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News posted on Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sydney Wine Show chair steps down
After eight years as the first female to chair the Royal Agricultural Society’s Sydney Wine Show Committee, the trail-blazing Lyndey Milan has stepped down – but leadership of the prestigious competition continues in female hands. Source, The Herald.

BoM makes accidental wine recommendation
A slip up by the Bureau of Meteorology has winemakers giggling as the website accidentally penned the 2013 Krondorf Symmetry Barossa Shiraz as its "weather situation" for Sydney. The mistake has now been removed, but screen shots have been circulating. Source, News.

Chinese customers love Aussie products
The opportunities of doing business with China are only restricted by your imagination, Bathurst resident Hailing Cheng says. She arrived in Bathurst from China five years ago to complete a double degree at Charles Sturt University and improve her English, and she soon found there were many business opportunities. Source, Western Advocate.

Richard Done's dream job
A Tamworth man is making his mark on the Hunter Valley wine industry after drinking in all the experience he could from two of the country’s leading producers. Source, Northern Daily Leader.

Orange looking for wine artefacts
The Orange Regional Museum is putting together an exhibition 'Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district'. The museum held its first public day on Tuesday to invite people with objects to display next year. Source, Central Western Daily.

A chat with Mahana Estate's Michael Glover
"I don't want a Loire Valley producer to come to New Zealand and say, 'These guys are trying to copy us and doing a bad job of it.' I want him to come and be excited and jealous of the tastes and textures we're getting, and to say, 'I wonder if Mum and Dad will let me do that?'" Source, Stuff.

Re-thinking Pinot Gris
Prophet's Rock "Infusion" Pinot Noir 2016 is a beautiful New Zealand version of a good Beaujolais, a fresh, zingy, drink young style that is best served lightly chilled. The lack of contact with the skins has removed the majority of tannins from this wine, making it a vibrant yet elegant wine – a real crowd pleaser. Source, Stuff.

Police catch Bordeaux wine activists
It is believed that French police have stopped a possible sabotage attack by French militant winemaker group CRAV - or CAV - in Bordeaux in the past month. Source, Decanter.

Sparkling English wine "will be a must-have"
English wine should be in every restaurant, according to Ronan Sayburn MS. Read more about what our expert panel identified as interesting sparkling wine trends at a recent Decanter tasting in London. Source, Decanter.

An intro to Sicilian wine
Long known for simple, often overripe, red and white table wines, mostly from large cooperatives, and sticky-sweet dessert wines like Marsala, Sicilian wine was mostly an afterthought for many wine drinkers. Not anymore. Source, The Press Democrat.

Q&A with Colin Thorne
Colin Thorne, Vagabond Wines talks to db about his surprise and delight at winning The Other Side of Life Award at this year’s Drinks Business Awards, sponsored by Nicolas Feuillatte, the importance of good mentors, the strength of the high street, and the myth of the pretentious wine expert stereotype. Source, The Drinks Business.

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