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News posted on Friday, 11 August 2017

ASVO Viticulturist of the year finalists
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 ASVO Viticulturist of the year award. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner on November 14 at Carrick Hill in Adelaide. Source, Winetitles.

Young Gun of Wine registrations close today
The Young Gun of Wine Awards registrations for 2018 close today. All winemakers registering will be able to show their wines at one of the national events, through to the end of 2017. The awards offer brand leverage for young winemakers looking to expand their market reach. Source, Young Gun of Wine.

New wind blows at Thousand Candles
"It was the best of stories. It was the worst of stories. Thousand Candles launched with a grand vision and an even grander vineyard and the perfect team of people to execute it. But three vintages in and somehow the conversation around Thousand Candles was about everything other than the wine or, even, the vineyard." Source, Wine Front.

Jane Anson on South Australia
"There are pioneers in wine in every region in the world, and Heekin reminded me to look more closely. A prime example is Colleen Miller at Ruckus Estate in Wrattonbully in South Australia, a relatively new wine region that grew out of Coonawarra’s work to define its own geographic boundaries," writes Jane Anson for Decanter.

Australia's best Riesling
A Porongurup vineyard is home to Australia’s best Riesling. The Duke’s Vineyard Magpie Hill Riesling 2016 was named Australia’s best Riesling at the James Halliday Wine Awards. The Porongurup producer scored 98 points to take the title of best Riesling after scoring 97 points for the previous four years. Source, The West Australian.

Marlborough Sauv rated exceptional
Two Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs have gone where no other Sauvignon Blanc in the world has gone, gaining 98 points out of 100 in a Decanter Wine Panel Tasting. The wines gained an Exceptional rating, reserved for wines that score between 98 and 100, on the 100-point system. Source, Winetitles.

2018 Asian Sommit for NZ
New Zealand Winegrowers has launched the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship, welcoming sommeliers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Singapore to a series of ‘Sommits’. Source, The Drinks Business.

Drinking wine makes you more creative
A small glass of wine or a pint of beer helps unleash creativity, Austrian scientists have found. “Alcohol is so linked with creativity,” lead author Dr Mathias Benedek said. “Previous research has found almost half of the great writers had a history of drinking. We found that a small drink can indeed help with certain aspects of creativity.” Source, Independent Online.

Why China’s winemakers don’t need to be perfect
Respect for nature and the craft of viticulture are more important than achieving success at any cost for one Chinese winemaker. She said there's no desire to make the best wine in China, nor does she hope to become a Château Lafite Rothschild on Chinese soil. She only hopes to make pure, authentic Chinese wine. Source, Sixth Tone.

Top 10 global wine brands
Love them or loathe them, millennials are becoming an increasingly important and influential demographic in the global wine market, which is now worth €29 billion. In the globe’s largest wine consuming country – the US – they now account for 36% of the market and are starting to ditch beer in favour of wine. Source, The Drinks Business.

Furmint, Hungary's other wine sensation
For most of its existence, Tokaji staked its claim on the best of the best sweet dessert wines of the world. The indigenous Furmint grape is principally responsible for another Hungarian wine that is worth every penny. Source, Forbes.

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