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News posted on Thursday, 14 December 2017

Warburn wines return to the shelves
NSW-based winery, Warburn Estate said it’s expecting to see the complete range of its Gossips, Rumours and Warburn Estate products back on shelves by the end of the week, following a successful recall late last week. The company initiated a voluntary recall of 13 products due to the possibility that glass may detach from the top of the bottle following a problem on the production line. Source, Winetitles

Wine Australia and CSIRO sign $37m agreement
A five-year $37 million co-investment agreement was signed on December 13 between Wine Australia and the CSIRO. The agreement will benefit the Australian grape and wine sector and consumers alike, with research into areas such as winegrape quality, climate adaptation and disease resistance under the microscope. Source, Winetitles

Grampians frost damage to be felt for years
Vineyard owners in the Grampians region will be counting the losses from frost into the next decade. The area was hit by a severe frost early last month when temperatures dropped to -3C. Best’s Wines vineyard manager Ben Thomson said he had 100% losses on the 14ha premium block at Great Western. Source, The Weekly Times

Passion for cool-climate winemaking
Ben Haines grew up in country Victoria and developed an interest in winegrowing from walking through vineyards to school. In 2008 he was The Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year and now at Mount Langi Ghiran he has “boundless artistic opportunity” allowing him to exercise a passion for cool-climate winemaking, especially with Shiraz. Source, Newcastle Herald

Number of wine industry workers drops
The number of people employed in wine production and grapegrowing in Australia has fallen in the past six years, though the number of women has increased, and the workforce is ageing. The 2016 census revealed that wine production accounted for over half (53%) of drinks manufacturing in terms of employment numbers, with women comprising 35% of the workforce. Source, VINEX Market IQ

Kim Crawford to expand beyond Sauv Blanc
While Sauvignon Blanc continues to lead the way, Kim Crawford’s horizons are to be expanded in the US market with an increasing focus on other expressions, among them a Rosé that launched earlier this year. “We’d been making Rosé locally and selling domestically in New Zealand for quite a few years,” said Kim Crawford winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst. Source, Shanken News Daily

NZ producers visit Pinot's French homeland
A group of 10 Central Otago Pinot Noir producers recently visited Pinot's French homeland to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the formal vigneron exchange between the two regions. A centrepiece of the visit was a presentation of their south seas-grown Pinot Noir. John Saker writing for Stuff said this was a remarkable event.

Worry over 'whiff of ashtray' in California wine
This has been tough year for America's west coast vineyards. Wildfires in October in Northern California and this month in Southern California have left acres of wine country scorched and black. While California's 2017 grapes have been safely harvested already, winemakers around the world are wary about a threat that is growing along with the frequency of wildfires: smoke taint. Source, NPR

Wine glasses seven times larger than 300 years ago
Wine glasses in the UK are now on average seven times larger than they were 300 years ago, new research has found. An investigation by Cambridge University identified a steady increase in the size of glassware from the early Georgian era and a rapid enlargement in the twentieth century. Source, The Telegraph

Sir Ian Botham to launch an English sparkling wine
England Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is to launch an English sparkling next year as part of a new wine range carrying his name, The Drinks Business has exclusively revealed. The new range will comprise three tiers, with the priciest branded ‘Sir Ian Botham’, and featuring a collection of still wines from Australia and New Zealand, along with one fizz, which will come from England.

Space technology helps vineyards' water needs
Scientists are saving water in California's vineyards by using satellite data and computer models to better manage water resources. Computer models being fine-tuned at the ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, are helping vineyard managers determine how much water to apply and when to apply it. Source, Agricultural Research Service

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