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News posted on Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Europe's PAI Partners readies Accolade Wines tilt
European private equity firm PAI Partners is running the numbers on Australia's Accolade Wines, sources told Street Talk. As Street Talk revealed on Monday, PAI Partners is performing preliminary due diligence on the Australian wine bottler, seeking to strike as Accolade's biggest shareholder CHAMP Private Equity considers exit options after six years with the company.

Cameron England: Real South Australian wines deserve more shelf space in liquor outlets - and in your home
Hundreds of labels are far from the quaint, handmade products their names might suggest. In reality they are mostly the product of the marketing department at one of our two major retailers, Woolworths and Coles, which now control more than 70 per cent of what they call “off premise” wine sales but what you and I know as buying from a bottle shop.

VIC100 head judge Nick Stock busts the myths, misnomers and plain old white lies surrounding wine.
We all see it and taste it differently but the one thing everyone needs to remember is that wine is all about pleasure. It’s just a drink, often one with an aura of mystique, and sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s not. Nick Stock reports for the Herald Sun.

Dan Murphy’s saga: Prahran Arcade Cellar adds a new chapter
A couple of months before he died in 2001, I interviewed veteran wine merchant Dan Murphy, then a frail 84-year-old living in a small unit in suburban Melbourne. Dan told me about his early years selling wine, first in the early 1950s from a small licensed grocery in Chapel Street, Prahran, then in the mid-60s from the much larger Prahran Arcade next door.

Final week for wineries to enter 37th Sydney International Wine Competition
13 September 2016: Wineries have the rest of the week to enter this year’s Sydney International Wine Competition. Entries close on Friday 16 September, with judging samples required by 23 September. Uniquely, the Sydney International Wine Competition judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food to make the Top 1OO and Blue/Gold winners more relevant to consumers. Entry for the 37th Sydney International Wine Competition is capped at 2000 wines, with just over 250 places still available for entry.

Helping drive Nelson's wine success story
Making great wine is only part of the wine business. After ensuring the quality is as good as it can be wine producers need to sell their product and because there are so many great wines available it is getting more difficult every year to get on to wine lists or supermarket and liquor store shelves.

In vino veritas (and profits) in NZ
Is there further upside for New Zealand’s booming wine sector? The answer is yes. An export industry which has experienced strong growth in recent years, NZ viticulture has played an important role in providing a new source of grow for the country’s agribusiness sector.

Cashing in on Alibaba’s 9.9 online wine festival
Friday marked the first online wine festival that was hosted on e-commerce and trading platform Alibaba’s TMall, which boasted more than 100,000 wines that went up for sale.

For Good Red Wine at Reasonable Prices Remember This Name: Garnacha
This versatile grape, celebrated on Sept. 16 this year, does particularly well in various parts of Spain

Why Investors Are Gravitating Toward Fine Wine
It seems like investors are raising a glass to fine wines. After several years of poor performances, fine wines have returned this year as one of the most productive investments, Marketwatch reported. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index, considered the industry’s leading benchmark, has surged by 16% since the beginning of the year. It’s outperforming the gain for the S&P 500 and the dollar.

The world's first winery
While archeologists unearth the world’s oldest known winery in a cave in Armenia, a new generation of producers is reviving an ancient wine-making tradition 6,100 years in the making

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