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News posted on Thursday, 15 September 2016

Winemakers Toil to Beat the Heat of Climate Change
Grapes are ripening earlier and more quickly around the world, putting pressure on winemakers

EU ambassador pushes for more regional branding in Australia
Australians farmers have been urged to introduce more so-called protected regional branding in a bid to mimic moves made by products from Champagne and Cognac in Europe.

Calls for equitable trade of agriculture in deals with EU
ANY trade deal with the European Union must include “equitable” trade of agricultural products, Australia’s Trade Minister has warned. Steven Ciobo said “high levels of border protection persist” despite “comparatively low” tariffs in Australia and the EU.

Britain’s Permira gets a thirst for Accolade Wines
Britain’s Permira has emerged as the mystery suitor circling Accolade Wines, as the $1 billion business heads for a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange or a trade sale.

Understanding Wine Chemistry
A new book, Understanding Wine Chemistry, is the result of an international collaboration of faculty from three of the best-known wine programs in the English-speaking world. Dr David Jeffery (the University of Adelaide) and fellow authors, Professor Andrew Waterhouse (University of California Davis) and Associate Professor Gavin Sacks (Cornell University)

Pernod Ricard gives Brancott Estate global revamp
Pernod Ricard has unveiled a global packaging update for its New Zealand wine brand, Brancott Estate. The revamp, announced earlier this week, highlights the Brancott vineyard in Marlborough, and is a result of research that found consumers are keen to learn about brand legacies.

NZ winegrowers names 2017 scholars
New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the three UK and Ireland-based sommeliers chosen to take part in its 2017 Sommit scholarship programme.

Researchers Find an Exciting Link Between Wine and Alzheimer's Prevention
A recent breakthrough in Alzheimer's research is welcome news for master sommeliers and, well, people who just really like wine. A new study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that sommeliers, i.e., people who have heightened olfactory capabilities, are less likely to develop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The 7th Annual International #GrenacheDay Returns Friday September 16!
Today, wine lovers around the world will celebrate the 7thAnnual International #GrenacheDay with toasts, tweets and tastings from Japan to France, California to South Africa, South Korea to Australia.

Portuguese wine could be ideal product for China-lusophone cooperation
Luís de Herédia, director of Macau-based Vinomac Fine Wines, a six-year-old distributor in the territory offering a portfolio of wines from countries such as Portugal, France and Australia, says that wine is an ideal product for exchange on the China-Lusophone platform, which some hope that Macau can become.

30 years later, GrapeFest’s thirst for wine goes way beyond Texas
While GrapeFest will feature wines from California’s Central Coast and Australia’s Barossa Valley, there will also be plenty of Texas wine. The Lone Star State is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the United States, Lyons said.

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