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News posted on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

EIT signs agreement with Qi Lu University
Qi Lu University of Technology has selected the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) to teach wine science to its students – both in China and in Hawke’s Bay. EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science is now adopting a teaching role through the university’s Faculty of Bio-Technology. Source, Winetitles.

Will Labor's water tax cripple farming?
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says her party would apply a royalty on commercial water usage, and use the revenue to clean up New Zealand's rivers, lakes and streams. National MPs, NZ First leader Winston Peters and industry groups say the proposed royalty would badly hurt farmers. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Biosecurity tips
#Biosecurity Tip#13: Ask where your pruning team have recently worked. Check footwear, clothes and vehicle tyres. Are they bringing their own equipment? Check quarantine requirements. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

Australia teaching wine & spirit marketing
France boasts some of the finest wines in the world, but French (and Chinese) students come to Adelaide to learn about wine and spirits marketing. For the past seven years, students at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, tour Adelaide to learn from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science and visit South Australia’s famous wine regions. Source, Winetitles.

Fine wines even in dry times
It may be one of the driest winters on record but that won’t stop Hunter vignerons producing some top drops from the 2018 vintage. With little rain in sight just prior to next month’s bud burst, the region’s wine producers are poised to start irrigating vines in preparation for the 2018 vintage. Source, The Maitland Mercury.

Branding the Barossa
Clarity on Barossa’s branding – to enhance the region and benefit visitors and locals – is the first project to be rolled out under the Barossa Collaboration committee. The committee joined last month to begin steering a series of project meetings. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Record demand for WSET
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revealed that the demand for wine and spirits education is growing and is now higher than ever in Australia. Australia is now the seventh largest WSET market having seen 27 per cent growth in its courses for 2016/17 over the previous year. Source, The Shout.

Dave Brooks reviews Giant Steps
"Giant Steps consistently impress with their interpretation of the site. Wild ferment, large, seasoned French Oak, no battonage, no malolactic fermentation and no filtration, just a showcase of a great vineyard." Source, The Adelaide Review.

Can the local wine shop survive in the Amazon age?
Two years from now, it will have all seemed inevitable. You will want wine, and instead of going to your local brick-and-mortar store, you will log onto your Amazon Prime account, do a quick search, compare prices, glance at ratings, and order. It will be delivered to your doorstep. For free. Source, VinePair.

Beyond Prosecco
Move over, Prosecco. There’s a new bubble in town. Actually several, since somms and wine geeks are getting increasingly excited about less-familiar sparkling wines from Italy. The two buzziest imports are almost certainly Lambrusco and Franciacorta. Source, The Globe and Mail.

Are unfiltered wines better?
It’s no secret that those in the wine industry have strong opinions on all things wine, from regions and producers to winemaking practices and philosophies. With more winemakers making unfiltered wines and marketing them as such, what’s the deal? Are unfiltered wines better? Source, VinePair.

Why expensive wine tastes better
Price labels influence our liking of wine: The same wine tastes better to participants when it is labelled with a higher price tag. Scientists have discovered that the decision-making and motivation centre in the brain plays a pivotal role in such price biases to occur. Source, Science Daily.

Innovation grant applications open
Grant applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (viticulture & oenology included). If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Source, Australian Government.

CSU winery wins six medals
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Boutique Winery is celebrating after its entire range won medals at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show in Sydney. The six medals, including two gold, come only months after CSU launched its new boutique wines. Source, Charles Sturt Univeristy.

It's time to talk collaboration
Kristina Georgiou is starting a discussion she thinks important for Australian wine producers to have. Her new Wine Australia-funded Incubator Initiative project will look at the potential for smaller wineries to collaborate to reduce or share costs in the supply chain, particularly around cold chain logistics. Source, Wine Australia.

Jervis Bay is the capital of Rose
With Monday being International Rosé Day a major online direct to consumer supplier of wine released sales data that reveals people living in the 2540 postcode order more Rosé from it than any other postcode in Australia. Source, Illawarra Mercury.

Philip White on 'Sauvignon rank'
"One of my favourite Adelaide Hills Sauvignon blanc wines was made by Tim Knappstein about 30 years ago. It was mainly Semillon. Australians love it. Sauvignon blanc is our biggest-selling white. Drink enough of it and I reckon you’d start to smell like mutton." Source, InDaily.

How do winemakers combat heatwaves?
Heatwaves in vineyards – What are the risks? Winemakers need to know how to tackle unexpected heat, as shown by the recent ‘Lucifer’ heatwave hitting southern Europe, and record-breaking high temperatures in Oregon and down the US west coast. Source, Decanter.

Burgundy's smallest Grand Cru
"The entire Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard produces well under 400 cases a year, split among numerous makers, of which Fontaine-Gagnard is perhaps the largest, with a whopping 100 cases/year, depending on the vintage." Source, Forbes.

The 10 most expensive wines in the world
Fine wine has been one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years, and with some bottles fetching thousands of pounds at auction, buying high-end cases could be the answer to an early retirement. But what should we be looking for? Source, The Telegraph.

Wine could solve writers block
For years, writers have claimed that there is a positive link between drinking and creativity. Now, researchers from the University of Graz might have found a scientific proof to back the anecdotal theory that wine can solve writer’s block. A study published in Consciousness & Cognition by Dr Mathias Benedek examined the effects of ‘mild alcohol intoxication’ on creative cognition. Source, Decanter.

Rimu Grove Chardonnay
"Everyone at our table preferred the Rimu Grove both as a wine and with the food, so it just goes to show Nelson wine producers make wine that can hold its head high with the rest of the world. I asked Meg Matthews, the marketing manager for Wine Nelson why Nelson wine is so good. She told me there are many factors "but the true secret difference for this region is family," writes Neil Hodgson for Stuff.

New head of wine school for EIT
Up for a new challenge, Sue Ross has taken over as head of EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science at a time of significant change. In her first week in the role, Sue joined a team of senior managers and educators heading to China to finalise an agreement for EIT to teach a wine science programme at Qilu University of Technology in China. Source, Winetitles.

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