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News posted on Thursday, 13 July 2017

Temecula valley could be a new Cali success
Better wine and a new approach to tourism are set to put southern California’s vineyards on the map for both wine lovers and a new wave of Chinese tourists. Source, European CEO.

Detecting acetaldehyde
A fine wine has an ideal balance of ingredients. Too much or too little of a component could mean the difference between a wine with a sweet and fruity aroma and one that smells like wet newspaper. To help wineries avoid off-aromas, a team reports a sensitive device for detecting a compound that can affect the beverage's fragrance. Source, Science Daily.

Global warming threatening Mediterranean
A new report says slightly increased temperatures in the Mediterranean region as a result of global warming may result in labour and productivity losses in the European wine industry. Source, The Independent.

Cali grapes should find a home in 2017
“The market continues to be in short supply for all major varieties in the North Coast and also short most varieties in the Central Coast,” says Brian Clements, vice president of the wine and grape brokerage firm company based in Novato, California. Source, Western Farm Press.

WFA to host industry briefing
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia will host an industry briefing in Adelaide on Thursday 20th July. Guest speakers will provide their insights and unpack a range of key issues in the wine industry. Source, Winetitles.

Will Amazon disrupt alcohol retail for Australia?
With Amazon purchasing Whole Foods in the US, and the company’s impending arrival in Australia, there has been widespread speculation that the online monopoly could disrupt traditional alcohol retailing globally. Source, Drinks Central.

Doctors advise raising legal drinking age
The legal drinking age in the Northern Territory should be raised to 21, and the rest of Australia should consider doing the same, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians says. A final report is expected at the end of September. Source, The ABC.

Artarmon wino becomes a Somm
Andres Aragon, a restaurant manager from Artarmon has been crowned the 2017 Australian Riedel Certified Sommelier Dux by The Court of Master Sommeliers — meaning he blind taste wines and tell you exactly where it has come from, its quality and what vintage it is. Source, The Daily Telegraph.

Decanter wins help Claymore exports
Wins at the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge will assist Claymore Wines’ push into the export market. The company recently received Platinum in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 and gold, silver and bronze in the IWC. Source, Northern Argus.

Women leading charge in viticulture
The women of Central Otago's wine industry will this week prove viticulture is no longer just a man's game. Of the eight competitors in the Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year contest in Cromwell tomorrow, five are women. This is the most of any New Zealand region since the competition began in 2006. Source, The Otago Daily Times.

Finding NZ's best young winemaker
The battle is on again to find the 2017 NZ Young Winemaker of the Year. With a new structure to the competition which is set to bring the North vs South rivalry back into play, the young wine making talent of New Zealand will compete for the ultimate title during the next few months. Source, Winetitles.


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