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News posted on Friday, 11 December 2015

WFA recruits two new supporters
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has welcomed Dräger and TransferMate as new supporters of the organisation for the coming year and they are providing special offers to WFA members. They join WFA’s business family which already includes Finlaysons, Lallemand, Amorim, IMCD, Wine Intelligence, Scholle, Arthur J. Gallagher and Bulk Energy and Winetitles.

The Wine Wankers spill on which iconic wines weren’t in James Halliday’s top 100
With guest Wine Wanker, Grace Donald from Wine is a Verb. In part 1 of her story. Grace sipped and savoured Australia’s best wines at the annual James Halliday Top 100 wine tasting, but the best was yet to come. Grace got to chat with her idol, and asked him the questions we’d all like to ask. Including what iconic wines weren’t in the top 100 and why. Let’s eavesdrop in on their conversation….

Low in price but high on value
Whitey's happy that three of the best reliable annual bargains have hit his funnel just in time for the holidays. Just feast your eyes on them weenie little alcohols. Then get cross-eyed over the price. That must embarrass and annoy many more pretentious practitioners of the gris arts. Always up the top end of my bottom spend sector, the wines of Dominic Torzi, Tracy Matthews and Tim Freeland come in three brands and it’s a sweet thing that these Longhop ones have lobbed in time for the birthday of Our Lord.

Cheers: Why Vinomofo measures happiness over sales
A few months ago, fast-growing Australian startup Vinomofo embarked on a “weird” experiment. For the last four years, co-founders Justin Dry and Andre Eikmeier have measured their success the same way most companies do – through revenue and profits. But the online wine retailer prides itself on its core values - of stepping up, caring more, keeping it real, doing some good and having some fun, and the focus on profits often was often in contrast to this credo.

Fortune favours the brave
Several years ago the Monash winery (as it is known), found itself in the hands of (another) new owner, David Harris. Little known in the region, David arrived and set about tidying up the facility and building a new wine business, Riverland Vintners. Many observers muttered… “Good luck old son, if you can overcome the voodoo of that place, you’ll be a miracle worker”. Now, with sleeves rolled up, ready for the 2016 vintage David has developed a loyal group of followers, prepared to be bold and willing to have a go.

Allan Scott cellar door opens in Cromwell, Central Otago
A former Australian based manager and mother-of-two has opened a tasting room for Allan Scott wines in Cromwell. Carolyn Murray, 37, has taken over the management of the Scott Base cellar door, which overlooks the Cromwell township and Lake Dunstan on McNab Rd off State Highway 6. Murray said she moved to Cromwell a year ago from Brisbane with her husband and two young children, wanting to return home to New Zealand.

New Zealand's best Sauvignon Blanc
"It's a vintage for the gin and tonic lover," said Cuisine wine panellist Jack Glover about the 2015 Sauvignon Blancs. These new release wines certainly share freshness, vigour and flavours with the cocktail on which the sun never sets. No one on the panel picked up any juniper notes, but coriander, dill, fennel, citrus peel – all botanicals used in gin – were bountiful. The 2015s also had plenty of concentration and energy, with ripe acids driving depth and focus.

The Prada of vineyard pruning
They are known from Bordeaux to Champagne to Napa; Jane Anson meets the duo leading a team of Italian vineyard pruners who have been helping fine wine estates around the world to refine their skills. Proving that there is no corner of wine too humble to receive a makeover, step forward Simonit & Sirch, the Italian duo who are taking the art of vineyard pruning to a whole new level.

Pilot study looks at added Resveratrol as an alternative to Sulfites
Research exploring different alternatives to using added SO2 during winemaking as a result of the negative connotations associated with excess SO2 is certainly plentiful. While SO2 (a.k.a. sulfur dioxide) is naturally present in grapes and many other fruits and other foods, the addition of excess SO2 can be problematic for human health, if levels are too high.

UK snaps up Argentine wine in off trade
The amount of Argentine wine being sold in the UK off-trade has increased by more than a quarter in the last 12 months, new figures reveal. This news comes despite the UK wine industry as a whole selling less than the year before. Wines from Australia, the US and Italy still account for almost half of all off-trade wine sold, but only Australia is still experiencing growth, the figures from the WSTA show.

Italy reclaims spot as world`s biggest wine producer from France
Italy is set to reclaim its spot as the world’s biggest wine producer after output in the home of Chianti and Prosecco rebounded from last year, when rain spoiled part of the grape crop. Italy’s winemakers will raise volume by 10 percent to 48.9 million hectoliters this year, equivalent to about 6.5 billion bottles, to overtake France, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine estimates.

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