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News posted on Friday, 11 March 2016

2016 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory available now
The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory is available now! The 610-page 2016 Directory includes a comprehensive listing of wine producers, grapegrowers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, universities, research and education facilities, writers, wine publications, wine blogs, organisations, events and wine shows and industry personnel - updated annually.

Australia is importing a record-breaking amount of champagne
Australians clearly have a lot to celebrate - we're buying more bubbly than ever. Champagne sales have surged by nearly a quarter, cementing Australia's place as the sixth largest importer in the world, just behind Belgium. The UK took out the top spot, followed by the US, Germany and Japan. In 2015, we imported 8.1 million bottles of champagne – an increase of 24.31 per cent on the previous year's figure of 6.5 million bottles.

Top 10 fastest growing alternative varieties in Australia
The rise of ‘alternative’ varieties in Australia is becoming an increasingly important topic for the country’s winemakers – even if it is a trend that has been on-going for several years now. It is largely been driven by an increased awareness that the ‘traditional’ varieties planted in Australia – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Chardonnay – don’t always suit the sites or regions they currently occupy.

How an artist cooperative is supporting local winemakers and breweries
A group of 16 Bowral artists have found a way to collectively support local winemakers and breweries through its busy, town centre cooperative. The shop and gallery, named Ten Thousand Paces has thrown out convention to champion regional identity. About 13 months ago, Director and curator Hamish Ta-mé put in for a packaged liquor licence, based on the condition that they would only sell alcohol made by producers within the immediate area, from the south coast of NSW and down to Canberra.

A tale of two McLaren Vales
Mollydooker and d'Arenberg are each home to some great Australian wines, but the philosophies and teams behind them have little in common. love the expression "like chalk and cheese," but I'm not sure I've heard anyone use it as much as the Australians I've met while I've been here. It's a colourful way of referencing two things that might appear to be similar, but beneath the surface are actually quite different.

The effect of social media on wine consumption
Early last year in an article on the news website Techcrunch, contributor Tom Goodwin penned the now very popular statement “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. This begs the question, “How is the wine industry doing in social media?”

New Zealand domestic wine sales surge by 24%
The newly released 2016 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory (WID) weighs in at a massive 610 pages and has comprehensive details on 3,023 Australian and New Zealand wine companies. Publisher Winetitles Media began the important role of compiling industry statistics, winery contact details and industry suppliers in the one directory in 1983. In 2016, the Directory lists 555 New Zealand wine producers that commercially sell their wine, down slightly from 558 last year.

Marlborough economy hits $2.5 billion high, driven by wine industry
Marlborough has experienced the third largest gross domestic product increase in New Zealand over the past five years, new figures show. Statistics New Zealand released its annual regional GDP statistics this week, which showed Marlborough GDP increased to $2.5 billion in the year ending March 2015. This was an increase of 2.2 per cent on the previous year and an increase of 28 per cent since 2010, the third highest in the country behind Canterbury and Auckland.

What a beer company can teach wineries about videos
I buy a lot of wine direct from wineries. The best and fastest way to do this is through their website. Those shopping carts and “Place Order” buttons make life a lot easier. But I do have a gripe. If your shipping address is different from your billing address, why do you have to enter your birth date for both? If someone can explain that to me, I’ll give you free lifetime subscription to steveheimoff.com. Some wineries apparently haven’t caught up to the 21st century, though.

Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus found in Napa Valley
Napa, Calif.—Grapegrowers have a new virus to worry about, though it’s not yet clear how big a danger it is to wine grape yields or quality. The grapevine Pinot Gris virus (GPGV) recently was identified in a number of Napa Valley vineyards after being discovered in vineyards from Korea to Canada, and widely in the Mediterranean region. The virus was the topic of one of the sessions at the second Sustainable Vineyard Practices seminar on Pests & Diseases.

Trump wine is built on acres of lies
The GOP frontrunner’s claim that he owns ‘the largest winery on the East Coast’ is not true when it comes down to the amount of wine he makes. While Donald Trump may be famous for his litany of ridiculous boasts and exaggerations, his latest claim to be a top winery owner—made during his speech after the Detroit and Mississippi primaries—may be one of his most laughable.

Why it’s so hard to pin down where a Pinot Noir comes from
As the quality of wines made with the pinot grape continue to improve, most just seem to get more like Burgundy’s best, giving Hong Kong would-be Master of Wine Sarah Heller exam jitters. After weeks of trying to channel How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Master of Wine Exam, I’ll capitulate and revisit one of my many exam lowlights. Most people’s exams don’t involve alcoholic drinks (at least not concurrently), but I imagine everyone can recall an exam question that made them want one.




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