inspiration to winemakers in Canberra and beyond. Friends say Dr Riek suffered a serious head injury after falling on Monday afternoon. He was taken to Canberra Hospital, where he died on Wednesday.

Invigor signs up Treasury Wine
Big data solutions company Invigor Group will deploy its Insights Retail platform to Treasury Wine Estates for its alcohol beverage range. Insights Retail is a competitive market intelligence platform across a range of product verticals for retailers and brands. The software collects real-time data across online and offline prices, freight, consumer demand and marketing activity.

Is this the beginning of the end for Champagne in Australia?
Move over Champagne, there’s a new kid on the block to take over as the kingpin of sparkling wines in Australia. Ask anyone in the alcohol industry and they will tell you that there is a growing cult-like following behind Prosecco, with local sales of the Italian sparkling going bananas. “Everyone at the moment is talking about the rise of Prosecco,” says Vinomofo co-founder Justin Dry.

Australian men tickled pink by 'brosé'
Bricklayer Tom Hunter isn't afraid to admit that every now and again he'll overlook a Carlton Draught beer for a glass of pink coloured wine. And Mr Hunter, 30, is not the only bloke in the country picking up a bottle of Rosé at the local bottle shop. Wineries big and small have noticed Rosé sales are on the rise, and it's partly because of men. Some now refer to rose as "brosé".

Oldest wine opened in NZ still 'amazing' after 113 years
After 113 years in a farmhouse cellar, a bottle of wine believed to be the oldest ever opened in New Zealand has astonished critics by still tasting great. "It's superb. Amazing, really ... It's still hanging on, shaking its fist at you out of the glass," was how wine writer John Saker summed up the 1903 Landsdowne Claret opened in Wairarapa on Wednesday.

World's best Pinot Noir winner found passion by chance
Imagine arriving in a foreign country at the age of 13, unaccompanied, knowing no one and not being able to speak the language. This was Jing Song's experience when she came from China to Christchurch 16 years ago. At her family's advice and expectation, she became an accountant but no one guessed she would find her true passion in a Central Otago paddock.

ASA bans Fat Bastard wine ads
An advert promoting French wine brand Fat Bastard has been banned by the Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) after complaints that it could cause “widespread offence” and be seen by young children. Two direct mail circulars were delivered to 175,000 homes, including a primary school, by UK supermarket Iceland which featured the “Fat Bastard” brand name on the front cover alongside the text: “Outrageous name, outrageously good wine”.

California farmers reap record sales in record drought
A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. California's 76,400 farms recorded $53.5 billion in sales in 2014, the year Gov. Jerry Brown declared the state in a drought emergency and launched what in 2015 became mandatory conservation for cities and towns.

Bordeaux added to pesticide blacklist
Vineyard sprays blamed for shocking levels of banned chemical traces found in children. Living in a famous wine region like Bordeaux sounds idyllic, but a recent investigation shows it's not such a hot idea – especially if you have kids. This Sunday the center of Bordeaux will see a "marche blanche", or white march, a protest against pesticides following shocking revelations this week on the French national TV documentary program Cash Investigations.

Sulfur: For better and for worse
Is sulfur in wine evil? Dangerous for human health? Should it be avoided altogether? For a rather common antioxidant and sterilizing agent, sulfites sure generate an incredible amount of attention and worries. In the last few years, sulfite-related health concerns in the public have even helped spur a whole sub-category of sulfur-free wines made through a variety of enological techniques meant to help stabilize the wine without using the “demonized element,” as natural wine writer Alice Feiring put it in a recent article.

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