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News posted on Thursday, 14 April 2016

Jiuxian president plans deals with Australian wine producers
The head of one of China's largest online drinks retailers, Jiuxian, believes Australian wine will be increasingly popular with Chinese consumers and intends to sign at least 10 import deals during a visit to the country. Jiuxian chairman Hao Hongfeng made his comments during a visit to Watershed Premium Wines in Western Australia's Margaret River region. 'Australian wine is very popular among Chinese consumers and the prospects are rosy,' said Hao.

Liquor Barons' Chris O'Brien talks WA wine
Chris O’Brien is not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing but the general manager of Liquor Barons says Western Australia is a very parochial market. The retail banner group represents almost 60 WA stores and, according to O’Brien, around 44 per cent of their sales are Western Australian wine. “Most of the demand is driven by a perception of quality,” he said.

Australian winemaker sharing knowledge with Chinese industry
The export of knowledge about winemaking to China has the Australian wine industry talking. Neville Hudson from Nangari Wine Consulting in north-west Victoria has made wine in France, Corsica, Portugal and the Czech Republic and for the past six years has worked as a winemaker in China. Hudson has been based in the Shandong province and said many Australians might be surprised at the size of Chinese domestic wine production.

New grape the pick of the crop as winery experiments with varieties
ALTHOUGH some vineyards are still picking some red wine varieties, out on the foothills of Mount Canobolas, at the Word of Mouth vineyard, Peter Gibson and his winemaker Will Rickard-Bell, are tasting and testing what could be the last white wine grapes to be harvested in Australia this season. Petit Manseng is a variety of grapes that is popular in the south of France, particularly around the foothills of the Pyrenees. Unlike most varieties the berries are very small and loosely bunched, something that has distinct advantages when it comes to maintenance.

Unique yeasts for winemaking
New Zealand wines are known for their high quality and unique flavours. The country exports $1.2 billion of wine each year, to premium markets such as Australia, the UK and the USA. Providing winemakers with tools to tailor flavour and maintain quality is key in meeting industry targets and retaining New Zealand’s competitive position on the marketplace. The unique environment, or terroir, of New Zealand vineyards provides one way for winemakers to produce the distinctive flavours that characterise New Zealand wines.

Top NZ wines in Emirates' increased wine investment
Emirates continues to invest heavily in its world-class wine programme, including top wines from New Zealand. In 2015, the airline purchased a record of over 13 million bottles of wine worth US$140 million - more than twice the value of wine purchases in the previous year. The wines are for customers across all three cabins, and most will only be served on board in seven to 10 years.

Constellation Buying Brands Rather Than Wineries
Two wine behemoths are expanding, but doing so in very different ways, according to W. Blake Gray. Constellation and Gallo are the two largest wine companies in the world. Both built their empires on cheap wine, and started moving upscale in the last 20 years, because that's where the future of wine is.

Inside Mexico’s ‘Naked’ Wine Revolution
It’s midday and I’m sitting in MeroToro restaurant in Mexico City, hearing Chilean (by way of Burgundy) winemaker Louis-Antoine Luyt introduce the concept of natural wines to MeroToro’s enthusiastic wait staff, including the wines he’s making in Tecate with Jair Téllez, MeroToro’s chef, at the Bichi winery. Many of the waiters tell me they’d never drunk wine before they started working here. After all, as Luyt explains, “historically, there’s been no culture of drinking wine with food in Mexico.”

Pinot Grigio’s quality rests in its grower’s hands
Bad Pinot Grigio is so prevalent that you’d be forgiven for thinking there were no such thing as good Pinot Grigio. There is, of course, though for a reason not as central to the distinction between good and bad wines made from most other grapes. Pinot Grigio lives and dies by the way it’s cultivated. Don’t all grapes? To some extent, yes.

Malbec Masters 2016: The Results
Far from inky, over-extracted tongue-strippers, most Malbecs being produced around the world today demonstrate a remarkable sense of balance, as our Malbec Global Masters made clear. As with all our Global Masters, the aim is to pick out, without prejudice, the best producers of any single grape, and in doing so reveal the key characteristics of that variety at different price levels. However, before starting any tasting event, one always has preconceptions about overriding styles, and the top sources, which are either confirmed or debunked after a day’s sampling.

Watering whites
Growers have employed deficit irrigation in red wine grapes for years, knowing that smaller berries result in a higher proportion of berry skins favourable for tannins and other phenolic compounds that improve wine flavour and colour. What about white wine grapes? White wine grapes are not fermented with the skins, and too many phenolic compounds generally make the wine more astringent and increase instability during aging anyway.

10 Tips to Designing the Perfect Trade Advert
Trade adverts that successfully penetrate the psyche of readers are those that showcase a clear understanding of what it is your re-sale partners are really looking for. They need to go over and above traditional marketing with campaigns that include clever taglines and bold branding while also incorporating communication that incites the reader into taking you on as an important supplier. Here are ten tips to help you design your next trade advert.

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