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News posted on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Zero allocation forecast for Murray growers
WINE grape growers are still optimistic about the season despite a forecast opening water allocation of zero. At a meeting in Mildura last week Murray Valley wine grape growers discussed industry issues including irrigation allocations. Goulburn Murray Water has forecast irrigators on the Murray System face an opening allocation on July 1 of zero, and only 25 per cent on August 1 under average inflow conditions.

Why you might be paying more for your favourite Margaret River wine
West Australians could soon be paying higher prices for local wines as the federal government looks to make controversial changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax. Margaret River wineries might be enjoying widespread praise for the quality of wine produced in the region recently but the tax changes could halt them in their financial tracks.

I'll Drink to That: Bruce Tyrrell
The Hunter Valley was one of the first Australian regions to be planted with grapevines, almost 200 years ago, and in a way befitting that history, Bruce Tyrrell offers up a sweeping interview that goes across the decades of the modern Australian wine industry with ease and first person insight. Along the way, the history of Australian wine is recounted. Few people could have told this story the way Bruce tells it.

Australian Wine Institute on way to Moffatdale for seminar
AUSTRALIA'S peak wine industry body will make its way to the South Burnett for a seminar next week. The Australian Wine Research Institute hosts a seminar at Tipperary Estate Winery in Moffatdale on Wednesday, June 22. Queensland Wine Industry Association President and Dusty Hill Winery winemaker Nick Pesudovs said the institute made its way to Queensland every two years for research.

Brisbane Bullets team up with Sirromet for return to NBL
Queensland winery Sirromet has been named the official wine partner of the Brisbane Bullet’s return to the 2016/17 National Basketball League (NBL) season. After eight years, the Brisbane Bullets are returning to the NBL after strong support from a long list of partners and fans. Rod Hill, Sirromet head of sales and marketing, said the sponsorship would allow the Queensland born and bred winery to further connect with the rich history of the Brisbane Bullets.

Another Taranaki fruit winery at risk of being liquidated
Another Taranaki fruit winery is at risk of going into liquidation after failing to pay tax. The New Zealand Customs Service has applied to put Cottage Wines Limited into liquidation over an unpaid debt of $14,625.25, most of which is related to excise duty. The Companies Office register shows Cottage Wines Limited's sole director is Barbara Burnard, who took over the role from husband Zane in August 2015. The paperwork against the company was filed last month in the High Court.

Cloudy Bay vows to bring fine Pinot Noir to the masses
The time is ripe for New Zealand to democratise the enjoyment of fine Pinot Noir and leading producer Cloudy Bay intends to be at the vanguard, declared estate director Ian Morden last week. In London for a Pinot Noir Salon blind tasting Morden said the estate’s brand and strong distribution network gives it a great opportunity to showcase New Zealand Pinot Noir to a wider audience than the best Burgundies will ever reach.

China's Bordeaux: winemakers in 'gold rush' to turn desert into vineyards
“This,” says Emma Gao as she races through the sun-scorched countryside of north-west China in a dusty Nissan Livina, “is la Route des Chateaux. There are almost 40 different entrepreneurs – maybe more. Every day it is changing,” the Chinese winemaker explains, slaloming between French, English and Mandarin as she tours her 70-hectare (170-acre) vineyard at the heart of a region government officials are calling China’s Bordeaux.

Are bacteria the secret to a great wine vintage?
A wine's terroir is defined by a complex formula involving climate, soil, genetics and the way the grapes are handled. But, as Viviane Richter reports, scientists have added microbes to the mix. You wouldn’t think of bacteria and fungi as serving up cherry undertones or silky textures. But that’s exactly where the distinct bouquet of wine linked to a certain region, known as “terroir”, may come from. A team of University of California, Davis scientists has discovered the mix of microbes in grape juice can predict the mix of chemicals that shape the flavour of a wine.

Vintage accuracy once again under scrutiny
When it comes to product attributes, wine is a particular tricky commodity. When examining a single wine, there are many factors that consumers may want to know before making a purchase. Most recently, vintage has been the centre of a lot of scrutiny. This past May, California-based retail juggernaut ‘BevMo!’ was served a class-action lawsuit for advertising in-store and online (mostly on wines under $25) vintages that didn’t match the products they were selling.

Non-Champagne sparklers are thriving, led by Prosecco, Cava and Korbel
Sparkling wine is surging in the U.S. market, with nearly all segments of the category achieving impressive growth. Total sparkling wine depletions approached 20 million cases in 2015, a 6% increase over the previous year, according to Impact Databank. Over the past two years, sparklers have added more than 2 million cases in volume. The category is almost evenly divided between the domestic and import segments, and both are on the rise.

Celebrate the shortest weekend of the year with the Shortest Lunch
Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries are celebrating the virtue of smaller things with the Shortest Lunch over the shortest weekend of the year on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, with small tastes, bites and sips of the region’s best boutique wines. Wine and food lovers can celebrate this year’s winter solstice as they progress from one winery to another sampling a series of small serves, without the hustle and bustle of other wine festivals.





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