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News posted on Friday, 15 April 2016

New Winetitles Media general manager
Winetitles Media, publisher of leading Australasian wine industry publications and digital services, has appointed Peter Muscet as general manager. Muscet steps into the role as Elizabeth Bouzoudis moves to the Winetitles Advisory Board, where she will continue her involvement with the company which already spans more than 10 years. Muscet joins Winetitles Media with a broad range of publishing, media and marketing experience, which has included senior roles with Rural Press (now Fairfax) in regional newspapers and digital media.

Penfolds full steam ahead in China as others fret over e-commerce wobble
The managing director of Treasury Wine Estates business in Asia says the surging sales in China, which have been behind a big profit spike, won't be crimped by the latest e-commerce regulatory crackdown in China. Treasury's top brands, Penfold and Wolf Blass, have experienced strong growth as the Asia division more than doubled its profits to $46.5 million in the first half of 2015-16, and the broader industry has also been part of a surge which has made Greater China the largest export destination for Australian wine, overtaking both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Pinnacle drinks is misunderstood, says GM
The industry tends to get the wrong idea about Woolworths’ exclusive brands business, Pinnacle Drinks, because the division hasn’t widely communicated its reason for being, according to its General Manager Chris Baddock. He told drinks trade magazine that Pinnacle is effectively a supplier embedded in the Woolworths Liquor business and that there are two reasons for its existence.

Clover Hill Wines named Tasmanian vineyard of the year
IT is one of Australia’s principal producers of sparkling wine, and now Clover Hill Wines at Tea Tree has been named Tasmanian vineyard of the year. The vineyard, which was established in 1986 on the site of an old dairy farm in North-East Tasmania by the Goelet family, aims to produce sparkling wine using traditional French methods.

Angove Family Winemakers turns 130 years old
South Australian, family-owned wine and spirits business, Angove Family Winemakers, is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Angove Family Winemakers was founded in 1886 by Dr. William Angove, who began making wine on the property as a tonic for his patients. Today, the business produces the famous St Agnes brandies and is well known for its single vineyard and organic wines.

Grape spills costly as harvest continues in Marlborough
Harvest is a week away from winding down, but there have already been more grape spills than last year, police say. Highway patrol team leader Barrie Greenall said the greater yield this season meant there were more grapes to transport, which had resulted in more spills. These usually happened at roundabouts or intersections because trucks did not slow down enough and were forced to brake suddenly, he said.

Starbucks selling NZ wine
North American Starbucks customers can now order a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to go with their mocha Frappuccino. The global coffee chain started selling alcohol five years ago when it introduced an evening menu in Seattle, which features a selection of wine and craft beer alongside coffee and tea and savoury small plates. "Starbucks Evenings" as it is called has been rolled out to hundreds of cafes across North America and features Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Villa Maria and Kim Crawford wineries.

Biodynamic and organic wine sails into Britain
A French sailing boat packed with organic and biodynamic wine has arrived on British shores, as part of an initiative to make exports more environmentally friendly. This week the Grayhound, a 108-foot lugger sailing boat, arrived in Plymouth with a five-tonne cargo of French organic and biodynamic wines. The ship, which is part of TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT), transports organic and biodynamic wines from France to England. It will return across the English Channel with Cornish ales.

1000 points of algorithm shine on wine
“Wine Lister is a true hub of information that can adapt to the user’s requirements. It’s a sophisticated system, rating sophisticated wines, for an increasingly sophisticated audience.” That’s Ella Lister talking about the new 1000-point wine rating system, and that is not a typographical error. Let’s face it, what once was a decent wine critic score, 85, is today nearly a joke .

Amateur winemaker develops solution for making wine smell better
In the southwest corner of British Columbia, a former professor of pulmonary medicine is trying to make white wines smell even better. Dick Jones believes he has found a way to retain more aromatic compounds in wine, preventing them from being lost during fermentation. So far, local wineries are impressed with the results, and now Jones hopes to have his device, dubbed AromaLoc, patented and on sale next year.

The battle for Spanish wine
As a determined band of Spain’s top terroir-focused winemakers continues to win support for its cause, the country’s consejos face a choice: do they resist, or do they adapt? All fine wine makers will tell you that great wines are made in the vineyard. Rather than put his or her stamp too obviously on the wines, it is the vintner’s job to work with what nature has given them and do their best to create a liquid expression of the land where the grapes were grown.

Tomich Wines opens near replica cellar door in China
There is nothing quite like a cellar door experience to woo new customers. That can be a tricky concept for Australian wineries trying to forge new markets in China. But not for Adelaide Hills-based Tomich Wines. Owner Randal Tomich has opened a near replica of his Adelaide cellar door in Shanghai and plans to roll out similar tasting facilities in major cities across China.

Tomich Wines opens near replica cellar door in China
There is nothing quite like a cellar door experience to woo new customers. That can be a tricky concept for Australian wineries trying to forge new markets in China. But not for Adelaide Hills-based Tomich Wines. Owner Randal Tomich has opened a near replica of his Adelaide cellar door in Shanghai and plans to roll out similar tasting facilities in major cities across China.

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