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News posted on Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Don't judge a wine by its label
I've an infinite capacity to embarrass myself at some wine tastings, writes Ed Williams for News-Record.com. Here I am, at the Mutual Distributing trade show at the Greensboro Country Club, where one of the Triad's major distributors is hosting grocery, restaurant and hospitality clients, all trying to lock in purchases for the upcoming holiday season.

Restaurant Sommelier becomes hip, glam profession
Elin McCoy, writing for Bloomberg.com, puts the spotlight on how a wine industry-related job has risen to the star status. Richard Betts drifts deftly among tables sprinkled with celebrities, software moguls, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and dozens of serious wine lovers, all clamoring for his guidance on what to pick from the 75-page wine list at Montagna, the restaurant at The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colorado.

WOSA Mega Tasting in London set to turn international wine fraternity on its head
In a bold and decisive move, the South African wine industry is spending an estimated R7m to attend the showcase of country's wines in London this week, when several hundred wine buyers from the UK, Europe and North America are expected to converge on the trendy Old Billingsgate venue abutting the River Thames for the debut Mega Tasting exhibition co-ordinated by Wines of South Africa (WOSA). DeCock Communications' 11 October release delves into what tasters and buyers can look forward to.

Entries are in for the 2005 Air New Zealand Wine Awards – the most prestigious awards of the New Zealand wine industry. Run by New Zealand Winegrowers, this year‘s competition has attracted over 1,500 wines making 2005 the biggest year in the competition’s 24 year history.

‘There are good reasons to be positive’
Some aspects of recent industry performances make it easy to take a gloomy view of prospects in the Australian wine sector, but there are positives as well. In fact, there are some positives that suggest the turnaround we have been waiting for is beginning. That is the opinion of Lawrie Stanford, manager, information and analysis, Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.

Wine industry Outlook Conference examines how to create competitive edge
The Australian wine industry is set to go under the microscope at the 2005 Wine Industry Outlook Conference in Adelaide on 24 November.

Tasting Australia media visit
Barossa Wine and Tourism in conjunction with Food Barossa will host 40 international food, wine and travel media writers in the Barossa on 21 October as a part of the Tasting Australia festivities.

The Queensland wine industry has honoured local identity, Bob Gray, former owner of Rumbalara winery, in the Granite Belt, as the winner of this year’s Bassett Award.



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